Letters to the Editor: July 24

July 24, 2014 

Public wants smoke-free air

The recent Herald-Leader editorial decrying the Kentucky Supreme Court decision to block local health boards from enacting rules controlling smoking in public places is right on target.

We live in Madison County and have very much enjoyed having smoke-free restaurants and other public places for several years.

My family has eaten out much more since we have not had to breathe smoky air. I am afraid that leaving it up to local legislative bodies instead of the health departments to look out for the public health and comfort will be problematic, at best.

As the court is apparently worried about the emergence of a "regulatory state, " surely it will not object if the free market of public opinion rules and if the great majority of the public, which favors smoke-free air, stands up to restaurant managers and demands continuance of current policies in restaurants they prefer to patronize.

Supreme Court justices are elected, so I can vote against them.

John V. Payne, M.D.

Berea


Powell makes change

While critics of Superintendent Josh Powell were busy organizing a "boo session" at Montgomery County High School's graduation and humiliating the accomplished graduates, Powell and his supporters have been busy working to make Montgomery County Schools a better place to work and learn.

Powell enforces rules that all children are to be treated equally and fairly, regardless of who their parents may be. Montgomery County's children have long been the victims of idle teachers who retain their positions through friendship rather than performance.

Powell is changing that. He has successfully improved every school system where he has served as superintendent.

If Montgomery County citizens want what is best for their children, they should seriously give him a chance to exercise his expertise and give every child, poor and rich, a chance at the education they deserve.

Jenna L. Huff

Mount Sterling


Let's return the favor

A couple of months ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell said jobs are not his responsibility, and based on his voting record they haven't been.

McConnell blocked a $447 billion jobs bill the Office of Management and Budget estimated would add 1.3 million jobs and 2 percent in U.S. GDP growth. He was against $35 billion to pay teachers, police, firefighters and a Veterans Affairs hiring bill.

He voted nay to funding AmeriCorps, youth engagement, education corps and The Serve America Act to put youth to work.

Nay to bills to bring jobs home and to establish a lending fund so banks can make capital investment loans to small businesses.

McConnell doesn't believe he has any obligation to help Kentuckians in need of work, even with unemployment being above the national average. Let's make sure we return the favor at the polls this November.

Peter Wedlund

Lexington


City needs wiser CEO

Lexington has been under an administration that has squandered taxpayer money on efforts to rebuild Rupp Arena. We have a mayor who thinks his role is "construction-boss-in-chief."

Mayor Jim Gray's response to the increase in crimes has been a stern warning that "these criminals and these acts of violence will not be tolerated in Lexington."

A Herald-Leader article said Gray "championed the efforts of the Lexington police and has approved overtime funds, giving the department more flexibility to pursue leads, add officers to different units or increase patrols."

This administration approved rolling brownouts of neighborhood fire stations, restricted the use of vehicles by Lexington police officers and moved the E-911 center saying it would save money and be more efficient.

If Lexington was run like a business, the stockholders would likely vote to replace this administration with a CEO who understands the priorities of a city, not simply running a construction company.

Mark A. Wohlander

Lexington

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