Letters to the Editor: June 14

June 14, 2013 

Junk the plans for salvage yard near Calumet

Most may know the world renowned horse farm, Calumet.

There is a move afoot to develop a Pull-a-Part salvage yard at its back doorstep. I have fought for 30 years alongside the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and other groups to halt encroachment and development of the Bluegrass horse farms of Fayette County, with some success.

But the horse farms have been disappearing over that 30 years anyway. Now this.

It is truly sad for me that the beauty and tradition of my hometown, that I have known all my life, are almost gone. I know many will think this is only nostalgia but this is what has always set Lexington apart from every place in the world.

The attorney for Pull-A-Part says it is not a junk yard. OK, it is a salvage yard. It may be a little more organized than a junk yard, but it has old and junked cars available for people to go in and pull their own parts. This does not belong at or even near this vestige of a once-proud and very important beauty of Lexington, Calumet Farm.

Mike Crowe

Lexington


Democrats fumbling

Seriously, folks, the Democratic Party needs to "gather their manure closely" to be polite. How many more prominent members of the party are going to consider, think about or mull over the idea of running against or from that money-grubbing servant of the rich, Mitch McConnell?

All the polls say he is more vulnerable now than ever. He really doesn't vote for our best interests (if you're not in the top 2 percent) and hasn't done very much for this state until recently when he endorsed the idea of growing legal hemp in Kentucky in quantities equal to or surpassing the illegal marijuana crop.

I guess that's laying the groundwork for big contributors in this new agri-business.

If Democrats don't unseat him now, they might as well fold their tent and concede U.S. Senate seats to the Republicans.

It's time to Pitch Mitch and Prune Paul.

John Thompson

Louisville


Rosemond defended

Lately, several letters have been highly critical of John Rosemond and his parenting column.

I'm only an occasional reader of the column, but I think almost all his advice can be distilled into two basic axioms: As a parent act responsibly and expect age-appropriate responsibility of your children.

So it's not very comforting to see so many people object to what once was accepted as normal.

And for those now shrieking in outrage that not all children are the same, do you really have an exception, or do you just not like the obligation of being a grownup?

Mike Rose

Jackson


IRS outrage

The administration has stepped over the line. I am repulsed and sickened just thinking of everything associated with the IRS targeting the Tea Party.

The IRS should be politics free. I don't buy for a second that it was lower-level employees who thought this up. Nothing is ever decided by lower-level employees. In government everything is done by with your boss' approval.

Free speech is a cornerstone of a free society. This is too much. The Tea Party should be allowed to apply for tax exemptions like other organizations. Hampering them prevents the discourse we so badly need.

I did not spend 24 years in the Army to protect "think the way I think" mentality. You can count on me voicing my objections through my vote.

Paul Temmermand

Lexington


Onerous governing

Two articles in the May 29 paper made me think of a few of the dangers of centralized government.

The article about banning businesses in rural Fayette County had one statement that really stuck out. It said a landowner (farmer) would have to seek a conditional use permit from the city's Board of Adjustment, which means the people living in the county lost control of their own destiny through consolidation of the city and county governments.

Another article in the same issue had a sub headline reading, "Under state pressure, (Clark school) board approves controversial measure," which means that Clark County must do something a lot of people in Clark County do not want, or else "risk losing educational funding."

When the money goes to Frankfort or Washington instead of staying at home, you are at the whim of politicians and bureaucrats who know what is best for you, whether you know it or not.

As an aside, an opinion piece in the May 30 paper suggested the licensing requirements for ownership and use of automobiles should be applied to the ownership and use of guns. Regardless of one's opinion on gun control, apparently the writer was not aware that neither the Constitution or the Bill of Rights mentioned automobiles, but did say a lot about the right to bear arms.

Kelvin Keath

Mt. Sterling

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