Letters to the editor: Sept. 10

September 10, 2013 

Learn from our history: Stay out of Syrian civil war

Here we go again. Intervention into civil wars never goes well for outsiders, however good their intentions. If we ever learned from history. Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate how ineffective our intervention has been.

The human costs of our soldiers and their families and the costs of their post-war medical treatment are incalculable. The hostility evoked by our bombs, guns and destruction in those foreign lands will complicate diplomatic relations for decades. Did we really improve their lives?

We lack the military numbers or wealth to police this world. Moreover, far greater atrocities have occurred in Africa. Where was our outrage at the rapes, mutilations, decapitations and mass murders there? Too, can we be certain who released the chemicals in Syria where there are literally hundreds of factions with totally different agendas?

This is a no-win situation. It is past time for us to learn from our own history. Thus far, there is no case for President Barack Obama to follow the Bush-McCain agenda down the road to war.

Henry E. Everman


Gas pipeline an asset

Increased domestically produced natural gas and oil In this country has benefited every American. It has lessened our dependence on foreign sources, reduced the nation's negative balance of trade and strengthened the dollar.

It has reduced energy costs, which affects virtually everything we consume, and added to employment and government revenue.

A stronger dollar also helps to keep oil prices from rising as last. Increased natural gas has displaced coal in electricity generation with a corresponding reduction by half In the carbon omissions per kilowatt. These are all wins for America, except for coal miners.

NGL contains mainly ethane, propane, and lesser amounts of butane and pentanes. These liquids must be separated from the methane in raw produced gas in order to make a safe clean natural gas. They remain In a liquid state only under high pressure at normal temperature. A leak of the pipeline would act like your propane tank when you crack the valve, it vaporizes. The result is very flammable and hazardous for sure, but is not a danger to our groundwater.

Let's make informed and rational decisions with regard to this project. Pipeline leaks and ruptures are thankfully rare. The federal Office of Pipeline Safety and the Environmental Protection Agency have real pipeline safety and spill data to use for public policy. Individual land owners should not be denied their rights to decide on a right of way across their own property by the vocal NIMBY advocates.

Dana Ladd


Outrage at coal ruling

I was amazed, dismayed and disgusted when I read in the Aug. 27 Herald-Leader about the ruling handed down by District Judge Thomas Russell clearing the way for the James River Coal Co. to decapitate a mountain in Knott County to get at the coal.

As stated in the article, there will be 3.5 miles of a stream filled with rock and dirt. The harmful chemicals that are exposed, when mixed with rainwater, are a health hazard to the local population.

It is just common sense that you would not want to create these conditions which affect the health of the people, especially children.

I encourage the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center in Whitesburg to appeal this ruling.

When you consider the mounting evidence citing increased cancer and the other health problems created by surface mining, it is difficult to imagine how an educated man like Russell can make such a ruling.

You have to wonder if there were some unseen factors affecting his decision. Where's the outrage?

Ed Cunningham


Building fine young men

Parenthood has taught me that Hillary Clinton was correct in her premise that it takes a village to raise a child. I am blessed and very grateful to say that my village includes the coaching staff of the Jessie Clark Middle School football team.

There is so much more behind those four little words, "No Excuses, Just Win" than can be conveyed in a sign. And if a recent letter writer had taken the time to find out about our program, he would not have been so quick to judge us.

Our mission statement emphasizes hard work, discipline, sportsmanship, proper conduct and fair play as lifelong values and skills that would benefit any young person in today's society. Our coaches constantly remind our team that school is first and foremost about getting an education.

Grades are checked on a weekly basis. Extra running is meted out for those players not attending to their classroom work. Our players are taught that their priorities are their family, education and football, in that order.

If our players develop the values and skills of our mission statement then they will never have to make excuses and they will be winners, on the football field and in their educations and their lives. I am proud that my son is a member of this football program, and we are proud members of the Eagle Nation.

Samantha Todd


School board spending

Last year, I suggested that you publish that the Fayette County Board of Education will raise the property tax so many cents on $100 for the next century. That way you would only publish it once and you can use that future space for humor.

I've noticed that you have ignored my suggestion and published a rate increase which was well known even before the meeting took place. So why do you waste space in the paper? Now we are now down to 99 years for a well-known fact.

Can the school board and superintendent explain why they think I have holes in my pockets or I have Jacksonian trees in my back yard or why my neighbor next door as well as my neighbors across town have more money then we know what to do with?

As I have written before, the only qualification to get on the school board and meet in August is to know how to spend, spend, spend.

Ira Fink


Protect Ky. animals

We want to thank you for the wonderful Aug. 27 editorial, "Protecting Animals."

As you so rightly point out, Kentucky occupies a dismal position when compared with the rest of the nation so far as animal protection laws.

We welcome the opportunity to begin a dialogue with other groups and with our legislators that will ultimately lead to the improvement of the lives of Kentucky animals while bringing us closer to the level of protection afforded animals by our neighbors, one being the nearby state of Illinois, No. #1 in the nation.

Please continue promoting what is right for our animal friends.

Monique Winther

Vice President Kentucky Coalition for Animal Protection Inc.


Disgusted, sick, angry

I am disgusted. First of all, I hope everybody will please read the Aug. 27 editorial, "Protecting animals."

It makes me sick and angry that Kentucky is last in the United States in animal protection and first in animal cruelty. I am ashamed of Kentucky's reputation.

Here are two things to remember: I would not give a farthing for a man's religion if his dog and cat are not the better for it. And to do nothing is to condone it.

Lucille Taylor


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