Why didn’t Joe Biden and the Deep State stop Hunter Biden’s guilty plea? | Opinion

Deep State

So President Joe Biden, the Deep State and other nefarious actors spent time, money and resources to fabricate a legal quagmire that would ensnare former President Donald Trump. Once suitably ensnared, votes would be lost thus handing the 2024 election to Biden. Question is, why bother? If you’ve been paying attention to Trump-mania, you would realize he’s not going to lose support no matter what he does. The faithful do not waiver in their devotion. The “shoot somebody on Main Street and not lose any votes” trope is now reality.

So why in the name of all things conspiratorial would anybody go to the trouble of trying to make Trump look bad? His followers will simply laugh it off and send him even more money.

Biden may be old and slow, but he is not stupid enough to waste time and money on a plot that would be irrelevant no matter the outcome.

And speaking of plots, how goes the plot to make the charges against Hunter Biden disappear?

DeAeth Ross, Lexington

Hax is back!

Thanks for bringing Carolyn Hax back. I know there are lots of other problems in the world, the country, the Commonwealth, and our town, but this was very welcome.

Roger Paige, Lexington

Downtown zoning

We recently had a redeveloper/land speculator tear down three historic homes a block from my house. They are R2 zoned. These lots had large 80 - 100 feet tall trees on them. What’s going to replace them? Are there any conditions that the redeveloper do any landscaping? In the past, redevelopers have not planted any trees. Even trees in the median between the sidewalk and street aren’t replanted because we have utility lines in the neighborhood. Is this progress?

Trees planted along the edge of a development don’t cost a lot of money, don’t prevent the full use of the property by the developers, save on cooling in the summer, reduce ozone and other pollutants, and in general have a huge positive affect on mental health. The benefits far exceed the costs. I don’t understand why we can’t have a minimal tree canopy requirement for infill. If the city is going to update R2 and infill zoning this needs to be the Number 1 priority.

Front yard backsets and tree canopies often define the character of many old neighborhoods. With the proposed changes to zoning I’m concerned those neighborhoods are under threat. They deserve better.

Mark Barker, Lexington

Partisan perception

In his recent commentary, Nolan Finley is obviously correct in principle: if Democrats want to successfully bring charges against former President Donald Trump, then it should indeed “be done without a hint of partisan motivation.”

But how does he propose this ever be accomplished in reality? Finley himself freely admits that Trump’s supporters view him as a “victim of persecution” whenever any criticism of him is made. It will not matter to them one iota if everything is done by the book.

Steven James Peterson, Irvine

Fauci hearing

Is there now anything more sickening than the Congressional inquisition of Dr. Anthony Fauci; a farce led by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and other right wing extremists whose only purpose in life seems to be slandering figures like former National Security Council officials Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill, as well as others in honorable government and military service? The only “crime” these people have committed is exposure of corruption.

If readers think this is the extent of the malady consider the threats of violence not just upon individuals but upon whole institutions, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI in particular. Working class Americans must ask themselves if they will be better off when young men and women hesitate to enter careers in medicine, science, the judiciary, education, the clergy, journalism and public service for fear that any statement of concern brings retribution from GOP fabulists and whiners. With evidence and reality discarded in favor of whatever one just wants to believe, even self-serving cowards in Congress and citizens suckered into MAGA ideology and poisoned with grievance will rue the day.

Years ago I saw this bumper sticker that read, “my kid can whip your honor roll student.” I laughed, but it’s not funny anymore!

Ernest Henninger, Danville

Barr’s Trump support

I saw U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., being interviewed on TV recently. When asked about former President Donald Trump’s recent felony conviction, Barr said, “The American people should have a right to elect who they want without all this legal interference.”

I wonder if Barr thinks the American people should have a right to elect who they want without ILLEGAL interference, such as when Trump had an armed mob of his supporters attack the U.S. Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying the most recent presidential election. Barr certainly seems to be okay with that.

Barr has no integrity, no honesty, no courage, and no patriotism.

Greg Kring, Lexington

Changing demographics

You’ve probably heard it said many times that non-Hispanic whites will be a minority in the United States in a few decades. Some take this projection to mean that our country will also shift to the left in its social and political opinions. They’re assuming that people of color are more liberal or progressive in their opinions.

But, that assumption is a leap of political faith if you think about it. Consider that more and more Americans are multi-racial and multi-cultural nowadays. Would an Irish-Hispanic American view our society and its politics that much differently than an Irish-American or a Hispanic-American? What would be the differences in outlook among African-Asian Americans, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans?

This is surely a very complicated subject. It just seems to me that making projections about our social and political opinions based on such demographic changes is too much like eugenics.

Tom Louderback, Louisville

AmeriCorps service

AmeriCorps is a federal service initiative and the Environmental Education Leadership Corps (EELCorps) is a federal and state initiative to promote environmental literacy. As a member of AmeriCorps, I wanted to share with others the importance of my service.

I chose to serve with AmeriCorps because it is a meaningful experience. I have always thought that being a part of an organization that comes together to bring others together is important. I love that the AmeriCorps’ and EELCorps’ mission is to provide and encourage others in communities to be a part of and learn things that will make them, and their communities, grow.

I have seen positive change in students and myself since serving with EELCorps. I have seen students’ attitudes change once they went out into the environment. Their faces are filled with their big and bright smiles. They are inquisitive and want to learn more about the natural world. It truly is rewarding to see students be so happy to be outside and want to learn. I personally have learned new information about the environment that I am excited to share with others. This opportunity has made me want to learn more and help others learn more about our earth.

Mallory Bowman, EELCorps member engagement manager, serving in Louisville at the Jefferson Memorial Forest

Compiled by Liz Carey