Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 15

A win against cancer

Thanks to the thousands of cancer patients and their families who supported the #OneDegree campaign, we have a victory to celebrate. Congress heard our stories of hope and loss and understood why we need a renewed commitment to fighting a disease that continues to kill one person for every minute of every day.

Cancer research was just given the largest boost in more than a decade.

As part of the end of the year budget process that Congress recently completed, the National Institutes of Health received a $2 billion increase for medical research and the National Cancer Institute received a $264 million increase for cancer research.

The funds will not only restore much needed resources in the fight against cancer, they will also support breakthroughs happening at cancer centers right here at home.

I want to thank Sen. Mitch McConnell for making cancer a national priority. This victory is a first step to restoring funding after years of decreases and stagnation. More importantly, it offers hope to the millions of people who face cancer — hope for better treatments, more opportunities to prevent and detect the disease early and improved quality of life for those already diagnosed.

Pam Pilgrim


Fear rewards ISIS

Recent opinion polls rank terrorism as Americans’ top concern. It is a result of our government’s and military’s public relations campaign. Terrorism becomes the new communism designed to instill fear and justify our war on terror and defense weapons spending. It makes Americans afraid so that they accept our escalation of the Middle East war against ISIS.

In reality the war escalation and government-induced fear is just what ISIS wants. ISIS wants a major ground and air confrontation with America in order to stimulate terrorist recruitment, radicalization and blowback terror attacks in the U.S. and Europe.

We are giving them what they want — a forever war in the Arab and Muslim world. The absence of such a war will result in their eventual extinction.

Harold Trainer


Prosecute Clinton

It has been revealed that Hillary Clinton had more than 1,200 e-mails on her private server that have now been designated as classified. The count is likely to go higher as the State Department continues its painfully slow releases.

Isn’t it time for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to restore the blindfold on the scales of justice? How much more evidence is needed? Or is this the real definition of “hope and change” and the promise of the “most transparent government in history?”

With the blindfold removed, we can all see tears streaming down the checks of Lady Justice.

Ray Depa


On court, battlefield

I have followed University of Kentucky basketball for over five decades, and college basketball has been very enjoyable. But I see dark clouds over the sport today.

Even though winning is important, the most important thing is learning how to work, play, win, even lose as a team. Many of today’s college teams have very talented young players who play as individuals.

Don’t get me wrong. Players are more athletic than in the past, but they don’t understand teamwork or how to play unselfishly. They look confused and lost, so they rely on their individual efforts, thus contributing to poor shot selections. Low-percentage shots from the best shooters many times will lose out to high-percentage shots from average players. And teamwork leads to high percentage shots.

The second important lesson for college basketball players: adaptation. If something is not working, immediately make adjustments. What worked in the last game may not work in the next game. What worked in the last minute may not work in the next minute.

I was in all four military services for over four decades, and the thing that made America great in battles was its teamwork and ability to adapt to situations.

Joe Hinds


Obama wrong on warming

In a recent Herald-Leader, President Barack Obama was quoted as saying about global warming, “Ninety-nine-point-five percent of scientists in the world say this is a really urgent problem.”

This claim cannot be substantiated. A look in my files found:

1. A full-page ad in the Nov. 19, 2008 National Review by the CATO Institute, signed by 100 eminent scientists responding to the president’s claim that “the science is beyond dispute.” “With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.”

2. An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal (1-27-2012) saying, “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” signed by 16 prominent scientists.

3. A four-color insert in National Review from the Heartland Institute in Chicago, which lists 58 prominent scientists who don’t believe global warming is a crisis.

4. An article about the Global Warming Petition Project signed by 31,487 American scientists, 9,029 with PhDs, agreeing that there is no convincing scientific evidence for man-made global warming.

5. A lecture by S. Fred Singer, founding director of the U.S. National Weather Satellite Service, saying any real warming would likely be from solar influences and would in many ways be beneficial, not damaging.

James V. Heidinger II