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December 14, 2011

Inbox — Dec. 14, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Lesser Beings
The top stories not brought to us by the mainstream media in the Nov. 30 LEO were read with glee. They brought to mind a local story that is not balanced. Because of the proposed hospital mergers, the Catholic Church has taken a deserved bad-mouthing because of its discrimination against women. Highly placed Catholic clergy accept the existence of a supreme being who dictates to them, so they see their twisted conclusions as rational. The absent part of the story is that all religions denegrate women to a greater or lesser extent.
Bob Moore, East End

Changing Times
Many will curse, there will no doubt be threats, but some of us will not miss John Timmons’ ongoing guilt trip, threatening to close ear X-tacy “if you guys don’t patronize it!” His forefathers probably were blacksmiths or drove streetcars. There is a great truth in bemoaning the rise of the Walmarts, Walgreens, McDonald’s and their ilk as the amalgamation of America, but times do change, always. Just ask big-box bookseller Borders. If you really don’t like it, sell your car, outlaw surface parking lots and change the zoning laws. Simple, huh?
Ken Hoskins, Highlands

Thank the Rich
To the Occupiers:

So you think big corporations and rich people are no good? You could put an end to corporations and impoverish most rich people in a month. Quit buying their iPhones, cars, Big Macs, pens, paper, chairs, rugs, bread, soup, shoes and shirts. Do it. I dare you.

Chanting and beating drums is sophomoric. It’s not what democracy looks like. It’s what a temper tantrum looks like.

By the way, you are not the 99 percent. You are part of the 1 percent of the richest people in the world. The poorest person in America would not want to spend a minute as middle class in Bangladesh.

Most of you wouldn’t know poor if it bit you in the ass. How many of you have had to choose between feeding yourself and feeding your kids? I have.

Rich people don’t get that way by stealing money from the 99 percent. They get rich by providing goods and services the rest of us are willing to pay for. I’m going to close by thanking some rich people for the ability to do something the richest folks 40 years ago could never do: send this email.

Thank you, Bill Gates. Thank you, Michael Dell. You’re all right with me.
Rich Mills, Shawnee

Death to Death Penalty
After 20 years of fighting for his life on death row, Troy Davis was murdered by the state of Georgia at the age of 42 in September. A few years ago, I heard Troy’s sister, Martina, speak at an anti-death penalty rally in Louisville, and I joined the petition and hope for acquittal for Troy with more than a million others around the world. September’s news was tragic and shameful; despite having no physical evidence linking him to the murder he was accused of, seven of the nine witnesses against him recanting their testimonies, and a worldwide public outcry for his exoneration, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles saw fit to carry out premeditated murder by injecting poison into Troy’s veins.

The death penalty is a sadistic and grotesque vileness that defiles “justice” and only creates more victims. I anticipate a society in which such atrocities that are maintained by the machinery of government and rigidness of “law and order” will be obsolete. Until then, we must work to abolish laws of injustice and inhumanity for those who are suffering under the current state of affairs. Death to the death penalty. (Get involved locally with The Kentucky Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty, kcadp.org, and nationally/internationally with Amnesty International, amnesty.org/en/death-penalty.)
Douglas Lucas, Highlands