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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Not OffendedRicky L. Jones is genuinely liked by this reader, and I begin by apologizing for not writing in the past to applaud him. Yet, here goes digression. This Imus thing. His actions were and probably still are full of bigot-infused soul vomit. But, this racial “in-group language … not appropriate for others to use,” as Ricky calls it (LEO, April 25), is ignorant at best. “All ethnicities have this,” he says. That equates to a child asserting that all the other kids cursed, too. I am a Caucasian by birth and a Hebrew by choice. I can’t think of one word or phrase that offends me, that if used by an Israelite or fellow Caucasian, would not offend me. Maybe I am in the minority. Either way, using someone’s race as your deciding cue to either smile and say hi or fume hotly in anger after hearing the “n word” is undeniably a racist action.Brian RogersBumper Sticker LogicThere is a bumper sticker that says: “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” Yes and amen. Lucinda Marshall put pen to paper and asked what many of us Louisvillians have been asking for years now (LEO, April 18): Why exactly are weapons of mass destruction hot-dogging through our air space? And I’ll ask: What sick thing within us has morphed these delivery systems of mayhem into fun-fest, family entertainment? And here’s another puzzler: What kind of cognitive disconnect goes on in the brains of our light-up Louisville leadership types that enables them to promote a hyped day of killing machines performing slightly above our skyline while locking down a whole West End community on Derby week because of a violent shooting that occurred within their midst several years ago? So with their right hand, “leaders of Louisville” will promote violence, and with their left hand they’ll smack down a community with a collective punishment rap!? There’s another bumper sticker that says: “If you’re not outraged, then you haven’t been paying attention!”Marcia SchneiderNot So UniversalIt seems as though all of the candidates for political office in Kentucky or nationally are touting universal healthcare. None of these candidates have any idea how this would work, who would pay for it or how it would be administered. I have a few questions for the Kentucky candidates for governor.1) Would you insure people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol?2) Would you insure drug dealers/prostitutes? 3) Would you insure people who can already afford health insurance?4) Would you insure people who are obese?5) Would you insure people who engage in promiscuous sex?If any of the candidates cannot answer the above questions in a straightforward manner, they should stop promising universal healthcare. Our current system is not perfect, but those who continue to advocate the same healthcare system for everyone are dreaming. Healthcare is and should always be a “personal” issue. Currently Americans are the most obese people in the world. Solution: Change your eating habits and/or exercise. Drugs/alcohol abuse: Americans are the largest consumers of illegal drugs and legal alcohol. Solution: Get help to change your behavior. Should I have to pay for Michael Jordan’s kids or U of L President Ramsey’s healthcare? Absolutely not! If the current crop of candidates continues advocating universal healthcare, we will find ourselves being controlled by an “invisible” health administrator who could pick and choose who’ll be first in line at the doctor’s office. I hope I’ll never see that day.Keith E. LewisOpen For InterpretationPeriodically, some of your readers offer an interpretation of Old Testament passages that attempts to diffuse what the Bible says about some topic (e.g., homosexuality). Unfortunately, these interpretations often fail to convey any understanding of context, literary style, the distinctions between moral, civil and ceremonial law, and so on. I’m constantly surprised to find such sophisticated minds failing on such a basic point. One might as well read a phonebook like a novel, interpret Revelation-like prose, build an argument on a phrase in a sentence, or believe that Jesus is a (literal) door or a lamb. Moreover, these interpretations are delivered without the tolerance or empathy one would expect from those who are so enlightened. Can’t we do better?D. Eric Schansberg

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

Erosia

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.CorrectionsLast week’s Sight Unsound incorrectly listed the hometown of Warm in the Wake. The band is originally from Alabama. Also, last week’s cover story on Living Lands & Waters misidentified the university of some students who were working with the group during spring break. They attend SUNY Geneseo.Spread the WealthDear Kentucky Legislator,As we have watched our local Metro Council pass a “comprehensive” smoking ban for Louisville, excluding Churchill Downs, it is now interesting, and we think totally unfair that Churchill Downs and/or other racetracks are being singled out as the only (exclusive) place where various casino gambling machines may be allowed in Kentucky.As a major entertainment complex in downtown Louisville for the past 17 years, we feel the continued expansion of casino gambling in Indiana has hurt operations such as ours to a much greater extent than it has Churchill Downs. The competition for alternative discretionary entertainment dollars is fierce, a competition made even greater by an aging population.If casino-type gambling is allowed in Kentucky, why limit it to just the racetracks? If the goal is to raise money for our state (education, health care, housing for the less fortunate or even for bigger purses at the tracks), or to help stem the tide of Kentucky dollars going elsewhere, stimulating economies other than our own, why not allow gambling elsewhere? Hotels? Entertainment complexes such as ours? Convention centers? Bars? Restaurants?Why not spread the economic opportunities casino gambling may offer, and at the same time dramatically increase funds that will flow to our government?We would obviously be happy to share our views on this subject in person or in any hearings or committee meetings where legislation on this question is discussed.Don Blackburn, O’Malley’s CornerEditor’s note: This letter was sent to all Kentucky legislators. Mr. Blackburn reports that to date, he has received no responses.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.

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LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Sad CatsAttention John Yarmuth:Good one. You have committed political suicide by providing future political opponents with the unabashed truth. Forget the archives of LEO. Now there is footage of you on “The Colbert Report” stating that kittens could be met with a “Fargo”-style disposal. I’m suing you over my cat’s emotional distress.Lesley BlakleyBad RapSince when do Carl Brown’s rants classify him as a restaurant/nightclub critic? Name-dropping in a story is one thing, but that was a little over the top (LEO, Feb. 28, “Happy in the Highlands @ Café 360”). The only thing I got from a half page of his rambling promotions was upset. Carl, on the other hand, got free midnight munchies for a long while, if I had to guess. Must have been a slow week at LEO. Greg AmmonsIssues Over MudMark Nickolas reported in LEO on Feb. 21 that an internal opinion poll released by the Northup campaign for governor shows “Northup strongly outperformed Fletcher by as many as 15 points against potential Democratic challengers in the fall.” Were these respondents likely voters? If not, those results are not worth much.Anyway, I think it’s possible we could actually have an issues-oriented campaign for governor this fall in spite of Northup’s history of mudslinging. Imagine a match-up of Northup versus either Jonathan Miller or Steve Beshear. Both of these candidates are known to be heavy thinkers on public policy matters. Miller has even written an interesting book about public policy and religious values, which I’d highly recommend.As everyone knows, Northup bears the heavy baggage of Bush administration incompetence. Besides the war quagmire, there are failed efforts to privatize Social Security, failure to respond to a big natural disaster, failure to deliver on promises of “compassionate conservatism,” reversals of environmental protection policies, and dithering on corporate corruption.True, these are not state issues. But Northup’s record of supporting failed policies at the federal level says plenty. And many of us wonder whether Northup has ever taken a position she can truly call her own. Just imagine a campaign between Northup and a candidate who’s well known for doing his own thinking, like Miller or Beshear.Tom Louderback