Cross Words

I was delighted to see Elizabeth Buckley's door, "Outdoor Café," featured in Andreas Kreis's letter to the editor, however I was dismayed to read his opinion that the cross pendant on the young lady-"ruins the impression" and is "a commercial for Christianity," appreciated, no doubt, only by tourists from the "Bible belt."

As a native Kentuckian newly returned, I have noticed "in the Bible belt" it is en vogue, even de rigeur to dismiss Christianity-certainly more so than in more sophisticated areas. I was also unaware that wearing a cross makes one a walking advertisement for Christianity anymore than wearing a thong makes one a stripper. Both have become, for better or worse, fashion statements. To wit, Madonna wearing a cross no more makes her a Christian than kissing Brittany Spears makes her a lesbian. I wonder if Kreis would have been as insulted had the young lady been portrayed wearing a red Kabbalah string bracelet (Madonna's current religious accessory) or a Buddhist amulet.

I also wonder why he objected so strongly to the cross jewelry? Why not the fact that all of the people are white? Or young and attractive? Or that one of them is pregnant? Or wearing pink? My point in all of this absurdity is that the gentleman seems to have missed the point -Ms. Buckley was portrayinggaspher family. All seven of us-ten if you count my stepbrother's girlfriend (the cross wearing fanatic), my nephew and nephew to be.


Amy Buckley

Lexington, Kentucky

Laguna Beach & Palm Springs, California

In reading one writer's opinion about the "Outdoor Cafe" painted door, I could not help noticing the amount of venom (masked by an air of pseudo-sophistication) the writer displayed against anything Christian. What if the young lady had been wearing a dot on her forehead a la Hindu, or was covered from head to toe in Muslim fashion, or had worn a Wiccan pendant? Would the writer have labeled those who liked it as "unevolved"? Perhaps the artist might have been depicting an actual couple she had observed, with no "commercial" intent. I don't know, and neither does the writer. Why not ask the artist why she painted it? Or did the writer just want to grab an opportunity to vent against Christians?

The writer is correct in stating that more mature viewers would not pay such heed to the small detail that obviously disturbs the writer so much. Mature viewers would accept it at face value as the delightful vignette into human life that it is.

I can tell you one thing for sure. The scorn which the writer displays represents the basis of humanity's problems-intolerance of others.

Anne Wood


No such thing as a free lunch

Sean Gonsalves, what a gullible dimwit you are [guest op, Sept. 11]. A constitutional amendment guaranteeing living wage jobs? Right! I can see it now: "Sir, a happy meal with water? That'll be $129.99. Drive around."

As a longtime contractor I can tell you unequivocally, unemployment is a myth. Along with endless government regulation, the biggest problem I have is finding people who will show up for work, much less lift a finger after they get here. This is true for every employer I know. And it has nothing to do with pay. Liberal do-gooders everywhere need to face this fact: there exists a certain percentage of people who absolutely will not work. And liberal handout policies that began with FDR have contributed greatly to this pitiful epidemic.

Recently, while on lunch break, I was approached for a handout by a man just as healthy as I am. Once inside the restaurant I noticed that every single worker there was Mexican. What's wrong with this picture, Sean? Don't strain your brain with a typical liberal, anti-capitalist soundbyte. I'll handle this one for you. In this spoiled country of ours, way too many people think they should own the restaurant before they even know how to run the cash register. And the ultimate result of more feel good policies like a guaranteed living wage is a communist state where the Clintons and Kennedys look down on the rest of us as we shuffle toward the bread line.

Tim Mesaris

Nicholasville, KY

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An Act of Patriotism

Our very own U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will speak to law enforcement officials in Louisville on Thursday, September 18-which coincides with a forum being held by LexBORDC (a non-profit organization that supports the Constitution and Bill of Rights ) about the Patriot Act.

Ashcroft's appearance is part of a national tour to defend the Patriot Act and the government's "war on terrorism."

If interested in joining the cause LexBORDC will mass up at the South Side of Jefferson Street between 3rd and 4th St.. across from the Convention Center (in Louisville). Once there, they plan to tell Mr. Ashcroft to engage in public debates about the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act forum itself will be held later that night at the Kentucky Theater at 7pm.

Bridging the Gap

The Bridge & KY Harvest are presenting a Jimi Hendrix tribute and charity food drive to raise money and food for KY Harvest Friday, September 19 at Common Grounds Coffeehouse.

The event is free, but please bring some non-perishable food items or make a cash donation for KY Harvest. The show runs from 9 - 11pm

For more info check out www.skinnydevil.com/Bridge.html.
To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.

In memory........Basic Black

If anybody ever earned the appellation "Best," it's certainly Johnny Cash, who died last week. Certainly his sad passing was not unexpected, especially by those who knew his heart would not last long after the death of his beloved, June Carter Cash.

Many of us here had an opportunity to become slightly acquainted with him after his 1995 Coliseum performance, and went on to enjoy shows he performed with the Highwaymen. Even then, his health was failing, but his talent and performances were surpassed only by his graciousness.

May his legacy continue to inspire us all.