Letters to the editor: April 22

April 22, 2014 

Environmental challenges huge, but we can help

Today is Earth Day, but no one seems to be talking about the Earth.

Environmental issues can seem overdone or boring, but it's one of the most important conversations to be having because it affects all of us.

The price you pay at the pump is an environmental issue, the coltan in your cellphone is an environmental issue, and the amount of pesticides in your food is an environmental issue.

Once you realize the depth and complexity of these issues, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged and maybe a little guilty.

But I encourage you not to feel this way. Instead, I urge you to channel these emotions and turn them into passion and dedication toward learning and action.

Get involved in an environmental organization such as Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, advocate for environmental policies to your state representatives, read a new book such as Bill McKibben's Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, or attend an Earth Day event.

One person can make a difference, but all of us can change the future. Community is essential for moving forward. We need to let all voices be heard, especially those who have been notoriously silenced.

Challenge yourself and others to not turn away from struggle but embrace it. We will be better for it and so will our world.

Elizabeth Brandt

Danville


Missing canopy tours

My family and I were coming back through Lexington this month and decided to contact Boone Creek Outdoors for another great experience. Come to find out the city of Lexington shut it down.

I guess if you won't gamble on horses or get drunk on bourbon, there's no way the city will support you. What the owner of the canopy tours did was only make this the safest, most pure fun a traveler could have. But that was not good enough.

Owner Burgess Carey needs to build it elsewhere because he knows how to create joy in nature without concrete, liquor or gambling.

Bob Vamvas

Houston, Texas


Let Russia have Ukraine

Instead of giving $1 billion or more to the Ukrainian government — a lot would go directly to Russia — why not just let Russia have Ukraine? Do you really think the citizens would be any better off independently?

James McDermott

Georgetown


Unfair to Bevin

Herald-Leader political reporter Sam Youngman does a lousy job reporting on the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. He writes: "With public and private polls showing Matt Bevin continuing to trail McConnell by a wide margin ... ."

To what polls is Youngman referring? There have been no new public polls released since the end of February. Maybe this reporter is having the Mitch McConnell campaign write his articles for him.

Marianne and Jordan Byrne

Florence


No action on gun violence

A reminder to the pro-gun folks who have said that there would be many fatalities in schools, theaters, etc., if some other type of weapon was used.

A couple weeks ago there was an incident at a high school, and the weapon was a knife. I don't recall any deaths in that incident.

Having to treat a lot of injuries is far superior to the slaughter of innocents in the Connecticut school.

Just in the past few weeks, there have been more shootings. When are we going to recognize this terrible carnage and stop it?

I thought when the kinder gartners were killed that would do it. What's it going to take? If I'm disappointed with the non-action. I can't imagine what the parents of those children must be going through. God help us all.

Nancy Mueller

Lexington


The jobs are there

Something isn't going right down on Midland Avenue. Recently the editorial page lobbied for an extension of unemployment benefits, but the want-ad page has had five or six ads every day for farm help. Can we put these people together?

Stephen Stinson

Lexington


Not a police state

A letter writer complained about a "police state" during post-game celebrations. Police state? Tell it to the people who owned the house that was torched. See if they think those who did it were just "happy basketball fans."

Pete Ayers

London

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