Eat, drink, roast: a solution for CentrePointe
The decision to cover downtown Lexington's vacant lot with bluegrass is a positive one, but grass requires maintenance and brings in no revenue. I propose that goats be introduced into the lot — living lawn mowers and producers of milk that could profitably be turned into cheese. Clearly, we would have to find a couple of smooth-talking entrepreneurs who would take charge of production and raise money, both from public sources and private investors, domestic or foreign, alive or dead. Surely, such individuals can be found in our city.
Too, there is probably a good market here for goat meat. This might be particularly exciting on holidays and weekends to see goats being roasted over hand-turned spits, the results then turned into sandwiches. Some might be offended by the sight of goats being slaughtered, but the slayings could be seen as sacrificial rituals, a kind of petition calling for boons ranging from minor favors, such as rain, to outlandish requests such as the beginning of construction in the vacant lot.
Presiding over these ceremonies could be the mayor and vice-mayor, who already constitute a kind of secular high-priesthood.
The council, too, could play a role by taking turns feeding and milking the goats. The daily appearance in the vacant lot of council members caring for the goats would serve a practical purpose, but would also be a source of amusement for bystanders and a reminder that a sophisticated city such as Lexington has not completely lost its rural roots.
Voters at fault
The American electorate is a total mystery to me. They know that every political opportunist they vote for lies to them to get their vote. Then, when they run again, the voters reelect them anyway. I guess voters believe they won't lie to them a second time — but they will. The rule is simple: Tell the voter what he wants to hear and don't worry about delivering.
If you listen carefully to those elected to leadership positions, their lack of intelligence and good faith are obvious. They are consumed by the need for power and wealth. After all, you never heard of many of those elected returning home without wealth. You can't get wealthy on their salaries so it must come from somewhere else.
The electorate has destroyed our Constitution. Voters also have destroyed much of our American heritage and way of life by putting these teams of thieves in office. They will finish us off in the upcoming months.
This is what you voted for, so don't complain and just take your dose of medicine. However, with the new health care initiative, you will probably have great difficulty in finding medicine or for that matter, health care of any kind.
I am a patriot and will still be one, but don't bring your complaints to me.
Chandler a sell-out
I am glad I was not listed in a recent full-page ad for U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler that thanked him for his vote to "jump-start Kentucky's economy."
What his vote really did was help jump-start a process whereby all Kentuckians, should the cap and trade (AKA cap and tax) legislation pass the Senate, will pay an exorbitant amount of their hard-earned income for additional taxes and costs for fuel, groceries and all purchased goods because corporations will be forced to pass on their increased costs of doing business. The bill will destroy the coal industry and other industries that provide income for many Kentuckians.
Once Chandler was identified as a Blue Dog Democrat, promoting fiscal conservatism. However, his voting record suggests otherwise. I have on numerous occasions e-mailed Chandler as well as senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell regarding pending legislation, and I suggest more Central Kentuckians need to let our representatives know we are monitoring their votes and that we will consider those votes when they run for reelection.
With the national debt now in excess of a trillion dollars and increasing daily, it is not the time to place additional burdens on the struggling public. Chandler sold us out.
Planet in crisis
I was saddened when I read letters recently in opposition to the cap and trade bill. I mistakenly believed that everyone knows and accepts the fact that we have created an environmental crisis.
Many factors caused the crisis — not only from the auto industry, but from the pollutants dumped in our fresh water, the over-the-counter pesticides and the mass extinction of any and all animals and birds near any coast (condominiums are very profitable on a coast). We can watch on live television while polar bears swim for miles with their young on their backs until they are too tired to swim farther. The ice they have always relied on to live is gone. Sea levels are rising everywhere. This is an irrefutable fact.
Constituents were angered and saddened that the previous administration not only did nothing, but made matters even worse by gutting existing environmental protection laws.
This is one area where we will not lead by example. The greedy had their say first. But do they speak for everyone on this planet? I do not think so. People need to come forward and admit that they are woefully under-educated, greedy and in complete denial about the state in which the very planet that they live on is in.
Carrie L. Sommers
Videos show problem
The proliferation of the video camera in the hands of average Americans is exposing an avalanche of abuse by law enforcement officials.
Videos on YouTube show police using Tasers on all ages of people for a variety of minor offenses. I have also seen videos that show law enforcement officers beating and arresting people for the simple act of filming them while on public streets.
It seems that every week in Kentucky we have another jail scandal. Guards raping inmates, suspicious deaths while in custody and mysterious beatings.
The court industry receives its paycheck from the government and it serves as a rubber stamp for law enforcement. Anybody who has ever been to court will know that the system is rigged against the average person.
Like most Kentuckians, I have no problem with violent criminals being arrested and thrown into a cage, but we have now crossed a line. There are more nonviolent people in chains than the violent ones. People are going into jails and prisons for petty and nonviolent offenses such as prostitution, gambling, naughty pictures and traffic offenses.
We must respect police, prisons, courts, judges, probation and parole officers and the dozens of other state, federal, local and private policing agencies when they are keeping us safe from violent criminals and thieves.
However, we have a right to protest when we see a huge number of government employees being paid to fill the prisons as quickly as possible — especially when we are told that government is broke.