Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Jan. 7

Maximizing U.S. massacres

What strategy would maximize the number of massacres taking place in our country and the casualties resulting from each? Just follow the plan of Republican leaders.

First, cut public funding for the mental-health services that might forestall unbalanced, delusional individuals from committing the attacks. Next, make sure that powerful weapons with high-capacity magazines are readily available to these individuals.

Then, give them ideas for targets by demonizing reproductive-health organizations and people of other nationalities, color, religion, sexual orientation and politics. Assign responsibility to them after each incident. Also blame victims for not carrying the necessary firepower to protect themselves.

I don’t really think Republican politicians are consciously following a strategy designed to efficiently kill Americans. Their aim is to get elected, and to do that they need the support of the National Rifle Association and other right-wing groups and individuals.

The strategy is actually designed to create fear and hatred of everything outside the boundaries of the conservative world and to make plenty of weapons and ammunition available for protection — at a nice profit of course. Casualties from mass murders are an acceptable form of collateral damage. Guns don't kill people; people kill people with guns.

Jim Sparks


McConnell protects horses

In America, especially Kentucky, horses are celebrated and revered. We don’t eat them. Not one dime of our overextended tax dollars should be spent on slaughtering horses.

Horse slaughter is a terrifying process for these sensitive, intelligent animals. It is documented that some horses remain conscious while being dismembered. It should be no surprise that 80 percent of Americans, according to a national poll, oppose slaughtering horses for human consumption.

Thankfully, for most of the last 10 years, Congress has regularly included language in the spending bill that prohibits federal funding for horse-slaughter inspections. I am glad Sen. Mitch McConnell took a stand for our horses, and his constituents, by supporting this provision in 2014.

We urge him to help ensure the current language de-funding horse slaughter is maintained. This cruelty has no place in America.

Shelly Price


Barnhart is the problem

University of Kentucky Football Coach Mark Stoops’ problem starts with Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart.

If you have a university with sports prestige, why do you hire someone with zero head-coaching experience, with a starting salary that competes with top coaches; then after two losing seasons give him a 50-percent salary increase and a five-year extension (like this is going to make him more qualified) and put in the contract that he cannot be fired without cause?

The main reason he was hired was to produce a winning program. If not, is this not “cause”? It appears the athletics department has way more money than good business sense. And let’s face it, UK athletics is a business.

The coaching staff kept blaming the players. Overall, the players are as good as the average college team. They don’t have help from the sidelines as seen in bad play-calling, mismanagement of the clock, not knowing when to substitute players, etc.

Maybe the UK president needs to take a hard look at how the athletics program is handled.

Don Cloyd


We must not fear others

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This profound statement was uttered during The Great Depression by President Franklin Roosevelt. It should resonate even more profoundly during this threat from ISIS.

Should we disown the “home of the brave and land of the free,” that resides in our national anthem or do we live up to its words? Do we do unto others, as we would have them do unto us, as written in the Bible? Do we disregard the words on the Statue of Liberty?

It’s time for us to take a good long look at ourselves. Do we, as free people, turn our backs on the people who should remind us of how we looked and felt so many years ago?

When men, women and children come to our shores, we should welcome them as our ancestors did. We should not leave them to be starved, slaughtered and debased. For we all came from somewhere else.

Travers S. Vance


It was their pleasure

Recently, six of us took our dear friend Nelson Terry to Ramsey’s on Nicholasville Road to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Our waiter, Ryan, asked if we were veterans. One of the two ladies in our party said that Nelson was a Naval bomber turret gunner during World War II and that Jack was a Korean War veteran while Gilbert and I are both Vietnam-era veterans.

Later when I asked for the check Ryan informed me that three strangers who had been sitting near us had already paid the check and his tip. We were all very touched and very grateful for the expression of gratitude to us. It made us feel special indeed.

John Landreth, Gilbert Ward, Jack Mats and Nelson Terry