Letters to the Editor, April 25

April 25, 2014 

Winchester should build a skatepark Since 1970, skateparks have been popping up around the world, providing kids and adults a safe place to skate and express themselves. Most deadly accidents while skateboarding involve a motor vehicle.

An effective park must be unique and interesting to keep people coming back, because what we can do in the streets has no limits unlike a poorly designed skate park.There is a huge movement among youth towards skateboarding, with the numbers increasing daily.

With no support or involvement from our community, we are left to fend for ourselves, building our own ramps and ledges until the city tears them down. Skateparks are a perfect place for kids to meet up after school, keeping them out of the streets; their parents can feel at ease dropping them off there instead of at random road or business.

Street skating can be difficult because most of the spots are on a business' property, and most of the time they aren't happy about you "scarping up" their curbs or walls.

Law enforcement is usually involved, boards are taken away from kids and sometimes even trespassing charges are pressed. These kids just want to skate. They aren't intentionally trying to wreck businesses or jump in front of cars.

Skateparks fill a city with culture, bring in tourists and, most importantly, keep kids active, safe, entertained and away from drugs, gangs and vandalism. A new skate park in Winchester would help our town grow in the right direction.

Shane Saunders


Appreciate the police

I was struck by the stark contrast between a recent letter about the police state attacking the public and an article the next day reporting that police officers performed CPR on a shooting victim in Duncan Park.

The letter writer is certainly free to express his view. However, we can all be thankful that the police were able to bring order to the "few happy fans," some of whom were throwing flaming T-shirts into the crowd and attempting to torch a vacant house.

Absent the fully professional response of our police officers, the consequences could have been tragic. I encourage the writer to broaden his understanding of our police force, their training, their tactics, their ethics and their commitment to serve and protect all of us including the "few happy fans."

Enrolling in the Lexington Citizen Police Academy may be an eye opener for him. He will learn that our officers do not "live for attacking the public."

Frank Peters


Ulterior motive

In response to the recent commentary by Dr. Danesh Mazloomdoost criticizing new developments in medical pain relief, it is important for people to be aware that such doctors have a vested interest in the current anti-opiate wave.

Such self-promoting specialists stand to benefit from general practitioners being wary of treating pain and referring patients to these doctors who promote a myriad of costly procedures.

This trend is substantially more lucrative than treating patients with a more gentle approach of listening to what has been helpful to a patient in the past, treating with medication and promoting a healthier lifestyle.

It is a sad state of affairs when law-abiding pain patients who for whatever unfortunate reasons are helped by various levels of effective opiate medication are treated as suspects, marginalized and have their lives made that much more difficult by bureaucrats, politicians and the specialists who reap the benefits.

The voices of the struggling people who can ill afford the hoops these doctors now make people jump through just to have medicine that actually works for them are all but forgotten in the news.

Carrie Cox


What next?

What will be Sen. Mitch McConnell's next big sports blunder? Will he make a video congratulating the University of Kentucky for a great season while showing a picture of University of Connecticut's Shabazz Napier cutting down the net?

Terry Stahl

Bowling Green

HSUS criminals

Michael Markarian of the Humane Society of the United States called for Matt Bevin to withdraw as a candidate for U.S. Senate.

This is wrong in so many ways.

Markarian's comment violates the HSUS's tax exempt status under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization may not endorse or oppose any political candidate.

Bevin's appearance at the American Gamefowl Defense Network was negligible. Bevin simply stated this was a matter for the state to decide. Gamefowl enthusiasts have every right to speak to politicians.

HSUS should examine its own criminals. They feel sport-fowl combat is more criminal than arson, vandalism, racketeering, extortion, bribery, conflict of interest, animal cruelty (of their own nature), yet their management reads like a who's who of criminals.

Danny Milner


Double standard

Let us see now. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says we can't just walk away from a law-violating situation such as the cattle feeding on supposedly federal ground out west.

Yet, the federal government has turned its back on the illegal immigration, problem and walked away from it with the walk led by the president and Reid.

Maybe these cattle are scaring the Mexicans.

Donald R. Fugette


Global warming fix?

A National Geographic documentary said that reducing a coal-fired power plant's emission of carbon dioxide by 20 percent would stop global warming. There might be another option.

The second law of thermal dynamics states, according to Wikipedia, "the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems always evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium."

If formaldehyde (CH2O) is under an extreme vacuum and everything is a minimum of 74.4 F, then equilibrium would be if water could become a gas. Simply put, if water and carbon dioxide were placed under an extreme vacuum with CH2O, then fusion could occur.

As any scientist knows, electrons orbiting a nucleus have what is called mass escape velocity. What would prevent a carbon element from also having an escape velocity where it releases from the oxygen molecule and then becomes a part of the water molecule so it could be in a state of equilibrium with formaldehyde by becoming formaldehyde ?

If such a simple experiment could work, then it could reduce the CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. And by releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere, a reduction of only 5 percent might stop global warming.

This should be the type of discovery that would interest a botanist or physicist who has the equipment, you know, trying something new. After all, there is little to be lost if it does not work but potentially much more to be gained if it is successful.

James Lindgaard


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