Kentucky's future jeopardized by pipeline
Kentucky has a longstanding history and culture anchored in its beautiful and important landscapes. Native Americans once battled in Kentucky over what they called the "Great Meadow." There's the story of Cumberland Gap and the movement of settlers into the state.
The Appalachians have provided coal and bluegrass music. The rolling hills of Central Kentucky allowed tobacco, Thoroughbred horse farming and a racing industry to thrive.
Our many rivers, including the Ohio, have provided access for industry and business to ship products to other states. And, of course, our unique limestone geology allowed for the growth of our beloved bourbon industry.
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Just as our landscape has helped shape our history, it will shape our future. Our resources need to be protected and used wisely, though.
The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline poses a threat to our landscape and our future. The pipeline and the natural gas liquids to be carried through it present potential for explosions, leaks into our karst geology and water resources, and damage to our bourbon industry's critical resource.
But, worst of all, this private company wants to use eminent domain to take the land it wants, even if landowners refuse. This pipeline will provide few benefits to Kentucky, and many potential costs. This could set a dangerous precedent. Join many other Kentuckians, and stand up for private property rights, for clean water and for the future of our state; oppose the Bluegrass Pipeline. Go to http://www.stopbluegrasspipeline.us/ for more information.
Two thoughts on recent Herald-Leader columns:
■ Richard Dawahare's piece (July 29) about the proposed Rupp Arena project should be required reading for all concerned. I dislike re-setting an old saw, but the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" never carried more weight.
Dawahare writes with the flair of a professional. His thinking is lucid, his premises are concise and his logic is impeccable.
The message is obvious and should be heeded: Let's enjoy the glory we already have.
■ Tom Eblen mentioned John Carroll in his July 28 column, saying he was editor of the Los Angeles Time for five years. The Times won 13 Pulitizer Prizes during that period.
I assume that is the same John Carroll who was editor of the Herald-Leader (a local newspaper) for a number of years, during which the paper won a Pulitizer. That information was not included in the column.
With friends like these
Being a Democrat but no fan of President Barack Obama, I wonder: How can we vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell after he has said he is a friend of coal?
Kentucky has had the most coal industry layoffs ever. Coal-fired power plants are shutting down with loss of tax base to counties and schools. You never hear about many other jobs that rely on coal, such as those that service the industry.
If McConnell doesn't have any more power for the people of Kentucky than to allow all that to happen, after serving 28 years and having been in a leadership position for a decade, why would the next six years be any different? What would he do or change the next six years?
If McConnell is a friend of coal, I am glad he's not on the other side.
A democracy is a lot like a marriage. If one of the two parties to the agreement decides that he or she will no longer cooperate then the arrangement is doomed to failure. For more than 200 years our democracy was a viable form of government. Then in 2008 when President Barack Obama was elected, everything changed.
The losing party decided that its modus operandi would be to totally thwart the agenda of the winning party by use of the filibuster and by refusing to cooperate on the passage of any meaningful legislation. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell actually stated that his No. 1 political priority was "to make Obama a one-term president."
They failed badly at that as Obama won in 2012 with 53 percent of the popular vote and an overwhelming majority in the electoral college, but that did not affect their thinking one whit.
Rarely (never?) has there been in this country a more ill-informed, fact-free, punitive, vindictive and rigidly ideological major political party than today's Republican Party. Republicans in Congress would rather create another manufactured debt crisis, so that they can blame Obama for the damage that crisis inflicts on our economy. But more and more Americans are recognizing that the goal of the GOP's insurgency strategy is not to help our economy, or put Americans back to work — it's simply to oppose anything and everything Obama stands for regardless of how badly it hurts America's poor and middle class citizens.