Changes bring hope to improve lives of Fayette's children
Winds of change are blowing in Fayette County, with the hiring of a new superintendent and the full implementation of Senate Bill 200, Kentucky's hallmark juvenile justice reform.
Our community must overcome the inclination to fear change. Instead, we should harness the momentum created by these opportunities.
The reform is designed to increase equity, fairness and efficiency. It requires juvenile-justice professionals to engage available resources to help our community's children by not incarcerating them for truancy and low-level offenses.
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The new superintendent, Emmanuel Caulk, must make use of resources and engage the community to secure equity among our children. To do so, he must bring an open mind to the office, communicate effectively across agencies, and foster a sense of partnership.
Instead of fearing change, this is an optimal time to address the inequity in our juvenile justice system and close the achievement gaps within our educational system. All of these opportunities are coalescing to create an environment that will truly improve the lives of our children, families and schools.
If the community can come together in support of these changes, there is hope.
Law clerk, Children's Law Center
Ideas for a better 4th of July
The experience of the downtown Fourth of July festivities could be remarkably improved with some wiser planning.
If closing off Main or Vine as they did in the past for the booths and entertainment groups, use the entire street instead of the maze they had this time. Wrapping such around the old courthouse is a very odd layout. This meant people didn't know which way to go and did not notice some of the booths around the courthouse.
I am sure some of the paying booths suffered from poor exposure. The narrow Short Street was overcrowded most of the time, especially with food trucks so large and their customers standing in line.
What a mess.
The parade officials, planners and even participants may need to be educated in communication. Maybe the participants could be judged or juried to improve the composition and really make this event entertaining, not just a small hick-town hello of folks to each other.
There were some excellent features but think and be creative or reach out to the community for ideas.
Disappointed in Explorium
We took our grandchildren to the Explorium in downtown Lexington and were very disappointed.
There is very little maintenance on some of the hands-on activities. The bubble room, which is a big attraction for kids, was not working properly. The stuffed animals and related items were dirty, as was the glass on the various aquariums, which did not even have the listed animals inside.
In order to validate our parking ticket we had to walk down the block to the Visitors Center, which we had to find by asking an employee in the lower level of Victorian Square which, by the way, is practically empty.
We were not the only people who were unhappy about the situation and we will certainly not return nor promote this attraction. And the powers-that-be wonder why people don't patronize downtown Lexington?
Fill unsightly hole
Would someone please remove those cranes and fill in that awful, unsightly hole downtown? Developer Dudley Webb has had long enough; build something or get out.
What a stupid mess and waste. We could have had our Fourth of July festivities on that grass. Those who stay in the new 21C Museum Hotel will have to look out over this mess.
Ronald T. Winkler
Wimbledon coverage pitiful
Your coverage of Wimbledon, the premier professional tennis tournament in the world, was pitiful. The many ardent tennis fans in Kentucky deserve better.
Humanist praise for Prather
Would that all Christians could be as thoughtful and insightful as faith columnist Paul Prather is on the issue of gay marriage. He gives a secular humanist hope that Christians can be, well ... Christian.
Guns deadlier than illegals
Donald Trump is trying to justify his outrageous comments on Mexicans by blaming the recent senseless murder of a California woman on the immigration laws.
The murderer was an illegal Mexican immigrant with a long criminal history who had already been deported five times. He showed great resourcefulness sneaking across the border six times.
He didn't need any resourcefulness to get the gun he used in the murder.
The NRA has lobbied Congress to have virtually no restrictions on gun sales or gun ownership.
As a result, lots of people have arsenals in their homes to protect themselves from their perceived threat of criminals with guns. Unfortunately this policy has also made guns freely available at low prices to every criminal.
Trump is not concerned about the 100 American citizens killed every day by other American citizens with guns. Trump should be complaining about the lack of gun laws, not the lack of immigration laws.
Follow H-L, Lex lead
A Berea writer recently chided the Herald-Leader for making poor choices in the most recent presidential and Kentucky senatorial elections.
He cited double-digit margins of victory for Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, respectively. He stated that the publication was far too liberal for a conservative commonwealth.
What he failed to state is that President Barack Obama and Alison Lundergan Grimes both carried Fayette County, the home of the newspaper, in their respective runs. The Herald-Leader got it right, as far as knowing its hometown.
Lastly, some very recent polling shows Obama with a more favorable than unfavorable rating, nationally. That's something McConnell can't even claim in his home state. If only the rest of the state would take Lexington's (and Louisville's, for that matter) lead.
We can always dream.