Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 12

Give us your tired

Most letters suggesting we no longer allow Syrian refugees into Kentucky use fuzzy logic, but the reader who stated we can't take the risk because in 15 years a current child might blow up Rupp Arena takes the logic to new heights of absurdity. Taking her position to a logical conclusion would be to allow no child to be born, as any one might become a mass murderer.

I prefer to look at the positive side. Maybe a child from a refugee family grows up to find a cure for diabetes or cancer or wins a Nobel Prize. All of us, except Native Americans, are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants. There were times in our history when this type of fuzzy logic was applied to Asians, Catholics, Jews and other minorities.

Fortunately good sense prevailed for the most part and the United States became a shining light in this world, because we did provide an opportunity for the oppressed of other parts of the world to become part of our wonderful melting pot.

L. Thomas Smith


Democrats’ rural vision

Radio host Matt Jones has linked the recent electoral disaster of state Democratic candidates to their failure to articulate “what they stand for.” Jones calls on the party to articulate core values that “relate to Kentuckians” and to stake out clear policy and ideological positions. Certainly, Jack Conway and other Democrates ran largely issueless campaigns, hoping to avoid divisive issues.

By contrast, the Bevin camp staked out clear positions on hot-button social issues like gay marriage and abortion. In the final days of the campaign, TV ads and robo-calls that played on homophobia and fear of a black president were used to turn out the vote in many of Kentucky’s poorer rural counties. The strategy worked, enabling Bevin to confound the polls and to win in most rural counties by an overwhelming margin.

I hope Jones is not advocating the Democratic Party use the same strategy to regain rural voters. A more constructive way might be to appeal to those values in the rural culture that Wendell Berry has so poignantly written about: care for the local community and family, respect for the environment, a concern for the welfare of neighbors and an ethic of responsibility to future generations.

Charles Davis


Beshear fell short

In several ways, Steve Beshear has been a good governor. With his two decisive elections he had a great deal of political capital in the bank. The disappointing side of his tenure is that he failed to use it. Tax reform, full funding of post-secondary education, pension reform and solving the Brent Spence Bridge matter at Covington all demanded his use of the bully pulpit. But he was silent. These issues, many of which he campaigned on, are crucial for our state. He may not have been able to win on some of them, but they should have been forcefully and constantly carried to the people. So his years as governor, while not bad, fell short. We needed and deserved a much better effort.

Bob G. Rogers


Keep Kynect

Gov. Matt Bevin plans on doing away with Kentucky's health insurance exchange known as Kynect. This act would be seriously harmful to approximately 400,000 of our fellow residents. Being a disabled veteran, I needed this care until my disability benefit was approved and still need it until March 2016 when Medicare will finally start.

My fiancé also desperately needs this care as she is unable to work and we are just starting her process for a claim for disability. If it is anything like mine was, she is looking at roughly two years before it has a chance for approval. There are many people who can not afford to pay for regular insurance. Please help let people know about this as it is basically a matter of life and death for so many fellow residents of this state.

Daniel Anthony


Gridlock over gridiron?

I would rather watch Barack Obama try to recite his ABCs without a teleprompter than watch the University of Kentucky try to play football. Yes, it has gotten that disappointing, again. Come on, Coach Stoops, turn this thing around.

Jim Plaisted


Polls apart

I am always amused when the Herald-Leader and Courier-Journal release their pre-election polls in state races. I knew it was the kiss of death for Jack Conway. The same thing happened when the poll said Alison Lundergan Grimes could possibly beat Sen. Mitch McConnell. I suspect your bogus polls are designed to suppress Republican turnout. Internal campaign polls showed McConnell and Bevin both winning. Please spare us your political bias in the future.

Bob Russell-Tutty


Grass half empty

The second-half rout of the UK Cats by the Louisville Cardinals, as dreadful as it was, can be turned into lemonade by some organization creating a new postseason bowl: The Half-Empty Bowl. Eligible teams would be those which lost the last game that would have made them bowl eligible but outscored the opposing team in the first half. That is, 5 and 1/2 wins. Time is short to do it this postseason, but it could be done. This opportunity should not be wasted.

Charles F. Haywood


Yellow means gun it

Lowering speed limits is a good idea, but there is another safety concern that needs to be addressed. Motorists in Lexington run red lights with impunity. The “Stop Red Light Running” campaign of several years ago seems to have had little impact. Even the police seem to ignore it. I have been stopped at a light beside a police officer, witnessed a motorist run the red light and then watched the officer proceed on his way. This practice of speeding up through a changing light is very dangerous and local law enforcement needs to stop it, for the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike.

John Klus


Buck Stoops here

Boy, I sure would like to be paid millions of dollars, and have a staff getting paid millions more for not being able to be a winner. In the Herald-Leader’s sports page of Dec. 2, the University of Kentucky’s athletics director, Mitch Barnhart, stated “those things are helping Kentucky recruit better talent, which will lead to better results.” Obviously, Kentucky does need good talent, but it is the brain power of our coaching staff that has let us down this year. As Harry Truman stated, “The buck stops here”, and this applies to Barnhart and Coach Mark Stoops. These comments are not intended to beat up the athletics at UK, but quite frankly some of the losses were caused by the coaching staff. In the Vanderbilt game, the time outs were mismanaged. In the U of L game we had a comfortable lead at halftime, and Louisville made changes, UK did not, and we lost. These losses can be blamed on coaching, not on lack of talent.

Ben C. Kaufmann


Real threat

We should all be focusing on is climate change, right? Because that's the real threat to our national security. And I love how all the left care about is their agenda and shutting down anyone who opposes it. How many people were shot in Chicago last weekend? 82, with 15 dead. But are we hearing about that? Black Lives Matter anyone?. Where are their priorities? Everything is about agenda. Do you know how many murders there have been supposedly in the name of the pro life movement? 8 in 40 years. But the left eats this up every time.

Jason Kelley