Inbox — May 22, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Regarding the “Just another theory” news story (LEO Weekly, May 15): Provocative, even inflammatory, this story is frightening. LACES appear to want to bamboozle the school system into teaching bizarre doctrines to students incognito, and in some cases, to undermine the separation of church and state. I do think these people believe they are doing good, and the church does try to help society in general, but the archaic belief system resembles the climate-change deniers: They try to debase accepted theories that have strong scientific evidence by placing them on the same plane as ludicrous beliefs, such as creationism. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has become popular among college students as a humorous spoof of the creationist mentality.
Where do religious beliefs cross into intellectually damaging institutions? We must draw the line somewhere.
A. Leach, Hikes Point
Eye on the Ball
Thanks so much for Billy Reed’s critical and balanced review of “42” (LEO Weekly, May 8). Very informative. Pee Wee Reese has always been a hero of mine for his pragmatic morality and prescient sense of how social change takes place in such situations.
Dave Britt, Old Louisville
Deep Drive-Time Thoughts
I realize this is yet another bellyache from an East Ender, but I still feel the need to bitch. I’m referring to the traffic “improvement” of adding a lane from Brownsboro Road onto eastbound Watterson Expressway. So in effect, what the geniuses have done is made the entrance ramp from Brownsboro Road one continuous lane that leads to I-71. Whose brilliant plan was this? I’d like to know so I can tell them it was a complete waste of money. If anything, traffic has gotten worse since this “improvement” was completed! I travel this route to work on a daily basis, and most of the time now I take Brownsboro Road to the Gene Snyder coming home because of the traffic being so bad at that interchange.
The majority of the traffic coming from Brownsboro Road onto the Watterson is headed toward downtown, not I-71. And so, naturally, where is most of the eastbound Watterson traffic headed before Brownsboro? To I-71, of course! Congratulations, KDOT, you’ve just created more of a mess! Instead of wasting $1.35 million on that “solution,” that money could’ve been put toward chiseling out more of that cliff side and adding a second lane from eastbound Watterson to I-71!
Brian Bailey, Crestwood
The growing, irrational belief that America’s government is coming to take away citizens’ guns is ludicrous. Paranoia is fast becoming our national mental illness and is contributing to Congress’ unwillingness to pass sensible gun legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.
We the people are the government. We are not a dictatorship. How is the government going to run roughshod over itself? To do so would be a prime example of self-loathing.
Our country is so divided; we don’t trust each other. God ordained government. To some extent to be anti-government is anti-God, anti-self, anti-neighbor. In whom do we trust more: God or guns? Is “In God We Trust” inscribed on U.S. currency just a meaningless, feel-good slogan — a heartless, outward expression of our religiosity?
Paul L. Whiteley Sr., St. Matthews