Letters to the Editor from April 29 edition

 In my opinion KY Governor Andy Beshear has cut his political career short by vetoing an act aimed at protecting defenseless children born alive during an abortion. From this day forth he should be known as Andy the Assassin because he wants children left to die when they are born alive. OUTRAGEOUS! MURDER! Murder is defined in Kentucky Statues as causing the death of another person including acting with extreme indifference to human life. Not since Cain slew Able has there been such a malicious act by anyone in my opinion. I encourage everyone with a heart and everyone who loves children to call the Governor's Office and tell him and his folks that the Governor is WRONG. Call your legislators and let them know that you too are outraged by this evil act. His vote was not impulsive but planned. His heart must be evil because no one who believes in God and in the Christian faith could ever intentionally harm a defenseless child or leave a child to DIE when a child is born alive. What kind of monster occupies the Governor's Office in Kentucky? KY legislators MUST override Andy the Assassin's veto. The Commonwealth cannot tolerate this evil stain. Murder is murder. It is bad enough that we have an abortion clinic in Kentucky, but now Beshear wants it to become a death chamber for children born alive. We are supposed to be fighting the pandemic for ALL to remain healthy and alive and not killing babies. We must not tolerate killing children in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If anyone is not outraged by this heinous act then I must fear for his/her soul. Please good citizens of Kentucky, show your outrage to the Governor, our legislators, and the world. Kentuckians are good folks and not baby killers. In the name of God and common decency, this must be corrected. Stop this insanity. Show Beshear the Beserker your disdain. He has my contempt completely and totally. Jim Weise, of Elizabethtown


 Come on, Mr. Governor, please stop violating the Constitution!  Imagine if Governor Beshear had issued an Executive Order stating that to protect everyone’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was forbidding newspaper, TV, and radio station reporters and editors from meeting in an office. He would also prohibit fundraisers, parades, and festivals. Other entities could stay open if they followed health and safety rules.  There would be an immediate outcry. “Governor, please don’t shut us down! We can figure out ways to operate even while reducing the risk of transmitting the disease. We can follow all your guidelines – stay far apart, sanitize and disinfect items we use and touch, and we’ll even wash our hands frequently. We can do some things remotely, but not all. And, by the way, what you are doing is unconstitutional. We have a special status under the Kentucky and federal Constitutions. It’s in there under “freedom of the press.” So, you can’t just shut us down legally.”  You know what? They would be right.  Now imagine the Governor did the same thing, but instead of violating the freedom of the press, he ordered all worship services and faith-based meetings to stop. That prohibition would violate the free exercise of religion (1st Amendment) or the right to worship (Kentucky Constitution). Well, this is not a hypothetical. Governor Beshear actually did this in an Executive Order of March 19, 2020. No matter what safety measures churches take, the Governor has banned the gathering of people in any number (so long as it is “a group of individuals”) for any “faith-based purpose.” Churches are in the same category as festivals.  Elsewhere, the Governor gave conditions which must be met by every entity not shut down – newspapers, grocery stores, libraries, offices, liquor stores, factories, etc. But even if churches meet these conditions, they violate the Executive Order if they meet. The churches may have plans to space people out so that there are 15 feet between family groups, so that everything is cleansed after every service, so that services are split into smaller groups and conducted more frequently, so that everyone wears masks – there are many ways to comply with health standards and minimize risk, but the Governor did not do that. Instead, he said that regardless of how safe you can make things, you cannot meet. And I will send out the State Police to enforce my Executive Order.  Come on, Mr. Governor, quit violating the law and set standards for everyone to meet, and then let them gather if they can meet the standards. Don’t violate the Constitution, even during a medical emergency. After all, what part of the Constitution will you do away with next? Freedom of the press? Peter Hill Attorney Guston, KY


 I write this in agreement with Conrad Doyle. Constables were elected peace officers to enforce laws, settle squabbles, and keep peace in rural communities where they lived; however, we have police forces, Sheriff’s, Fire Depts. and EMS available 24 hours a day. Constables are unneeded and can get into trouble, like in the “Great Dead Horse Tavern Raid!”  I visited Dead Horse Tavern, when bow hunting deer in the 1960s. By the time we moved here in 1997, I was told it burned. Later this story was told me by two participants in the “Great Dead Horse Tavern Raid,” a 16-year-old boy witnessing the event, and the constable involved. Whether either told the absolute truth, or lied absolutely, I have no idea. I believe it happened. In Dead Horse Tavern, in my early twenties I was never carded, but looked younger than my years. I was told the place would stay open after hours, if the “jukebox,” was really hopping, but being a neighborhood place, people looked out for each other. A new Constable who promised if elected, to shut down Dead Horse Tavern, strode in one Saturday night with a badge on his shirt, and a big pistol on his belt, announcing to everyone he was closing it down. The bartender and fun-loving customers took a dim view of this, and chased him into the restroom where he barricaded the door. People were banging on the door in attempt to either get at him, or the facilities they badly needed. Realizing his danger, he climbed out the little window and up onto the roof where he hid. He was soon spotted, and just as someone brought out a ladder, someone else had called the State Police, and several Troopers rescued him. The tavern closed for the night; promise kept, I guess.  Later, I met the constable and he told a different story about how he bravely and singlehandedly closed the tavern down. Someplace between these two divergent stories lies the truth. This so-called raid is another example of why the constable is unnecessary. Police, fire, and EMS meet any emergency competently and professionally, in minutes. Police are trained, they know how and when to use force, and get results. I love tradition, but constables are obsolete. Gerry Fischer

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