Letters to the editor: March 16

March 16, 2013 

Take responsibility for causing injuries

Buried in the front section of Monday's paper was an article about a man who is having to sue the city, or the police, for nearly killing him while he waited in line for a port-a-potty at a University of Kentucky football game.

Think about it. You're out tailgating, everyone is laughing and having a good time before the team loses. Along come some mounted public service people. I don't know who's responsible for the horse or rider, so I really can only skim the surface.

And, as with any other tailgating scene, the band is playing and more woo-whoo-ing and it's all good, until the horses freak out and amateur riders cannot control them.

Really? What if that was a little girl or boy? Or a woman with an infant? Would they be dead? Probably.

The man has over 20 grand in hospital bills. All he wants is for these bills to be paid. So pay them and say you promise it will never, ever happen again.

The next day, we have on the front page "Horse Whisperers" — perhaps they can take the animals and teach them crowd patrol before someone else is seriously injured.

Also, Lexington is supposed to be front and center in the equestrian business. Get some people with experience and training to ride them.

Simply unacceptable.

Lynn Embaugh


Stop the butchering

I recently read that the U.S. Agriculture Department has approved opening another horse slaughter plant. This certainly hits home. I began sponsoring a retired Thoroughbred over three years ago. He is currently living at a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facility.

I've read a vivid description of such a plant. It stated: "I will never forget the smell of that place. It was more than blood, bone, urine and body gases. It was also the fear and anguish and shock, all that a horse must feel in the last few seconds."

Everyone who sends a horse to slaughter should be made to go and see for themselves. For those who find it necessary to throw your money away at the track just remember: These horses may be giving up their lives for your pleasure.

More responsible breeding is a start. What else is needed may begin with God.

If there is a heaven I hope it is filled with those horses who arrived by hard passage. And if there is an eternal hell I hope the butchers enjoy their stay.

Jack H. Taylor



We have deified Abraham Lincoln for nearly 150 years. Now a couple of writers to the Herald-Leader want to make him a Democrat.

Tom Hamilton


Great dividers

I grew up and lived in Lexington for 23 years and have always been proud of my home state's role as a bridge between all of these United States. We have always been both geographically and politically right in the middle of North, South, East and West.

I am still proud of Kentucky's greatest politician ever, Henry Clay, who historians know as the one who kept the union together for decades during our most divisive moments as a nation.

How fitting it was that Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and went on to save our union when it had fallen apart after Clay's passing.

Now I am completely disgusted with our current senators. While Clay was known as The Great Compromiser, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell will one day be remembered as The Great Dividers. McConnell's worst moment in history is when he vowed to do everything possible to ensure that Barack Obama was not re-elected, even at the expense of blocking otherwise bipartisan legislation.

Paul sunk even further with his filibuster. Thanks to Paul, any home-grown American terrorists have it in Eric Holder's writing that even if they are planning terrorist actions and have compromised other branches of government, that our elected president does not have the power to use drones to defend our nation. I thought that is why the president was called commander in chief, so they can make decisions like these.

Douglas Kennedy

Hollywood, Fla.

Enjoyment opportunity

I am a member of the Boone Creek Anglers Club. I have been going to the club as a guest and a member for several years. This is where my 4-year-old daughter caught her first fish and my two sons learned to cook s'mores under Burgess Carey's supervision.

My 10-year-old son and I have joined Carey on several hikes where he educates us on the history of the creek and the invasive species. My son fulfills part of his scouting requirements by pulling honeysuckle and burning bush. My children and I enjoy hikes together where I pass along lessons learned from a life of outdoor activity. Yet this is something the area neighborhood association wants to terminate because zip lines are involved.

The creek is a treasure and absolutely needs to be protected. Carey's plan to encourage responsible tourism, eradicate invasive species and provide local jobs is exactly what it needs.

I find it interesting how some members of the local community have a "not in my backyard" attitude toward Carey's endeavors. They make him out to be a greedy capitalist for wanting to create a commercial operation. Being an entrepreneur is difficult enough without having to endure such demonization.

Taylor Ward


Worth repeating

James Gash's article, "I depend on my gun, but the NRA doesn't speak for me," in the March 7 Herald-Leader was the best down-to-earth, well-reasoned article I have read in the current firearms debate. I hope the rest of the McClatchy newspaper chain can pick it up and that it can get national attention. A hearty thanks to Gash for his excellent contribution.

Kerby Neill


Halt the buildup

It seems to me to be a no-brainer to ban assault weapons or any firearm that fires 30 rounds very quickly. These are not weapons used for defense, hunting or target practice. They are used only for killing people and should be legal for only the military or police.

As to arming teachers, etc., I would feel less safe and would not send my child or grandchild to such a school.

Beth Graves


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