Letters to the Editor: March 15

March 15, 2013 

City action against benign zip lines overzealous

As a Fayette County property owner, I am very concerned about the recent report in this newspaper that a landowner may have a criminal complaint filed against him by the county attorney's office for simply putting up a few zip lines and tree stands on his property.

Since the state does not consider zip lines to be an amusement park and tree stands have never required building permits, why is the Division of Planning taking such an outrageously aggressive approach against Burgess Carey's innovative efforts to introduce a small-scale, environmentally benign canopy tour?

When in use, the canopy system can't be seen or even heard by his closest neighbors. Once the leaves on the trees show up, the lines and stands are essentially invisible unless a person is soundlessly flying between the trees on them.

I do not understand what planners consider so dangerous about an unopened, eco-tourism attraction on unproductive farmland a few hundred yards from Interstate 75 that would create good jobs, open public access to a spectacular natural and historic area plus simultaneously help to conserve a fragile ecosystem from destruction.

If Carey's harmless zip lines are deemed illegal, are private hiking and mountain bike trails next?

Barry Grimes


Eco-tourism worthwhile

I write this letter in support of Burgess Carey and his dream of partnering with his immediate neighbors to create a true eco-tourism opportunity — an opportunity less than 10 minutes from some of the worst development Lexington has ever seen.

Carey and his immediate neighbors are trying to create an opportunity missing in Lexington and open their most valuable assets, their chunks of the beautiful Boone Creek gorge, to the public so they have the opportunity live, learn and enjoy.

Believe it or not, his idea is nothing foreign to truly progressive communities like Louisville or Nashville. However, Carey's idea is foreign to a handful of uninitiated vocal obstructionists under the guise of a neighborhood association incorrectly claiming they represent the residents of the Old Richmond Road corridor.

Lexington has the opportunity to facilitate something truly progressive in granting Boone Creek Outdoors approval to enact their original plan in its entirety and create a true eco-tourism opportunity in Central Kentucky. It's a shame so many with nothing to lose here can't see the forest through the trees.

John Foy

La Grange

Stop disability abuse

I frankly don't care what the language is that permits so many of our first responders to retire early at the taxpayers' expense with some feigned disability, but this practice has got to stop.

I have played golf with such a "disabled" gentleman and it was a standing joke what a ruse his disability was.

For the sanity of those of us still working and supporting this nonsense, I plead with those in authority to end this atrocity. And while we're at it, let's stop this practice of rehiring the retired pensioners as well; the double-dipping is also distasteful.

Mike Besten


Tort reform would help

What should have been an excellent article on reducing health care costs ("Foundation adds to its list of medical 'don'ts' for doctors," Feb. 24) was rendered meaningless by an obvious oversight.

The article, written by a McClatchy journalist, goes to great lengths to describe current medical procedures that are being routinely prescribed by doctors which are shown to have little or no value.

The nonprofit American Board of Internal Medicine points out some 90 medical procedures that can be avoided to save costs.

The obvious oversight is tort reform. In an article that took up a quarter of the printed page, it did not mention tort reform at all. There can only be one explanation and that is a political bent that does not wish to ruffle the Democratic Party and its cash cow, the trial lawyers (read: ambulance chasers).

There is no doubt that doctors know when they are overprescribing. But who can blame them when they are paying thousands of dollars for medical malpractice insurance in this litigious society? It's better to be safe than sorry, so he overprescribes.

There is absolutely no way we can reduce medical costs without tort reform, and this will not happen as long as the Democratic Party controls the agenda.

J.L. Lombardo


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