Fish hatcheries worth saving from budget cuts
There has been suggested, in this time of budget cuts, elimination of funding for fish hatcheries in general and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (WCNFH) specifically. WCNFH, in Jamestown, distributes trout to many streams in Kentucky, not to mention educating countless children and tourists.
The fish hatcheries are one of the few federal agencies that actually generate income directly and indirectly, A study by Caudill and Charbonneau in 2010 identifies $33.7 million from trout production at WCNFH each year.
With an annual budget of $907,000, that's more than a $53 return for each tax dollar spent to operate the hatchery.
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We hope the proposed elimination of funding was a thoughtless inclusion that can be remedied by more thoughtful consideration. We would appreciate any research and education you can do to enlighten the public to this potential needless loss to this state and nation.
How Toyota profits
Headline: "Toyota to idle plants"; "No one laid off ..." Once again, reporter and Toyota PR machine bullhorn Scott Sloan has omitted one major undeniable fact. Toyota has thousands of low-wage temporary workers it exploits as a cheap source of labor. Workers who are routinely laid off by temporary companies Toyota utilizes at Toyota's request.
Family, neighbors and friends can grind away for years inside Toyota factory doors, never making a fair wage in the highly profitable auto industry, shuffled in and out like raw materials.
It's a sad day when companies like Toyota can locate in North America and obliterate industrial middle-class wages.
It's been a horrible year for Toyota. Sales down, recalls, and it still shamelessly rode the backs of those temporary workers to a projected $6.6 billion net profit for the year.
Charles M. Hite
Uniqueness is key
CentrePointe, SchmenterPointe. Instead of building another "hotel complex" in downtown Lexington, why don't we build "something" that will attract visitors from around the United States and worldwide?
Why don't we build a structure unique to Lexington and Kentucky that would draw people from not only the immediate area but internationally. I propose building a Kentucky history museum.
Kentucky has a unique and varied past, a story that if explained with historical fact would be of great interest to many visitors. Many come to observe the splendor of Keeneland. Others come to taste our bourbon. Still others come to spelunk or visit our lake country, all the while not coming within 3 miles of downtown. Why not offer these travelers an opportunity to visit our downtown district and discover Lexington and Kentucky?
From the Shawnee, Chickasaw, Cherokee and Yuchi tribes that once lived and hunted here, to Daniel Boone, "Trail of Tears," Henry Clay, the Hatfields and McCoys, the Civil War battles here, etc., Kentucky has much to offer.
When people leave Kentucky, let's give them a better understanding of who we are, where we came from, and how we got here, rather than "another great day at the track."
We should reach out to our citizens and universities to fill this museum with historical facts, figures, anecdotes, etc. Let's show the world we built a museum of the people and for the people. One that when they return home, they will tell others of the unique and heart-warming experience they came to discover in Lexington.