Kudos to those who preserveKentucky's culture
The Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky presented the Ida Lee Williams Memorial Foundation Preservation Award to Professor Clyde Reynolds Carpenter in May.
This award recognizes the extraordinary historic preservation efforts of those who understand the importance of retaining our Kentucky culture.
Carpenter is one of only eight Lexingtonians so honored since 1979, and he is to be congratulated. Some of the other seven from Lexington are the late Earl D. Wallace, who saved Shakertown at Pleasant Hill; Donald W. Webb for his efforts in saving 16 historic buildings, now Victorian Square; Betty Walsh Morris; the late Dot Crutcher; and Dick DeCamp, who led preservation efforts on behalf of the Bluegrass Trust.
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As this is obviously an award reserved only for those who do the utmost work and effort to save deserving historic properties, we shouldn't forget their efforts.
These folks didn't just "talk the talk" as some do in the realm of politics. I dare say a task force didn't need to be appointed to get these properties revitalized.
These true preservationists took the time and effort to do something positive and noteworthy for the rest of us and deserve to continue to receive honors and accolades for their efforts from the citizens of Lexington.
Timothy D. Price
Cheers for Station
In response to the April 12 letter, "Too Much Negative," written by a proud Bryan Station High School senior: I was pleased that she defended her school and wrote something positive about it.
As an alumnus (class of '81), I am proud of the new school and the work that continues on the campus. It was long overdue. A new school brings excitement and enthusiasm. However, with this new school, there has been only negative coverage. Maybe the media should consider focusing on the positive aspects of schools.
My husband and I follow high school sports. I enjoy coming back to support the students. It is disappointing to see good coaches and teachers leave Bryan Station.
I'm not sure what the cause of this is, but you can see the low morale among the students when sitting in the stands. I wonder if it has to do with the negative overtones they feel during the school day along with the negative media coverage they receive on a regular basis.
There are so many good students doing great things who are overlooked because of the negative attention given to others. As we all know, there are negative things happening at all schools. It is a shame that such a beautiful school has to endure so much negativity.
Maybe the April letter will open the eyes of students as well as others on the outside and make a difference. It is definitely time for a change.
Jeri Kendrick Thomas
On April 24 and 27, we hit the liberal trifecta on the editorial page: letters daring us to prove God's existence, and feminist condescension abut a man's right to comment on abortion and The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson's knee-jerk, anti-Republican, play-the-race card diatribe on the Arizona immigration law.
All three play to what makes liberals famous — their narcissism and selfish world view dogma. Robinson, following his Al Sharpton (what is his job anyway?) playbook assures us the Arizona immigration law is racist, though it accomplishes what the federal government can't or won't. Do we enforce our laws or not, Mr. Robinson?
One of the letter writers says a man has not the intellect or empathy to comment even on his own child's future and demands she have the right to abort anytime, anywhere. Another letter writer pokes fun at Christians and our crazy belief in a God we can't see.
Line them up and you get the big 21st century liberal Democratic picture: minimizing God, devaluation of the most innocent of human life and shouting racism without real facts or knowledge of the problem.
Is this the mind-set we aspire to? Not in a million years.
Unfair pay raises
The pay raise proposed in the 2010-11 Urban County Government budget for police, fire and corrections officers without equal compensation for other employees is very unfair.
Any one employee's work is as valuable as that of the next. No one individual's labor is more important than another's labor in contributing to the functioning of the government.
I am grateful for the persons and trucks that come past my house every Friday morning and pick up everything I put on the curb.
I am grateful for the persons who work 12-hour shifts overnight as we sleep during snow storms to plow our streets and keep them safe and passable. Police and fire vehicles would soon come to a halt without regular maintenance by the workers in the maintenance shops.
The roads these vehicles travel must be maintained constantly for the safety of all.
Additionally, all government employees would become unhappy very quickly if staffers were not available in offices to process their paychecks.
It takes the whole cadre employees working within the system to keep our government functioning smoothly and efficiently. It is very wrong to suggest that one type of work is more important than another.
Shame all around
Shame on Gov. Steve Beshear for removing language that would have slashed the $250,000-a-year salary of Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes.
House leaders proposed slashing Hayes' pay, saying it shouldn't surpass the governor's $127,000 salary.
The governor said allowing lawmakers to adjust Hayes' salary undermines the authority of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board that is charged with setting his salary.
Shame on state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, who wound up with the largest funding increase during the legislative process that began in January when Beshear proposed his road plan.
Beshear's Transportation Cabinet recommended $127 million in work for Williams' six-county district through June 30, 2012, the period covered by the budget.
But the final plan presented to lawmakers for a vote only a short time before the special session was adjourned added $179 million for projects in Williams' district, bringing the total to $306 million.
Shame on House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, who saw the plan's funding for his Floyd County district grow from $23 million recommended by the Transportation Cabinet to $63 million as passed late on the session's last Saturday night.
If our legislators had not profited from holding out for this special session, our state might have saved $167 million (Williams funding grew by $127 million, Stumbo's by $40 million and $125,000 for the economic development secretary).
And people wonder why the Tea Party movement has generated such support. The answer is simple. People are tired of wasteful spending and politicians who go unaccountable.
Paul victim of lies
The propaganda attack by the liberal (or, if you prefer, progressive) media and the Democratic candidate against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul reminds students of history of tactics employed by the primary socialist of the World War II era, Germany's Furher Adolph Hitler.
Hitler's chief propagandist said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
We presently have a chance, quite possibly the last, to turn our country around. If voters see through this maze of misinformation and select candidates across this nation who understand the very critical situation which confronts America, we can begin to move our government back to the fine document that provided our people with the freedom to build the country that has given so many opportunities to seekers of the American dream.
For the past several years, some elected officials have scoffed at the Constitution. Apparently, it interferes with their selfish plans.
Authored in part by James Madison, the Constitution is unique because of the liberty it gives to the states and our people.
Let's elect candidates who will work to return our government to the Constitution that has been admired around the world.
Paul is one of those dedicated, knowledgeable individuals who will uphold our Constitution.
As voters, it doesn't matter if we're Independent, Democrat or Republican. It is of great importance that we recognize that this election is crucial to our future, as well as to future generations.
Bad recycling plan
I applaud the employees of Urban County Government Division of Waste Management and their efforts to improve our city and protect the environment through recycling.
But they made a significant oversight when they suggested that consumers may keep the obsolete bins used to separate glass from other recyclables or we may drive the bins to the recycling center.
There are plenty of us who do not wish to keep these bins. If we were allowed to set the bins on the curb or there were centralized drop-off locations throughout town, the division could efficiently pick them up and resell or contribute these assets to another community to promote recycling elsewhere.
It is irresponsible to suggest taxpayers either keep the bin or drive to the recycling center to drop it off. Seriously, tens of thousands of citizens in their cars, belching car exhaust to drop these bins off at one location? A better plan could have been implemented.
Oops! on voting
Fellow voters, did you know that, in our May primary election, a candidate who died in April received 1,000 votes? And a candidate who withdrew from the race came in second?
And a candidate who had federal tax liens placed against him was actually elected? And a 24-year-old college dropout won over a 50-year-old highly educated veteran?
There was little to no information provided to the public during the campaign about any of these candidates.
Doesn't the media have some obligation to better inform its citizens about all the candidates prior to the election? Don't we as conscientious citizens have a responsibility to educate ourselves about our potential political representatives before we go to the polls?
Surely none of us intentionally want to elect the deceased nor the withdrawn or unqualified candidates.