Letters to the Editor: Nov. 9

November 9, 2012 

Don't forget city had segregated school systems

The Sept. 24 Feedback page contained a commentary. "History more than houses," written by Tim Hill. I take issue with the sentence which referred to "the city's only high school at the time."

Is this Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man revisited?

Evidently, the writer had in mind the old Lexington High School of the Lexington Public School System — the system's white high school. During the period cited, there were several high schools in Lexington and Fayette County.

The Lexington school system also operated Russell High School at Fourth and Campbell Streets (the predecessor of the old Dunbar High School) which was attended by African-Americans.

In addition, many African-Americans attended high school at Chandler Normal School, located on Georgetown Street (the main building still stands) and was administered by the national Congregational Church.

Furthermore, the county school system operated Picadome High School (the predecessor of Lafayette High School) and Athens High School (which functioned until the late 1950s when the former Bryan Station High building was constructed.

In addition, the University of Kentucky operated a campus high school (later, University High School) as practically all public higher education institutions did at that time.

I am not a journalist; however, as an individual who did progress through freshman English composition 48 years ago and who is a product of "colored schools" — elementary, high school and undergraduate — I urge your editing staff to be careful with the use of "only," "the first" or "the last."

Donald W. Lyons

Lexington


No more room

Immigration (one view): John Doe lives in a five-room house — Mom, Dad, three kids and a cat. Dad is out of work and can't find a job. Most of his savings are used up. Would he invite eight people he doesn't know to come in and stay in his house? He'd be crazy, right?

Earl H. Stewart

Grayson


Break the addiction

It seems strange to me that if a man is a drug addict who fathers a number of children whom he does not support (financially or otherwise) and who, due to his addiction, develops a number of pre-existing conditions which are expensive to treat, such as AIDS, he is immune to claims that he hasn't contributed his "fair share" to society.`

However, the same would not be true of a man who invested his life savings in a business and struggled for years looking failure in the face, but who finally was wildly successful, creating thousands of jobs and earning millions of dollars and paying millions of dollars in taxes.

The same also would not be true of a man who invested in stock, taking the risk that the company would fail (e.g. GM, Solyndra) and he would lose his entire investment, but who actually succeeded wildly.

What is the "fair share" for those falling in the second or third categories? Frankly, I don't know the answer. What I do know is that I do not trust the judgment of people who feel that those falling in the first category do not owe one iota more to society

From my limited experience with addiction, I know that an addict will not change unless given a strong incentive to do so. Also, if the prodigal son had been supplied with food stamps, free housing and free medical care, he would have had no incentive to change.

Boyd B. Richardson

Barbourville


A terrorist target?

Once a month a small airplane flies low over my property. The plane has the words "Pipeline Patrol" on its wings. I have also received, by mail, warnings from a pipeline company on how to spot dangerous conditions of the multiple high-pressure gas lines on, or near, my property.

This information also revealed that the pipelines originate near the Gulf of Mexico and transport natural gas more than 3,000 miles to major cities in the east and northeast regions of the United States, and end in eastern Canada.

These closely spaced high pressure gas lines will be easy and attractive targets for terrorists, since they pass through remote areas and cross beneath lightly traveled roads. The potential for sabotage of these gas lines will increase after coal-burning power plants are closed in favor of gas-fired plants.

The current low prices paid to producers of natural gas will discourage the drilling of new gas wells to replace those that go dry. Natural gas cannot be stored cheaply. Large amounts of coal may be stored on the ground near the point of need.

We should be preparing for the interruption of our gas and electric supply. We may also expect our electric bills to go up.

Fred H. Salisbury

Richmond

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