Incentives needed for conserving more energy
I agree with the Nov. 24 editorial, "EKPC cancels power plant." Our cheapest and most available power source is the energy we waste. But the dilemma is how to encourage Americans to make lifestyle choices that will save energy.
I think back to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games when we chose to take the $2 bus rather than pay $20 to park. Without the economic incentive, we would have driven.
We Americans waste energy with many everyday decisions. We all know we can save energy by biking, walking or busing to work. We know we should buy more efficient vehicles and appliances and insulate our homes. We can adjust our thermostats 2 degrees higher in summer and 2 degrees lower in winter. But often, we act like there is unlimited energy and no resulting pollution.
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I'm not a politician, so I can say this out loud: We Americans need to pay more for gasoline and electricity. Education is not enough to persuade us to change our habits.
No one wants to pay more, but unless we tax energy use, we will continue to waste our resources. Also, with higher prices on fossil fuels, there will be more incentives to develop alternative fuels.
Just as my family took the bus to WEG because it saved us money, so we need financial incentives to help us make energy-saving choices.
Thankful to be alive
Where do I start thanking all the many people of this fantastic city for my life? All the words sound so inadequate to the actions.
Bryan Durnam for being stubborn enough to look past my state of sure death and, with fellow officer Jason Wallace, breathing and pumping enough air back into my lungs to get something started again.
The incredible firefighters and paramedics at the Jefferson Street station. When I was only fit for a body bag, they saw something else there.
The great people at Jefferson Fitness Center who encouraged me over the years. Doctors attribute my survival to those years of pushing myself to be a better man.
The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital trauma folks took this jumble of a human being — torn apart stomach, cracked open brain, no left leg, bits and pieces of a left foot, busted ribs and shoulder, a crushed heart and lungs — and I am here writing this today.
The many hundreds of friends who visited me at the hospital.
All the wonderful people and friends who helped me to escape the wheelchair, and eventually the crutches. When I couldn't do for myself, they were there sacrificing to help me put one foot in front of another, and one day upon the next.
I ask everyone to keep their anger in check toward the drunken immigrant who ran the red light. Anger is a wasted emotion, eating you up with wasted time and energy. I wish this man a happy and long life, wherever he is.
Lexington, you're loved and appreciated. I owe thousands of great hearts all of my love and gratitude.
Comics get F-minus
I agree with the Dec. 8 letter that many of your comics are not funny. When you made the change, I made sure I read every comic for more than a week. I now never read Cul de Sac, Mutts, Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy and Doonesbury. And I sometimes try Daddy's Home and F Minus. Some of those I try to always read are occasionally not funny.
I have read good comic strips in other papers, comics you do not carry.
Polly Jo Green
On Dec. 3, as usual, the Herald-Leader had front-page news on Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, "Farmer raises pay for 11 workers."
In August, September, October and now December, the Herald-Leader has printed stories against Farmer. The first three months were about cars. Now it states that almost 4 percent of the Agriculture Department has received merit-based pay, compared with about 0.02 percent for remaining executive branch employees.
You got the percentage down to the hundredths for one; but for the Agriculture Department, it was "almost 4 percent."
■ The Herald-Leader printed that Farmer is not bound by Gov. Steve Beshear's decree in September on merit-based raises.
■ The raises by Farmer were approved by the Personnel Cabinet.
■ Some raises were paid by federal grant money. This is found on the back page at the bottom of the story.
■ The Herald-Leader always defends its stories by using comments like: Most of state's nearly 34,000 employees will not receive a cost-of-living increase and must take six days off.
If the Agriculture Department is operating 50 people short, it seems Beshear would take a look at how it operates with less. Do we need all of the 34,000 other employees?
Great write-up for $3,605 a month in raises for 11 employees. A Dec. 9 report on Beshear gets a smaller headline. His donors give $3,000 and received $74,235 jobs. The total for jobs is $5.2 million. Who is wasting money now?
All the wrangling in Congress to get something done and get home for Christmas is very reminiscent of that freshman year in college when you tried to cram the entire semester's work into one night. Then getting a D- and wondering what went wrong.
Norman E. Goldie, Jr.
Trade is good
The writer of the Dec. 9 letter, "Bring back jobs Big Business sent overseas," does not understand that importing products keeps prices down so consumers can afford the things we use in everyday life. Yes, it takes jobs away from the U.S. But our standard of living is so high American workers think they have to get paid $40,000 a year to run a machine that requires no education.
Placing tariffs on products from other countries would make the things we need every day more expensive, restrict trade and make the products we export more likely to be taxed as well, making those products less attractive to the rest of the world.
The next time you are slipping into your three-pairs-for-$4 Hanes underwear you bought at Wal-Mart, remember trade is vital so you can keep from paying $15 for the same three pairs made in the U.S. or see more U.S. companies out of business because we could not afford to buy their products.
One must understand the economics before spouting off about losing American jobs overseas.
Kevin L. Smith
Please take note of the photo on the front page of the Dec. 7 Life + Health section. The woman shown is asking for help for her utility bill from The Well, a Bourbon County non-profit. Tough to do indeed, especially while staring at the "bling" of four glittering rings, a watch as well as a cross on the minister. Something is terribly wrong and indecent about this picture. How deep is that Well?