Inbox – July 8, 2015


I guess the question begs to be asked. What if Jesus was gay? Would one billion plus believers go back to Roman paganism and nature loving druids, or would they embrace the ultra conservative ‘off with their heads’ Islamic fundamentalists?

Many of those screaming the loudest about gay marriage have abandoned the primary tenets of Jesus’ teachings: peace, love and acceptance. Sounds gay to me.

We should remember Jesus’ last supper was with his 12 best friends. No women allowed. At least that is what scripture says and the Catholic Church has been built and sustained on that scripture.

One more oldie but goodie from his play list is “Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.” Mazel Tov!

Joseph C. Wohlleb, 40205


Mutchler’s letter

FOP president Dave Mutchler’s open letter has been gnawing at me for some time, so many thoughts going through my head, most of which Aaron Yarmuth thoroughly covered and appropriately addressed in his editor’s note in LEO June 24.

I think Mutcher had some valid points, but they were destroyed with his threats and references to Ferguson. If our police officers in the FOP support or believe in his rhetoric “rant,” then we are all at risk in this city. Hopefully that is not the case or the feeling of the majority of our police officers, and I was glad to see our police chief and mayor do not agree. He should submit any future letters to you for editing if he really wants to get a positive message from our police to our community.

Thanks for the “Time to Resign” editor’s note. It made me feel good just to read it and know there are others out there with similar feelings.

Mike Farmer, 40023


New Yorker passing through

Just driving through Kentucky on our way back to New York and read Aaron Yarmuth’s “‘Cruz-ing’ for America” editorial. I was taken back by the offhanded remark at the end of your piece: “although I would advise staying out of public office.” So, by all means, work in a public office as long as one fully agrees with you on the issue of gay marriage but if not, please don’t serve the public? One issue, for you, defines an individual’s suitability for public office? Hmm. Sounds an awful lot like marginalization to me.

You give a nod to religious freedom, but it doesn’t sound like you really mean it. These issues are complex and sincere respect for people of differing views goes a long way.

Diane Palmer, New York   

Bourbon? We deserve access to a safer option

Larry King said, “I had four chiefs of police on and the question I raised was: ‘If neither one was legal, marijuana or liquor, and you could only legalize one, what would you legalize?’ And they all answered at the same time, ‘marijuana,’ because they had never seen a murder committed while someone was under the influence of marijuana, and 80 percent of the homicides they investigated were alcohol related.”

It doesn’t matter whether it’s medical or recreational. All that matters is that it’s safer.  Drug testing is the reason we have an overdose epidemic because the drug with by far the lowest morbidity rate has the longest detection time on a drug screen. The sixfold increase we’ve had in fatalities in the drug testing era didn’t happen anywhere else in the world. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an addict, airline pilot, student, employee or poor person, drug testing is counter-productive policy.

Ignoring the effects drug testing has on overdose fatalities is foolish, dangerous and devoid of logic.

Promoting the bourbon industry, while simultaneously ignoring the change occurring in the rest of the country is doubly foolish. The reason the change is occurring in the country is because the people are demanding access to a safer choice. Kentucky citizens deserve the same access to a safer choice. Ohio, which will likely have full legalization on the ballot this November, is predicting a $7 billion industry and 35,000 jobs. My prediction is that if it passes, overdose fatalities will drop significantly and immediately in Ohio.

The UN went from calling for a drug free world 10 years ago to now calling for an end to the drug war because they recognize the negative consequences and the unsustainable path. We need to recognize the mistake and put our country on a sustainable path.

Tom Rector, Jr., 40059