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Richardson should resign Editor, The Sun: So the Woodford County School Board has made the news again – this time not for a tax dispute but because a board member has posted derogatory, racist memes on her Facebook page. The board just unanimously approved anti discriminatory language for the employee handbook, but she posts discriminatory memes. This is not consensus building, this is not working together, this is not leadership. Fifteen percent of Woodford students are Hispanic, there are several Hispanic staff members, and we have a board member posting memes that are derogatory towards Hispanics. If this was a teacher, their job would be in serious jeopardy; if it was Scott Hawkins (the Woodford County Public Schools Superintendent), the outrage would be deafening and he’d be run out of town. Why would we expect and demand less from an elected school board member? Most shocking of all is that she didn’t apologize. That’s because she’s not sorry and doesn’t care that she has offended people. She doesn’t care. The board chairman needs to act, and she needs to do what’s right. Allison Richardson needs to resign, and we should demand that she does. Kevin Bleuel Woodford County LGBTQ community, ‘people of faith’ not opposing entities Editor, The Sun: I read with interest the Aug. 15 guest opinion piece by Tony Hardin concerning the Fairness Ordinance. Having both friends and family members who are gay, I would like to respond to some of the assumptions made. I know he is sincere and I respect his position, but I take exception to the way in which he views such an ordinance. Specifically, he refers to the LBGTQ community and people of faith as if they are opposing entities. Nothing could be further from the truth. LBGTQ is who people are, not a club that people electively join. Secondly, they are not separate from a faith community. Many LBGTQ are also active members of the same faith, and share the same message as Mr. Hardin. So I would suggest that the best way to view the Fairness Ordinance is to accept it as a reminder that all of us are the children of God, and that we are called to be in charity with each other. M.O. Vandenburg Versailles Fairness Ordinance is pro-faith Editor, The Sun: There is a position taken by some that business owners who subscribe to Christian religious beliefs should be allowed to practice their faith by refusing service to those that identify as members of a specific community, even while agreeing that members of that community should be afforded protection from discrimination. The position is then advanced that if they are forced to provide service to that person, the state is violating their freedom to practice their religion. That discussion has typically revolved around two groups of citizens (Christians and members of the LBGTQ community). But what about the consequences of such an accepted position? Should the owner of a hardware store whose religion does not condone divorce be allowed to refuse service to someone they know is divorced? Should the checkout person at a supermarket who belongs to a religion that is against alcohol be allowed to refuse to ring up your groceries if they see a six-pack of beer in your cart? While our founding fathers were mainly Christians they, like many other colonists, had left England to escape religious persecution and intolerance. Besides the wars between the countries England, France, and Spain that were based on the difference between Catholics and Protestants, in England, Catholics were not allowed to worship and were jailed when found conducting their mass. While this is a very abbreviated look at the religious climate at the time, it does help understand John Adams writing that “The Government of the United States is not, in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.” Their concern was to protect my right to worship, not practice. Refusing to sell you a hammer because you are divorced has the effect of forcing my belief on you. It does nothing to strengthen my faith or protect my religion. The Fairness Ordinance is a validation of my faith, even while possibly being in opposition to my religion at times. Mike Garkovich Woodford County Fairness Ordinance ‘unfair’ Editor, The Sun: The first draft of a fairness ordinance for the City of Versailles is unfair. I appreciate the fact that it restricts discrimination of LGBTQ persons in need of housing and employment. But this law goes beyond that to protect them at the expense of religious and non-religious service providers. I wish that I could be satisfied with adding a further exemption for religious service providers who don’t want to be forced to write blasphemous slogans on T-shirts. But this exemption would only protect people of faith like myself. It would not protect the atheist service provider who might object to providing a service to LGBTQ persons on either ethical or professional grounds. I know of doctors, having no objection to the LGBTQ lifestyle, who cannot go along with some of their clinics’ transitional treatments for children going through puberty because of safety concerns. Should their educated medical opinion be set aside to satisfy a political agenda? What if there is disagreement within the LGBTQ community itself about what kind of transitional services should be provided? There is already disagreement in that community about the extent of sexual identity categories. This is harmful to the very people these laws try to protect. People of conscience, even if they do not have religious faith, should not be coerced into unethical practice. I do not envy our city council in navigating these issues which are always much more troubled and complex than activists would like us to believe. All of us are beginning to see that there is no limit to the number of ways humans can identify themselves. Even now there is a rapid fracturing of groups into sub-groups based on more digressive identities in need of more and more specific regulations to guarantee equality of outcomes. Regardless of bad laws, Christians are called to live in a way that reflects the truth that the most fundamental identity all people have is that we are made in the image of God. It is this identity which provides a truly ethical basis for humane treatment of the disabled, the aged, helpless infants, immigrants, the mentally broken and the outcast in a culture that changes its values as often as the tides. Miriam Tucker Woodford County

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