Letters to editor: Nov. 12

November 12, 2013 

  • Special-election letters

    Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

Ky. Bar did not tell public about ruling against attorney

Earlier this year, thanks to a great attorney, I got a judgment against a well-known local attorney, ending a five-year nightmare, but not before costing a lot of unnecessary frustration, time and money.

The decision was awarded for negligent representation. And, in spite of what I was initially told, the attorney did not have required Errors and Admissions insurance.

Because I thought it would be in the public's best interest if people knew about this, I contacted the Kentucky Bar Association.

It offered to send me a complaint form (which I downloaded). Since the judgment was public record, I asked if the association could inform the public or censure the attorney.

Basically, I was told that, even though the judgment was on public record, the association does nothing until a formal complaint is filed. Then, it looks at the particulars to see if further action is warranted. I discovered that a very small percentage of complaints ever results in any action.

Looks to me like, at best, the association is not a strong advocate for the citizens of Kentucky. If you find yourself in need of an attorney, it's critical to investigate the track record. And don't count on help from the Kentucky Bar Association if you have a problem with representation, even if you win a judgment against an attorney.

Russ Lay


Police acting as military

Why do police need horses and helicopters? Police riding horses is plain silly; this is not Dodge City in 1864, and they do not need to move a herd of cattle to Montana.

Are helicopters used to pull over other helicopters for speeding? George Orwell warned in his prophetic book 1984 that helicopters would hover over your home and peer into your windows. That is the definition of a police state.

Lexington narcotics detectives use helicopters to peer inside your home using FLIR, or forward looking infrared radar, that detects heat. It also has the ability to see people inside your home.

They are using this technology to find indoor marijuana growers who use lights that produce heat. I learned these facts from someone who was arrested and had this evidence presented at his trial.

Helicopters cost millions of dollars to purchase and maintain. Do we really want police using this technology to peer into our homes? Orwell was right. He predicted the state of perpetual war that we are in. The government is waging war on its citizens using high-tech surveillance.

It is time to cut funding for horses and helicopters and turn the police back into responders to emergency calls instead of the warriors and spies they are now.

John Sabot


Obama's balderdash

The health care law is indeed "Obamacare." That's why it is in such disarray. In my opinion, Obama does not know how to lead. He has mastered balderdash.

I am age 77, living on a fixed income, trying to survive while my supplementary insurance keeps rising. I don't know where to turn.

I'm tired of carrying others including illegal residents. Americans first. No one is carrying me.

Susan Washburn


Tips for Congress

Election time is coming up, and Sen. Mitch McConnell knows how to work the system for his own gain. Of course raising the debt ceiling was the right thing to do for now, and I thank him for that. But, it's a shame he doesn't look out for the people he represents.

Let's hope the health care plan will help. What is the most important thing in your life? Good health, otherwise you are on the way to the grave.

The middle class and the poor need better paying jobs in order to pay for the outrageous cost of living. Nowadays, two good incomes cover only the essentials. The middle class really needs a break. A to-do list for Congress:

■ Take care of veterans.

■ Provide jobs for citizens.

■ Have Mexico feed its own citizens.

■ Hit Sen. Ted Cruz on the head with a gavel.

■ Trim the budget, like all citizens have done, to get rid of the waste. Start with Congress.

Alberta Toomey


Developers control city

My response to a recent letter about the council rubber-stamping plans for development: Just accept it. This is the way Lexington has been run into the ground since I moved here in 1972.

The dollars control Lexington and always have. After going to a couple of council sessions and having the council get up and down, leave and come back while people were presenting their ideas, the handwriting was on the wall. You do not get any consideration. Then when they vote at 1 a.m., it goes right through.

The real deal will be when the corner of Man o' War and Nicholasville Road is built. Talk about a traffic jam. No thought there either. But someday the town will be overbuilt and a big eyesore. The developers who live elsewhere and their lawyers will have to adjust to decide what they can ruin next.

Rebecca C. Abner


Thomas for Senate

Reggie Thomas, our Democratic candidate for the Kentucky Senate seat vacated by Kathy Stein, has a long history of promoting education, small business and social justice.

His work experience and public service in all these areas have given him a unique understanding of the concerns of families and businesses throughout the state.

Thomas has an extraordinary ability to persuade individuals of diverse demographic groups and political convictions to work together for the common good.

In this bitterly divisive political climate, he will help sustain the tone of cooperation and civility that has recently been established in the state Senate.

He is dedicated to uniting and serving the people, and he will do so with diplomacy, economy and integrity. If you live in the 13th Senate District, please vote for Thomas in the Dec. 10 special election.

Brenda McClanahan


American pomposity

Are Americans pompous? Just look at their tattoos, McMansions and monster trucks. Being puffed-up and grandiose is theater, not reality. How did Americans become so haughty and theatrical? They fell into it easily and naturally. No one said anything about it.

The invention of an instrument to measure pomposity has not yet occurred. This would gauge pomposity on a national scale. But some already say we would be off the scale regardless.

What needs to be asked is, "How pompous are Americans?" This will clear up the issue. And then we will be able to sleep peacefully in our huge beds and piles of pillows.

Risto Marttinen


Special-election letters

Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

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