Letters to editor: Feb. 7

February 7, 2014 

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McConnell: I choose to protect jobs over fish

It's no surprise that in this paper's latest editorial about Lake Cumberland and the duskytail darter, the editorial writers are in over their heads.

They admit that lowering water levels in Lake Cumberland has hurt the local economy. But you seem unconcerned about the lost jobs and struggling families that are the result of the Obama administration's choice of helping minnows instead of helping people.

Recently this newspaper published another editorial decrying the "paucity of McConnell's economic development ideas."

Well, here's an economic development idea — return water levels in Lake Cumberland to their historic levels, and allow area tourism and recreation to thrive again and jobs to return to the area.

Why can't the Herald-Leader support that? Kentuckians in the region certainly can.

Bobby Clue, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, summed it up well: when the water level "went down, local jobs went with it ... Our small businesses and local families can't afford to wait another year."

I am pleased to be joined in my fight to protect jobs at Lake Cumberland by Sen. Rand Paul and congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield. From local businesses to government officials, most Kentuckians agree that endangered jobs — not a diminutive fish —must come first. Given this choice, I'll choose jobs for Kentuckians every time.

Sen. Mitch McConnell

Washington, D.C.

Plus side of pipelines

Lots of people are keeping warm this winter by using natural gas and propane. Very few are going to their local supplier with a bucket to purchase their supply. I'll bet that they are receiving delivery via those dirty old pipelines.

I wonder how some busybodies are receiving theirs?

Crude is now being shipped through towns via tank cars which have been known to come off the tracks and burn. Sit in the Fayette Mall parking lot and watch the long string of tank cars passing next to the parking lot.

If some should come off the tracks can we assume that the same protestors will accept blame?

Stephen Stinson


Martin for family judge

Fayette County voters should not allow Gov. Steve Beshear's appointee, Kathy Stein, to remain on the circuit court bench. Look at her record as a legislator and ask yourself if she was working for voters' best interests.

Jennifer McVay Martin for Fayette County family court judge is the only choice. I am afraid the only thing we can expect from Stein would be her shoring up her retirement benefits by moving from the legislature to the court.

James Jeffrey Coleman


Thank school counselors

This week was designated as National School Counselor Week. It comes at one of the busiest times for school counselors, as their attention is divided among classroom presentations, personal counseling, academic planning, assessment, career and college advising, and so much more.

The high demand and constant need for the time and talents of school counselors underscore the essential role they play in supporting young people's talents and interests and developing healthy students ready to make a positive impact on the world.

I hope students and parents take the opportunity to thank school counselors for the hard work and dedication they put into their profession, and reflect on the difference they make in their lives.

This offers an opportunity for principals and counselors to reaffirm the support they provide one another in helping students attain their educational and career goals.

Thanks to all the school counselors for the work they do in support of students.

Danny Easley

President, Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling


No hike for school

Instead of the proposed 24-percent property tax increase for a high school, Georgetown should set a new standard by using the Internet and home schooling. Once a month there could be a test under the trees down by the creek to see who needs help learning.

If the hike goes through, will we need another 24 percent of workers to staff the school?

Floyd Shipley


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