Letters to the Editor: May 23

May 23, 2013 

Fought for U.S., will fight against I-75 connector

I'm opposed to the I-75 connector through Madison and Jessamine counties. There are two road systems to reach I-75 without destroying valuable habitat, farmland and people's lives. It will not solve traffic problems as proposed.

No matter how many roads and bridges get, built it'll never be enough. Lets solve these problems with technology, not bulldozers.

We are hardworking people who enjoy the peace, quiet, beauty and wildlife of country living that we'd love to leave for future generations.

We chose our beautiful Jessamine County property for the above-mentioned — plus, as amateur astronomers, we enjoy the night skies.

We are retired military and have started over many times, choosing this to be our retirement home. It's easy for politicians to start over but for hardworking folks, it's not, and you find comfort in knowing this is your final homestead.

We're tired of having the government (that we've fought wars for) decide more roads are needed that destroy land when funding for maintenance and improving existing roads are more important.

If you want people to enjoy and stay in Nicholasville you need to give them a reason, not just a road. Take Danville, for example.

I care a great deal about where we live, with our great neighbors, in our piece of heaven and plan to defend it with everything I can. Because we do live in the USA and that's our right.

Ronda Carter

Lexington


No two-way on Main

At noon on May 3, I drove down Main Street in Lexington and tried to picture two-way traffic with a turn lane in the center.

The right lane was blocked in four places by delivery trucks. What happens to the traffic then? Some deliveries take upward of 30 minutes to unload and load their trucks.

I pass through downtown around noon every day. I come down Winchester Road to Midland Avenue to Main and go straight through downtown to Leestown Road, which takes from 10 to 15 minutes.

If it were a two-way street, it would double or triple my drive time, and then you have to take into consideration the expense of changing the lanes and signs downtown. Changing to two-way lanes does not make sense.

Estill Smith

Lexington


Government for sale

President Barack Obama recently nominated Tom Wheeler to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

This is just the latest example of the obscene level of access wielded by lobbyists and those who raise the most money for our political leaders.

No part of Washington is immune, including Obama who, in 2007 while first running for his current office, said that lobbyists "will not run [his] White House."

Wheeler is a former lobbyist and campaign contribution bundler who has raised close to $1 million for Obama's two presidential campaigns, according to OpenSecrets.org. Wheeler has also raised over $160,000 for Democratic candidates and political organizations.

But Obama and the Democrats are by no means sole players in the corrupt relationship between money and power in American politics.

The second Bush White House was infamous in its use of lobbyists as staffers, as reported by Politico. And when politicians of both parties leave office, they often become lobbyists, themselves, documented by Public Citizen.

Our government does not work for us anymore. Recent elections have shown that politicians must raise $1,700 per day to win a place in the House or $8,700 per day to win a place in the Senate (MapLight.org).

And they spend 30 percent to 70 percent of their time raising this money, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

But it is not too late for us to take our government back. Get involved in the campaign-finance reform movement. Join an organization like Rootstrikers. Contact your state legislators to advocate a state-initiated campaign finance amendment to the Constitution.

Matthew P. Forgue

Lexington


Praising Rosemond

It is unfortunate that the writer of the letter, "Rosemond's folly," condemned John Rosemond's views based on one column that she clearly misunderstood.

Rosemond has never indicated that our great grandmothers experienced very little stress —only that they did not let parenting cause that stress as it so often does for today's parents.

Our great grandmothers had the common sense to lead and instruct their children, rather than try to be their buddies or handmaidens.

They had much more to do than to entertain their children: lacking today's modern conveniences, they ran households with the help of their children once the children were old enough to contribute to the effort; they instructed children in the protocol of good manners; they provided the children with the tools to become productive adults.

I am not sure what the letter writer means by a "racially favored childhood," but Rosemond does not claim that he led an idyllic life in an idyllic time.

I have read every column and book Rosemond has written; I have attended many of his personal appearances. He has never denied the existence of alcoholic mothers, abusive parents, sexual abuse within families or developmentally disabled children.

What he has done is stress the need for parents to lead, to set limits and to provide parameters within which children can become independent and reach their full potential.

Carole Boyd

Lexington


How many deaths?

How many American deaths does it take to anger conservatives?

It's not 3,000 from the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center.

It's not the 30,000 who die each year from gun deaths.

It's not the 40,000 who die each year from lack of health care.

No, it took the deaths of two CIA agents and two Marines in Libya to get the Republican-held Congress to hold hearings.

Are homeland security, gun safety and health care just too hard for the conservatives in Congress to comprehend or are they just too lazy to do the work of the American majority?

Norman E. Goldie Jr.

Mount Sterling


Yea, verily for guns

Since I confess I know little about the Bible, the question on how the Second Amendment was supported by the Bible in an April 24 letter was answered by a friend who does know the Bible.

He was very patient with me. His answer is, "Evidently you do not appreciate the writer's logic. If Jesus commanded that we love our neighbor, as the Good Samaritan loved his enemy who had fallen among thieves; if Jesus held up the ideal that peacemakers are blessed and will be sons of God; if Jesus chastened Peter for cutting off the ear of the servant of the Pharisee, saying, 'Those who live by the sword will die by the sword'; if Jesus told us to return good for evil, to love those who abuse us, to turn the other cheek — then, it inevitably follows, every Christian should arm himself to the teeth to ventilate all those who cometh to take away our stuff. Yea verily."

George Weems

Lexington

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