Letters to the editor: Aug. 16

August 16, 2013 

Paul pushing censorship over Clinton films

It's nice to know that Sen. Rand Paul supports censorship. That is what the GOP is threatening if CBS and CNN don't bow to them and refuse to air the future projects on Hillary Clinton.

She hasn't declared an interest in running; the projects haven't begun filming; and, yet, the GOP is afraid the sky will fall if the public is allowed to view these projects.

How pitiful.

Even if Clinton runs for president and these projects air before the election, it is unlikely that anyone's vote is going to be changed. Most people have already made up their minds about what they think of her.

As far as not allow CBS or CNN access to the GOP primary debates, that's probably a plus for the public. That will mean fewer channels to have to listen to those politicians on.

It's not like either convention in the last presidential election was worth the time. Clint Eastwood's little performance was just plain sad. Now, if we could get the Democrats to boycott some of the networks, too, we might have an almost tolerable election cycle.

But, so far, I haven't heard a Democrat preaching censorship.

Glenna Brouse

Lexington


Coal over clean water

Sen. Mitch McConnell has told Kentuckians he supports jobs in the coal industry. Apparently so much that he and Sen. Rand Paul have decided to gut the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

This way, the coal industry need not worry about how the Environmental Protection Agency might respond to any water pollution it produces.

The EPA was placed in charge of monitoring water quality in 1972. Naturally, the McConnell/Rand Senate Bill 861 takes us back to the National Environmental Policy of 1969 regarding permits for discharge and fill materials into navigable waters.

It allows polluters free harbor to continue polluting freshwater streams by dissociating EPA oversight from any regulatory authority.

Cheap coal is certainly lots cheaper when coal operators don't have to deal with pesky regulations addressing whether coal mining affects water quality.

Just so future regulations don't negatively impact jobs, our senators are demanding the EPA address any impact their regulations or guidance may have on jobs and economic activity and get state approval before they could go into effect.

The purpose of the federal Clean Water Act was to protect the rest of society from water pollution for the health of everyone and our environment.

Our two senators have decided most Kentuckians just don't matter, only coal operators and the dollars they can bring in economic activity by making coal as cheap to mine as possible.

I hope voters remember who represents their interests in Washington and who clearly does not come Nov. 2014.

Peter Wedlund

Lexington


Where was the city?

I find it very reassuring to know that the city of Lexington is so focused on parking.

On Aug. 1, I ran into a coffee shop to buy a quick cup of coffee, and five minutes later I had a $15 ticket for failing to feed the meter.

While I understand that I failed to follow the rules, I was still a bit agitated.

Where was the city of Lexington when my daughter and her friend were robbed at gunpoint by a group of eight young men outside of the very same business?

Where was the city of Lexington earlier in the year, when my son was assaulted on Main Street while walking a female friend to her apartment? His apparent crime: failing to yield the right-of-way to another male.

While I have to fear for the safety of my family and friends when it comes to robberies and assaults, I can rest assured that parking will be closely monitored.

Mary Gray

Lexington


Thanks for responding

A few months ago, I wrote a letter to you commenting on the fact that most large city newspapers have book reviews and that the Herald-Leader seldom had them.

Since I sent a letter with a negative comment, I wanted to be sure to send a positive one.

I have enjoyed the book reviews each Friday in the Weekender section. I'd love to see more books reviewed, even if they are just short ones. However, the full reviews have been very helpful. Thank you for hearing the voice of a subscriber.

Kate Baughman

Stanford


Government as pusher

Our government and its law-enforcement goons are now whining about a problem that they have created — heroin use.

Our government has interfered with the doctor/patient relationship and intimidated doctors from prescribing pain medicine to those in need.

By cutting off a legal supply of pain medicine they have forced people in pain to go to the black market for pain relief. They are turning to heroin because of government interference.

The heroin is coming from Afghanistan, a country that has been under American occupation for 12 years. Our government decided early in the war not to cut down poppy fields.

Thus, a huge heroin supply can return from Afghanistan with returning soldiers as it did when soldiers returned from Vietnam.

When our military was in Vietnam, we were flooded with Asian heroin.

When we went to South America in the 1980's, we were flooded with South American cocaine.

Now that we are in Afghanistan, we are being supplied by Afghan heroin.

It has also been proven that the CIA uses drug money to fund special operations.

Now the government will call for yet more police spending to put nonviolent drug offenders behind bars.

I just want to inject a little truth into the never-ending pile of lies we call the war on drugs.

Bill Hurt

Lexington


Oppose modified foods

I hope the Herald-Leader will take up a campaign against genetically modified foods.

These are as dangerous to our health as fracking is to our water supply and our health. Please oppose these practices, which are especially a danger to children and fetuses.

It would take great courage to stand against the huge and powerful corporations who profit from this.

Rosanne Coffman

Lexington


Fund-raiser successful

"For the Love of Nicholas" fund-raiser was held July 13 and was a huge success.

As one of the many workers who helped make this event possible, I would like to offer the merchants who donated, the community who supported us and the workers who organized and put in long hours a big public thank you.

All of the proceeds went to the family to help defray the many medical expenses. It was heartwarming to see people come together for a worthy cause.

Cheryl Keenan

Lexington


Fight the pipeline

Whether you live on the proposed route or not, you should be opposed to the Bluegrass Pipeline.

The two companies involved have kept their plans secret until recently, offering no public hearings or information until neighbors began talking to one another about agents showing up on their properties, trying to get 50-foot easements for their pipelines and threatening to use eminent domain to get the land.

This is not a natural gas pipeline, despite some of their agents who have made this claim.

It is a natural gas liquids line that contains numerous gases that go the Gulf of Mexico to be processed into various products.

These lines are highly flammable, they emit toxins into the air and water when they explode and the safety record of Williams Company is rocky.

In 2008, they had an explosion in Appomattox, Va., that destroyed two homes and damaged 100, injuring many.

There are too many violations for me to fit into this letter. Check the Los Angeles Times website for a complete list.

But the government will protect us, you say.

No, these pipelines are not monitored by the government. If the pipeline leaks or blows, you contact their people in Tulsa, Okla.

This pipeline creates no permanent jobs, no gas to heat our homes, no benefits at all for Kentucky. It's an environmental and safety hazard waiting to happen.

To top it off, they want to run it under the Licking and Ohio rivers, our sources of drinking water.

Sean Detisch

Alexandria


Handling runaway cars

There is a lot in the news about runaway cars because of such things as sticking gas pedals and jammed floor mats.

Here is a simple solution if you should have this problem: Shift the car into neutral and then you can put on the brakes and stop the car.

Do not try and turn off the key as this could lock your steering wheel and you would lose what little control you have to pull to the side of the road or street.

Almost all cars do not allow the engine to speed up faster than it should. But even if the engine does blow itself up, you would be in control of your car and would not be hurt or have hurt someone else.

Tommy Howard

Jackson

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