Letters to the editor: Sept. 21

September 21, 2013 

Technology going too far, in school and everywhere

Everywhere you go children and adults on their phones, iPads, tablets, etc. The use of technology today is ridiculous.

People would not know what to do if the satellites in orbit just came crashing down. We rely on technology to do almost everything and humans are almost not needed.

My high school provided us with new iPods in 2012. Everywhere I go I see nearly everyone texting or playing games and if this keeps up it will only do damage. People are hunched over from constantly bending over their phones and will more than likely have carpal tunnel.

When I was young, we played outside, rode our bikes and made the best of what we had. We were not given phones when we were in elementary school. Even now I don't use my phone very often and only use my computer to do homework.

If the way we use technology today keeps continuing, each generation will continue to know less and less of the way things are done without it.

LaRissa Jasper

Georgetown


Careful with leases

The United States is known as the country of freedom, liberty and justice because of our rights and our citizens' freedom to choose.

As citizens of Kentucky we all know we have the right to choose where to live, either buying a house or renting an apartment, as long as we can satisfy the terms of the leasing company.

However, most Lexington leasing companies won't give you options about television or internet, which I think is a violation of our basic rights. Since we have the right to choose the complex, why can't we choose which cable or satellite to buy?

A lot of my friends and neighbors been have the same concerns.

Thank you for taking time to read and consider this letter. I am proud to speak up for any citizen of this city who ever has this concern.

lbrahima Ndiaye

Lexington


Time to wake up

It is time to make education affordable to all who would benefit by learning job skills to support themselves and their families. It does not take a genius to see that the unemployed are a burden on all who pay their way.

Without the GI bill years ago, I would not have been able to attend college as I came from a family of nine children. My wife, two sons and daughter attended a postsecondary technical school and obtained job skills that have lasted them a lifetime.

The cost for each of my family members at that time was $5 a month. Our leadership in Washington and Frankfort during that time understood about self worth and man's ability to provide for his family.

The same postsecondary technical school now costs about $2,600 plus textbooks etc.

We must wake up and start putting people in leadership roles who understand our jails are full and drugs are taking over our communities because so many are not given a chance because of greed.

Pat White

Nancy


Piping up against pipeline

Like many Kentuckians I am speaking out against the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. I have lived in Woodford County for 19 years. Since Woodford is one of 18 Kentucky counties at risk for the pipeline, this issue hits close to home.

The Williams Co. has no right to use our land, under threat of eminent domain, to pipe flammable natural gas liquids that contain ethane and propane.

For most Kentuckians our land is our home, especially for those like me who live in quiet little communities like Millville. Our residents have lots of land vulnerable to the Williams Co.

This threat of eminent domain hanging over the heads of Kentuckians is not only unfair but needs to be addressed. The General Assembly needs to clarify whether the Williams Co. has any grounds for eminent domain.

Should eminent domain be granted, Kentuckians deserve to know it is coming, to have time to contemplate a course of action versus feeling pressured to settle against a multi-million-dollar company.

The governor should have already addressed this issue and needs to before the next legislative session in January.

Tressa Shaw

Frankfort


No boots on ground

I have never been an admirer of President Barack Obama, but I believe he presented a strong case in his address to the nation regarding the chemical weapons situation in Syria.

Action on the part of our country should be taken if, as he said, no boots will touch the ground in Syria — and his own feet are kept to the fire to keep that promise.

However, there is absolutely no reason for any citizen to trust the president of Russia, or any Russian promise, as the old saying goes, any farther than a wet eyelash can be thrown.

As for Sen. Mitch McConnell opposing Obama on air strikes to save many lives, remember he is first and foremost a politician and is always the first to oppose almost everything except his own re-election.

He seemingly does not show concern at all for the "little people" of Kentucky or any other state or any other part of the world.

Indeed, his main concerns seem to be that he is voted back to Washington and all the perks that go with being a senator.

Joann Walker

Lexington

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