Letters to the Editor: Jan. 25

January 25, 2013 

Woodsongs will help Lyric's rebirth, with residents' aid

I had the pleasure recently to attend Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour's premiere performance at the Lyric Theater and I have to say I was impressed.

Not only was I blown away by the fiddle playing of Michael Cleveland, but I reveled in seeing the Lyric packed to near-capacity. It made me proud to be a resident of the East End neighborhood.

In recent years, considerable work has gone into reviving the East End.

As evidence, look no further than the renovation of the Lyric itself, which sat empty and deteriorating for 40 years.

The decision by Woodsongs to relocate to the Lyric is a giant leap toward making the Lyric a cultural destination once again. Woodsongs will draw hundreds of patrons each Monday to the Lyric for its live recordings.

I encourage my neighbors in the East End and all of downtown to support this collaborative effort between Woodsongs and the Lyric. Support it not just with your words but with your money. Buy a ticket and go to a show every now and then.

One of the major objectives of the East End Small Area Plan is to attract more businesses to the East End. What better way to show that we are open for new business ventures than to support Woodsongs at the Lyric.

It's time we put our money where our mouth is.

Thank you, Woodsongs, for giving the Lyric and the East End this opportunity.

Thomas Tolliver

Lexington


Special treatment?

It's interesting commonwealth's prosecutor Lori Boling tendered her resignation on Dec. 18, two weeks after being caught shoplifting. Even more interesting, she was actually charged two weeks prior and wasn't placed on the docket until Jan. 14.

Was our fearless leader, Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson, afraid of a little bad publicity?

Any other citizen of Lexington would have been tried and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law before you could say "Meijer." He's always more than willing to prosecute anyone for anything, but when it comes to one of his own there seems to be a double standard.

I wonder if he'll put this on his web site?

Lynn Wiseman

Lexington


Bring on Judd

Would Kentuckians please, please encourage Ashley Judd to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell, and then vote for her? Senator No needs to go.

Ronald Reagan (and many others) demonstrated that theater and the film industry are excellent training grounds for political leadership. Judd (witness her presence at University of Kentucky basketball games and continued involvement with Kentucky) didn't abandon Kentucky when she won stardom.

If McConnell truly cared about Kentucky and the United States, he would seek ways to address the challenges that confront us and move our country forward. He has not done that. Judd could be counted on to serve with a goal of accomplishment. She could make Kentuckians and others proud. But, beyond that, we could count on her approach to be "how" and not "no."

Nancy Finch

Richmond, Va.


UK helps school event

A big thank you to Kay Roberts and the International Affairs Office at the University of Kentucky for their support of Cultural Fair 2012 at Julius Marks Elementary in December. Twenty-seven classrooms became 27 countries and students in Early Start through fifth grade toured the world at their school as a result. Through UK, the school was able to borrow artifacts, books, clothing and standard-sized flags from numerous countries, as well as enjoy presentations by Roberts and many others in our community.

The conversion of our building to represent the countries we studied was extraordinary, and the parents, teachers and staff at Julius Marks are to be commended for the magnificent work they did. Networking with UK in this endeavor was nothing less than spectacular.

Judy Korthauer

ESL teacher and coordinator of Cultural Fair 2012, Julius Marks Elementary


Wrong assumption

I appreciate the humor, irony, insight and persuasive power of political cartoons. However, the cartoon by the Phildelphia Daily News' Signe Wilkinson in the Jan. 12 edition portrays Social Security and Medicare recipients as having "promised" themselves their coverage.

The correct wording should not be "we promised this to ourselves," but "we paid for this ourselves for the past 40 years."

Seniors were not asked if they wanted to participate in Social Security, they weren't asked how much they wanted to contribute, and they didn't determine the payback amount. Therefore, the claim that senior citizens are out of line for defending programs they contributed to for a career is misguided, ill-informed and wrong.

Tim Ashmore

Morehead

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