Letters to the editor: July 19

July 19, 2014 

Ky. not winning the crime fight

Recent events have led me to think about what has happened to America.

Crimes and murders are too numerous to mention. The laws have been changed to be less effective and are more concerned with volume and financial control.

A robber is sentenced to 25 years and a rapist is given a lesser sentence. Some complain about the effectiveness of execution, but instead they should think of the victim. People argue whether capital punishment is good or bad.

Guns, licenses and sometimes cars are taken away if you're shooting out of season. But they're not taken away from a drunk driver who killed a person?

Universities don't punish students for being drunk. During the Final Four game, a young man on State Street came to me upset because he saw a young girl get her clothes ripped off.

Is it ok to break the law?

We might be a winning state in basketball, but we're a losing state when it comes to taking care of our children. I hope the governor can make a difference, he is my hero. When did the rights of criminals trump the rights of victims?

Lisa Jean Johnson


Lexington VA a mess

My dad was a proud World War II veteran and a patient at the Lexington Veterans Affairs hospital for many years prior to his death. Unlike others who have described the great care at the VA, I have a different side.

The appointments are made months in advance. If my dad got sick in between, he couldn't see his primary care doctor. The only option was to wait in the emergency room.

Dad was hospitalized in January and was ordered at-home physical therapy. We called to confirm the therapy, but were told he couldn't have it until his primary doctor checked him out in her office.

He was really sick, which is why the hospital physician had ordered and approved the therapy. Nothing would convince his primary care doctor to let him have therapy until she saw him.

When asked why she hadn't come to see him at the hospital, there was no answer. Dad didn't get the therapy he needed.

The VA health care is a mess, including Lexington. It broke my heart to see what dad went through trying to get health care. All our veterans deserve better.

C.L. Roger


Enlightenment needed

I was moved to tears while reading the Declaration of Independence on the opinions page of the July 4 issue of the Herald-Leader.

To think that this great nation, founded upon such noble principles, has been reduced to rancor and incivility among those entrusted with the responsibility of governing is beyond disheartening.

We are in desperate need of leaders with the wisdom of John Adams, the insight of Thomas Jefferson and the foresight of George Washington.

There needs to be enlightenment among leaders who are now blinded by self aggrandizement. They need to turn from back-biting to consider what is "most wholesome and necessary for the public good."

While we pray for that miracle, we should remind Congress that we have not forgotten the debacle of the 2011 budget dispute. We have not forgiven the government shutdown of 2013 and the ensuing unnecessary cost burden on taxpayers.

Although there is plenty of blame to go around, we must admit that self-government only works when the people participate.

Don't just sit there and complain, folks. On Nov. 3, get yourselves to the polls and vote.

Marilynn Bell


Rupp rocks as is

The Rupp Arena and city of Lexington controversy has its roots in the mid-70s.

At the time of construction, emissaries of Rupp met with civic groups to expand support and inform the community about the facility.

I attended a meeting where I asked if the arena was designed so it could be expanded.

The speaker said, "Of course not, Rupp Arena will seat 24,000. It is so large that it will never be sold out, therefore there is no reason to plan for expansion."

Now, the arena is in a strategic location with inadequate capacity. North Carolina and Indiana are making improvements to their arenas, and Syracuse already exceeds our capacity.

The University of Kentucky can't be blamed for looking at a possible campus arena. It has the land in its sports complex, the parking and the utilities. Hopefully, this time some consideration will be given to future expansion.

I wouldn't be surprised if the reconstruction of Commonwealth Stadium becomes a dome.

Just maintain Rupp as it is. No chair back seats or boxes to cater to egos. It is one of America's premier basketball arenas enjoying an iconic status, in downtown Lexington.

George D. Hellard


Flagging respect

This year at Lexington's annual Red, White and Boom concert, performer Thomas Rhett closed his show by signing a Kentucky flag.

Aggrieved, I watched him commit such an impertinent act. The majority of the crowd was too inebriated to commit any serious thought to this action, outside of Rhett simply making a grand exit.

After the concert, I considered seriously the dishonor of Rhett's exploit. Although it wasn't the American flag, which has a star on it that represents our state, it seems justifiable that any state flag deserves the same homage as the American flag.

I know intimately the fidelity that many Americans, military and non-military, hold for the flag and that any upstanding citizen ought to hold for it as well.

Would you feel reverent blotting your signature across the Stars and Stripes, or a state flag at that, in front of a military member who has sworn to protect that flag and everything it stands for?

Then why do so in front of thousands of people?

It's a travesty that we, as a nation, are becoming more and more desensitized to instances like that night.

Joshua Preston


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