Dare to 'engineer' lower greenhouse emissions
Regarding the commentary "Downtown plan aims at social engineering" (March 9), it is important to recognize that there is almost no debate about the fundamentals of global warming in the world of science.
I am a university professor of science, and I read the scientific literature extensively. I am referring to peer-reviewed research journals, not blogs or media sources. In the scientific literature, I find almost no papers challenging the fundamentals on global warming. My estimate is that less than half a percent do so, and those papers don't seem to be at all influential: Climate scientists produce follow-on analyses and new papers which undercut those very few skeptics.
This is easy to verify, for those who take the time to study the peer-reviewed science literature.
That being the case, the downtown plan to reduce Lexington's emission of greenhouse gases is not "social engineering." It is visionary.
Abuse of power
Members of the Morehead State Board of Regents are volunteers. They perform a public service without compensation. Their service requires time away from home and business.
It is unfortunate, therefore, for these public-spirited individuals to be described as "small and petty" by a political leader who should know better. Greg Stumbo's testy, retaliatory, time-consuming open records request is an abuse of power.
Sadly, this kind of outburst is typical these days, where legitimate policy disagreements degenerate into personal attacks and our political discourse grows uglier. If our elected representatives will not model principled and civil debate, what hope do we have for effective democracy?
Retro-fit the crime
I hope that the brilliant and 21st century Bell County Attorney Neil Ward likewise will require all mothers found to have committed adultery to stand in the public square adorned with a very large scarlet "A" on their breasts ("Jail avoided by holding sign in public," March 8).
Nice to see that everything is "up to date" in 1850s Kentucky.
Gordon E. Finley
Florida International University psychology professor
Several years ago an animal sanctuary I was part of took in several dogs that had been seized from a puppy mill in Pike County. All were in terrible condition and two had broken limbs, old injuries, most likely done on purpose, to keep them from running away. They all were terrified of humans, for good reason, I'm sure. The owner of the puppy mill walked away with little punishment.
The person convicted in that case has done the same thing again. He pleaded guilty to 125 counts of animal cruelty on March 1. His punishment — 500 hours of community service at an animal shelter.
He could have received years in jail and been fined thousands of dollars, but let's face it, it's Pike County. The good ol' boys all take care of each other in Pike County.
How many dogs will he have the chance to kick in the face or stomp on their leg joints? How many puppies will he throw against the wall? Nothing explains the total lack of compassion shown by our government agencies for non-human animals than this punishment. Punishment? More like reward.
My plea to the workers at the animal shelter is to never let this man be alone with any animal in your care. Better still, just sign him in and out yourselves and never let him on your property.
I see by your March 7 editorial that the Midland socialists are still alive and kicking. The city's sewer and landlfill billing is now being done in Cincinnati and you must think that is some foreign country. However, when I try to contact the Herald-Leader's circulation people, I am connected to the Philippines.
I'm not a geography expert, but I understand that is a foreign country.
When I pay my Herald-Leader invoice, it goes to Illinois. At least that is in the United States, or so I'm told, but it is not at your California headquarters. Now that is a foreign country.
Speed Bump in the March 15 comics page was absolutely ingenious. My guess is it might have offended many readers who smoke.
I think it is the single best and most honest and true comic I've ever seen. If you were offended, step back and be unselfish for a second and consider its message. Year after year on the Fourth of July I will walk downtown and see at least one pregnant woman smoking.
Smokers have rights, this is true, but when it comes to smoking while pregnant, I cannot imagine a more selfish act.
Speed Bump captured my thoughts completely, honestly and directly. The message is clear and the cartoonist pulled no punches. Brilliant.