Letters to the editor: July 29

July 29, 2014 

Big-city reservation policy bad fit here

Recently, a friend of mine called to make a reservation for three couples for dinner at a fine-dining restaurant in the Lexington area.

They requested her credit card information to secure a reservation for a party of six or more. The restaurant's policy states that if the entire party doesn't show up, there could be a charge of $25 per absent person.

I was floored to hear that they're attempting to implement a ridiculous policy in Lexington. This practice is highly criticized in bigger cities like New York, London and Sydney.

Working in the restaurant industry in Lexington for 15 years, I can attest to the irritation and loss of wages that occur from absent reservations.

Skipping out on a reservation is a violation of the social contract, yet it should be dealt with appropriately. The restaurant reserves the right to refuse the offending party any subsequent reservations after a no-show.

A restaurant that hasn't had a positive review on Urbanspoon in over a year might tread a bit more lightly in a town that has a very large number of restaurants per capita. This policy is bad for business. Happy Restaurant Week.

Lauren Donovan

Lexington


Safety is essential

I write with serious concern about the rampant crime spree infecting our city. What Mayor Jim Gray does speaks so loudly I can't hear what he says.

Lexington demands focused leadership that is willing to act on this epidemic. Gray demonstrated his passion and power for a challenge when the stakes involved the renovation of Rupp Arena. Where are these efforts for the crisis at hand?

Basketball is important; safety is essential. I challenge him to put his talents into protecting our neighborhoods. Lexington is worth it.

Bridget Kenny

Lexington


Henry protected faith

Patrick Henry was a Founding Father and an ardent supporter of the American Revolution and the struggle for independence.

He is remembered by a line from his speech at St. John's Church in Richmond, Va., in 1775.

He said "Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

After the Constitution was adopted, Henry supported amending it by adding the Bill of Rights.

The first is "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Henry wrote in his testament "I have now disposed of all my property to my family; there is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian faith. If they had this, and I had not given them one shilling, they would be rich; but if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor."

The Founding Fathers set principles for the foundation of the nation; now they are under attack. If certain things are associated with religious practices, they are unlawful, and those rulings prohibit "the free exercise" of religion.

Howard Coop

Lancaster


Signs of faith removed

I co-authored a 2011 commentary, "Lexington, Catholics losing too much in merger of hospitals." A follow-up comment asked whether CHI stood for Catholic health care or corporate hijack?

This past week, KentuckyOne was tearing down signs containing the words "Catholic," "St. Joseph" or a cross.

With ISIS-like speed and thoroughness, St. Joseph Office Park has been sanitized. Have you heard a peep from the local Catholic leadership? One Protestant patient watched with me as a large sign was torn down. The name St. Joseph Hospital is "iconic," she said. It's the next target.

The new signs are garish, godless and about as inspirational as a flickering neon light. Financial losses have been massive.

This is simply a further de-Christianization of our culture. Silence is agreement. If these happenings trouble you, call the Catholic Center and the president of the hospital. I did.

Patrick Schneider II, M.D.

Lexington


McConnell's disinterest

When asked about equality for women, Sen. Mitch McConnell recently said, "I could be wrong, but most of the barriers have been lowered."

What strikes me is his complete disinterest in evidence. There is plenty of factual information available on this issue, but McConnell shows no interest in learning it.

I think Kentuckians should expect their elected officials to make the effort to learn the facts about key issues rather than rely on conjecture and guesses. It is one more reason why it is time to ditch Mitch.

Sam Lapin

Burlington

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