Letters to the editor: Sept. 4

September 4, 2013 

Use diplomacy, not missiles, in dealing with Syrian crisis

The proposal by the Obama administration to launch a military strike against Syria is being poorly received. Many have said that Americans are "war weary" but what we are really weary of is being told that war will solve a problem. It will not.

An attack on Syria is unnecessary, unwise and unethical. When Syria used chemical weapons it did so in defiance of the president's drawing of a so-called "red line."

But responding to an idiotic bully with a plan which risks the lives of Americans and innocent people in Syria would be viewed as an unnecessary and foolish response to a taunt.

It is unwise because an attack would do nothing either to protect our nation or to hasten an end to the civil war. It would also inflame local opposition to the United States, possibly even provoking a terrorist attack in retaliation.

And believing that an attack on Syria, which would almost certainly result in death of a few if not many Syrians, would somehow send a message to the Syrian government not to kill is plain wrong.

If we have learned anything from the past 10 years of war it is that world problems must be solved through peaceful means.

Let's make our response to Syria an all-out diplomatic and grass-roots effort to find a peaceful solution to their civil war. That would really confirm our credibility as a peaceful nation committed to human rights.

Peter Hardy


Maybe the rebels did it

"Adolf America" has lost its freaking mind. This is insane! We're sponsoring a movement of genocide where all Christians and other Muslim sects must either convert, leave Syria or die.

Al-Qaida and its rebel associates and members are just shooting these Christians and other Muslim sects down in the street and blowing them up in their homes.

They want to cleanse or displace millions of people with U.S. support and with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain having a media lovefest for this ideology.

Meanwhile, a recent news report has said Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta told a reporter, a longtime correspondent for the Associated Press and other media outlets, that they were responsible for last week's chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on President Bashar Al-Assad's forces.

The report says the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.

Richard Hellstron


Design disappoints

As a citizen in my mid-20s, I, like many of my peers, am increasingly interested in living and working in urban places.

Many people my age want our environment to be vibrant — walkable spaces that foster community interaction and participation in culture and nightlife.

As a mid-sized city, Lexington is competing to attract and retain people of my age.

From this perspective, I must share my disappointment with the recent design of the CentrePointe development and urge Mayor Jim Gray and other civic leaders to impress upon the developers a greater sense of civic responsibility.

The current design fails to capture our imaginations or excitement.

CentrePointe is more than just another block, it represents the future of our downtown. Its central location dictates a responsibility to inspire people with vibrant architecture and creative use of space. It must invite people walking from South Limestone and the University of Kentucky into the downtown fabric.

During his campaign, Gray told voters that he is building a great American city. While downtown is heading in the right direction, Gray must hold Dudley and Woodford Webb to a higher standard.

If they are unwilling or unable to build something inspiring, then I suggest they sell the rights to someone else with more vision. I urge the mayor to fulfill his promise to promote downtown as the heart of Lexington.

Philip Linder


No on Clark quarry

We have great concern about a potential zoning change to allow the Allen Co. to open pit mining in our back door. We already have the fallout from mining across the river from our home on Athens Boonesboro Road.

Now, the Fayette County company wants Clark County to rezone a residential and agricultural zone to heavy industrial. We live daily with noise, dust, traffic coming from its quarry in Madison County.

The area in question is one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky. Boonesborough State Park and fort already deal with daily blasts of dust and noise. Our property values will fall in an already-slow economy.

The 15 jobs the company proposes will not have a positive effect on the economy, it will decrease property taxes and incomes.

The Clark County planning commission has recommended against the zone change. But the county fiscal court has yet to vote.

We do not want this public eyesore on Ky. 627 going into Winchester up to our new school that just opened. We do not want the heavy trucks tearing up roads that taxpayers will have to repair.

We do not want the pollution in our air we breathe or in our environment. We do not want the noise 24-7 when in full operation. We do not want the blast that has already damaged the foundations of our homes and rattles our windows.

We ask for the public's help in stopping the proposed zoning change.

John and Marie Allman


Ways to improve traffic

I know you hear complaints about traffic around Lexington. I'm told to contact the traffic engineers, which I have to no avail. Are engineers so smart that they can't see simplicity right in front of their eyes?

Here are a few things to get off my mind:

■ Coming off New Circle Road onto Nicholasville Road, there is a stoplight for vehicles turning left, but nothing turning right. Why not? It would alleviate accidents and people racing to get into lanes directly opposite of where they want to go.

■ Put a double diamond at Nicholasville and Reynolds Road. I am so tired of sitting through two or more lights because somebody is always blocking the road. Nothing is ever done to stop them. If police would start giving tickets, maybe people will get the idea.

■ People coming from Nichols Park onto Man o' War pull out in front of me every time I am going straight on Man o' War with a green light. Make that a "no turn on red" and cite people for doing so.

■ Last but not least, why are people allowed to get away with 30 to 40 mph through Shilito Park? This is a city-owned park and there are signs all over saying "Do not park on the grass." Guess where a lot of people park? You guessed it. Nobody is ever reprimanded. If more parking is needed, then make more parking areas and enforce the rules.

Sandra McCaslin


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