Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 29

Let military lead on climate

I am outraged at the utter lack of respect many of our citizens and politicians show our armed forces personnel. With the election cycle in full swing, it is only getting worse.

Our service men and women have sacrificed for our country and our freedoms, and they deserve respect and courtesy for their service and they are not getting it.

Our military command has stated emphatically that they are planning to deal with the catastrophic effects of global warming and yet conservatives continue to deny that global warming even exists.

When are these conservatives going to give our military leaders the respect they deserve and honor their position on global warming?

Furthermore our military leaders have said they do not need all the wasteful military spending Congress continues to lavish on military bases and weapons systems.

When are these self-styled conservatives going to listen to the wisdom of the courageous men and women in our military and follow the reasoned and knowledgeable advice and leadership they offer, or is dying for us the only action they honor?

Thomas Martin


Trump’s sad truth

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

That Sen. Mitch McConnell quote is a salient example of the prevalent stupidity in Congress. Such statements are prompted by self-service or in collaboration with profiteering lobbyists.

The overstated threat of terrorism is a salient example of profiteering-spawned stupidity. True, terrorists are a threat to life, but not to our way of life.

The only genuine threat to our Constitution is the unethical, unlawful, immoral, irresponsible, incompetent, nonproductive conglomeration of politicians in Congress.

Consequently, Democrats and Republicans alike do not want Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office. Money cannot move him, and that shuts down their marketable influence in the private sector, especially among the long-seated incumbents who have become multimillionaires.

Profiteering lobbyists and money, not sworn duty, make up the fuel that turns the legislative gears. The following is a relevant Trump quote. “I’m really, really wealthy! I’ll tell lobbyists to go to hell.”

Pundits who predicted Trump’s early demise still differ about the source of his staying power.

It’s simple: Great numbers of former middle-class citizens in every demographic clearly see that only plainspoken truth can rescue our besieged and beloved America.

Shafter Bailey


The question about cruz

No matter what you might think of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, there is definitely one key point that must be resolved: Can he be president of the United States since he was born in Canada to Eleanor Darragh of Delaware and to Rafael Cruz of Cuba?

According to the U.S. Constitution, “No person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president."

So, Cruz might not be a natural-born citizen of the USA, but his mother was working with his father in Canada at the time.

But according to the Daily Kos and other printed resources, the key is allegedly that he was born in Canada “to an American expatriate mother and a Cuban father.”

Quite obviously we have a bunch of conflicting statements and contentions. This issue needs to be put to rest once and for all, and not for years after an election.

James E. Seymour Jr.


Preserve art, history

In 391 A.D., the library of Alexandria in Egypt was burned for ideological reasons, destroying thousands of years of recorded history, art, science, philosophy, archeological data and mathematics.

In the 14th century, the new emperor of China burned the ships of the massive Chinese fleet that had sailed the world, long before Columbus discovered American. The new emperor burned all the log books, destroying years of valuable art, history, maps and scientific data collected during voyages.

In 1933, Adolph Hitler burned the books in Germany to eliminate history he did not approve of.

Recently Frankfort, Lexington and other communities have been talking about removing historical statues, memorials, markers, etc., to assuage views of a few offended by their presence.

The mural in University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall is art and history. Why should we have to be ashamed of this?

Is the UK administration going to be cowed like the folks at the University of Missouri and go into a fetal position at the first sign of any controversy, much less something as innocent and inspiring as this one?

One final question: Where are the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, history, political science and journalism on this issue?

Enough is enough.

Douglass Jones