Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Dec. 17, 2015

Will Trump equal infamy?

Donald Trump proclaims that America must stop immigration of those with Muslim heritage to our country. Trump is entitled to his opinion, but America and readers of the Herald-Leader must recognize his opinion does not represent basic American principles.

One must consider the religious biases that led to the horrific actions of Nazi extremists against Jewish and other ethnicities in the 1930s and 1940s. Consider the shameful treatment against American citizens of color.

Is Trump insensitive to this possible interpretation of his rhetoric?

Will "Trump" become synonymous with historical, horrific political figures that litter history with infamy?

Donald Mills

Lexington

Better flags for Kentucky

I’ve never quite understood the meaning of flying the Confederate flag today. I’ve been raised in Kentucky since I was a kid and it still feels like something’s not quite adding up.

I absolutely love living in the South. The casual familiarity, open friendliness and real hospitality aren’t just stereotypes — they’re the reason why I love being a Kentuckian.

It seems odd to me that the same pride can’t just be displayed by the symbols already available to us. The flag of our commonwealth — the statesman working with the frontiersman — I think perfectly embodies Kentucky. Forward-thinking and enlightened, but never too far from our frontiersman roots.

You can love your Volkswagen without flying a swastika. You can drink vodka without pledging allegiance to Joseph Stalin. Why then do people feel like Kentucky pride can be only expressed with the flag of a slave-holding, traitorous rebellion?

If anything, Kentucky represents the most humble, honest and noble parts of America.

Why can’t we just celebrate our heritage with the American flag? Or at least the beautiful flag of our commonwealth, almost a century in the making.

Leo Weisberger

Lexington

Back to kindergarten

When I opened the Dec. 7 paper and went to the sports section, I read the headline: “Analyst: Don’t write off Labissiere,” and nearly choked on my coffee.

What a tasteless headline about a talented young man who is, for the first time, facing the rigors of NCAA basketball. I know from personal experience that the writer of an article in the Herald-Leader may not be responsible for the headline and that a headline may not be accurate and, at least in one instance, has been untrue.

One can be certain that his teammates and coaches are not about to write off Skal Labissiere. Except for the headline, the article by Ben Roberts was tastefully done. Whoever wrote that headline needs to go back to headline kindergarten.

Erwin Jones

Lexington

Vision, not more of same

The 1,200 members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition have been working hard to build a Kentucky that we can stay and thrive in after graduation.

Our vision is a future where our elected officials put the needs of our communities first. A future where we can find meaningful employment and protect our communities. As a state, we face some of the highest youth unemployment rates and highest poverty rates in the country. Not to mention some of the highest rates of asthma and other pollution-related illnesses.

It is with heavy hearts that we watch our newly elected governor fill his cabinet with a slew of oil and gas advocates, and bankrupt coal executives.

Without visionary leaders and a focus on locally based economics, we can only expect that things will get worse and Gov. Matt Bevin’s selections do not inspire much hope. We greatly urge our new governor to work with us to build a just transition plan that moves our state toward economic and environmental prosperity.

We can create jobs that are good for our workers, keep wealth in our communities and protect our natural resources but we must stop investing in more of the same and have bold vision.

Cara Cooper

Lexington

There’s a book about that

Never fear: If The Donald gets elected president Muslims can live in attics until a reasonable replacement comes along. They can pass the time by reading The Diary of Anne Frank.

Roy Crawford

Whitesburg

False religion, fantasy war

It should be well known and understood that coal is not coming back. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin are no more than Cargo Cult Leaders selling the false religion that coal will or sometime in the next half century be a viable industry and, more lies, that it will be so because of anything they might do.

U.S. crude is at $37.63 a barrel as I write, natural gas is down more than 90 percent over the last decade, technology has made leaps and bounds and coal country has been left behind.

That coal country has been left behind isn’t due to any fantasy war on coal – but because of the factors I just listed and useless representatives like McConnell. We might as well send cardboard cutouts of Disney characters as our representatives as to send McConnell, Rand Paul, Hal Rogers, Thomas Massie or Andy Barr.

Friends of coal are no friends to Kentuckians who live and want to work in what were the coalfields of Kentucky, east or west.

Deceiving those Kentuckians and making them believe lies told by McConnell and Bevin is almost as embarrassing as those same Kentuckians falling for those lies.

Bill Adkins

Williamstown

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