Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 16

Eternal verities?

In response to recent letters, here are some thoughts with the author in parentheses:

“Children today are tyrants.” (Socrates)

“When there is an income tax, the just will pay more and the unjust less.” (Plato)

“When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end.” (Aristotle)

“Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” (Native American proverb)

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

“Peace in international affairs is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.” (Ambrose Bierce)

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” (Albert Einstein)

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” (A.J. Liebling)

“No matter who he/she is, the next president ... will be perceived to be a failure, because his (her) duties have been multiplied dramatically, while his (her) hands are tied by a crippling national debt and deficit, and by a Congress which is oversensitive to the ‘wish lists’ of single-issue pressure groups.” (Jane B. Willis, letter to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1988.)

Robert Hoeller


Bevin no moral authority

Gov. Matt Bevin has something in common with President Andrew Jackson.

Remember that Jackson adopted a Native American child even while he marshaled wars against Native American tribes from Mississippi to Florida and some years after that ordered the infamous Trail of Tears.

If the adoption gave Jackson any moral authority to speak on behalf of Native Americans, his other actions surely negated it.

Today, Bevin wants to claim moral authority to speak on behalf of African Americans on account of his children.

Consider his verbal attack on The Herald-Leader last fall, for example. Bevin was obviously angered by the Joel Pett political cartoon that depicted him as a hypocrite for politicizing the public’s anxiety about immigration.

But, his instantaneous reaction was to accuse Pett and the editors of racism.

That was obviously a cop-out and I believe most of the public saw through it.

Bevin’s exploitation of our immigration anxiety was nothing like the Trail of Tears, of course. Even so, he might want to follow Jackson’s example in one respect. Jackson didn’t try to fake moral authority.

Tom Louderback


Term for the worse

Let’s hope the voters who elected Matt Bevin don’t get sick, because they won’t be getting any affordable medical care.

Nor will they or their children be seeing any improvement in public education to help make Kentucky a more attractive place for new industries to invest. Our quality of life in Kentucky is about to take a sharp turn for the worse.

We are all going to suffer financially for the next four years.

Elizabeth Wallen


Guns fuel domestic terror

During the Obama presidency there have been 68 Americans killed on American soil from terrorist attacks.

Donald Trump and his Republican ilk are attempting to whip Americans into mass paranoia and fear by wanting to exclude from this country those they deem unfit to enter, shredding the very fabric of American greatness.

During those same years (2009-2015), there have been 181,116 Americans killed by gun violence in this country.

And what do we hear from Trump and his buddies? Not a peep.

In this age of a relentless, non-stop propaganda frenzy fed by 24-hour cable news, as Pogo in the old comic strip would say; “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Bob Sutton


No glam shot

The photo on the Jan. 9 front sports front of Katrina Coca was not a wise choice.

It was unflattering, too big and just kind of stopped the readers in their tracks. These athletes work incredibly hard at their sports. The least we can do is show them in a worthy manner.

Sharon Woodworth


Coal hurt by the market

The Jan. 10 front-page article, “Ky. plants using more coal from out of state,” gives the lie to the Friends of Coal and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s cries about the “Obama’s war on coal.

Clearly it is free-market capitalism that has declared Eastern Kentucky coal not worth the price of extraction, processing and transportation.

James Kemper Millard