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Letters to the editor: Dec. 1

December 1, 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. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

Only well-heeled will drink beer at new stadium

I was aghast to learn that alcoholic beverages will be served in the forthcoming, new and improved Commonwealth Stadium.

But I was relieved when I saw that this will be the case only in the "premium seating areas."

Whew, can you imagine if the unwashed masses of Big Blue Nation were to also have access to beer during the game?

Heck, they're probably already hopped up on meth and oxycodone. There's no telling what these commoners might do if provided access to alcohol.

Why, they may take to using coarse language in the presence of the ladies.

Anyway, these folk need to keep their wits about them so that they can limp their decrepit vehicles back to the hollers.

But what's a working-class stiff to do if he would like to enjoy a malted beverage with his football?

I know — stay home. That's what I'll do.

Chris Flaherty

Lexington


Cocktails nothing new

Lexington's newest downtown bar offering, Belle's Cocktail House, was recently featured in a Nov. 18 article. The bar's owners claim to be introducing the so-called "craft cocktail movement" to Lexington.

According to co-owner Justin Thompson, Lexington "doesn't really understand the cocktail movement ... and the well-prepared drink."

He must never have sat at the bars of Jonathan's at Gratz Park, Malone's, DeSha's, Azur, Parlay Social, The Village Idiot, a la Lucie, The Dish, The Bigg Blue Martini, The Blue Heron, School Sushi, et al. — all of which have pioneered and sustained the cocktail movement in Lexington over the past 30 years.

Several years ago School introduced a "culinary cocktail lounge" featuring fresh-squeezed juices and ingredients hand-muddled for each order, and Jonathan's (a James Beard semifinalist and integral part of Lexington's fine dining and bar scene for over 20 years) has featured the cocktail Belle Brezing on his craft cocktail menu.

As for the spherical ice cubes described asa "molded, high-density ball of ice," there is no such thing as high-density ice. Ice has the same density regardless of its ratio of surface area to mass.

In closing, while Belle's may be a nice addition to the bar scene, it is far from innovative. Furthermore, as a Lexington native and longtime lover of cocktails, I resent the implication that Lexingtonians are ignorant to the makings of an exemplary cocktail.

Lauren Donovan

Lexington


Decency, not regulation

Please tell me there was a reporting error in the "Grimes hits top topics with farmers" article. Requiring clean water and cots at least two inches off the ground for migrant workers is overregulation?

When we complain about treating our fellow man better than we would a household pet or even a stray, I shake my head in disbelief. If those farmers are so upset about having to provide clean water and cots to migrant workers, then just don't hire them. Hire the American citizens lining up for those jobs.

Mary Jean Dittert

Nicholasville


Memories can be flawed

I enjoyed very much your series about memories of the Kennedy assassination. However, one contribution bears scrutiny. According to the writer, her father's flight in Washington was delayed in order for Air Force One to land and everyone on the plane looked out to see the flag-draped coffin unloaded.

This could not have happened for two reasons.

First, upon its return from Dallas, Air Force One landed at Andrews Air Force Base, a secured military base. There were no civilian aircraft there. Second, photos and film footage show that when the coffin was being loaded in Dallas and unloaded at Andrews there was no flag on it.

While it is nice to hear the "where I was'" memories, it is incumbent to verify eyewitness accounts to the extent possible. This applies not only to the actual eyewitness but also any reported as an anecdote 50 years later. Publishing eyewitness accounts confers credibility upon them and this credibility must be merited.

Jay Hopkins

Frankfort


We can't insulate young

For the last nine years, I have led workshops for parents on how to talk with and educate their children about sex and relationships. Several months ago, a letter writer requested that the Dear Abby column be moved from the comics page in order to protect children.

The writer, a mother of 6- and 10-year-old girls, expressed concern that a column that deals with sex, rape, incest, teen pregnancy and domestic violence was inappropriate reading for her daughters.

Keeping our children ignorant about sexual issues and behaviors does not protect their innocence. Predators target children whose ignorance they can exploit. They deceive children into thinking what they are doing is normal and a game to be kept secret. When we teach our children about what behaviors and touches are inappropriate and teach them to tell us if anyone asks them to do something that makes them uncomfortable, we help them to protect themselves.

Our popular culture bombards children with sexualized images and distorted messages about sex. It is not possible to completely isolate them from the exposure. Advice columns, television shows and news stories can provide openings to begin the discussion of relationships and sexual issues.

Such discussions reinforce children's trust in us and help ensure that when they have more serious questions or problems, they will turn to us. Research has shown that children who have such conversations are more likely to wait longer before becoming sexually active and to use contraception and protection when they do have sex.

Betsy Neale

President, Kentucky Youth Health Network

Lexington


Help the homeless

Twenty-three years is an abominable amount of time for procrastinating on providing adequate services for the homeless in Lexington.

The mayor's Commission on Homelessness consists of 32 representatives from the community. It is difficult enough for five individuals to agree on a proposal, much less 32. Too much input muddies the waters causing a stalemate with no actions resulting.

The issues of the homeless were not addressed in 1990 as proposed, but the time has come to finally implement these recommendations from the commission's Report.

Lexington citizens must vehemently persuade commission members to put into effect services for the members of our community who need our help.

Marilyn Pfanstiel

Lexington


More room at inns

Lexington is a popular tourist site for people who come to see such things as the horse races at Keeneland or sports events such as top-of-the-game performances of the University of Kentucky basketball team.

With such events, Lexington runs out of rooms, as hotels and other accommodations fill up quickly. People have to plan their Lexington trips way in advance to get a room they desire.

Creating new areas to stay is the obvious answer, but how exactly can that be done? You could allow some places that are abandoned in Lexington to be turned into more suitable areas for visitors.

Also, rooms should not be limited to one or two people. There are families out there who would rather squeeze uncomfortably into one room than to not have one at all.

These are just a few ideas in order to keep people pleased and stress-free when they come to see Kentucky's great events.

Logan Osbourn

Lexington


Keep ice rink open

The ice rink in Triangle Park closed last year the first of January. The reason was that school was starting back up. This year, it is scheduled to close Jan. 5.

The best time for the rink to be open is January and February during the cold and snowy weather. There is no reason to close the rink because of school being in session.

Open hours could be 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and noon-8 p.m. Sun.

More revenue could be received as well as providing more winter activity for the public.

Wayde Walker

Lexington


Expand the honors

Every workday morning I drive by the memorial in Phoenix Park honoring the police and firefighters who died in the line of duty.

It is an altogether fitting tribute.

Should we not extend the same respect and courtesy to those police and firefighters who have become disabled in the line of duty? I myself would be willing to start a fund with a substantial donation for such a purpose. If enough of us would support this undertaking, it would cost the city nothing and those who have given their health and mobility in service to us can be properly recognized and honored.

Mike Besten

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

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