Letters to editor: July 19

July 19, 2013 

Move Dear Abby away from comics to protect children

Every morning as my two daughters eat their breakfast they love to read the comics. My problem with this is, more times than not, I have to cut out the "Dear Abby" section first.

I don't understand why a column about sex, rape, incest, teen pregnancy and domestic violence is placed next to the comics.

My daughters are six and 10 and really don't need to be exposed to these types of topics at this age, especially when they are just trying to read comics. It's easy to tell them not to read it, but then comes the problem of the disturbing headline in big bold letters.

I hope you understand my concern, and I hope the "Dear Abby" column, for the sake of keeping children innocent, can be placed somewhere else within the paper.

Athena Willis

Lexington


Bigger farmers market

Lexington and the surrounding areas are very ethnically and culturally diverse. And a good amount of the population are green-, organic- and food-to-table advocates. Also, Kentucky artisans are among the most talented in the world.

While the farmers market at Cheapside is a good start, why can't Lexington have a market comparable to Pike Place in Seattle, Central in Cleveland and Boston and others?

The old Lexington Mall would have been a good spot but now is put to better use. Turfland Mall came to mind also, but it seems that the developer has other plans. Has the Urban County Government ever considered this type of community market? It could be a great asset to Lexington and other communities.

Rose Ferguson

Lexington


Diabetes fight bipartisan

The writer thanking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the National Institutes of Health for the renewal of the Special Diabetes Program did well to point out an important issue, but the letter neglected to include the many other supporters of this broadly bipartisan continuing effort.

In the Senate alone, a May 2012 letter to McConnell and Majority Leader Harry Reid urging the program's renewal was signed by 72 members — 46 Democrats, 24 Republicans and two Independents.

The prevalence and gravity of diabetes are so pressing, and the humanitarian urgency and economic advantages of bringing it under control so plain, that the issue was one of the few on which even the fractured 112th Congress could unite and act.

Lela Stromenger

Lexington


McConnell's legacy

If Sen. Mitch McConnell is serious about his concern for the people of Kentucky, here are some suggestions on how to help.

Instead of railing against the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama's "war on coal" he should use his influence to bring new industries and educational opportunities to Eastern Kentucky.

No one wants the miners to lose their jobs. In other states community colleges have partnered with businesses to train students for specific jobs. Since tobacco is a declining industry, he should investigate new crops that would work in our particular climate. Agriculture has been a big part of our economy and can be again. Surely McConnell has the resources at his disposal.

Rather than being obstructive and negative he could be proactive and progressive. McConnell could build a legacy for himself if he actually did something tangible and constructive for the commonwealth.

Cheryl Keenan

Lexington


Obama's attack on coal

It takes a breathtaking level of willful blindness to continue to deny the Obama administration's war on coal. Even without his promise of higher costs for coal-producing power plants during his first presidential campaign, the evidence is indisputable that he is attacking the industry with the intent of driving it out of business.

Thank goodness there have been breakthroughs in natural gas production that have helped ameliorate the costs to electrical production over the last few years.

President Barack Obama has certainly shown no regard to the costs his policies place on working people, so without these new sources of natural gas, people would really be hurting when it came to paying the power bill.

And to the writer of a July 12 letter: Most of Obama's ardent supporters, and much of the liberal Democratic leadership in Washington, are already hard at work attacking natural gas and the new cheap methods for recovering it.

Just a heads up to bury your head in the sand again to avoid seeing that looming war.

Mike Rose

Jackson

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