Public left out of Lee Co. decisions
In Lee County, a local water board tried to increase capacity and bring a fire main to customers. It got U.S. Department of Agriculture money, hired an engineer and started building. When completed, water pressure dropped and the new system sits dry and unused.
The tower was too short.
The health department, overshadowed by the Affordable Care Act and cash-flow issues, nearly tripled facility size by purchasing a prime piece of land in the heart of town where hundreds of thousands in federal grants was spent on renovations to attract tourism. No one questioned the action.
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The local library procured land, taxes and grants to build two miles outside the city limits in the industrial park, away from the population center.
The Extension Service raised taxes, procured land in the industrial park and built an office that is too small.
Local tax revenues and rates continue to rise as taxing authorities appear isolated from community input by holding meetings during the work day. The local chamber of commerce's stance? Challenging taxing authorities is not our mission.
Governments operate with checks and balances. To not insist on these in Lee County begs for intentional or neglectful abuse. Everyone needs to get involved.
Chuck Caudill Jr.
Wildcat women rock
My husband and I attended the University of Kentucky-Lady Vols game in Knoxville Feb. 15. Though we're Lady Vols fans, that night the Kentucky team became my second favorite team in women's basketball.
When our player Izzy Harrison went down, the Wildcats showed so much class. First they got together as a team and prayed for her. That's the best thing they could have done. When she was being carried off the court, they gathered around her and encouraged her.
You should be so proud to have these fine young ladies representing your community. They've certainly won me over.
Dena K. Fischer
Sen. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting in his first test as majority leader. He retreated on Department of Homeland Security funding and the president's unconstitutional immigration action, undercutting Congress' authority, removing consequences for a veto and any impetus to negotiate.
He says the party stood to get blamed for a DHS "shutdown." You always lose when you don't clearly articulate your position and actions. The bill would have funded DHS; a filibuster and/or presidential veto would have stopped DHS funding. Almost 90 percent of the department workers would have reported to work, no matter what.
I sympathize with McConnell for the difficult environment in Washington, but that's the job he wanted. I held high hopes, supporting him in his primary and general election battles.
I liked having a Senate leader who was a Kentuckian. In hindsight, we may have been better off losing, still having a Republican majority but a different majority leader.
Help for snowbound
We have the most wonderful mail carrier on Autumn Lane in Lexington. Our cul-de-sac is impossible for his truck so he delivers on foot. He even delivers to the door of the elderly.
I don't know his name but I call him Snow Angel. Our newspaper carrier has been equally dependable during this challenging weather. Their efforts are especially appreciated by those of us who are snowbound.
Pizza lover's plaint
Being from Chicago, I like to think I know a little bit about pizza. I am always ready to find a new pizza place, as I have found that there are not very many good ones in Lexington.
My problem after reading the review of Pies and Pints in the Weekender is that I'm not sure what kind of pizza is being served. According to the review, margherita pizza and white pizza are "traditional."
Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I always thought traditional pizza was tomato sauce and cheese topped with sausage or pepperoni and maybe some veggies. I won't even mention the "new age" selections, because I agree, as the reviewer says, they are "something else on a crust."
I hope Pies and Pints is a great place, and everyone will love it, but this old traditionalist is going to wait until I'm sure I can get a good, old-fashioned pizza to go with the great beer offerings.
As for Thai pizza, be careful what you ask for. While in Thailand I was offered a sample of what the pizza place staff was eating. The hot pepper almost killed me, while the staff sat back and laughed.
Honor much appreciated
My sincere thanks to the University of Kentucky and the fans in attendance at the basketball game against the University of Florida on March 7.
During a timeout, veterans of the Vietnam War were asked to stand and be honored for their service to our country. My father — a humble man who would never ask for nor expect acknowledgement for anything, much less his time spent in a war viewed by many as controversial — stood and received heartfelt applause from all in Rupp Arena.
When he sat, he quietly told me that it was the first time, ever, he was publicly thanked for his service during the war.
Thank you to everyone who made that a special moment for my father, and please always remember to appreciate all those who serve our country.
Ray Van Metre