Inbox — July 18, 2012
Letters to the Editor
I read with interest what our non-action governor was doing with the religious theme parks in Kentucky in light of the recent debacle with the Fair Board, Kentucky Kingdom, the Koch family and the Creation Park (LEO Weekly’s Fake Issue, June 20). I thought again, as I have many times in the past, “What’s our fearless leader doing with our tax dollars now?!” I even had a few gullible friends thinking about finding the converted Garage Strip Club. I could almost see our Mayor for Life out to rule the commonwealth. What a bunch of fish we all are! Thanks for a good laugh after some astute colleague pointed to the fine print on the cover. I only hope you don’t get a lot of hate mail from people who are too embarrassed to admit they were suckered in.
C. Wagoner, Highlands
Prejudice By The Numbers
Like all Louisvillians, I was shocked to learn that during the 2010-2011 school year, African-Americans in Jefferson County received 62 percent of all the out-of-school suspensions, while they make up only 36 percent of the student body. This outrage shows a prejudice ratio of 1.72 to 1 — prima facie evidence of discrimination. Fortunately, the families of these students have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. No doubt this will put the JCPS board in its place.
That being said, here is an even more alarming fact: Though only 4.8 percent of our country’s population is Asian, they make up 14 percent of Harvard’s student body. A careful analysis shows that in comparison to them, Caucasians and African-Americans suffer a prejudice ratio of roughly 5 to 1 against them!
Those Asians should be ashamed of themselves for outperforming the average. It’s downright un-American. To level the playing field, thousands of rejected whites and blacks should sue Harvard for everything it’s worth. Better yet, the million and a half men in our prisons should sue the penal system for incarcerating them 12 times more often than women and 13 times more often than Japan incarcerates its men. Now that’s discrimination for you!
John Gamel, St. Matthews
The winners of the recall election in Wisconsin are money, greed and selfish individualism. The losers are compassion, community and justice. The 2012 election boils down to this: If you want America to be a plutocracy, vote Republican. If not, vote Democratic.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr., St. Matthews
This war against marijuana is a losing battle. It’s a plant that God has made to grow here. The more people burn the plant and chop it down, the faster and thicker it grows. Marijuana intensifies the mood a person is in. If you’re tired, it helps you sleep. If you’re awake, it gives you energy. If you’re happy, it makes you laugh. If you’re sad, it makes you depressed. If you’re angry, it quickens you to strike. If your vision is blurry, you can see better. It’s a medicine that quickens the brain to react faster.
To arrest people for smoking it is the government’s way of taxing it. If they would sell it like they do beer, it would take this plant away from criminals (so they can’t buy it for warfare), and if the government sells it, they can card you, make sure you can only purchase so much a week, and then the government can make their profit and stop the criminals from making so much money to do more crime.
Jennifer Trew, Jeffersonville