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‘Live vegan,’ eliminate animal waste

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

Animal agriculture dumps more pollution to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, as well as soil particles, organic debris, and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish.

Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry. Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage three times a day by saying “no” to polluting meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering “live vegan” in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips. 

Fox Jenkins 



Supreme Court is redefining Constitution

I do agree with a previous letter writer that we all should be disgusted, enraged and embarrassed by the U.S. Supreme Court, however, not for the reasons given in that letter.  

   We should feel this way because the Supreme Court is charged with interpreting the Constitution and determining if new laws are in conflict with the Constitution.  They are not charged with the making of laws or redefining the Constitution.  The religious makeup of the court should make no difference in their decisions based upon the law and Constitution.  

    The court has been redefining or expanding the meaning of words:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”, now means: prayer is not allowed in schools and religious symbols may not be displayed in public buildings unless they are in a secular display; marriage has been defined as being between a man and a woman at least for 2,000 plus years, but now marriage is being defined as between “two persons” (makes one wonder when it will be defined as being between two living creatures). 

        The tenth amendment has been affected by the expansion and redefining:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

        Think of all the states in which the people have passed amendments to their constitution defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, and the court decisions concerning what the people want.  (I choose this issue only because it is currently in the news).

        Lastly, laws should be written to say what is meant!  (The ninth amendment is another worth reading.)

Henry Cardwell



FIS Board was right, newspaper wrong

Regarding the choice of the Frankfort Independent School Board’s choice to replace the errant replacement windows, I think the State Journal is all wrong. The contractor or the supplier made a serious mistake by providing the wrong windows.

If I was building a house and was ordering expensive custom windows, I would expect to get what I asked for. Not a cheap imitation or something that didn’t quite look like what I ordered.

The reason the FIS board made the order for windows that looked historically accurate was because that’s what they wanted. If they wanted something substandard, they would have asked for that.

It is unfortunate that the mistake was made and that the school must wait to get the new windows, but it is the right thing to do give the customer what they asked and paid for.

Brent A. Sweger 



What rights do Palestinians have?

The U.S. Constitution in part says: “We the people … have inalienable rights” … but evidently not the Palestinian people, living in 58 refugee camps since 1948/1967. 

The Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip are under endless Israeli occupation resulting in intermittent wars greatly benefitting the U.S. industrial-military complex and their senators. Israel is literally seen as the 51st U.S. state and  consequently America, sadly, is more and more held in contempt by the rest of the world.

The present death and carnage in the sardine can Gaza Ghetto annihilation operation is causing universal Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome  among the populace, especially the young, bitter hate and a genesis for endless future terrorist groups. 

The Gaza ghetto tragedy brings to mind the World War II Nazi devastation wrought on the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto. The turmoil will only widen.

It is written, “… thou shalt not kill!”

In the time of Christ, the Jewish people rightfully resented the Roman occupation.

 Is it not hypocritical not to rid the Palestinian people of the Israeli occupation and give the Palestinian their deserved nation?

Joe Schwarz



Many concepts but only one God

My attention was called to an article by Phil Greer attempting to prove that there is no God entitled “Not a Creator, but Created.” He argues that if there were really a God there would be a consistent view of him to all of us and that there would not be so many concepts of God, such as the Christian, the Muslim and the Jewish, etc.

This is a strange argument and is easily refuted.

OK, Phil believes that different views on a personage disprove his actual existence. Let’s see how this works. There are obviously different views on people like Columbus, Lincoln, and our current president, Barak Obama.

Who was Christopher Columbus? Some say an explorer who wanted to extend the territory of Spain. Others,  a  sincere Catholic who wished to convert the world to Catholicism. Others say a cruel predator who victimized the American Indians. Conclusion: since there are so many opinions of what Columbus is like, therefore he did not exist.

Who was Abraham Lincoln? Some say a noble leader who just wanted to save the Union from splitting up. Some say a tyrant who wanted to oppress the southern states that only sought to be left alone. Some say a conniving hypocrite who would do anything to protect his power. Conclusion: since there are so many opinions of who Lincoln was, he is a concoction of our own minds. 

Who is Barak Obama?  Some say a prudent president who has opened up better relations with the nations of the world, especially the Arabic and Muslim nations. Some say he is a pathetic blunderer who has imposed a crazy health care system on the Americans. Some say he is a foreign born Muslim who should not even have run for his job. Conclusion: since there are so many opinions of who Obama is, he has no reality, but is just a creation of our own minds.

If Phil Greer wants to prove that there is no God he must do better than argue that different conceptions of God disprove his reality.

By the way, I might argue that since the belief in a supreme being is so universal in all nations and cultures, in spite of the various concepts, this argues for the probability that there is such a being. 

John F. Thornbury



Not good news for the ‘near poor’

It is harder than ever to escape poverty in the United States. Forty percent feel now it is impossible to escape poverty.  We have a new class of economics: poor, near poor and affluent. This is from a monthly newsletter from the Rasmussen Report on the web.

