Nancy Kennedy’s recent article, “You Do Not Mess with Mothers,” was misguided and reckless.

She imagines all mother’s have the same unthinking attitude toward their children and fuels an unflattering stereotype of the role of a mother.

If my child was “in a courtroom, clad in an orange jumpsuit, shackled in chains, accused of being an ax-murdering cannibal,” I would not see her as the little girl who once made me a ceramic salt and pepper shaker. I would be desperately examining my parenting behavior and the example I set, trying to figure out how my child ended up in the courtroom.

Maybe God does give mothers “special strength for us to do the hard things,” but one of these hard things is not lying for a murdering child or imagining them as the children they used to be. Some of the hard things are, as Ms. Kennedy mentioned, going without at times in order to provide for our children and sacrificing sleep when we need too.

And knowing who we raised, knowing them as children and knowing them as adults. Knowing their strengths and their weaknesses.

Moms are not eligible to write recommendations for their children for the same reason fathers are not eligible. For the same reason grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends aren’t eligible.

Loving someone is not some special power mothers have, neither is being blind to someone faults.

Nancy Gow

Richmond

CARES Act didn't save Kentucky

Mitch McConnell claims Kentucky has been rescued by his CARES Act.

Oh, Really?

Kentucky has the highest unemployment rate of any of the 50 states at 33.2% (“Every state's unemployment claims since COVID-19 shut the economy down” by Samuel Stebbins and Michael B. Sauter, Microsoft News, May 8, 2020)

Kentucky unemployment claims since mid-March: 683,584 (14th most)

Kentucky unemployment claims relative to workforce: 33.2% of workforce (the highest)

Sorry, Senator, that dog won’t hunt.

Jamie Kirven

Berea

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