Inbox — Jan. 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Not a Fan
I just have to take a minute out of my busy day to thoroughly condemn LEO for printing a book review by Ashley Johnson, “Citrus County” (in the feature “Season’s Readings,” Jan. 4), about such a disgusting, heinous crime as kidnapping a 4-year-old child and holding her in a bunker, as IF this were worthy of ANYTHING. To consider reading such filth is an insult. Shame on you all for promoting such horror as entertaining.
Paula Ferree, Old Louisville

Occupy a Tent
As a participant in and supporter of Occupy Louisville, it was refreshing to see LEO Weekly call 2011 the “Year of the Occupation” (“Not Good For Nothing Quiz,” Dec. 28). Wall Street criminals aren’t held accountable. Money in the political process has compromised our democracy, disempowered the middle class and poor. But what can be the most frustrating for people who want to fix the world is that the system is being continuously rigged to become even more dysfunctional by that same corporate money.

But let’s say you don’t agree with any of that, I’d say fine. That’s your right to disagree, and we can peacefully and respectfully coexist in disagreement as neighbors. But if you want to take tents away from people who are peacefully expressing their free speech, or from people who have hit rock bottom and have nowhere else to go in the middle of the winter, then we have a bigger problem than any of the complaints I mentioned above. And that problem would be you.
Curtis Morrison, Highlands

Tums Please
After reading two blurbs concerning the death penalty and about the mercury levels in fish in the Dec. 28 LEO, I am reminded of something that Eisenhower presciently spoke about in his farewell address, “that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth …” Ignorance will forever be the mortal enemy of a free democracy. Poor Mr. Veith, Mr. Whitfield and their ilk suffer from the most pathological forms of ignorance where they are not consciously aware that their ignorance is causing harm to us as a nation. However, it is the scourge that is plaguing this country where any other Kardashian believes they should be heard no matter how depraved their views are.

Killing is an ugly business on every count. Forgive that these comatose beings are but slaves to an ancient belief system that is rooted in “an eye for an eye.” How many innocent people like Cameron Todd Willingham must be executed to satisfy your perverse lust for revenge? How many more millions must be spent to execute a prisoner than the $200,000 to confine them for life? 3.2 million!

The vulgarity of these beliefs would simply be sad if they were not so pathetic. My nausea level always increases when I see people spewing their ignorance with impunity. Beware of anyone who advocates killing under the guise of justice. As evidenced, they usually don’t know a thing about it.
Thomas Clay Jr., Jeffersonville

Just Say No
When I’m traveling and I tell people I’m from Kentucky, I sometimes get the response, “Oh, so you eat Kentucky Fried Chicken” — and I want to bury my face in my hands. I don’t eat any meat, but even if I did, I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of those blighting buckets. KFC’s latest offering is the “Cheesy Bacon Bowl,” an arterial abomination that includes fried chicken, cheese and bacon — all of which contribute to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems.

The company is at the bottom of the bucket when it comes to implementing animal welfare reforms. Birds raised by KFC’s suppliers are crammed into overcrowded, feces-filled sheds. Workers often break the birds’ bones when they throw them into transport crates for slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, the terrified birds are shackled and hung upside-down, their throats are slit, and millions of them are scalded alive.

As Kentuckians, we should insist that KFC stop ruining our state’s reputation with its abhorrent cruelty to animals. For more info, see KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.
Michelle Sherrow, PETA Foundation