Letters to the editor: June 2

June 2, 2014 

GM, despite recalls, is an asset to Ky.

Over the past few months, two of the auto manufacturers with plants in Kentucky have announced vehicle recalls.

One of these companies is General Motors, and although the Chevrolet Corvette built here in Bowling Green is not involved, the publicity surrounding the recalls has created something of a black eye on the industry.

Without question, the industry has an obligation to correct any defects in the vehicles it produces. But, the recent recalls should not overshadow the industry's accomplishments.

Vehicle safety features have evolved from seatbelts to high-tech solutions, such as electronic stability control and lane departure warnings. Rigorous safety testing is the norm today, and today's vehicles are the safest in history.

The auto industry is a vital component of Kentucky's manufacturing base. More than 80,000 people are employed in businesses related to motor vehicles that are located here.

General Motors alone has nearly 1,000 employees in the state with an annual payroll of more than $70 million.

I am both proud and grateful that Kentucky is recognized as a key player in the automotive industry. I take particular pride in telling my legislative colleagues from other parts of Kentucky, and in some cases from other states, that I represent the state Senate district that is home to the only place in the world where the Chevrolet Corvette is manufactured.

State Sen. Mike Wilson

Bowling Green

Disappointed in paper

I have long been a faithful subscriber of the Herald-Leader. However, over the last couple of years, the quality of journalism has plummeted.

The most offensive example is the reporting of Sam Youngman. I expect political reports to be balanced, but Youngman obviously has his favorites.

Constant interviews with Sen. Rand Paul, even when Paul has done nothing of note, have no value except to promote Paul.

No other political figure gets that amount of political spin from Youngman. The prominent position of Youngman's writings indicates that the Herald-Leader management approves of this biased "reporting."

I used to enjoy letters to the editor, regardless of the writer's political affiliations. But an increasing number of letters are published in which the writers invent facts.

Differences of opinion are one thing, but when a person lies or distorts to support his/her ideas, a newspaper with integrity should refuse to print them.

A blatant example was a recent letter in which the writer claimed that, since Alison Grimes did not condemn Matt Bevin's appearance at a cockfighting rally, then she must be in favor of cockfighting.

Any high school student should recognize that logical fallacy. But the Herald-Leader published it anyway, giving support to the writer's twisted logic. There have been many other examples, coming from both left and right political viewpoints.

I demand integrity from my newspaper. I expect fair and balanced reporting on politicians and events. I have lost respect for the Herald-Leader.

Brian Stevenson


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