Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 3, 2016


Wrong priorities

It’s wonderful that the government has the money to pay rent for Syrian refugees who are church-sponsored. Of course, we can offer job training, because there is an abundance of jobs right now. We have plenty of cash, food stamps and can pay for English classes. Let’s also keep them in city bus tickets so they don't have to worry about walking or sitting at home. That’s about got them covered.

Now, where is the rent money for the homeless veterans? Why can’t they even get the health care they deserve? Why do we always hear that we are running out of money for Medicare but we are never running out of money for welfare? Wake up, America.

Allie Gammon


Eblen nails Trump

What a great column on the ludicrous candidacy of Donald Trump by Tom Eblen. How anyone could support Trump for president amazes me to no end. But when I think of how modern media have developed into a dream world, it is probably not so amazing.

A nation that hankers for reality television rather than reality would be bound to fall for a con man like Trump rather than a real, thoughtful politician. Trump goes beyond the gift of gab to the epitome of the gift of blab, which television thrives on.

Prussian statesman Otto Von Bismark is often quoted as saying, “God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.”

I certainly pray that is true.

William E. Ellis


We asked for it

It’s not Donald Trump’s fault. The Donald would be powerless in the face of a rational intelligent electorate. We get the country we insist on and the president we deserve.

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground

Something missing

With regard to your Year in Photos feature, I would like to call your attention to an event which took place in late October — the Breeders’ Cup, which for the first time in its 30-year-history was run at Keeneland.

Also for the first time a Triple Crown winner ran in and won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in what was his final race. There were no Breeders’ Cup photos in the feature, as compared with two photos of a losing University of Kentucky football team.

Jay Hopkins


Social Security teeters

I have been an American citizen and Kentucky resident all my life. Along with many fellow baby boomers, 2016 will mark my 40th consecutive year of quietly but dutifully paying Social Security and Medicare taxes with another anticipated nine years before reaching full retirement age.

Then the dream ends and I wake up to read the 2014 Social Security trustees’ report. Verbatim, it says “the combined Social Security and Disability Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent through 2033, but if history is any indicator, insolvency could come much sooner.”

Gee whiz, makes me want to sing Joy to the World. The probability seems high that this insolvency crisis will come much sooner rather than later. Wonder why people are disillusioned?

When financial advisers are now offering retirement counsel to exclude Social Security income for projecting your overall retirement package, it becomes a bitter pill to swallow after we have been paying into the system for decades, only to sit and watch the entitlement eroding away.

We can’t keep kicking the can down the road for someone else to fix Social Security insolvency. Maybe we just need to stop re-electing career politicians and let someone else take a stab at reform.

Vincent P. Osburn


Sexism thriving

Syndicated writer Kathleen Parker’s recent column belabors the same tired arguments that serve to suppress and subordinate female careers in the military. It is simply an ignorant stereotype, generated solely as junk food to feed public discourse lest it go hungry.

Her critique involves language similar to A Midsummer Night’s Dream when the issue is war, which is anything but. And she ignores potential benefits of women in combat, like discouraging urinating on dead enemy troops’ bodies.

We have serious sexism right under our noses in Lexington. It is a zero-sum game when you have leadership development programs like the STEAM Academy or the Carter G. Woodson Academy. For every male you raise up, you suppress and subordinate at least one female. That sums to zero. So public funds and resources spent achieving zilch might go further elsewhere.

Doug Epling


Change for good causes

A couple of weeks ago, National Public Radio reported a survey that found over 30 percent of Americans throw away their pennies. I guess they don’t heed Ben Franklin’s quote, “Every true fortune begins with a single penny.”

Unfortunately, there are a number of Americans who throw all their change away. My son used to be one of them until he got schooled.

But what does this have to do with anything pertinent?

Recently, it was reported that this year’s Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive giving was falling short. How many times have you heard on the news that they’re providing for families who lost their housing due to fire or severe storm? They need to reach their goal, but so do other non-profits.

Right before Thanksgiving, instead of saving my change for myself, I start putting my change in an old prescription bottle. Every time I pass a kettle, I empty the change into it.

Robin Osgood


Idle Hour threat

Maybe the Idle Hour Country Club likes the privacy of trees in summer, but I doubt they would keep us warm in a power outage. As I drive Richmond Road it is an eyesore as well as a threat to the area in an ice storm. The trees grow around the power lines there. I thought golf courses are a scenic plus, or is Idle Hour under par? Pun intended.

Louise Eversole