The David School can still be a 'point of light'
As an alumnus of The David School, hearing the news about Danny Greene and his misuse of school money broke my heart. I graduated in 2006, and would not be who I am today without them.
The school's mission has always been to "provide a comprehensive educational program for Appalachian youth who have limited financial resources and the potential to succeed in a non-traditional setting." I was one of those students; the public education system failed me, the class sizes were too large, a lot of the staff just didn't care, and I found myself in constant trouble.
My grades, more often than not, were terrible, and I had very little self-esteem.
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I never expected to do anything with my life. The David School changed that.
The David School has a very important mission. There are struggling children in the region who need something different from what other schools offer. If the school is going to continue helping them, they need the support of their alumni, the local community and from across the state.
George H.W. Bush once named The David School one of his thousand points of light, which recognized extraordinary community service. With everyone's help and support, the school can be that point of light in a part of Appalachia that desperately needs it.
Aid our neighbors
Recently we have heard a lot about the efforts of the Community Inn, the Catholic Action Center and the Emmanuel Apostolic Church to partner in order to provide a ministry to some of Lexington's vulnerable citizens. Others, including the Hope Center, the Salvation Army, several local missions and a number of churches, are also trying to address this need.
Given our present economic situation, lots of people need such support and encouragement. The congregation I attend is one of several which provides a meal each month as well as a night's stay each week during the winter.
I have found that almost without exception those we serve are cooperative, appreciative and try to care for one another.
We are dealing with neighbors who have limited options for such basic services as bathrooms, water and places to rest.
If we work together as communities should to care for one another, we can find solutions to the real inconveniences and fears that some of our neighbors face.
Let us work together to find positive solutions.
In regard to the fetal homicide charges that were filed against Christopher Allman: How does the law charge a person for killing something it says is not alive?
If this person can be charged with homicide, then it would also be appropriate to charge the abortionists with the same crime.
How can it be both ways?
As to the question of intent, it cannot be assumed that Allman knew the young mother that he is accused of murdering was pregnant.
Therefore, if he can be charged for the death of the fetus, it should be something such as manslaughter.
But in contrast to this, all the deaths by abortion are done with the sole intention of ending a life.
How in the world can a fetus (baby) be a life and not a life at the same time?
'Obamacare' good news
Having tolerated far too many critical, derogatory, and often hateful comments regarding "Obamacare" scattered throughout your publication in various Readers' Views letters, columns and editorials, almost universally based on ignorance and/or half truths, it was surprising to note a small countering news item on Page B7 of your June 22 edition reporting a benefit that even the most vile critic of the law would welcome.
Forced by elements of this law requiring insurance companies to retain no more than 20 percent of premiums as overhead and profits, rebates of overcharged, previously paid insurance premiums are to be returned to affected policyholders.
Not only was this information located in a hard-to-notice filler piece, but the result was attributed to the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
What, no "Obamacare"? A coincidence? Or purposeful? The former is hard to accept. The latter certainly reflects on the awareness or professionalism of the reporter and your staff.
Finding good in plastic
I read with interest the opinion piece written by Terri Fann about cities banning single-use plastic grocery bags.
I do appreciate and share these important environmental, wildlife and health concerns. Whenever possible, I try to use cloth grocery bags and recycle any bags which have holes or are not otherwise intact.
However, in the landfill-bound waste section of the Lexington Division of Waste Management's Web page, it states, "All trash must be contained in disposable plastic bags that are leakproof and securely tied before being placed in the Herbie."
I reuse these intact grocery bags as free wastebasket liners. I do not think any plastic bag is truly "leak proof" and, since the handles can be tied, I believe plastic grocery bags meet the Division of Solid Waste guidelines.
While I realize that not everyone checks the condition of their grocery bags for reuse as closely as we do, the irony of this situation is that if plastic grocery bags are eventually banned, we will still be required to buy plastic bags to dispose of our household waste.
Layoffs won't help UK
We are all proud of our basketball team for being No. 1, but as a University of Kentucky grad and Lexington native, the academic rank of UK (124) and the recent layoffs are a cause for concern.
Top universities attract top faculty, which attracts top students. Gatton College, from which I graduated, was hard hit by layoffs. Will that help attract top faculty?
When the world is fast-paced and the United States lags in education it is hard to understand why a legislature would put the flagship university on a path to mediocrity.
It is time that Lexington recognize the national treasure we have in the Herald-Leader's illustrator Chris Ware.
Having seen the artistic talents of such contributors in many of the nation's greatest newspapers, it is my opinion that Ware is an exceptional artist, illustrator and caricaturist without peer.
His depictions of animals, sports figures, politicians and celebrities in caricature and otherwise are extraordinarily clever, full of expressions, emotions, identity and purpose.
I am consistently impressed. It would be good to recognize Chris in some special way.