Science's checks lend credence to global warming
The author of a recent letter claiming that "science is imperfect" is correct. We scientists are human and, therefore, our scientific investigations are fallible.
What the writer fails to understand, however, is that the scientific method is designed to systematically overcome human fallibility and bias.
For example, scientific results must be reproducible, otherwise they are discounted.
Before publication in a refereed journal, scientific results are subject to critical review by experts who remain anonymous to the author. A scientist's work doesn't survive this rigorous process unless it is good.
The letter writer is, therefore, on very weak ground when he criticizes our scientific understanding of global warming. Any time you have a large majority of scientific experts in agreement on anything as controversial as global warming, it means that there is awfully strong evidence in its support. It means that most of the "imperfection" in the theory has been rigorously teased out by the scientific process itself.
I assume that, when lay persons dispute the scientific consensus regarding global warming, they either are ignorant of the depth of the science behind the theory or they are engaging in wishful thinking.
Who among us is willing to face our grandchildren and great-grandchildren and explain why we did not act earlier?
Israel defending itself
Please consider the facts in the Gaza flotilla confrontation:
■ The flotilla commanders stated their aim was to deliver goods to help the people of Gaza.
But before the flotilla embarked from Turkey, Israel and Egypt repeatedly offered to allow those goods to enter Gaza via other ports after being first checked for contraband weapons. The flotilla organizers refused and were documented as chanting "death to Israel" slogans.
■ Israel sent only a small group of commandos to intercept the lead flotilla ship. They were armed only with paint-gun rifles (used for crowd control) to be used in their mission of enforcing the blockade, and were under strict orders not to use their pistols.
The flotilla leaders on the lead ship, however, clearly planned violence and stocked the ship with crowbars, clubs, axes and knives which they used against the commandos, resulting in severe injuries to the Israelis.
■ Faced with this attack on their lives, the Israeli commandos were finally given permission to fire in self-defense, resulting in the deaths of nine of the flotilla participants.
■ There is no shortage of humanitarian goods in Gaza. Israel and the United Nations deliver tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza each year.
■ Israel cannot allow the opening of Gaza's port because that would enable more weaponry to be sent in for Hamas to use against Israel. Likewise, heavy building materials would be used for warfare instead of rebuilding.
I urge you to support Israel in its efforts at self-defense.
Fireworks scare animals
Remember, animals know nothing of Fourth of July celebrations and are very fearful of fireworks, especially the high-flying spinning variety.
I experienced this Dec. 12-13, when my neighbor (after I politely asked him not to) set off fireworks with his grandson across the fence from my horses.
My 20-year-old ran so hard, she bowed both front legs and suffered other injuries including being bogged in both hocks — the size of a basketball.
She came off her racing career with not a pimple on any leg. I was financially unable at that time to put her to sleep. She suffered for some time, even with round-the-clock care. Also, another old horse died and a mare lost her foal next to my horses.
Be thoughtful of others' animals, and use your thoughtfulness to protect their environment.
Hwy. 15 danger
There is a confusing and dangerous situation on KY 15 north of Hazard.
At a point where two lanes converge into one on this major artery, there are signs that direct traffic into a left lane that ends within 100 yards. Traffic that merges left must almost immediately merge back right. Also, the left-lane drivers are being asked to merge into what serves as a turning lane for businesses across the road.
It is an inherently dangerous situation made worse by the state Transportation Cabinet's refusal to concede that, in this case, through-traffic should stay right.
It is a frustrating choice for drivers: Stay right, the sensible thing to do, or obey the signs and engage in freeway play when the lanes merge.
It will take an accident with someone getting killed for the department to use common sense.
Enforce gravel rules
Why is District 3 the litter box for the University of Kentucky and for landlords? I walk the neighborhoods daily, including Aylesford and the areas around Kentucky, Waller and Woodland avenues.
Gravel is no longer allowed, but landlords are allowed to "refresh" what in most places was put in illegally. We are always told by building inspection officials that they have "pictures that show at one time it was graveled."
After living here for 15 years, wouldn't my neighbors and I know what was there?
I think there are quite a few neighborhoods sick of the way we have been treated and ignored.
Keep Ecton a park
Please save Ecton Park. There is a proposal to expand the baseball facilities at Ecton Park to better accommodate the Little League that plays there.
After attending the homeowners meeting for Shadeland East concerning the proposed redevelopment, I believe the plan to add more facilities is wrong in many ways.
First, there are the numerous safety, noise, building, zoning and possibly privacy issues that need to be addressed. Currently, ambulance, police and fire department vehicles cannot always make it through the street parking during baseball games. Next, adding strip-mall parking on Turkeyfoot Road would not be fair to the residents who live in the area.
When residents purchased their homes, I am sure the park was one of the things they liked about moving to the neighborhood. People in other neighborhoods would not want strip-mall parking in front of their homes; neither do we.
Adding a third baseball field would make the parking situation worse than it is now. A field needs to be eliminated, not added. There should be about 60 off-street parking places per baseball field. As proposed, another baseball field would increase the parking deficit to about 110 spaces.
Any shortfall results in very crowded street parking. Finally, the gentleman who donated the land for Ecton Park addressed the meeting attendees and said the land was intended to be for a neighborhood park, not a sports complex.
This certainly seems the direction Ecton Park is headed.