Tates Creek sidewalk boon to workers, bus riders
If you think the Tates Creek Road sidewalk project is a waste of money, walk from Melrose Avenue to the Tates Creek Library. Try it. Really. Don't sit in your car and drive it. Get out and walk it. See all those businesses and bus stops and lower-income housing?
It doesn't hit home until you've experienced it. I used to walk from Melrose Avenue to Best Buy back in 1997. I know what a sidewalk means when you're dodging traffic at 5:48 a.m. at New Circle Road because the buses aren't running yet.
I returned to the same street, different house, years later. Now I drive down Tates Creek at around 2:15 p.m. It's a slow time for pedestrian traffic, but I'm still seeing it. People waiting for buses, people walking on the grass.
These people are the same ones serving food, ringing up purchases on the register and talking to potential investors calling a support line. This sidewalk is needed. And it's going to cost the city comparatively nothing. Show the plebeians you care. After all, by the numbers, they're shelling out more for basic municipal services in taxes than those that oppose this plan.
I'd still prefer a Nicholasville Road/New Circle sidewalk, but I'll settle for this.
Clean up traffic trash
We need help from Mr. Hoover and Mr. Oreck. There are literally hundreds of cigarette butts and other small items of trash at nearly all major-intersection traffic islands and off-ramp stopping points in Lexington.
Why can't these eyesores be vacuumed up in the same way that leaves are vacuumed in the fall?
This should be done in advance of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, or should we just forget about it and move the cleanup to a back burner?
Wave our flag proudly
On June 14, 1777, less than a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress adopted a design for a flag for the new nation known as the United States of America. The Continental Congress determined that "The flag of the United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."
As the nation grew and the number of states increased, the design changed by adding a star to represent each new state. So, the flag we know and appreciate has 13 stripes representing the original states and 50 stars representing the states in the Union.
In 1895, the Congress of the United States, without making it a legal holiday, declared June 14 to be Flag Day.
The beauty of that flag waving in the breeze is more than artistic design and skillful color co-ordination. Its real beauty is found in that for which it stands. It is the symbol of a nation known around the world as the land of the free and the home of the brave whose citizens love liberty, cherish freedom, and are willing to pay the price for these precious possessions.
Since I moved to Lexington, I've realized that there are a lot of unfriendly people. This place is a part of the Bible Belt, so it makes me wonder about what is being said in church or in the home.
I work as a food server in this town and face many people, especially on Sundays, and there's not many who seem friendly.
There are times when I walk to a table with a smile and start to introduce myself, then am cut off with "I'll take a Coke" or have a look given to me to stay away.
I love Lexington and enjoy Kentucky. Is "Kentucky Proud" being rude to people whom they don't know? Not saying "excuse me" when bumping into you, is that "Kentucky Proud"?
People who claim to love Jesus really need to read about how he was and what manners he showed to mankind.
William D. Adams II
The June 12 article on mountaintop removal include an assertion that the process destroys land and pollutes streams. That is completely wrong.
Last October, I was able to go all over the Pine Branch Coal Co.'s site. Great care is taken to restore all land to a genuinely useful purpose.
What is wrong with creating land that is useful and productive instead of the steep mountains with scrubby trees where even a raccoon finds it hard to make a living?
The restored land surface now offers much more to local citizens. Moreover, the mining industry creates thousands of jobs, for more than just the workers involved in coal extraction.
The machinery used costs millions of dollars and provides work for those who make it. The velocity of all those millions gives benefits to thousands.
Then factor in that coal gives Kentucky cheap electric energy, which also creates jobs here.
The self-appointed guardians of our environment must be told the truth. The mine operators are better stewards of the land than any of their critics.
Flood plan a failure
The May flooding in Martin was devastating and beyond belief in its destructive effects on our small city.
However, it proved a point that even the Army Corps of Engineers did not realize or prepare for — all of Martin needs flood control and protection, not just part of it.
The present plan for Martin only protects about a third of the town. The corps has spent nine years and nearly $40 million on this project.
The current plan has failed miserably and is doomed for continued failure if not changed immediately.
We need flood protection from the south end of town all the way through downtown Martin to the north end of town. The distance is less than one mile.
Our mayor and the citizens of Martin are united in this effort to have flood control for all of Martin and to have the corps change its current plan, which is wrong and has failed all of us. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers needs to join with us, too.
Pete Grigsby Jr.