Letters to editor: Feb. 13

February 13, 2013 

City, UK focus on wasteful projects that benefit few

City and University of Kentucky leaders pretend to be visionaries with ideas bringing interest to our town. Their management style is using limited financial resources on wasteful projects.

Replace these with more creative thinking and farsightedness.

Hired, sometimes elected, decision-makers know friends, financial benefactors, contractors, other management leaders will gladly echo their sounds, even pitch in small contributions, knowing full well they will benefit, directly or indirectly, from spending taxpayer money and controlling taxpayer properties.

On each other's boards are family or friends in places making selfish plans benefiting each other. Big bucks are to be had in UK's unnecessary $110 million spending on a football stadium, with far more on $350 million to alter the Rupp area.

Worse, the latter wastefully destroys structures, replacing with new buildings, parking structures, two-way streets and raising a sewer-based, trickling stream.

Some management has credentials, financial success or polish to hide their waste and profiteering.

The saddest thing is the public's deafening silence while these thieves and money changers get away with such ridiculous planning.

I may not be a leader by management like our corrupt politicians and selfish business leaders, but caring, inspiring and persuading others is my goal. We need change.

Don Pratt


Find the waste

In response to the letter of Jan. 26 that states, "I am glad Andy Barr voted against the Sandy storm bill. If the complainers read the bill they would see all the extras added to it."

I respectfully quote the entire text of the first Sandy storm bill. It was the first roll call vote of Barr's congressional career that did not deal with the rules of the House, and he voted against the bill.

"An Act To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.

"Section 1. Temporary Increase in Borrowing Authority for National Flood Insurance Program

"(a) Section 1309(a) of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4016(a)) is amended by striking '$20,725,000,000' and inserting '$30,425,000,000'.

"(b) The amount provided by this section is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 403(a) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010, and as an emergency pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(g))."

Perhaps the letter writer would care to point out the extras?

Jonathan Edwards


Utilities must reinvest

Instead of allowing local utilities to raise rates by large amounts to increase their profits, can we mandate that upper management be required to take business classes at the University of Kentucky?

There, they would learn that, under capitalism, it's sometimes necessary to reinvest capital in a business. With good management, it's part of a basic business plan. Restaurants expect to buy new equipment, and mechanics always need new tools.

But they have competition, so can't simply charge more when they've made bad decisions, or failed to plan for the future.

The utilities have been given the right to service thousands of guaranteed customers, not hold them hostage.

Robert Griffith


Leave the abuser

America is in a domestic violence relationship with guns.

There are many complex reasons why this is so, but the important thing for America and her children is to get out of the relationship before more harm is done.

Separating from the abuser is a difficult and dangerous time, but America and her children want and deserve better. Will we help America take back her life, or continue to look the other way?

Patty McDowell


Learn from cranes

This may be a bit late to respond to the Dec. 21 editorial on sandhill cranes, however, published letters let me know the subject is not closed.

The cranes' migration lane is not over our area in Danville but it is over Kentucky and other states. Our vantage points are from Florida and Michigan from which many bird lovers come to view their activities.

In Michigan, our daughters invite us to go to Kensington Metropark with their two youngsters to hike, feed small birds from our hands, and view from the trails the sandhill cranes as they stroll the same paths with no fear of danger from hikers.

The parents are watchful but undisturbed as they feed along the way. People and birds can coexist peacefully and enjoy the great outdoors together, and we can learn from them.

Sadly the same is not true in our state. Hunters, not in great numbers, but still some hunters seem to need to kill for the joy of killing. Senselessly, they choose to target practice against peaceful wildlife, depriving birdwatchers of their enjoyment.

Again, another article in December warned hunters not to confuse sandhill cranes with the endangered whooping cranes, who a protected species. Can hunters really tell the difference between the birds at that distance? Why take a chance? Change the hunting laws to prevent such a happening.

Elizabeth Hellhake


Paul must fight for Ky.

Will Sen. Rand Paul do a favor for Kentucky by doing and fighting for Kentucky?

He's so caught up in fighting any and every thing associated with President Barack Obama that he's not focused on Kentucky's needs.

It would be nice if he represented all of us, even the ones who did not vote for him, and not be like Sen. Mitch McConnell and get caught up in getting Obama out of office. He's there for the next four years, so get over it and move on.

Fight for Kentucky like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fights for his state. It does not matter who's with him as long as they are going to help his state.

McConnell is on his way out because he couldn't remember why he was there. Young people are now voting and they want to know "What have you done for me?"

And that's why Obama is back in office. So get off the good ol' boys wagon, and get on the people of Kentucky wagon.

Donna Wortham


Another GOP low

Over the last four years we became accustomed to the stupidity of the new Republican Party, but South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's stunning performance at the congressional gun violence hearings was surely a new low.

Here was a United States senator, standing before Congress, the public and a nationwide TV audience, speaking sincerely and with a straight face about the dire consequences of depriving the nation's mothers of that crucial 11th bullet for their assault rifles while defending their babies, Rambo-style, against the invading hordes.

Our country has some serious problems to solve and precious little time to solve them. It will require a vibrant two-party system to get it done. Can the GOP please provide some rational adults with triple-digit IQs to assist in this effort?

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground

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