City parks agency did not push for disc golf, lacrosse
During Lexington's budget preparations, there were proposals submitted to expand park services, including lacrosse and disc golf. The expansion of specific programs in this time of tight budgets gave the appearance that Parks and Recreation was irresponsibly asking for increased funding.
This was not true. The Division of Parks and Recreation did not request funds for these projects. The lacrosse/soccer fields and the disc golf course additions are valid needs in the community and would be appreciated by many users. (The proposed spending for these sports is high because it includes substantial site preparation and parking.)
The Division of Parks and Recreation recognizes that this is not the time to ask for increased funding. It has been frugal with the funds it has — reducing mowing cycles, hiring fewer personnel, delaying improvements, increasing fees and looking for other ways to do more with less. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is looking at alternative ways to fund recreational needs. Survey research and direct requests show increasing demand for active sports including volleyball, lacrosse and disc golf, as well as recreational activities such as walking and biking paths.
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The bottom line is that we want our Lexington friends and neighbors to recognize the value of the amenities provided by the division and to recognize that it is playing its part in these tight financial times. We also welcome the challenge that comes with expectations for high-quality park services and welcome input.
LFUCG Parks and Recreation
Advisory Board chair
Stop crane hunt
This letter is a plea to everyone who cares about the wildlife in Kentucky. The open public comment period on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' crane-hunting season regulation began July 1 and runs through Aug. 1. Send written comments via postal mail to: KDFWR, Attn. Rose Mack, U.S. 60, Frankfort, Ky. and/or send comments via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These birds mate for life, they show obvious distress when their mate is killed, and produce few offspring. They are in no way overpopulated in Kentucky; we are just a stop on their migration route. What will be next on the hunting list? Canada geese, perhaps? They should be there to provide beauty not to become someone's trophy.
Everyone who wants these birds to be allowed to live in peace, contact KDFWR. If they are flooded with negative comments, maybe they will stop this practice before it starts.
Rogers draws a flag
A few years ago I had to plead with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers' office in Somerset to fly the POW/MIA flag.
They explained they would have to get funds from Washington to buy the flag. I drove to a local store, bought one and gave it to his office.
A few years went by and that flag become worn and torn, so I wrote a piece to the paper and also told Rogers' office I had MSNBC News, Fox News and the Vietnam Veterans motorcycle group standing by for word on whether he was going to fly the flag.
The flag went up almost immediately. I bought that one, too.
Now, for over a month neither the U.S. flag nor the POW/MIA flag has flown from his office, for whatever reason. Does no one in Eastern Kentucky care about the military or the flag any longer?
This shows me and others that people of the 5th District (one of the poorest and least educated in the United States) are as uncaring as I've been led to believe.
Thank you, Rogers, you've shown your colors.
Fight now against debt
Our national insanity: spending, spending, spending ... debt upon more debt. National, state, local and personal. Got to have everything now. No discipline or restraint.
It used to be that many state and local governments balanced their budgets and sometimes had surpluses. The federal deficit was a fraction of today's. The only personal credit was for car loans, large appliances and mortgages.
Now we use plastic cards to pay for groceries, entertainment and every other passing fancy that we think we need. After all, we're entitled. Aren't we?
On the national scene, neither party wants to take the steps necessary to make a serious dent in this ever-threatening problem. The Republicans propose to cut $2.5 trillion from the debt over five years. At the same time, the administration will be adding over $4 trillion to the debt over the next three. How is this deficit cutting? Smoke and mirrors.
As the old-time prophets used to say, it's time to repent. Balance the budget (spending only to the extent of revenues), reform major entitlement programs, slash wasteful discretionary spending and increase taxes if necessary to fund existing deficit reduction.
The debt house of cards is getting shakier by the minute. Picture yourself with no job, no house, no food and your money gone or worthless. It's coming, and soon.
Tea Party must act
I have come across several articles discussing why the Tea Party in Kentucky should not support the David Williams/Richie Farmer ticket for governor.
True patriots are not concerned about any party, just our country.
Joining with whatever conservative party to defeat the socialist direction our country is headed in is a victory for the Tea Party movement and for America as a whole.
If the Tea Party does not unite with the Republican Party in a big way to help defeat Gov. Steve Beshear, and therefore allows the liberals to win, then they will certainly have a new brand — not the party of the patriots, though. Maybe it would be the party of "our way or else" or "let the Democrats have a few more years."
A few more years of Democratic rule and the Tea Party will not exist, and neither will most of our freedoms and liberties. Last October, 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion electronic newsletter, ranked the best- and worst-managed states in America. Kentucky was dead last. We are desperate and we need a change.
The National Education Association gave an award to Beshear as Top Education Governor, which just means he is the union's top supporter and will receive massive funding from the union. Why was he selected when the schools in our state are failing?
Unity among the Republican Party and the Tea Party will go a long way in this election and will be a great victory for our state.
I've noticed Lexington's large street-sweeping machines lumber through neighborhoods where the streets are already clean and free of debris. And they come through my neighborhood as often as every two weeks. This appears to be a total waste of expensive equipment, manpower, fuel, etc.
In a budget where serious cuts to services are pondered, maybe we could look at these street-cleaning machines to reduce costs.