Inbox — May 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor

The May 1 dining review of Meridian Café incorrectly stated the adjacent parking lot is for customers of The Feed Bag, when in fact, it is strictly reserved for customers of St. Matthews Station. LEO regrets the error.

Pickers Can’t Be Choosers
In response to Kevin McDonald’s letter in the May 1 Inbox titled “Focus Your Weapon,” Kevin McDonald wrote: “It’s time to stop blaming the gun, nitpicking which part of the Constitution you like, and demand everyone follow said part.”

I would suggest you follow your own advice, sir, for you and your gun buddies do exactly that — pick and choose which part of the Constitution suits you and your collective desires. The Second Amendment reads (in its entirety, which is probably something you’ve never done … read the WHOLE amendment), “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

I doubt you’re a member of a “well-regulated militia,” Mr. McDonald, and therefore your comment toward Mr. Smithery is nothing but hypocritical as you seem to only want to pick and choose those parts of the Constitution that suit you.
Gregg Seidl, New Albany

Bellarmine Sham
On May 8, while driving along Newburg Road, I witnessed the last component of the “St. Robert (Bellarmine)” arch get hoisted into place at the university that bears his name. In use were falsework beams and cranes, operating on principles developed in part by scientists like Galileo Galilei and Giordano Bruno, both persecuted as heretics by Bellarmine and, in Bruno’s case, burned at the stake for his troubles.

While the Catholic Church makes hay over the consecration of a new pope who was not, like his predecessor, head of the Inquisition (as Ratzinger’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith was formerly called), why not erect a memorial on campus to the scientists and others martyred by “St. Robert” and his fellow Inquisitors?
Alan Canon, Highlands

In the Dark
“Despicable, unconstitutional, ridiculous, immature, idiotic and mendacious” — and that’s just how Tennessee newspapers characterized the state’s proposed “ag-gag” bill, which the governor vetoed on Monday. “Ag-gag” bills criminalize whistle-blowing that exposes animal abuses, unsafe working conditions and environmental problems on factory farms. Instead of encouraging whistle-blowing and preventing these violations, ag-gag laws ensure that consumers and regulatory authorities are kept in the dark.

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and Utah have enacted ag-gag laws, but such bills were defeated in other states, thanks to a strong outcry from the public and newspaper editors. In 2013, new ag-gag bills were introduced in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming. The language has been invariably drafted by the infamous anti-consumer American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Thirty newspapers and 60 national animal protection, workers’ rights, civil liberties, public health, food safety, and environmental conservation organizations have recently gone on record as strongly opposing ag-gag bills. Each of us who feels that our government must never restrict our right and obligation to know where our food comes from should urge our state legislators and governor to oppose such legislation.
Lyle Rutter, Downtown