Letters to the editor: July 30

July 30, 2013 

Coal industry can't beat capitalism, will have to adapt

The "war on coal" is a misnomer. The people fighting to preserve the coal industry have effectively declared a war on capitalism. In capitalism, creative destruction occurs when an advanced technology that is cheaper, more efficient and more beneficial to the consumer replaces an older, worn out technology. Did people wage war on ring dial phones when they were replaced by "bag" phones and in turn by cell phones?

For a million years, humankind depended on lumber to warm the hearth, cook food and ward off predators. But in the past 150 years we have virtually eliminated the use of wood in favor of coal. It's just progress.

Don't get me wrong, we still need coal to light our homes and fuel our industries for now and probably into the foreseeable future. We have the technologies to reduce the pollutants that arise from the burning of fossil fuels. Are we willing to spend the dollars today which would raise everyone's electric bills or pay a much higher bill in terms of human health care and environmental cleanups that accompany increased pollution?

Recently newer technologies have begun to replace older ones. Wind, solar, nuclear and geothermal energy sources will eventually lead to the demise of coal. What the coal industry has to do in order to survive is invest in these more efficient enterprises during the transition from coal to what the world will look like 100 years from now with the goal of being a market leader in them one day.

Robert Hoeller

Lexington


Defending Deen

Regarding the crucifixion of Paula Deen, I am appalled that there has been no support for her in the media. Does no one remember the concept of free speech? Or the First Amendment? The horrifying, infamous slur she uttered is not as terrible as murder, an inoperable brain tumor, sickle cell anemia, war and a multitude of other catastrophes.

Isn't freedom of speech right up there in the Bill of Rights with freedom of the press? Has the press forgotten the Bill of Rights?

Rosanne Coffman

Lexington


Not an NBA arena

After reading about the renovation of Rupp Arena, I wondered about the survey by the Lexington Center Corp. Were the opinions of the fans actually taken into consideration? Or was the survey mostly of corporations and those with fat wallets?

If you have sky boxes, most "True Blue" fans will be unable to purchase tickets. I'm sure the prices of the tickets will be much too costly for the average fan.

Rupp Arena probably needed some renovations but it sounds like an NBA arena with all of the planned perks. I have always thought that the UK basketball team was a college team. I doubt that recruits care about the NBA-style arena. Instead, they are impressed with the coaches and the fan base.

Corporations usually entertain clients who have no interest in the UK basketball program. They only want to be wined and dined.

Also I doubt many of the basketball fans are interested in concerts at Rupp Arena.

Louise Mitchell

Frankfort


Leaving jobs behind

While American taxpayers' jobs move to China, Foremost Shipping prospers. That company, founded by James Chao, does tons of business by transporting goods from communist China to the U.S. The company did well during the eight years that Elaine Chao served as President George W. Bush's secretary of labor.

She is the daughter of James Chao and perhaps thought it honorable to look the other way while the loss of American jobs enriched her father. I don't know. Regardless, he did very well and is now a generous philanthropist who has donated tens of millions of dollars to his favorite enterprises. The beneficiaries of his generosity include Sen. Mitch McConnell, the husband of Elaine Chao.

Who is kidding whom?

Douglas Anderson

Lexington


Steady loss of jobs

President Bill Clinton allowed the well-paying manufacturing jobs to leave the country by passing NAFTA. That was the beginning of our economic downturn. We always made the products needed since the beginning of our great nation. Now with the use of computers and robots, the need for workers in manufacturing has shrunk dramatically.

President George W. Bush gave the rich a free ride by hugely reducing their taxes. Of course they kept the money for themselves and didn't create any jobs. No trickle down. Then 9/11 hit the U.S.

President Barack Obama inherited a huge debt, and we can no longer afford to feed the citizens who are unemployed due to layoffs and downsizing. The only jobs out there barely pay minimum wage with employers only paying for half of health care.

With the higher cost of food, housing, gasoline and utilities, it is extremely hard for the elderly, disabled and the poor to live.

Maybe it is time to take down the Statue of Liberty since we can no longer afford to accept any more poor people? Or maybe we could save money by getting rid of this do-nothing Congress?

Alberta Toomey

Lexington


Conserving Boone Creek

In 1973 I purchased 80 acres on Boone Creek. I protected my property with a conservation easement. In the Boone Creek watershed there are thousands of acres with a protective conservation easement in place. The appreciation and respect my neighbors and I have for Boone Creek motivate us to want its unspoiled natural beauty and fragile ecosystem protected.

By operating a for-profit, non-agricultural business on Boone Creek, part of the natural beauty has been altered, developed, lost and destroyed.

Some places deserve to be protected from development and commercialism and Boone Creek is one of those places.

Carolyn King

Winchester


Judicial remedies

I was deeply distressed to read a July 5 letter, entitled "Unjust justice," regarding a child custody issue in our of courts. The author asked if Kentucky was the most "unfriendly [state] toward children and mothers in the United States." Family law issues are difficult and often complex, but no one should leave the courtroom feeling trampled upon. The law of Kentucky requires that judges be "patient, dignified and courteous" with all parties during a legal proceeding as well as performing their official duties impartially and fairly.

Our system of justice provides options for those who believe they have legitimate complaints. The first is the appellate courts. In Kentucky, every one is entitled to at least one appeal as a matter of right.

If the behavior or conduct of a judge is the reason for the complaint, there is the option of reporting him or her to the Judicial Conduct Commission, which can take disciplinary action against a sitting Kentucky judge.

It is my hope that this information will be helpful to those experiencing difficulties within the judicial system.

Katherine Griffin

Stanton

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