Letters to the Editor: Nov. 29

November 29, 2012 

More problems than solutions in Keystone pipeline

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately involving the Keystone XL pipeline, an extension to the 2,151-mile system that transports a half million barrels of Canadian crude oil to the United States every day.

While this may seem to be a good thing for our country, many people fail to recognize the possible externalities. Adding onto the existing pipeline will only increase the probability for crippling disasters, both monetarily and ecologically.

We as a country desperately need to become more energy independent, and such a large domestic project has the potential to provide for an abundance of American jobs. But the disappointing fact is that the majority of jobs involved are only temporary, and most of the crude is refined and exported to other countries.

Additionally, the pipeline affects hundreds of thousands of ranches and farms in America's Plains, farms that provide real jobs. The pipeline stretches across the continent, perpetually vulnerable to the elements and possible sabotage.

Drilling will simply not be enough to answer our energy crises, and we should instead invest our time and efforts in future technologies such as solar and hydrogen power. Development from this project forever changes our landscapes dramatically for the worse, while degrading some of the most pristine land in the world.

We as a nation should recognize the burdens our current practices will leave our children and try to move away from such a destructive culture, starting with the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Cody Meek


Fru-gal also backward

Joel Pett's Nov. 11 cartoon showing an outdated Kentucky holding a cigarette while waiting for a landline phone call was right on the money.

The Herald-Leader's Fru-gal column is another illustration of the backward thinking ways of Kentucky. While most of the nation is focused on avoiding high-sodium, high-fat, high-sugar processed foods, and on cutting fossil-based fuel use, clutter and hoarding, Fru-gal urges her readers to drive around seeking minuscule "savings" in order to acquire yet more unneeded trinkets, tote bags, T-shirts and other junk, and to consume calorie-laden junk and/or highly processed "food."

Another major Kentucky newspaper runs a column of actual thrift advice; I suggest you pick that column up and let Fru-gal go the way of vinyl records and the gas-guzzling behemoths we used to drive.

Sally Wasielewski


Exercising speech right

This letter answers the "Same old stories" letter of Nov. 13. First, the Herald-Leader publishes only one letter per person per month. They also get tired of reading the same old things as well. During the political campaigns they asked their readers to send in letters as to whom they support and why they support them (with a 150-word limit).

Fortunately, we still live in a country where we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

In the presidential race, if the "right" had accepted all citizens of different races, religions and realities, maybe the outcome would have been different. It is a fact that the United States is the melting pot of the world. Believe it or not. That being said, it is now time to move on and do something for our veterans and the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Thank you for the letter and reminding us older folks not to repeat ourselves. My granddaughter says this same thing. You might consider that these are pearls of wisdom that you might need someday. I too am an old Scott County girl.

Alberta J. Toomey


Militarily questionable

As a retired military air operations superintendent, I seek other active and retired military personnel to speak out about the untruths reported by the news media and Pentagon representatives based on their military experience.

News agencies reported this month, "Iranian warplane fires at U.S. drone." The drone was allegedly in international airspace patrolling the sea. The Iranian aircraft was allegedly a Soviet aircraft, the SU-25 Frogfoot air-to-ground strike aircraft.

For myself, I question why a drone would be patrolling off the coast of Iran when the Navy has a fleet of aircraft for such patrol duty. The dated SU-25 aircraft was not designed as an air-defense aircraft.

I do not believe the incident occurred, just another attempt by the warmongers, Zionists and Wall Street investors to start a war with Iran.

Too many military personnel have been killed and forever maimed due to the criminal resolutions approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Billy Ray Wilson


Electric rates unfair

When the Kentucky Public Service Commission had a public hearing on a proposed electric service rate increase, it was to consider whether the proposal is "fair, just and reasonable," according to PSC Chairman David Armstrong's statement in the PSC's Nov. 1 news release.

One is tempted to ask then whether it is "fair, just and reasonable" for the company to ask that the customers spend $82.4 million every year to buy more property for KU and LG&E to own instead of these companies paying for their property on their own.

One could also ask whether it is "fair, just and reasonable" to:

■ Grant annual compensations totaling $5.1 million to the president of PPL, which owns KU and LG&E.

■ Grant annual compensations totaling $4.9 million to the one man who is chairman, CEO and president of KU and LG&E.

■ Grant annual compensations in the millions to other company officers.

■ Pay non-full-time board members at annual rates from $175,000 to $214,000.

■ Pay stockholders more millions.

■ Ask citizen customers to give the company a gift of increased and improved property.

One could also ask whether it is "fair, just and reasonable" for KU (and LG&E) to continually seek increases from citizen-consumers, whose rates were increased in July 2010 and in December 2011 and who are now facing another increase, this time a proposed increase of approximately 8 percent for an average residential customer.

David O. Woolverton


Pray for our leaders

We as God's people have a condition to meet. Many of our leaders in government have failed us. We have also failed, failing to pray for them.

It is not too late to bow before God and pray that righteousness will once again prevail in our land. "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened." This is a promise we can trust. We need to love and respect one another.

Wes Dean


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