Letters to editor: Nov. 22

November 22, 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 Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

City rejected ideal location to house the homeless

Regarding the story, "Neighbors' objections grow to proposed homeless facility," it is always perplexing when usually charitable and civic-minded people effect a 180-degree turn on certain issues.

The homeless are no threat to anyone. They are generally not thieves or felons. Most of the homeless men my age are very often Vietnam veterans, like myself.

Then why do we marginalize and criminalize them when it involves a facility to aid them? There would have been no better place than the Lorillard Lofts to locate a facility to house and assist them. It is isolated due to the boundaries of the railroad tracks, Lexington Cemetery and Leestown Road. And it appears the building would not have outgrown this purpose for years to come.

Why is a CentrePointe or a Town Branch beautification OK and a facility to meet a glaring social need not?

Dominic Martina

Lexington


Unfair TV report

WLEX's recent report on Lextran and Lextran's general manager was presented in a totally biased manner. All facts were twisted in order to make Lextran look negative. Lextran transports approximately 350,000 riders per month. If Lexington wants a good and reliable transit system it has to be paid for. Lexington property owners are not inappropriately taxed for Lextran.

General manager Rocky Burke is not overpaid. No comparison was made to other transit systems' finances or their executives' salaries. Lextran's wages are less than those of Louisville and Cincinnati.

The reporter stated that Lextran transports 2.2 passengers per mile. That sounds like very little — when in fact that comes to over 30 passengers per hour per bus every day.

When the facts are twisted, where the truth is misrepresented, hese become lies. Slander is inexcusable, unfair and unethical. WLEX should be ashamed.

William Hays

Lexington


Police deserve funds

This is in response to the letter critical of city surplus funds going to Lexington police: The writer needs to join the Citizens Police Academy and take several ride- alongs with officers to see the real world without rose-colored glasses.

He likely wouldn't put his life on the line every day for all mankind. We will never have enough officers. Thanks to Major Jim Gray for supporting our police department.

Janna Freeman

Lexington


Political proverb

It should become apparent that the people picked by the people in the government "of the people, by the people and for the people" don't give a tinker's damn for the people governed.

The problem posed by the people governing the people is precisely the people's pick of the people picked to govern.

Bob Heidel

Lexington


Setting Barr straight

Then-congressional candidate Joe Palumbo wrote about being honest and shooting straight with people. He was referring to Rep. Andy Barr's statements after voting for closing the government down and defaulting on our financial obligations.

A person replying to Barr's survey suggested that Congress not be paid until it completes its constitutional duty each year by passing a budget.

Barr replied he was in favor of this because he voted for House Resolution 325.

However, HR 325 does not permanently remove pay for those days a budget isn't passed. HR 325 puts their pay into an escrow fund that is returned to members at the end of a specified period.

I had a friend, a U.S. Marine, who would say, "Tell it to the Navy," whenever he heard bull.

Yeah, Andy: Tell it to the Navy.

M.C. Barreda

Winchester


Need cable competition

Would someone please allow some competition in the cable TV market?

Time Warner has bad service, and no customer service at all. If we had some competition, they might make a greater effort.

Miki Wright

Lexington


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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