Stop dangerous pipeline conversion
Texas energy company Kinder Morgan wants to convert a 70-year-old pipeline, extending across a large swath of Kentucky, to transport a substance it was never intended to accommodate at pressures that, by Kinder Morgan's estimates, will be significantly higher than those currently used to channel natural gas through the aging line.
Any leak would include benzene and other hydrocarbons that are known carcinogens involved in the development of leukemia and congenital malformations, including neural tube defects such as spina bifida. A single leak could jeopardize the water supply of multiple counties and put thousands of Kentuckians at risk.
To quote a report from the American Petroleum Institute in 1948, "it is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero."
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If our legislators allow this, Kentucky will see no profit and shoulder unacceptably high risk. The company is seeking to transport dangerous but potentially lucrative petrochemicals across Kentucky from other states to processing plants in other states.
Should Kentucky discover its own reserves of natural gas liquids, we should create our own processing plants and jobs, and build a new pipeline designed to handle the stresses and dangers. That would reap maximum benefits most safely.
This speaks nothing to the depreciation of land in 18 counties and the emotional cost of worrying about looming disaster. I urge Kentuckians to reject this scheme and contact their legislators.
Ben Angel, M.D.
School chief search
As an 80-year-old taxpayer, I plan to have little relations with the soon-to-be-appointed school superintendent.
I do not care if the successful candidate is a gay black female, only that the best candidate was not chosen because she was a gay black female, as I believe this paper would prefer.
I do hope that someone on the selection committee will represent the people who are paying the bill and are expecting exceptional results.
Prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban prisoners. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt made several prisoner swaps between Germany and Japan. They were strictly one for one.
I just read the recent letter, "Seat belts in a parking lot." I can relate to this problem. How about getting a ticket in front of your house while parked? I did.
I can see the reasoning in wearing seat belts, although in the not-so-distant past they did not exist; neither did infant seats.
You had a tiny seat for your child that had two hooklike arms that went over the front seat for the child to sit in. I do believe the infant seats are absolutely a good thing. I think it is my right to wear a seat belt or not. It is obviously about revenue. Explain school buses.
Perhaps emphasis should be placed on drivers who make U-turns under red lights and drive like demons. Could be they are the ones putting us in danger rather than lack of seat belts. Ticket them.
I have been reading and watching stories about bullying. We should teach all children not to bully and, if they are bullied, to tell an adult at school or home.
Question is, at what age does it stop? People get bullied at their jobs by fellow employees and in their children's schools by overbearing moms.
It will stop only when the bully is called out. Teens and children feel helpless when they have nowhere to turn; bullying often leaves them feeling isolated.
A coworker who bullied another coworker and me was often heard saying first thing in the morning, "Someone's life is going to be hell today," often mine. I was grabbed from a group and told, "You know I am behind every tree watching you and listening."
What I am trying to say is you have as much right to be here as the next. You have the right to peace in your job, home or neighborhood, no matter what others think. I often wonder if it's learned or just comes natural.
Think how you treat each other and remember the golden rule, "Treat others as you want to be treated." The power of a bully hurts people. Lisa J. Johnson