Letters to the editor: July 14

July 14, 2014 

Ride-sharing may hurt riders, local economy

Under the Uber ride-sharing, the driver — not the company — would be liable if anyone were injured in the car. I assume personal car insurance does not cover commercial use of a vehicle.

The driver is told to follow local laws pertaining to driving a taxi. But they don't have inspections. Thus, former taxi drivers fired for accidents are now back working their own cars. It's almost a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The fares often are more expensive than the regulated amount: $2.50 a mile. Uber is $1.80 a mile, plus 30 cents per minute for time in the car.

Keep in mind the cab driver's job is not easy. No medical, no retirement, difficult customers, drunk kids and lots of time sitting.

My cab is not dirty and I go above and beyond to serve my customers, many of whom I now call friends.

If cab companies move out, there would be no cabs during the day as most people work for Uber at night. That will hurt the business traveler, and will ultimately have a negative effect on Lexington's ability to handle larger events.

This taxi driver is already packing up. Be careful what you ask for, Lexingtonians.

Jeffrey Dean Moore


Frugal on common sense

Once again, the so called Fru-Gal has demonstrated that she should be called Wastrel Gal. Obtaining the so-called free chicken at the Harland Sanders Museum in Corbin would involve a 90-mile drive from Lexington.

Last time I went to the gas station, I paid around $4 a gallon. On a 180-mile round trip, my car would also use oil, incur wear and tear and associated costs.

Now let's say you happen to live in Corbin directly across the street from the KFC museum.

Is eating cholesterol-laden food free? Made from chickens grown in confined feeding operations? Not according to any health-care professional I know of.

Whether you take statin drugs to try to block your unhealthy living habits or just wait for the big heart attack, it is not free.

Nor are the environmental harms caused by factory farming free, including the degradation of water, fouling the air with stinking odor, the overuse of antibiotics and other drugs that are passed through the food chain to human consumers.

Advocating driving to Corbin to sample "free" fried chicken is an incredibly expensive and stupid idea.

Sally Wasielewski


Move on parking plan

Compliments to the Herald-Leader and to Tom Eblen for the outstanding column he did in conjunction with retired developer Robert Wagoner.

What a comprehensive concept for enhancing downtown's appeal. Limited parking is a major deterrent to downtown shopping and dining in Lexington.

Not only does Wagoner's plan efficiently and effectively address that, it goes beyond with a plan for minimizing unsightly garbage and delivery functions.

We can only hope the key decision-makers will have the foresight to embrace such a plan for our emerging city center. It will take a lot of collaboration and cooperation, but look at the potential result.

Special kudos to Wagoner for devoting significant time and his amazing talents to developing such a well-thought-out plan and working toward a better Lexington. Let's do it.

Windy Cranfill


Judge overstepped authority

I'd like to respond to the editorial, "Ruling moves Ky. toward equality," about the recent ruling of Judge John C. Heyburn.

Heyburn has demonstrated federal tyranny by ignoring the privilege and protection of democracy.

Kentucky residents have the right to amend the Kentucky constitution through due process, and they did in 2004 by an overwhelming 75 percent in protecting traditional marriage.

The judge is totally unaccountable in his ruling and this unelected official does not have the right of activism, for it steers him away from justice by allowing him to rule through opinion.

We appreciate our governor who walks tall in defending the will of the people. You would think Attorney General Jack Conway would want to do the same since he was elected by the majority and the will of Kentucky citizens.

David Carr


Contribution concern

The Courier-Journal reported Churchill Downs contributed $100,000 to a group dedicated to electing Republicans to the state legislature.

Since they've nearly unanimously voted against expanded gambling, as a long time shareholder I'm interested in the real reason for this rather than the pabulum quoted in the article.

Does it believe that amount will convert nearly 70 legislators?

Paul Guthrie


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