Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 12

Don’t blame pro-lifers

Some have regretfully, if predictably, used the recent shooting in Colorado to demean the pro-life movement.

The truth is that very just causes attract troubled or nefarious members. One would not judge the 19th-century abolition movement based upon the violent actions of men such as John Brown for example. Of course, critics of abolition did deem the movement extremist.

We are a movement of millions of men and women defending the proposition that the inherent worth of the human being is greater than social relationships or economic utility. The freedom for millions to experience life is our goal.

The pro-life movement transcends boundaries of language, race, gender and class. Many of us are religious; some are not. Many are conservative while others are liberal or libertarian in their political leanings.

A tragedy far greater than the extremely rare killings by pro-life activists is that life is legally ended for tens of millions of the unborn in the name of financial considerations. The dehumanization of persons as property which can be discarded for reasons other than saving another’s life is a shame upon our nation.

Kyle Richie

Hazard

Changing times

When I was a very young man I thought it amazing that we were spending $1 million per mile to build the interstate highway system.

Today I learned we are spending over $1.5 million per mile to build bicycle paths.

The times they sure have changed.

L. D. Miller

Lexington

Stop excusing criminals

I’m sick and tired of hearing that when people commit crimes they are mentally ill. Don’t let the man charged with stabbing that precious little boy sit in jail for years with three meals a day, plus showers, TV and recreation. If the law doesn’t get stiffer, these kinds of things are not going to stop.

Giggie Wilson

Lexington

Disband UK football

For an excessive number of years I’ve thought the University of Kentucky football program’s slogan should be “Maintain Mediocrity,” but that level can’t be attained.

Thought should be given to dissolving the football program. It’s all about the money, anyway, and what little remains of an entertainment value. Yes, millions have been poured into the stadium renovation and coaching, but consider having other schools use the stadium. Imagine having Ohio State, Alabama, even Louisville and Tennessee, Eastern versus Western, bringing a higher level of play on a regular basis.

With proper planning, UK’s coffers wouldn’t suffer. There would be immediate savings on coaching salaries. Potential would exist for games every week during the season.

A Commonwealth Bowl could be initiated, maybe inviting a couple of teams not making the national championship game. UK might rake in even more money and the local economy surely wouldn’t suffer.

Eric L Hatton

Winchester

Mural tells it as it was

Per Encyclopedia Americana: “After 1867, burley tobacco became a major crop and by 1890 tobacco had displaced hemp as Kentucky’s leading crop.” So, is it correct to say that the mural in Memorial Hall depicts black slaves putting out tobacco?

How is it that black musicians playing for a white audience is a bad thing? Don’t we have that today? Recently, I watched a Billy Graham service in which a black fellow sang to an almost all-white audience. Is that bad?

The mural does seem to go overboard in showing the role that black people played in the production of tobacco. In the farming area where I once lived, both black and white people raised tobacco but, because of the population, more white people were involved. Perhaps Anne Rice O’Hanlon painted the tobacco scene as she did to please the onlookers who wanted more black inclusion.

I believe most of the controversy and racial problems that exist today are the result of the inaccurate account of the War of the Rebellion followed by what politicians, bleeding-heart liberals, apologists, do-gooders and political-correctness types have added. Yes, even the name of that horrible conflict was changed to “civil war.”

Al Brown

Winchester

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