Letters to editor: April 12

April 12, 2013 

Lexington erred by not buying water utility

Way back when the "Do you want to own your water company?" question was put to voters, I followed the stories with interest.

I live in Louisville where we do own our water and I thought it was a no-brainer for the citizens of Lexington to vote in favor of owning their own water, too.

Wow, was I surprised.

Later, I met some fellow volunteers at the World Equestrian Games who were from Lexington and tried to get an answer as to what happened. "Oh, we don't want to let the government get into that," et cetera.

Well, I predicted then, and have been proven right many times over, that you were wrong, wrong, wrong.

How many rate increases have there been since you voted away your chance to own your own water? At least three and I may have missed some before this latest one.

Try adding them all up and remember each increase is a percent of an increasingly larger bill.

The city of Louisville has been paid dividends from the Louisville Water Co. every year, totaling many millions of dollars.

I had hoped for a more thoughtful outcome since there are two major universities in town. Pay attention next time, if there is a next time, and look farther than the end of your nose. Regular citizens are rarely given a chance to control such an entity so important to their survival.

John Thompson

Louisville


False start on budget cuts

Head Start and Early Head Start programs are facing devastating budget cuts that will eliminate vital services for nearly 70,000 at-risk children.

By failing to avert the budget sequester, our elected officials have missed the opportunity to lead by example and place the most vulnerable among us on a pathway to lifelong success.

As the child development director of a Head Start/Early Head Start program, I can tell you that these cuts will be particularly catastrophic to the children and families we serve. For nearly 50 years Head Start has been getting results in preparing our neediest children for school, and leading the early childhood field in innovation and quality through both high standards and relentless insistence on excellence. Here in Kentucky, sequester means 1,100 fewer children can be served by Head Start and Early Head Start.

Head Start and other nondefense discretionary programs — at 3.4 percent of the budget — are not the cause of our growing debt. Congress and the Obama administration need to act quickly to restore fiscal stability and maintain funding for Kentucky's at-risk children. Our nation's budget simply cannot be balanced at the expense of America's most vulnerable children and their families.

Tish Coldiron

Barbourville


Better use of money

If Sen. Mitch McConnell really wanted to help the people of Kentucky, he would retire and then donate the $12 million he has for re-election to the state. That could help everyone, especially our schools.

Now that would be something the people of this state would back 100 percent.

Leesa O'Banion

Frankfort


BBQ brouhaha

After reading the article about a dinner for state senators being charged to taxpayers, I became warmer than I have been all winter. I know that ex-senator David Williams is gone and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, has replaced him. Same ol', same ol'.

How can Stivers legally authorize state payments for meals costing nearly $1,000 for pork barbecue and lemonade to feed lousy legislators on taxpayers' money? Stivers said he would reimburse the state, "the whole $1,000."

I, and many others, ask that he do so quickly, plus interest. Being a senior citizen, I might have to get a second job to make ends meet.

I already have an idea to run a pork barbecue and lemonade stand in front of the Capitol in Frankfort for all of those lousy politicians.

Dorothy J. Duncan

Nicholasville


Down to business

Got a logo for the new University of Kentucky football coach: "He Stoops to Conquer!"

Kay George

Lexington

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