Conservative cred not enough to win governorship
Although TV spots provide useful information and more political drivel, we have learned that all the Republican candidates for governor are conservatives. Some are even "true conservatives." I guess that is a higher form of conservative.
So one must ask the question: In recent years, what positive contributions have conservatives made to the commonwealth and nation? Surely there must be something, since all are claiming this status.
How about addressing revenue/funding issues in Kentucky? No? How about supporting the provision of quality, affordable health care? No? How about an economic development plan for Eastern Kentucky that goes beyond coal? No? How about revision of Kentucky's outdated tax code? No?
I sure hope I am missing something about the true value of being a conservative.
They are all critical of President Barack Obama's failed/job-killing policies, without naming any. Don't look now, but the president leaves office one year after the governor of Kentucky is elected. They also continue to fight the "war on coal," while smart people realize that market conditions will keep coal in the rearview mirror, so we must look forward not backward.
Soon we will be hearing from Jack Conway. I wonder if he is a conservative?
Public transit a lifeline
Public transportation is indeed a lifeline in Lexington and in the country. Nationally, millions of Americans do not drive because they are elderly, too young, afflicted with a disability, cannot afford a car or choose not to.
These individuals rely solely on public transportation to stay connected to their jobs, schools, libraries, families or get to their doctor, the grocery store, the movies or the park. In Lexington, Lextran serves thousands who have no other reliable means of mobility.
According to a 1999 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as much as 94 percent of public assistance recipients rely on public transportation to be a part of the workforce. Clearly, being able to get to a job is just as important as finding a job.
Public transportation helps make our city more livable by providing freedom and mobility to our residents. And when people are given good transportation choices, they are more likely to forge new social and business relationships that improve the quality of life, gain a stronger sense of community and strengthen economic development.
I am a little mystified and greatly amused about all the uproar over the freedom of religion laws sweeping the country due to the concern that these laws will allow religious people to discriminate.
Of course they will. That is what religious people do and have done throughout history. Religious people are not content to live according to the tenets of their personal faith. Prohibition, blue laws, local option, school book censorship, anti-choice, anti-miscegenation and gay marriage laws all demonstrate religious people imposing their beliefs on others.
Thankfully this is mild compared to the religious violence and repression common in other parts of the world, although it happened here as well. They expect special treatment due to their religion but refuse to show the same respect toward those who do not share their dogmatic mythology.
Let us pray to the almighty deity to protect us from the self-righteous and the harm they would inflict in the name of religion.
Celebrate peace, not Israel
Soon, Lexington's Jewish community will be celebrating the 67th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. This yearly celebration is understandable in the context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust.
Nevertheless, I am a Jew who will not be celebrating. Surely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-semitism and Hitler's genocidal policies.
I cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. I cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, violates international law, inflicts monstrous collective punishment and one that is denying Palestinians their human rights.
I will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East. Lexington Jews are not responsible for the past atrocities, they cannot change the past.
They should celebrate the founding of Israel while not ignoring an obligation to mold a better future of peace, social justice and reconciliation for all in Israel and Palestine.
Building no eyesore
A recent letter referred to the Peoples Bank building on South Broadway as an eyesore.
I remember when the bank was new, in the early 1960s. I'm sure that there were some who thought it ugly at that time, but to me and many others, the building — with its bold color and clean lines — was strikingly modern and spoke to a hopeful and ever-improving future, both materially and spiritually, and all with due regard for traditional ideas of architectural beauty.
At that time, the perceived eyesores in that block were Victorian-era houses whose glory days were long gone. The restored survivors of that time — innovative and gorgeous when new, dated and decrepit when aged — are now rightfully seen for their timeless beauty.
It is good that Mayor Jim Gray has budgeted money to help move the building to a place where it can be properly restored. I think it could then be appreciated for the gem that it really is.
John Molla Jr.
How refreshing (and unrealistic) it would be to see a Herald-Leader headline in May of some year, "Seven recruited UK basketball players receive degrees." Just a thought from a curmudgeon.
All are welcome
In a recent article. several area churches were listed as extending a welcome to gay and lesbian persons. Our church was not included in the listing and we were not contacted to inquire whether we wanted to be included. So we are taking this opportunity to convey that everyone is welcome at Second Presbyterian Church.
Secretary, Second Presbyterian Church
You won’t regret renovation
One only needs to come to West Liberty to see why Lexington needs to restore the old courthouse. In 1968, the old Morgan County courthouse, built in 1907, was in such bad shape it was condemned. The offices of the court and courtroom were moved out to the old Ford garage building.
A group of concerned citizens banded together to attain funding to restore it. Some years later the offices of the court moved back in and worked successfully until the new prison was built and the workload increased. It was deemed necessary to build a new facility to ensure safety and space.
It appeared the old courthouse would be abandoned again. Before completion of the new building, the historic tornado blew through and almost completely destroyed the town. The top of the courthouse and every window was blown out.
Morgan County government saw fit to restore the building. It was stripped down to the bare stone walls and rebuilt inside. The clock tower now chimes hourly again. It is occupied by Appalachian Regional Healthcare Home Health and other businesses and has brought life back into downtown. I encourage Lexington to save its courthouse. You will be glad you did.
Jane Duncan Murray
Invest in education instead
Lexington taxpayers are being asked to help fork over $38 million to renovate the old courthouse, because ... why? It is an “architectural jewel”? That’s the best reason we can come up with.
Sell it to a private investor and use the money to educate the citizens of Kentucky, or is that not a priority?
I read with great interest, and recommend as required reading to all, an article titled “The real reason college tuition costs so much,” published April 4 in The New York Times.
Apparently the sad old argument that we have been force-fed for years stating that the reason tuition costs have gone up so much is because of cuts in state funding is nothing but a bald-faced lie perpetuated by the administrative bloat lining their pockets at students’ expense.
Let’s take the money from the sale of the old courthouse, combined with the $38 million saved from having to renovate, and put it toward low-cost educational opportunities. There’s your architectural jewel.
Dorothy M. Kline