Even as thousands of new illegal immigrants flood over the border, more Americans than ever doubt whether it is possible for most people in this country to escape being poor. 

A new Rasmussen Report national telephone survey finds that 44 percent of American adults still believe it is possible for just about anyone in the United States to work their way out of poverty. That’s consistent with findings since April of last year. 

However, 40 percent of American citizens now think it is not possible for just about anyone to escape poverty, up just two points from 38 percent in March but the highest finding in regular surveying since January 2009 just after the Wall Street meltdown. Sixteen percent more are not sure. 

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Not good news at all of us that are “near poor.”

Jim Anderson Stivers



Contempt for America in the Arab world

As of this writing, a fragile cease fire between Israel and Hamas holds.

Israel indeed has the right of self defense but in this conflict her actions have been most disproportionate. Israeli tanks and planes have leveled blockaded Gaza, inflicting more than 1,800 Palestinian deaths, mostly women and children.

Israel has affected a humanitarian crisis: there has been an acute shortage of shelter, food, water, electricity and adequate sewer systems, and hospitals are in need of supplies.

The United States has urged moderation in this war even expressing outrage over some of Israel’s actions while continuing to arm her to the mat. Thus is it any wonder that America is held in such great contempt by most of the Arab world.

George F. Hanrahan, Jr.



A job well done

I commend Walk Bike Frankfort  and the Frankfort Parks Department for developing and securing grants for the abandoned rail trail between downtown Frankfort and Kentucky State University.  This visionary project will bring many economic and health benefits to our community. 

Don Stosberg


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  • steve_fry, August 11, 2014 1:30PM

    "Also adding to Stosberg's comment... isn't the abandoned rail line behind KSU at the bottom of a cliff? In other words, isn't the railbed at Holmes Street level, and not at East Main level? How and where did that railbed get up into Indian Hills?"

    No, that is not true.  The abandoned Frankfort and Cincinnati rail line that they are referring to behind KSU is up on the hill where it climbed from near the CCU's main office on High Street to KSU to Indian Hills and beyond.

    It had a tressel that spanned two hills behind the old drive- in theater/later turned bar/trailer park on Holmes Street.

  • sunnybeach, August 10, 2014 8:27AM

    "Ok Mr Greer, we get it that you dont believe in God. That's your decision and I dont judge your beliefs. That is up to someone else to do. But please quit with pushing your beliefs on those who believe differently. Enough already!"

    Sunnybeach!  Mister Greer isn't the one who is pushing his "beliefs" on anybody, that is what you religious sunnybeachs are doing via the Congress and SCOTUS.  In fact, Mister Greer isn't pushing "beliefs" at all, he is just stating the scientific facts.  Do you even know the difference between a fact and a belief?  A fact is something that actually exists, you know, in reality.  A belief is a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true but lacks enough credibilty to be shown to be true.  In fact, delusions are defined as beliefs in psychiatric diagnostic criteria.

    Religion is based on beliefs and you are welcome to them...just don't try to pass them off as facts AND for sure, please refrain from forcing rational people to believe in them to.  Enough already with your pushing your Jewish fairy tales on the rest of us by having them codified into laws.

  • Also adding to Stosberg's comment... isn't the abandoned rail line behind KSU at the bottom of a cliff? In other words, isn't the railbed at Holmes Street level, and not at East Main level? How and where did that railbed get up into Indian Hills?

  • Just wanted to add to Don Stosberg's comments and give a big shout-out to City Grants Manager Rebecca Hall for her never-ending determination to get funding for projects that benefit our community.  Go Rebecca!

  • sunnybeach

    That"s where I'd like to be; (love your name!)


    I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for sanity.

  • Ok Mr Greer, we get it that you dont believe in God. That's your decision and I dont judge your beliefs. That is up to someone else to do. But please quit with pushing your beliefs on those who believe differently. Enough already!

  • Mr. Thornbury and like-minded others;

     There are no gods to be found anywhere. God and or gods do not exist and have never existed. The only thing we can find is humans believing they exist. So instead of arguing for the existence of something that obviously does not exist why not ask the question; why do humans believe gods exist when obviously they don’t exist? In asking this question we must look at ourselves and face the truth. We are imperfect and part of our imperfection is believing in invisible super beings that are watching us from their invisible worlds.

    Let’s take just the Christian religion and have a look at what Christians believe shall we.  The Christian believes that an invisible super being created this vast, endless universe by speaking it into existence. Part of what the invisible super being created was earth and we humans that live upon it. After a few thousand years the invisible universe creating super being became a ghost and impregnated a Jewish teenage girl with himself. He then grew up and committed a prearranged suicide by having the Romans who were unaware of his suicide plan kill him by hanging him on a cross until he died. He did this to pay for sins that he perceived have being done against himself.  And we humans must believe all of this nonsense or the invisible super being will torture us forever by burning us up without killing us.

    This is what you believe my Christian friend.

    And  remember, god loves us.

    Phil Greer