Inbox — April 15, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Ain’t Missing You

I have not read Leo since before we elected a sane president. After reading the Inbox last week, I certainly realize things have not changed. Still Jackass McDouchebags around who seem to think they can paint the wall red and tell everyone it is blue.

Nazis were responsible for only 6 million deaths! Really? Would you like to make a bet on the total number of deaths that can be laid at the hands of the Nazis? “When is it ever moral to deliberately kill one person for the benefit of the other?” Can you say self-defense? Would you kill a man if that were the only way to stop him from raping an 8-year-old girl? Would you defend your family if it were required to save their lives?

And I swear to God (I am sure you are close) that you suggested in your article that if a woman (subject of your article) got pregnant for any reason other than rape, she should have chosen to die instead of abort the child whose birth was going to kill her. I bet you would have offered to raise the child. You could teach it right from wrong. You could start by explaining how his/her mother was a worthless whore who did not deserve to live.

Tell me exactly what it is like to live on your mountain. According to you, Americans are responsible for the deaths of 50 million unborn human lives. And while there is plenty of disputing about whether they are human, I am more interested in how someone like you achieves such a high state of moral righteousness. It must take so much effort to know so much about something that so few really understand. All I know is that our Constitution and our laws support the right of women to choose in certain circumstances. And that is enough for me. Of course, you appear to think you are God.

I did not know God was a Jackass McDouchebag.

I wish Leo did not change its paper. I would love to use your words to wipe my ass.

Richard Hodge, Henryville, Ind.

Bulging Observations

Observations regarding points made in a couple letters in the April 1 Inbox: In “The Privacy Invasion,” perhaps that bulge in the man’s pocket is something more dangerous than any Smith & Wesson invention. If it is used responsibly or kept concealed, there would be fewer instances for a woman to have to ask: Abort? Don’t abort? McDouchebag asks the question, “When is it ever moral to deliberately kill one person for the benefit of another?” Good question. Sure makes a good case for the elimination of war. I can support that. How many not-aborted babies have grown up only to kill or be killed in the service of some insatiable warlord? Does the woman get blamed for saving a killer?

E. Klaphaak, Highlands

The Wrong Goat

A couple of weeks ago, c d kaplan wrote a story about the heartbreaks of the Louisville Cardinals over the years. Fred Holden was incorrectly singled out for the loss against Southern Methodist University. Fred was actually involved in the jump ball, which precluded him from being responsible for the defending the ensuing breakaway lay-up.

Fadden Holden, Butchertown

Before Merger

I listened to your editor on “Francene” this week and the remarks concerning open-record requests and Metro government.

Have you ever asked the questions: Is Metro government now what it was when it was voted on? Were the changes legal? Where on the ballot was a section permitting an “urban service district”?   

Take a look at old newspaper reports and the old Jefferson County meetings and tell me where the changes were made and by whom.

How many former city aldermen were against merger but jumped on the bandwagon and are now on Metro Council?

Robert H. King, Newburg

Manning the Middle

A few days ago, I saw video footage on the evening news of a guy waving a red flag that read: “Socialism is not an American value.” Most people I know would agree with that. There’s really no disagreement. We also need to remember that monopoly is not an American value, either. The challenge is to steer clear of both extremes. I believe the Obama administration understands this, but I expect they’ll have to fend off fierce political attacks from both directions. As concerned citizens, I think we should allow them the chance to do that.

Tom Louderback, Highlands

Socialist Practices

On March 24, President Obama gave a televised primetime news conference. Much of that conference was spent justifying his economic policies and his $3 trillion budget. Today, he’s still pushing for his budget.

Obama is a product of government. He honestly believes that government is the answer to almost every problem. He often compares his economic policies to President Clinton’s economic policies. That’s wrong! Clinton used his economic policies to bring the U.S. budget into balance. Obama, driven by his “progressive” convictions, plans to use his economic policies to massively and permanently expand government.

Obama touts his budget as “the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.” That’s wrong! Bad ideas don’t discriminate. Countries cannot spend their way to prosperity any more than alcoholics can drink their way to sobriety. The president’s budget squanders billions. If this Congress is foolish enough to pass his budget, America will be socialized and bankrupt.

William Gregg, East End

Change of Health

With President Obama’s public health option, I feel many Americans will definitely take the option of saving 30 percent of their premiums and better benefits, considering today’s economy and the rising cost of healthcare. The private health insurance companies will have to step up their game and bring something to the table. For too long they have gotten rich at the expense of Americans who have been struggling to make ends meet.

Ken Groves, South End

God and Taxes

Why do so many citizens complain about the government and paying taxes? Government is not all bad. We the people are the government, and government, like all of us as individuals, has flaws. Isn’t the call for “limited government” the code word call for cutting necessary social programs?

It is selfish to say, “It is my money.” Everything we have is a gift from God; it is God’s money. Government was ordained by God and should be a good steward of the money entrusted to it. Is not God pleased when both the private and public sectors of any society work together unselfishly for the common good? Could it be possible a nation’s spiritual and economic health is determined more by how well its poor are faring than by how well those at the top of the economic ladder are prospering? Is it only in God’s kingdom the poor shall be exalted? 

Paul L. Whiteley Sr., St. Matthews