Letters to the Editor: March 28

March 28, 2013 

Madison Central win capped off fairer Sweet 16

Keep the boys high school state basketball tournament just as it is. It has never been fair to the teams that win the last game of the semifinals on Saturday evening to have to play the championship on Saturday night with no rest.

They have it correct now. It is also better for these young men's health, their hearts, etc. Leave it as is.

I went to a little school six miles down the road from Madison Central called Red House. I never got the chance to go to Madison Central. I went a couple of grades at Old Madison High. My dad, who is deceased, played football there in the 1930s. I have a grandson teaching and coaching at Madison Middle School. I had relatives that went to Madison Central.

My heart has never felt this good about a basketball tournament, not even an NCAA championship.

I prayed and prayed for Madison Central. My prayers were answered on that last shot by Ken-Jah Bosley.

Bill Manuel

Lexington


Learn fire safety

Five children, a pregnant woman and her fiancé all tragically lost their lives in a house fire in Gray on March 9. The children were 10 months to 3 years old, and two of them were friends of the home's residents. Nearby relatives were the first to arrive on the scene and attempted to rescue the family in the rural town.

In another devastating story, a man and his four children, ages 6 months to 5 years, died in a fire in Pike County on Jan. 8. That same night, four children ages 8 months to 9 years lost their lives in a fire in Conyers, Ga.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire claims an average of nine lives every day in the United States, and far too often they are the lives of those who rely on our protection the most.

Fire does not discriminate and can strike at any time in any type of home, but working smoke detectors and fire sprinklers can help to avoid potential injuries and tragedies like these. Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers control and typically extinguish a fire before the fire department arrives on the scene.

I urge you to check your smoke alarms' batteries, educate yourself on the current fire protection requirements in your city and state and learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the ravages of fire.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Russell Fleming

President, National Fire Sprinkler Association

Patterson, N.Y.


Use DNA evidence

Police gather evidence such as photos and fingerprints of people suspected of crimes. Quick, painless and cheap evidence is DNA. Laboratory equipment is becoming as small as smartphones and DNA determinations are made at a fraction of the former expense.

Rape, murder and pedophilia sometimes leave the suspect's DNA on — or in — the victim. The national data bank may list other offenses by the suspect. Such incontrovertible evidence may interrupt serial crimes or free innocent suspects from detention. DNA evidence may lead to shorter trials and court expense by guilty pleas or effective appeals.

Each fair, accurate shortened criminal case ended by DNA evidence could save much money.

Rex J. Phillips

Lexington


Sticky figures

The feature on Shaker Village production of maple syrup brought back childhood memories of tapping maple trees for sap.

Something that was always fascinating to the kids who were allowed to help in a small town in Connecticut, where maple trees abounded, was that many buckets of sap, 20 in fact, were necessary to make one gallon of syrup. This was not mentioned but seemed to be an unfortunate oversight.

Susan V. Bonner

Lexington


Zip line plan sensible

I have read with interest the Herald-Leader's coverage of Boone Creek Outdoors' zip line proposal. I consider myself a preservationist and an outdoorsman, both pursuits that will benefit from this venture. I support property owners' rights to utilize, or not utilize, their land within reasonable restrictions. The most inaccessible area of Fayette County is not its palatial horse farms, many of which provide regular tours, but the palisades of Boone Creek.

This is a relatively minor zoning issue, but has come to exemplify how certain Lexingtonians have disproportionate influence behind the scenes shaping zoning policy. The uninitiated would think that a zoning change was proposed to build Dollywood adjacent to the Kentucky River. Burgess Carey's plan opens an otherwise restricted area of our community, increases tourism opportunities, highlights our natural flora and fauna in an environmentally responsible way, all while increasing tax revenues and supporting our city's growth.

This is exactly what Lexington needs, and it comes at a price we can all afford.

Thomas Stephens

Lexington


Enhance environment

Lexington residents interested in nature-oriented activities within close distance should really consider supporting Burgess Carey's Boone Creek project that is currently the victim of an absurd political debate.

The Carey family's primary goal is to offer educational, family-friendly outdoor activities that will benefit everyone in the community. Having had the privilege to enjoy the Boone Creek environment with my children, I feel that developing eco-tourism on this beautiful piece of land will only enhance understanding and respect of the natural environment we are still fortunate to live in.

I am looking forward to a positive resolution of this matter, which will allow us and anyone interested in outdoor activities to enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna, hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, rappeling and zip lining (the best part of it) in Boone Creek in the near future.

Genevieve Rodgerson

Lexington


Private charity best

It deeply saddened me that some intelligent people (see Joel Pett's March 16 cartoon) do not realize the great difference between Christian charity and vote-buying government socialism. Americans are the most generous people on this earth. Government should only do, as a collective entity, what individuals effectively can't do: Army, police, fire, roads, etc.

The pope and Paul Ryan merely are stating that the church and others should help the poor, not taxing government-ruler-Caesar.

Katherine W. Ratliff

Lexington

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