Cyclists trashing rural roadsides
The recent warm weather has brought the cycling enthusiasts to our beautiful Bluegrass rural areas. Unfortunately, these nature lovers are leaving our roadsides filled with empty plastic water bottles.
The grass is growing rapidly, leaving our mowers to chop up these containers, creating more litter. Since you are able to carry these containers when filled, surely you can carry the much lighter empties back with you. Please, don't trash the Bluegrass.
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Rogers protects grid
The Clean Power Plan, a proposal from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to drastically overhaul our nation's electricity grid, was drafted — amazingly — without insight from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulators who are supposed to ensure the reliability of our nation's power grid. FERC Commissioner Tony Clark told Congress in December that FERC had no "significant or meaningful role" in providing analysis to EPA on grid reliability on the Clean Power Plan.
Put another way, the EPA took no steps to ensure that its plan won't result in brownouts or blackouts across the country — events that would be disastrous for our economy and for everyday Americans.
Thankfully, some members of Congress — including Rep. Hal Rogers — are aware of this incredible situation and have strongly encouraged FERC to study whether the Clean Power Plan will, in fact, endanger electric reliability across the country. This is an important step to make sure that affordable, reliable electricity exists to meet Americans' needs, and Rogers deserves our thanks.
Former commissioner of the Missouri Public Service Commission
Jefferson City, Mo.
A March 26 letter supplied statistics from a Surgeon General's study, however when I went to the sources there was no published research detailing what tests were performed.
Did they observe humans who were subjected only to secondhand smoke? Or did they bombard individual cells with chemical substances? Which chemicals?
If cells were tested using chemicals found in cigarettes, which are also found in scented candles, then why would the resulting data not be published as a means to ban smoking as well as the use of scented candles?
Targeting one without the other verifies what smokers have felt all along: There is bias against smoking but not something more widely used that can pose a "threat" to public health. Statistics published without research data are propaganda.
When this war on smoking started I became concerned as a 35-year pack-a-day smoker, so I visited my doctor even though I'd never been sick in my life. The doctor insisted that if I were to suffer from the effects of smoking it would most likely be when I'm in my late 70s. Well, I'd more than likely be retired far before that age, so where is the lost productivity?
Voters fall for lies
I read with interest in the Herald-Leader that coal from Kentucky is no longer profitable and that owners are closing mines because they no longer make money.
I am no Barack Obama fan, but didn't Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and other Republicans say in their campaigns that it was Obama's fault mines were closing? McConnell went into Eastern Kentucky, stood in front of voters and painted Obama as a bad guy.
This just goes to show that if you say it loud enough and long enough the voters will buy into your lies. I would love to hear McConnell and Paul explain their lies about the president.
I just wish people would look up the voting records of both Democrats and Republicans and compare the truth and the lies of the people who are supposed to be doing the work of the people of Kentucky.
We are knocking on the door of May primaries, so please research all the people running for elected offices not just listen to what they claim as true.
We need a change in Washington and here in Frankfort before they destroy our great nation by selling it to the highest bidder.