Don't gripe about economy if you own foreign car
Lately I've noticed the number of foreign cars — more than half in my neighborhood. Most folks say, "They're made here in the states, so what's the difference?"
I wish everyone could read an article that Lee Iacocca wrote some years back. He apologized to the country for having pushed for foreign companies to come here to build their cars and trucks. He said, "If they are going to sell them here, then they should build them here." It sounded good. "The plan blew up in my face," Iacocca said.
The foreign companies bought property in rural areas. Property was cheap, labor was considerably cheaper and there were no unions.
Away from the larger cities, profits were much greater. This put a huge burden on the domestic carmakers.
Another response: "It puts people to work, doesn't it?" Yes, it does, but it also takes work away from the domestic automakers. This is the real issue.
The profits go overseas. This adds up to megabucks. Both presidential candidates bring up our dependence on foreign oil and say we need to keep our money in our country. Think of the money we could keep here if more of us bought domestic cars and trucks.
As for quality, the domestics had to learn some things over the years, true. But check them out now. I have. The domestics are strong competition.
We have no right to complain about our economy if we don't do what we can to help.
I have been reading the letters from people upset about the CentrePointe development. I remember when my father's favorite restaurant, The Saratoga, was being torn down. He was very upset and opposed the development going on in Chevy Chase. I don't know how many years have passed since then, but I think most people who still live in Ashland Park, as he does, are very happy with the businesses and restaurants that now occupy that space.
The CentrePointe project will eventually be viewed the same way. There are so many buildings and homes in downtown Lexington that are historic and in desperate need of renovation (the old courthouse, which the city owns, comes to mind), and I am in favor of them being restored.
I was the headquarters chairman of the Junior League's Bodley-Bullock House when it was renovated 10 years ago, and I understand the time and expense that go into these projects. I now live in Danville, which has been a leader in historic preservation with Constitution Square and many other projects downtown.
After viewing the plans for CentrePointe, the gardens, the sidewalks and skywalks, I would love to move back to Lexington if I could get a condominium in the building. In addition, the Webbs propose to build a LEED-certified "green" building. It will serve as a catalyst for future historic preservation in the area.
The Webb Companies have always done a great job with their buildings, and this will be one of their best projects ever.
Won't get far
In reference to the potential end of abstinence-only education, I say it is about time. There are people who actually believe that simply informing children about alternatives to abstinence is foolish.
Isn't that the equivalent of having a driver's education class and limiting it to the brake pedal?
H. Stephen Midkiff
Yes to abstinence
Regarding the article about ending abstinence-only education, sure, that makes sense.
Let's promote promiscuity and continue to spend $13 billion a year to treat STDs.
Let's give our daughters hormones to prevent pregnancy, even if it does adversely affect their health and fertility later in life. If they do get pregnant, no problem; let's just end that innocent life through abortion. After all, we must keep Planned Parenthood in business.
This is our tax dollars at work.
10 simple rules
A recent headline in the Lexington Herald-Leader was "Building temples to justice." The same week I heard a program about our "overcrowded jails." What is justice without law? What is law without rules? What are rules without reason, reason without sense?
Why are 10 simple rules for guidance so hard to understand? And why are these rules being eliminated from public recognition? America was founded on freedom, but it is not the freedom to steal, cheat, kill or do other wrongs.
How can a child, or adult, not do wrong if they have never seen or been taught the rules for right living? Why is there such controversy over 10 simple rules for living a good life?
Where did we get law in the first place, if not from 10 simple commandments given for mankind to live peacefully with one another? Why banish them from those who so desperately need to know how to live?
Miriam L. Woolfolk
I found it sad that a letter writer suggested that Jesus Christ could not carry Kentucky in a modern election.
There are enough progressives in Fayette and Jefferson that he could carry those counties. As for the other 118 counties, I'm afraid she's right. He would be, for lack of a better word, crucified.
Down the drain
An article in the Aug. 16 Herald-Leader reported that the largest county in Alabama faces bankruptcy. The reasons should put the Urban County Government on notice to be very cautious during our dealings with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Jefferson County, Ala., was ordered to upgrade its sewer system to meet federal standards. It borrowed its funds on the bond market in a "complex and risky" series of transactions. With the credit crunch, the interest ballooned, and the project now has a debt of $3.2 billion.
Contracts awarded have led to a federal bribery and kickback scandal with 21 people convicted so far, including contractors, engineers and two former county commissioners. The case is still unfolding.
Due to the cost of the project, water rates have gone up 329 percent since 1997.
When Lexington projects are being implemented, citizens should demand that the mayor and council practice strict transparency. Further, the Herald-Leader should exercise all of its available rights to open records on an ongoing basis. It won't do any good to get access to records after contracts have been signed.
As the Alabama experience illustrates, the very survival of our government could be at stake.
Sadie L. Criswell