Letters to the Editor, April 10

April 10, 2014 

Not pandering, Barr wants best for our future

It is time to stop politicizing America's national debt and out of control spending. Congressman Andy Barr is one of the only representatives in Washington with the courage to fight to reduce the national debt for the sake of future generations.

Yet a recent letter accused Barr of "pandering." I disagree with this politically motivated accusation.

Barr introduced legislation, HR 4021, that will reduce the compensation for members of Congress if they continue spending more money than the government takes in. This is critically important because without consequences Washington politicians have no incentive to make meaningful reforms.

I'm sure the letter writer doesn't continually spend more than he earns. This is called personal responsibility. And just as it isn't "pandering" for him to spend no more than he earns, it is not unrealistic to expect Washington to live by the same standard.

Donna Davidson


Recently, Congressman Andy Barr was accused of "pandering," in his efforts to reform the United States debt ceiling. This is simply not true. I urge the individual making this charge to attend one of the many open meetings conducted by Barr and hear exactly what can be accomplished in Washington to alleviate the increasingly large debt incurred by our current administration.

Through Barr's legislation, HR 4021, he holds politicians accountable from mortgaging the future of all of our children and grandchildren. Barr represents all of his constituents in a non-partisan way — and if you listen to him, you will understand this.

Our current indebtedness continues to grow at a rate that is unfathomable to most of us. Yet, the current administration appears to not be concerned at all with the futures of our youth. We cannot spend more than we earn, without severe consequences.

Barbara Ellerbrook


Blocked sidewalks

In response to your editorial on better snow removal on residential walkways, it would do little good.

A 20-minute drive through any neighborhood would reveal a half dozen or so vehicles parked, blocking driveways.

This would seem to be more serious in warm weather as it prevents walking as well as kids on trikes or big wheels.

This same 20-minute drive would also reveal three to six cars parked in front yards and medians leaving ugly mud trails.

Tom Chapman


Pardon ignorance

Please pardon my ignorance but I have become confused.

Not too long ago it was settled science that the activities of mankind were causing the globe to dramatically and catastrophically increase in ambient temperature even to the degree that the seas would inundate, heaven forbid, Nantucket.

Lately, though, the scientific community seems to have backed away from the warming jeremiad, possibly because the Earth's temperature has increased very little in the last 15 or 16 years.

Now, I learn that science has resettled on a declaration that the activities of man cause drastic global climate change. I am also forewarned not to confuse climate with weather.

All this science has created within me a maze of vexatious questions. Is the entire global climate to be changed or is this change continental, regional or localized? What will occur here in Kentucky? Will we experience hot muggy days in January and frostbite in July? Will hell freeze over? Will birds fly north for the winter, putts break uphill?

I hope there is a scientist, maybe at one of the universities, who can answer these questions.

Until then I am very, very unsettled.

Joe Hacker


Love UK's 'Giovanni'

This letter is being written in support of the opinion expressed in the March 21 Herald-Leader by Jesse and Ruth Mark with regard to Rich Copley's review of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatres recent production of Don Giovanni.

While I certainly believe that a critic has the right to express his honest opinion, there was something about Copley's review that was mean-spirited.

The University of Kentucky's opera program is ranked among the top 20 in the nation and justifiably so. These outstanding young singers have not reached their peak. They are in training.

What did Richard Tucker and Placido Domingo look and sound like in their teens and 20s? Anna Moffo's Italian was so poor that she went to Italy to improve it. And what about Beverly "Bubbles" Sills with her Bronx accent?

I saw my first opera, Der fliegende Holländer, in what was left of the Frankfurter Schauspielhaus in 1951. I have seen a lot of opera since then, but none, none has ever touched me as that production did. I am certain that it would not have met Copley's stringent requirements.

Lee Howell


Horrible comics

For several years now you have had the bad habit of dropping good comics and replacing them with lousy ones.

Well, now you have hit a new low. That WUMO comic is horrible. It's in very poor taste and not the least bit funny. It's a waste of newspaper space.

I have to get most of my comics online now because you are ruining the funny pages.

Marsha Dance


Road warrior

Eastern Kentucky counties Wolfe and Powell need their county roads, which were illegally blocked by the United States Forest Service in 2006.

Sand Lick Road (The Big Narrows, White's Branch Arch) and Sterling Road produced vital economic input prior to the illegal blocking.

Economic resources are not plentiful in this area of the state, which makes tourism derived from these county roads paramount to the people.

Tourism supports many rural economies across the nation, so naturally the forests of Eastern Kentucky and their communities should be allowed to use the resources sustainably to provide economic input.

Widespread involvement by the U.S. Forest Service, State Parks Department, Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (nature license plates), Sierra Club and others funded the digging of massive trenches along the many miles of Sand Lick and Sterling roads.

These atrocious actions damaged the land in a way similar to a natural disaster, except it was not a natural force responsible, but out-of-touch state and federal governments, along with narrow interest groups and individuals.

The counties never conceded the rights to the roads. The Forest Service has no legal standing yet somehow continues to suppress the local government's efforts.

The counties need and deserve their roads and those responsible for the damage must pay for the repair and peaceful return of the roads in order for justice to be served, both to the land and the people.

Jeffrey Dozier


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