Take cue from Ireland; respect historic sites
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Ireland for the first time. As an amateur photographer, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take pictures of things and places that have been around for a long time, some for thousands of years.
It fascinated me that those things have been respected and left alone so that many generations could appreciate, enjoy and take pride in them.
I recently visited the Switzer Covered Bridge in Franklin County to take photos. The bridge was built in 1855. In 1974, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been restored twice and then was rebuilt in 1998 after being severely damaged by a flood in 1997.
Sadly, the bridge and the area around it were covered with graffiti. It was disgusting to see the lack of respect shown for such a historical site. Recently, it seems that cemeteries and graveyards are also targets of destruction.
It's a real shame that those responsible for these damages obviously don't care about the consequences of their actions. Our state and our country deserve much better.
Stand together in Ky.
"United We Stand, Divided We Fall" is our state motto.
Earlier this year, this paper printed an article about how University of Kentucky researchers are trying to restore a Breathitt County stream that had been buried by surface-mining fill.
I know this project can work. I was on that hill in Breathitt 15 years ago, and I am thrilled that this idea will work.
We don't have a lot of industry to fall back on here in the hills. Just to shut down mining is to divide the state. We who work on and under these hills know this. The horse industry alone isn't going to shore up our budget.
It's not the environmentalists who are demonized — it's me and my fellow truckers and miners. We are made to look like we are breaking the law, when we aren't. My dad worked in the mines and it was treated as a proud and honorable profession. Now we are treated as second-class citizens.
We are divided, so how can we stand?
Ray E. Davis Jr.
Cancel Wednesday mail
The U.S. Postal Service is considering discontinuing Saturday delivery, but has anyone stopped to think how this will impact its elderly customers?
When we have a three-day holiday weekend, there will be no mail delivery for three days. That means people will need to plan ahead to mail in their bill payments.
Many people do not use the computer to pay their bills.
Why not discontinue Wednesday delivery if the postal service needs to stop delivery on one day to save money?
Break up the non-delivery days, thereby meeting all of customers' needs.
No one has given a thought to all of the customers — only to the bottom financial line. Perhaps the postal service really wants us to purchase postal boxes and stop all home delivery.
The postal service plans to continue to sort and place mail in those boxes on Saturdays.
Let Israel be
I am so disappointed in the way the United States is treating its greatest ally, Israel.
Israel is the Israelis' country, and Jerusalem is its capital. Israel needs our continued support.
There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as the Palestinians want to banish Israel from the area.
Asking Israel to give up its own land is not right and must stop. The U.S. needs to stay out of Israel's affairs — it is a sovereign nation and does not need us to tell it what to do.
Nancy S. Davidson
Think it through
An April 5 article on autism legislation, "Autism bill puts Kentucky in forefront; Insurers must pay for treatment," is a classic case of lazy legislation, lazy journalism or both.
While autism is a heartbreaking disorder, particularly for the families of its victims, paying for its treatment deserves better consideration than was presented in the article.
As the headline of the article says, some insurers must pay for some treatments. Insurers get the money to pay from insurance premiums, so the cost for the treatment comes from those who pay the premiums.
Even more disturbingly, the cost of this bill isn't known. As the article says, there's no accurate information about the number of Kentucky children with the disorder or whether their parents have the type of insurance covered in the legislation.
So, a legislator sponsored a bill without knowing how much it costs or who would pay, the legislature passed the measure in his honor, also without knowing, and a newspaper described the process without asking.
The people of Kentucky and readers of this newspaper deserve better.
No room in boats
Folks, the great Titanic is sinking.
Doctors, lawyers and millionaires are the icebergs. They are the ones who put the gash in the side of this ship. They have set the rules and are the only ones who can be elected to Congress.
The poor, lower-class people are down in the hole with the gates locked. There are only enough lifeboats for the middle and upper classes.
I am sorry, people, but you poor suckers are already freezing in the frigid water.
If you think I am kidding, then ask those "big brothers" to throw you a lifeline and see what happens. They are all playing golf with Tiger Woods and having a good time.
H-L reports superb
The April 9 Herald-Leader editorial on Kentucky American Water donations to Urban County Council members was superb.
Not only did the newspaper expose those guys on the take, but once again it did a superb job of investigative reporting.
Having done many investigations while in the U.S. Army, I can appreciate the time and effort it takes to focus on facts, not the reporters' opinions.
The newspaper's track record, starting with the Lexington Public Library to this has been nothing less than meticulous journalism and investigation.
I would suspect that if the newspaper investigated our commonwealth's government, it could find many ways to balance the budget — what a service that would be to Kentucky.
I am also impressed on how the paper follows up and follows through.
I hope most readers realize the money the Herald-Leader has saved us and the continual good community work the paper has done.