Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Jan. 8, 2016

Give jurors a raise

The chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court recently made a report to the governor and the legislature on the state of the judiciary in Kentucky. In his report the chief justice urged that the salaries of all Kentucky district court, circuit court, appellate court and Supreme Court justices be raised.

The judges of Kentucky last received a raise four years ago. When they ran for judicial office, each one of them did so voluntarily and knew the salary of the office he or she sought.

Jurors, on the other hand, are paid $12.50 for each day they come to court for their service. Jurors do not attend court voluntarily. They are ordered to attend by a summons. Under the law they have to attend.

Kentucky jurors last received a pay raise from $8.25 to $12.50 per day during Gov. Wendell Ford’s administration, more than 40 years ago. In today’s economy $12.50 will hardly buy lunch, gas and parking. It clearly will not cover additional expenses such as a sitter for a child or sick parent.

Judges instruct jurors that jury service is their patriotic duty and their obligation as citizens in our democracy. They are the bedrock our judicial system is founded upon and without juries our judicial system would not provide due process and would crumble.

Isn’t it time to increase the pay citizen jurors receive too?

Pat Molloy

Nonesuch

Proud of Lexington

I want to thank the organizers of the Breeders’ Cup and the employees of Keeneland for a great job. I attended the Friday session and can say without equivocation it was the most organized and most enjoyable horse-racing event I have ever attended.

The staff at Keeneland should be applauded for the friendly service. All of the workers were courteous and helpful. In addition, the shuttle service to and from the track ran smoothly and efficiently.

I also want to thank the Breeders’ Cup committee for choosing Keeneland. I am a lifelong resident of Lexington and have always enjoyed going to Keeneland. Although I have only visited a couple of tracks outside of Kentucky, I cannot imagine a track anywhere as beautiful or as historic as Keeneland.

The shuttle to ride back to the Rupp Arena parking area passed Calumet Farm just as the sun was setting and the farm was full of thoroughbred horses grazing in its pastures. I commented to my wife how lucky we are to live in an area of the country that has such natural beauty.

A gentleman sitting across from us overheard this statement. He was from Ireland and had been to many prior Breeders’ Cups across the country. That morning he had toured several area horse farms and totally agreed with my assessment.

Sometimes I think many of us take for granted what we have in our own backyard. The whole experience made me realize how proud and grateful I am to call Lexington my home.

Bruce Cowden

Lexington

Protect religious freedom

A word to all the secularists in the media and government: many of us Christians are Christians because we actually believe in Christianity. That also means we don't believe other religions, such as Islam or Buddhism, are true.

The left, including most of the Democratic Party, wants us to believe that the Constitution's requirement of equal treatment under the law somehow means American Christians have to believe that Christianity is no more true than any other religion, or else people aren't being treated equally.

According to the left, it’s hateful discrimination to say other religions are false and evil. In fact, 78-year-old Pastor James McConnell is on trial right now in Ireland for preaching just that.

Here's some news for the left: The American people in 1776 were mostly Christian, and religious freedom means being able to believe that your faith is exclusively true.

Funny how the atheists of secularism tell Christians they’re bigoted haters if they don’t give up believing in the truths of their faith and embrace things they don't believe. Are atheists willing to embrace beliefs about God’s existence, which they don’t believe?

E.L. Schwibs

Lexington

Hypocritical candidates

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

This should be a somewhat familiar quote to most Americans. It’s engraved on the Statue of Liberty for those who might have forgotten.

Perhaps some have just gotten busy running for our nation’s highest office and forgotten who we are and what this country stands for. Perhaps they want to lead us in a different direction. Are the values we grew up with still relevant?

We were taught they were the truth and to believe in them. If you want to talk that talk you have to walk that walk or it is just rhetoric. A nation of immigrants pointing its fingers at a new wave of immigrants saying you can't come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” rings a bit hypocritical.

I find the politics of fear to be considerably more frightening than any issue being pointed out as what we should be afraid of.

What legacy do we want to pass on to the next generation?

Dan Bowling

Nicholasville

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