Letters to the editor: June 10

June 10, 2014 

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Coat of blacktop not too much to ask for bad street

I am a homeowner on Carneal Road in a subdivision on Lexington's north side. I have lived here for 15 years, and during that time several other streets have undergone extensive improvements. But what about us? Has the city forgotten us?

Other roads in The Meadows subdivision have been repaved, including Highland Park Drive and Meadow Lane, and even part of our street near Loudon Avenue, in addition to several others.

The code enforcement officer gave me, and some other residents, a notice of repairs we needed to make on our property. I had to repair a small crack in my driveway or pay a fine.

Meanwhile, there are all these huge potholes and cracks on the road. The pavement is even crumbled and jagged in many spots.

If we have to maintain our property or be fined, then it's only right that the city should be held equally accountable for road maintenance and repair.

We're not asking for anything fancy. We don't want new curbs and gutters. There is no need to uproot all the trees along the curb to make room for new sidewalks, making for an extensive and expensive two-year project. All we want for Carneal Road is just a new coat of blacktop.

We would very much appreciate the city addressing this situation on Carneal Road, one of the first streets in one of the first subdivisions to be established in Lexington's north end in the 1950s.

Loise King


No coal energy in Ky.

After seeing all the nonsense on television concerning the so-called "war on coal," I feel as though it is my responsibility to make a response.

We all know that coal makes people sick, beginning in the underground mines where methane gas and other dangerous gases are released when coal is removed.

The mines release poisonous elements when coal is removed and the new surface is exposed to rain and other elements.

These fumes and gases are released into the air and water, and contribute to human respiratory diseases and other ailments such as "black lung," from which there is no known cure.

Coal is an important factor in our economy. Can't we act like reasonable human beings and discuss how we can gradually convert to renewable sources of energy while we reduce our dependency on coal, which makes us sick, especially those who are closest to it?

Of course, these alternative sources of energy will be more expensive, but as they become more available they will become more affordable.

Do we not owe it to future generations to leave them a legacy of clean air and water?

If we can work together to provide solutions to these problems (and there are many), we can also encourage our young people to solve problems rather than create them.

Ed Cunningham


Smokers reject control

The smoking police in Paris and Bourbon County are back.

I'm sure smoking-ban supporters are nice people, but they won't tell you there are studies questioning whether secondhand smoke has much effect on others.

This is not about health, it is about control to get your way because you don't like something. If you don't want to go to a business that has smoking, then don't patronize it. Don't try to force your wishes and beliefs on others as these people try to do.

By the way, I've lived in Paris and Bourbon County my whole life and still have not found anyone who is among the 65 percent who wanted us smoke-free.

Joe Lucas


Change voting times

Why are voting times 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.? Many people, including myself, find this time frame very inconvenient and quite often impossible for voting.

I do not have the time in the morning to go vote, and I work until 7 p.m. Many people are in the same boat — thousands in Fayette County alone.

The time frame of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. started back when 99 percent of businesses were closed by 5 p.m. Most banks were closed by 2 p.m., and factories had only one shift and were closed by 4 p.m.

I think voting hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. would not be unreasonable. If the hours were extended, I think many thousands of people statewide would vote regularly who now do not. The hours need to change.

William Hays


Better off with MSHA

I read the May 31 article that said there is going to be a reduction of employees in the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

They should do away with that department completely.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has been the best safety enforcement agency since the Mine Enforcement and Safety Administration was created.

Besides, why should any mine anywhere have to abide by 10 sets of mine laws? The state agency does not adequately enforce safety laws; instead, it mostly checks mine training or other paperwork.

By eliminating this department, our state budget would be a lot healthier.

Pete Herrera

Van Lear

Traditional marriage only

It is troubling to realize that in our democracy, the will of the people can be nullified by the whim of a judge. This is especially troubling when the judge doesn't get his facts right.

Marriage has always been a union between one man and one woman, and the laws pertaining to marriage are specific to that situation. Homosexual people are not prevented from marrying, although most choose not to do so.

Those homosexuals who do marry are treated the same as any other married person. Those who do not marry are treated like any other unmarried person. There is no unequal treatment based on sexual orientation.

Opposite-sex couples have the capacity to bear children together, and marriage is regarded as the preferred family structure for raising children.

As people, we have an interest in promoting marriage so married people get some breaks that unmarried people don't get. This is just a matter of sound public policy and has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of these people.

Perhaps it would make for good public policy to grant some concessions to same-sex couples. That is a matter for our legislators to decide.

Cynthia Welsh


Victory name change

The Washington Redskins should contemplate a slight name change.

Think about it. "The Washington Warriors" has a nice rhythm, and the positive karma will put them on the trail to victory — the Super Bowl.

Duke Martin


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