I-75 connector would wreck south Lexington
The proposed Interstate 75 connector from Richmond to Nicholasville Road in Jessamine County is a disaster in the making. To all the business folks who support building this road, especially those who have businesses between New Circle Road and Man o' War Boulevard, be careful what you wish for. It's time for you to reevaluate.
When the road finally gets built, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet estimates the big-rig truck traffic will be greater than 5,000 trucks per day. That's one truck every 18 seconds, 24 hours a day. Of course, they won't be spaced like that. Many hours of each day, that stretch of road is already near gridlock. Can you imagine 5,000 trucks trying to get onto or off New Circle Road every day?
If the road gets built, my days of shopping at Fayette Mall and all the other businesses in the area will be over. I suspect thousands of other customers will also be frustrated by the constant traffic jams and the smell of diesel fumes, and they'll refuse to shop in south Lexington and elect to take their business elsewhere.
Our political leaders were going for a quick fix when they proposed this connector. But I find it astounding that Lexington officials would agree to this. The message they're sending is "We're going to sacrifice south Lexington to get the big trucks through." It's time for the silent majority to speak up.
Critic's fact off base
It is twisting facts to write in the For Greater Glory review published in the Herald-Leader that the Cristeros committed "mass slaughter of rural schoolteachers who dared to teach evolution." The issue was not the trivial matter of teaching evolution. The country was at war.
The teachers were being used by the Mexican government as a principal weapon in the war to erase the Catholic religion from Mexico and convert the country to Marxism. "In all, 42 teachers were killed." To put this in perspective this regrettable action occurred in a war that claimed 90,000 lives. This quote and the ones following are from Setting the Virgin on Fire by Marjorie Becker.
Why were teachers targeted? Because "... the Cardinista state had assigned teachers the task of eradicating the Catholic roots of the original Cristero rebellion." These teachers were indoctrinating children in atheistic Marxist communism. Yes. The same disreputable philosophy now composting on the ash heap of history. It was the government's attempt to subvert Mexican children through a narrow and rigid educational program. As an additional insult "... the teachers 'taught notions of sex education, but with all the malice in the world.'"
Churches were closed and converted to these schools. Teachers who dissented or attended Catholic services were punished. When "church officials recommended that campesinos demonstrate their disaffection with the schools through peaceful means, the Cristeros would not relinquish their military option." Attendance was compulsory, but there was a massive desertion of the schools by Mexicans of all classes.
Students need low rate
Sen. Mitch McConnell again showed he does not represent Kentuckians when he filibustered extending the lower percentage rate on student loans. He prefers to take the funding from preventive health care than from the wealthy. He mistakenly believes that these college graduates will get jobs from the "job creators" in order to pay back these loans.
Paying back the loans is not the question. Keeping the interest rates low in this economy is what needs to be done. The 1-percenters are enjoying the Bush tax breaks while the 99 percent still wait for the "trickle down."
Since he declared that his goal is to make President Barack Obama a one-term president, it is easier for him to blame the president rather than work for job programs.
McConnell should step down if he does not stand up for Kentucky or the rights of its citizens. He was elected to represent his constituency. Instead, he promotes his own partisan agenda. Enough is enough.
Over the course of my adult life, I have received so-called medical care in four states by numerous physicians, most of whom would have been better off using their abilities in fields not dealing with human beings because they either cannot or will not listen to the patient. They may be devoted to social status or making money, but patient care is clearly not on their agenda.
Dr. James Heaphy is a rare and wonderful exception. He has an intuitive ability to get to the medical cause of the patient's symptoms and to prescribe, where necessary, appropriate medication.
The delicate relationship of doctor and patient has been destroyed by governmental snooping in prescription databases; medical privacy is nothing more than a joke. Heaphy is an unnecessary victim in a political battle for a failed war, the so-called war on drugs. What a shame that this great doctor has been selected out for punishment while his numerous incompetent colleagues remain untouched.
UK schedule in line
For those so critical of Coach John Calipari and the University of Kentucky's basketball scheduling, I have a suggestion. This fall, get a basketball preview yearbook, or go on the Internet, and check out the non-conference schedules of 10 to 12 of the regular basketball powers. North Carolina, Duke, Kansas or, especially, Syracuse, for example.
After that you can then tender your apologies to the coach.
There are given years when one of these programs may schedule as aggressively, but year to year you will see that our two major state universities have much stronger schedules than the rest of the elite in college basketball. The Cardinals and the Wildcats do schedule sacrificial lambs, as do all big-name schools, but no other top program will annually play the kind of names these two do, and often on neutral courts. Just a little reality check for the disgruntled.
Not a religious matter
I found the June 7 letter titled "Can't change history," in terms more polite than I would normally use, disgusting.
The writer claims that, because of tradition hailing from antiquity, homosexuals' right to get married is non-existent. The religious right needs to recognize that it is not the place of the government to install their personal theocracy.
It's as simple as this: if you're not gay, don't have a gay marriage.
Blame added fats
The health column, "Sugary drinks culpable in diabetes, heart woes," on Sunday missed some key points. Although obesity is a major problem for Kentucky and the United States, putting the blame on sugary drinks doesn't make sense.
Compared to 1970, Americans eat 50 percent more "added fats and oils" and 45 percent more flour and cereal products. They eat 14 percent more sugars.
Since 2000, Americans have actually reduced their intake of "added sugars" by 24 percent and a whopping two-thirds of that decline comes from sugary beverages.
As a registered dietitian and Ph.D. nutritionist, I am acutely conscious of our state's health problems. But the key to solving them is to reduce all forms of calories and not focus on any single food.