Sandhill cranes deserved better support in Ky.
I'm really disappointed that more people did not come out against hunting sandhill cranes in Kentucky.
I'm sure if more people came out in opposition, it would not have passed.
What happened to the Sierra Club? I know there is a chapter in Lexington. Yet not a word did I see from them in opposition to the killing of this beautiful and fascinating bird. Are there more hunters than conservationists in Kentucky? Or are they just more vocal? Is there not enough wild game in this state or are the sandhill cranes just easier to kill because they are peaceful and non-aggressive unless their young are threatened. They are just now recovering from the last slaughter.
The hunters can be excused if their families are starving, but I sincerely doubt that is the case. More likely the hunters enjoy killing and just happened to have friends in high places who will cooperate in the killing of our beautiful wildlife for a few more votes.
Lock and load
Well, it appears you got what you wanted. Sandhill crane season is upon you. Arise early, brush that one tooth in your hayseed head and live 'er up. What a shame and what a disgrace, but how typical.
I have, via e-mail, asked Gov. Steve Beshear to place a moratorium on the sandhill crane hunting season. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources people say the population needs reducing. A state biologist has said that this hunting will have little effect on population reduction.
I suggested to Beshear that KDFWR create a trapping and relocating program. There are scores of lakes in Kentucky that would benefit from the presence of these birds. If you wish to support this idea, contact the governor's office. The telephone number and e-mail address are at Governor.ky.gov.
Who could shoot a graceful, defenseless sandhill crane? Is there money in the state budget for therapy for these people?
Keep out of Kentucky
A few weeks ago I read an article in USA Today featuring some of the best spots in our country for viewing wildlife. Each state was represented with one outstanding area, and several states mentioned wildlife refuges and bird sanctuaries. Three of those, all of which are within driving distance of Kentucky, mentioned the magnificent sandhill cranes that could be observed winging their way south for the winter.
My only hope is that they will not stumble across the border into Kentucky, where instead of admiring and photographing them, we will just blow their heads off.
Carolyn C. Congleton
The only way I would buy Dick Cheney's book is if I ran out of toilet tissue in my bathroom.
Too many benefits
After reading the Aug. 27 article in the Lexington Herald-Leader about an on-site wellness center proposed for Lexington government workers, I became even more discouraged and disappointed in government.
Anyone and everyone knows that government employees receive more and better benefits than the working class of America. I am sorry but I do not understand why government employees think they should have better benefits than the working class. We see every day of the week that another benefit is given to government employees while working people are struggling just to keep up with health-care premiums.
We all have seen the studies that government produces to back up its need to give employees bigger, better benefits than the average worker. The working class is the backbone of America. When is it ever going to end that a government employee is treated with bigger and better benefits than the average worker in Kentucky?
Debbie O. Rose
Stick to issues
Candidates, you don't need to tell us your opponent is a jerk; we know your opponent is a jerk. We know you're a jerk, too.
We don't need you to tell us why your opponent is more of a jerk than you are; we need you to tell us — truthfully — what you'll do if we elect you and how and why.
What did Kentucky do bad to have Sen. Mitch McConnell?
First, he says that for the next two years, all he'll do is try to keep President Barack Obama from being re-elected. Guess the rest of the country doesn't need any fixing.
Now, it is the entitlements. Last I heard they were something you got for nothing. I worked 44 years and paid 7.5 percent every payday for Social Security. Not sure for how long and much for Medicare.
The only reason they are in trouble is due to government's ineptitude. They'll get cut, but Mitch's income is safe. Great man.
Build, baby, build
As high unemployment causes hardships for too many Americans, Republicans are more interested in politics than in creating jobs. Sen. Mitch McConnell dismissed President Barack Obama's jobs bill. This reaction isn't surprising since McConnell said his first priority was beating Obama in 2012.
Since the mid-term elections and the Tea Party ascendency, Republicans have perpetuated the fiction that deficit spending poses a diabolical threat to our country. Republicans made this deliberate mischaracterization so that during the debt-ceiling debate they could hold our country hostage to protect the interests of the wealthiest Americans and corporations to whom they are beholden.
Contrary to Tea Party ideology, this is no time for austerity. The government must spend to create jobs just as it did during the Great Depression. Rather than chanting "Drill, baby, drill" that would endanger our environment, Americans should chant "Build, baby, build" to repair our nations crumbling roadway, rail and air infrastructure, thereby creating jobs.
McConnell should be responsive to this argument since a bridge connecting Louisville to Indiana was closed due to cracks.
Emery W. Caywood