Find ways to fight price-gouging at the pump
Here they go again; lulling us into a false sense of hope as gas prices fell to a semi-tolerable $3.29 a gallon. Then, in the blink of an eye, the price skyrockets to $3.65, well above the current national average.
Am I the only person whose anger over this — and I will use the realistic phrase — price-gouging has long reached the boiling point?
I travel to Abingdon, Va., most weekends and never have I seen gas prices jump so extremely as they do here.
Mayor Jim Gray, are you going to continue to accept this as normal fluctuation of the market or has anyone else besides me challenged this as an unacceptable strain on every working person's hard-earned dollar?
I also have an idea on how the city could save on this high-dollar gas. In the past, Lexington really looks beautiful after mowers have completed their cutting along the public byways. But I have to admit I much prefer tall grass to the chopped-up litter that is exposed these days.
Current citizens of Lexington don't seem to have the same respectful admiration of the Bluegrass that used to flourish around here. Maybe it's best to keep things overgrown and save gas in the process.
Laura Jean Spence
On May 15, I drove to Lexington and noted gas was $3.54 per gallon. Two hours later, every station had raised the price to $3.75. On the same day a barrel of oil fell $1.70.
Why doesn't the Kentucky attorney general look into this obvious price fixing?
Health vs. corporations
Which is more important to our U.S. senators: the health of Kentuckians or the profits of big campaign contributors?
The Senate has before it Joint Resolution 37, a measure that would block new environmental protections adopted after years of study.
These regulations reduce emissions into air and water of mercury, hydrogen fluoride, chromium, nickel and other heavy metals that are known or suspected causes of human and animal cancer and whose effects include deterioration of the central nervous system and kidneys.
In other words, the regulation SJ Res. 37 seeks to block improves our health protection.
Unfortunately, the carbon chemical and power industries oppose the changes because it may require some producers to modify equipment.
Will Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul vote to protect our health or sacrifice it for the benefit of the large corporate oligarchs who are trying to control Congress?
Have a 'Grand Night'
Just a note to urge friends and music lovers to not miss this year's edition of "It's a Grand Night for Singing" at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
If you've been before, as I have, you'll find this 20th-year show as exciting and fresh as any.
If you have not ever attended Grand Night, now is the time. Phenomenal talent — Metropolitan Opera-sized talent — is showcased in a fun, fast-paced and entertaining way that anybody will enjoy.
Bring the family; you'll be glad you did.
Surely I just overlooked it. I looked and looked but to no avail.
Have we so easily forgotten what they did for us on that morning of June 6, 1944? I suppose now it's been so long ago that it doesn't matter anymore. There were only a few thousand killed and so what — it's over now and surely no one remembers or cares anymore.
Is that what it's come down to?
Just a line with the date and "never forget" under it would have been nice, but no — nothing on that day. Shame.
Not so fast, please
The Herald-Leader's news story and editorial reporting and applauding Bluegrass HealthFirst and Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's move to open a clinic on Southland Drive with the award of an $11.7 million grant award is not such good news to me.
While the Herald-Leader may be "optimistic that the right decision has been made and that the impasse between the boards of HealthFirst and the health department over the site selection might actually have served a useful purpose since it led to this decision," the opinion sounds damning in its faint praise.
Since the award was announced nearly two years ago, and the agency must spend the money before August, it appears as if the board operated inefficiently and ineffectively in coming to any decision and must now act hastily.
This is supported by HealthFirst board chair Thomas Lester's quotes in the May 31 story: "the group would waste no time preparing for renovations" and "we are going to need to get to work tomorrow."
Not so fast, please. While, the details of the lease cannot be released until the closing documents are finalized, in the wider interest of the community, we deserve engagement and outreach from this group before a final decision.
Only with community involvement can we be certain that this is, as the Herald-Leader thinks, "good news for Lexington."
Sheriff fills a need
"Sheriff's office redundant"? "Duties can be done by the police and jail guards?" (May 20 Readers' Views).
Now more than ever, we need the sheriff operating with our police, given such a thin line.
Just recently, Sheriff Kathy Witt relieved the police department by taking over funeral escorts; before that, relieving the city clerk of tax collection.
Our Sheriff's Office is a resource, always quick to respond as a backup. Ice storms, plane crashes, berserk fans — Witt is always there with well-trained deputies.
Another one goes free
It disgusts me that John Edwards, another rich white man, has broken the law and skated free.
I am a veteran. I served my country so we can enjoy life in a democratic society that treats all Americans equal under our laws.
You average man, the 99 percent of us, would be buried under some institution for 20 or 30 years if we committed the actions that Edwards got away with.
When are we going to demand that everyone be held accountable for their actions? When are we going to stand together and demand our voices be heard?
Do not remain complacent. Stand up and make them listen. Vote them out of office. Maybe then we will one day live in a true democracy, and not this sham that our elected officials have created. I would be proud to see that happen before I die.
Vote, or remain silent. Justice for all Americans. While we are at it, let's bust those Wall Street fat cats.