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Letters to the editor: Aug. 18

August 18, 2013 

Frankfort fairness law would follow the Golden Rule

My wife and I are proud to call Frankfort home and invest our lives in this beautiful community. If the City Commission passes the fairness ordinance, we'll be even prouder.

Through the years, I have observed people are eager to trade love with those who like them and those who are like them. There is nothing wrong with this. All of us have a wide and meaningful circle of friends we love.

The gospel calls us to love on a higher level, though. In addition to loving those who are familiar and similar, we are to love those with whom we have very little in common. Our willingness to treat others with dignity and respect is not contingent upon anything other than the fact our paths have crossed, and we are to be good neighbors.

The gospel calls us to build bridges of goodwill and understanding, not walls of suspicion and hate. Jesus spent his life building these bridges, even though his unrelenting call for justice and his passion for befriending all people contributed to his crucifixion.

As a pastor, my divine mission is to do all I can to make the world better for everyone and dismantle any barriers that stand in the way of that realization. This begins when I live by the Golden Rule, making sure everyone around me enjoys the same privileges, benefits and opportunities I do. To do any less is to be unfaithful to the one who called me to follow him.

Bob Browning

Frankfort


More details from UK

The pediatric cardiology death rate released by the University of Kentucky seems to be misleading. An average of the five years cannot be used to determine the overall average.

As an example, if one year is 4 percent and another year is 6 percent, you would be led to believe the average for the two years is 5 percent.

But what if actual numbers were used? What if there were two deaths in 50 surgeries the first year? the mortality rate would be 4 percent.

If in the second year, there were 24 deaths in 400 surgeries, the rate for that year would be 6 percent. Looking at the actual numbers, the total of 26 deaths in 450 surgeries for the two year period would be 5.78 percent.

Releasing the percentages for the years from 2008 to 2012 doesn't really tell us anything. Why not release the actual numbers? Is UK Healthcare trying to hide something?

John Amshoff

Versailles


Corruption galore

Contributing columnist Larry Webster said the federal government unfairly tries East Kentucky politicians using the conspiracy theory. His stance smacks of sour grapes: Webster represented a Knott County politician who is now in jail.

He also complains about a belief among jurors that Eastern Kentucky politicians are crooked. This belief is well founded. One can easily confirm this by reading Knott County audit reports for the past several years.

Corrupt Knott politicians jailed by federal prosecutors would never have been convicted of anything were it left to the local prosecutor, who rarely convicts anyone of anything. It is startling to compare the number of grand juries held in Knott with those held in neighboring Letcher County. One gets the impression there are few criminals in Knott, or that Knott criminals flee to Letcher to commit crimes.

George R. Gibson

Mallie


Add vote for Fayette

Your July 28 editorial on the Kentucky redistricting plan for the House of Representatives was well written and explained in detail the flawed plan for upcoming changes.

It is easy to see that Fayette County is not only under-represented according to population, but also as to geographic contiguity. Even first-graders recognize simple shapes and numbers and will let you know immediately when they are being treated unfairly.

It's time for the leadership of the House to impartially divide the population of Kentucky into reasonable divisions based upon Census data, which does not impact unfairly on Fayette or any other county.

Pamela Combs Broughman

Lexington


Tow not civic-minded

On Aug. 10, my family went downtown to support friends and family running in the Midsummer Nights Run. I noticed cars were parked in the High Street post office. Knowing it was closed until Monday, I figured it wasn't a problem, especially with the lot nearly full.

When we went back to our car, we found it had been towed. The Bluegrass Towing guy was hooking up another, so I asked him why. He replied that the post office wanted the lot cleared. It cost $124 to get my car back.

Lexington tries really hard to get people to come downtown. What a great way to promote goodwill. I realize the city isn't at fault, and truthfully neither is Bluegrass Towing, although I feel like there was a bit of entrapment. You see, there are three entrances to the lot but just one no-parking sign at the main entrance, and it was basically a foot off the ground and partially obscured by bushes.

There were quite a few irate drivers towed, including two post office employees. At least they didn't discriminate.

I understand the need to keep parking controlled, but when big events are happening downtown, wouldn't a bit of discretion be appropriate? I talked to a nice lady at the post office who said sorry a lot. But to my family of four — with two young girls and a wife in nursing school — that money was a big hit to us. A lesson learned the hard way, I suppose.

Jeff Walton

Lexington


Ky. losing obesity fight

I was surprised you published the Aug. 9 article about the drop in obesity for low-income preschoolers in 18 states and left out an important detail: Kentucky was not one of those states.

We have dropped the ball in the commonwealth and are falling behind. We use the phrase "Thank God for Mississippi" quite often when it comes to health rankings and they have the highest rate of childhood obesity.

Georgia has the second-highest rate and Kentucky is third.

Both Mississippi and Georgia showed reductions in rates of childhood obesity while Kentucky showed no change. At this rate, Mississippians will soon be saying, "Thank God for Kentucky."

It's a college- and career-readiness issue when 25 percent of young adults are ineligible to join the military due to being overweight. It also closes the door to careers in firefighting, law enforcement and paramedics.

Eighty percent of military recruits who initially flunked their weight test did not complete their first term of enlistment. I was able to graduate from college without crushing loan debt because of my military service.

Are we willing to let Kentucky's children miss out on over $1 billion in college scholarship money from the military? Even though Kentucky showed no change in obesity rates, we have the roadmap and can follow the example of those states that are seeing positive results.

Casey Hinds

Lexington

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