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I was glad to see the editorial in The Sentinel News (“Let’s shoot down this amendment,” Oct. 24) calling out the ridiculous Kentucky Constitutional Amendment titled the “Personal Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment.” This just represents more NRA mischief, and one that has the potential to open a door to our state Constitution’s integrity down the road. There is no more evidence to justify the need for this amendment than there is for the equally bogus Voter Fraud protection laws being touted in various states by the GOP.
Speaking of overbearing lobbyist groups like the NRA, Thomas Massie had made his deal with Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform group by signing the “no new taxes” pledge. With this move, Mr. Massie ties his own hands when considering our country’s fiscal needs and lets all of the people he is supposed to represent know that they are standing in line behind Grover. No wonder Mr. Massie played a bit of hide and seek with the public forums. The fix is already in.
And last but certainly not least (and in dedication to Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock of Indiana), I’d like to respond to an acquaintance of mine who asked the simple question, “Why would any woman vote for Romney/Ryan?" Mitt Romney said he would be glad to sign legislation that would outlaw abortion in all circumstances and would definitely halt federal funding of Planned Parenthood Clinics. These clinics serve millions of women with low-cost reproductive health care and have played a major part in improving the lives of not only these women but their families as well. Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill in Congress with Todd Akin of Missouri (a kissing cousin of Mourdock) that would give fertilized eggs legal rights. The effect of this bill (which thankfully failed) would not only outlaw all abortions but would also restrict and remove various forms of birth control and potentially criminalize miscarriage. It would also have the effect of forcing victims of rape who conceive as a result to carry those pregnancies to term. I find this view beyond condemnable.
To sum up, both the Republican candidates for president and vice president, while trying to distance themselves from the statements of Mourdock and Akin, actually totally agree with them. Romney’s new rally mantra is that he and Paul Ryan will bring “Big Change.” Well, to borrow a phrase from good old Sarah Palin, “You betcha” they will. And the recipients of the changes will be women, especially if this team gets to appoint new Supreme Court judges. So I hope I have answered my friend’s question, but I have one more to add:
How can any man who cares about the lives, health and rights of their wives, sisters and daughters vote for Romney/Ryan?
Are hunters going to misconstrue this "right to hunt" amendment for the Kentucky Constitution (“This amendment should be shot down,” Oct. 24) as a right to hunt anywhere they please? We have had that happen to us on our property on more than one occasion.
Far too many hunters are irresponsible, and a few bad apples can give hunters a bad reputation. There are five different times when we knew that people had been trespassing on our 50 acres of land, which we once owned in LaRue County.
Twice they left cooking or warming fires after a night of hunting for raccoons. One time we found a tree stand, in a remote area of our land, attached so tightly to a very tall yellow popular, that the straps were cutting into the bark. More than once, we, and our young children, were pinned down at our camp with bullets flying over our heads, as people were target practicing on a high point on the property, even though we blew our horn repeatedly to try to get their attention.
Another time while we were camping, a hunter began shooting right into the area where our young children were playing. When asked why he was shooting into our camp, he said, "I had to because my dog ran in that direction."
Our neighbor here in Shelby County gave permission for someone to hunt on his large property then was dismayed to find a deer stand in one of his trees a year or so later, which the hunter had placed there without asking permission.
Lest you think we are anti-hunting, let us assure you that we are hunters ourselves. Though we haven't done much of it lately, we have enjoyed wild turkey, rabbit and squirrel in past years.
Respectful hunters always ask permission of the property owner before going on his land, then after hunting, they leave the land just as they found it, without damage to the property and taking their trash.
Hunting can be a very dangerous sport, especially these days, when more and more homes are being built in rural areas, and a hunter must be very well trained to do so without harming other people or their animals.
Sadly, as of now, we know of only one hunter we would trust to be so responsible as to follow those rules. Therefore we are opposed to this new constitutional amendment.
Gerald & Judith Arnold
Roberts on withdrawal
I am, regrettably, withdrawing from the upcoming Pleasureville City Commission election. I wish to thank all the people who supported me and explain the reason for my withdrawal.
A question was raised about my eligibility to run for the city commission. It was argued that I had not lived in the city long enough. The law says that a candidate must live in the city limits 1 year before the election date.
I moved to Pleasureville in very late October or early November of last year. I believe that I was living there before Nov. 6, but I am not 100 percent positive. Let us say that I am 80 percent positive, that leaves a 20 percent chance that I am wrong. To me, there is the problem.
I am an assistant youth teacher at my local church. I have told our youth many times over the years that there is a very thin line between right and wrong. There is no 6-foot gray area that we can live in and do almost as we pleased. If I wanted to live my whole life in the gray area, I would have no problem being 80 percent right, and I would continue being in the election. But since I proclaim to be a Christian, every part of my character demands that I practice what I preach.
When I was a kid, one of my Sunday school teachers told me “a half-truth is a whole lie.” I have never forgotten that. That statement tells me that if I am not 100 percent positive, then I am wrong. So that leaves me no choice but to withdraw.
Please get out and vote. Don’t vote for the party; vote for the absolute best person for the job. Our future, your kids’ futures, your grandkids’ futures truly depend on the leaders of today. Vote for the person who has morals, ethics and a passion for doing what is right instead of what is politically correct.
Lastly, hold all elected officials accountable for what they do or don’t do. Do they say one thing and do another? Do they tell a crowd of factory workers one thing, then totally change their tunes in a crowd of farmers? I personally can deal with disagreeing with what an official says, as long as they say it consistently. I cannot trust an official who changes their beliefs every time the wind blows or the crowd changes. You should not trust them either.
I guess the truly big question I am trying to ask in this letter is this: Do our elected officials’ actions match up with their words and promises?
Please get out and vote and continue to pray for all our nation’s leaders.
Preschool is not optional
Preschool education programs for 4-year-old children are mandated by state law. In Shelby County those programs are for 4-year-olds whose family income is no more than 150 percent of the poverty level or who have by age 3 or 4 have an identified developmental delay or displacements.
Services are 3 hours a day, four days per week at Painted Stone, Heritage and Wright elementaries. The program at Wright was moved from Southside. There are no programs at Clear Creek or Simpsonville.
The Northside Early Childhood Development Center [which has been approved] will give us the opportunity to serve more children. There is a growing need. Our student rate for free or reduced-rate lunches is 51 percent, the English Language Learners student rate is 12 percent, and special needs is at 17 percent.
Preschool is not a luxury. It is a mandate..
Brenda C. Jackson