Farmer's stand on furloughs hurting him, Williams
I saw red when I read the article, "Richie Farmer opts out of furlough." "He doesn't agree with it ... so he's not going to participate," his spokesman said.
I have several friends who have not had the luxury of opting out, and I know they don't agree with it. Come election time, all of Kentucky should "opt out" of electing Richie Farmer to any elected position.
If he doesn't give back a little to his state, like the governor and other elected officials have done, what makes anyone think he's going to help Kentucky in any way other than to benefit himself?
Even his wife is opting out by filing for divorce.
Show Farmer Kentucky is tired of career politicians by voting no at election time.
David Williams should find a better candidate for lieutenant governor before Farmer puts him out of the running.
Clara D. Green
Can workers opt out?
After reading the April 9 article about Richie Farmer opting out of furloughs, he continues to amaze me with his action.
Last year, as I described in a letter to the editor, the have-nots were receiving state employee appreciation days declared by the governor, which amounted to nothing. Farmer's action at that time was to give cost-of-living allowances to some of his employees, saying they were each doing the work of more than one person.
Other state workers in other cabinets are also being asked to do extra work,
Farmer does not agree with the furloughs. So, he opts out of donating his pay. If we were to ask the have-nots if they disagree with the furloughs, what might their answer be? Can they opt out? Shouldn't take more than a second to figure that answer out.
When the election time comes around, I can't wait to opt out of voting for King David; and I don't care for Farmer.
Example of caring
Your April 12 editorial remembering Joe Burch touched the special role he played in my life.
At the end of my first semester at the University of Kentucky, my funds were depleted and I was headed home.
Deno Curris, who mentored all the scholarship debaters, informed Burch of my plight.
The next thing I knew, I was hired as a dorm counselor in Haggin Hall as a second-semester freshman, the youngest boy on the floor. Being a dorm counselor paid room and board. The debate scholarship paid tuition and books.
With Burch's attention to the needs of an individual student in whom he saw promise, I was able to stay at UK and eventually earn my law degree.
Burch personified what a state university is all about: educating Kentuckians in circumstances like mine.
As they say where I grew up, his kind doesn't come around very often.
Hope for CentrePointe
My faith in Lexington's future took one giant leap forward when I learned there is still hope for the tragic CenterPointe block.
How exciting that a fresh set of eyes and minds will get a chance to envision what this sad, empty square smack in the middle of our downtown might hold.
My hope is for something interesting and creative built to livable scale, and designed for Lexingtonians and not just out-of-towners.
While I'll admit I'm traditional enough that I'd not much favor a building that resembles a Martian spaceship, I do want it to stand out as unique and contemporary.
Certainly whatever is built there will be light years better than that Altanta-esque 1980s monstrosity we were almost shackled with.
Hallelujah for small miracles, and thank you, Mayor Jim Gray, for leading the way.
Stop plan to hunt sandhill cranes
I oppose a proposal by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to issue hunting permits to kill sandhill cranes.
Sandhill cranes are graceful beauties that take off slowly and soar through the air slowly and land awkwardly. Once on the ground, they just stand there, tall and unafraid. What possible sport could there be in killing them? Slaughter is a more accurate term.
Not only will sandhill cranes be negatively impacted by allowing their hunting and killing. Many hunters will confuse them with whooping cranes and heron species and mistakenly kill them, too.
This is a terrible environmental domino effect in the making. I love Kentucky's outdoors and appreciate the ongoing work by the state department to ensure the wishes of those who enjoy wildlife viewing are considered along with those who want to kill wildlife.
Just because the sandhill crane populations aren't endangered or threatened (and because they are easy targets) are not justifiable reasons for killing them. I urge others to oppose this proposal. Write KDFWR Commissioner Jon Gassett at the Game Farm on U.S. 60 in Frankort and the district commissioner in your own county. Find contact information and more details online at Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes.
Thank you for publishing Loyd Ford's "No good reason to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky." Ford is correct. There is no reason to hunt these beautiful creatures in our state. I have a special interest in sandhill cranes as I have watched them nest and raise their young in Sebring, Fla., where my mother and brother live. My brother took the fantastic photo, above, of a sandhill and a chick. Quiet, respectful crowds converge to see the parents construct the nest and take turns sitting on the eggs. The chicks are adorable, and no one who has seen one would consider hunting the adults.
They are not food, and they are not a nuisance that needs to be managed. They are nature's gift to all of us. Thank you for anything you can do to stop the hunting of sandhills in our state.