Letters to the Editor

Letters: Help raise money to fight hunger

Participants walked along High Street during the 2016 Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk in Lexington.
Participants walked along High Street during the 2016 Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk in Lexington. File photo

Walk to end hunger

The annual Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Central Kentucky. In it, caring citizens from diverse faiths and all walks of life come together to help end hunger, one step at a time, within our communities and around the world.

The local walk is Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Registration for the three-mile walk begins at 3 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church at East Main and Ransom streets. There is no registration fee but donations are welcome, including canned protein goods. Proceeds will go to Church World Service’s sustainable global work and God’s Pantry Food Bank. More information and online donations accepted at: crophungerwalk.org/lexingtonky

Judith K. Maxon


SNAP helps Kentuckians

Kentucky is known for horses, bourbon and good eats. A good southern meal is a staple for Kentucky households, from fried chicken to collard greens to grits.

However, this southern tradition is being threatened for thousands of Kentuckians. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) helps more than 700,000 Kentuckians put food on the table. The U.S. House version of the farm bill will take food from the tables of these people — our people.

It’s not too late to stop this.

We need to call Rep. Andy Barr, and ask for him to speak with fellow Kentuckian Rep. James Comer (on the conference committee dealing with the bill) and tell him to oppose any cuts to SNAP.

Aiden K. Reece


Fix broken politics

Our current national government is failing us. Membership in the Senate and House of Representatives has become a lifetime job and they are all beholden to their big-money donors and special-interest groups.

Here are a few changes that need to be made:

1. Impose term limits.

2. Repeal the Citizens United ruling.

3. Abolish the two-party system.

4. Expand the Supreme Court to 13 to 15 justices.

Robert Gaidzik


Misguided challenge

I write in response to your recent story on 8th District Council member Fred Brown’s challenge to Christian Motley’s candidacy. I am a registered voter and have been for over 40 years. I signed Motley’s petition.

I have known Motley since 2010 when he was introduced to a local nonpartisan group working to register and educate new voters and have since seen him work to ensure people find authentic engagement with the political process. His community work is proof he would make a great council member.

My signature was challenged. Those of us who signed Motley’s petition are upset about Brown’s attempt to take this election out of the voters’ hands.

Everyone has a personal signature and because someone can’t read it should not disqualify that signature.

The signature was the same one I use on many documents, yet I had to go to court to verify it.

Freda Meriwether


Shafer betters city

I strongly support Sandy Shafer for the 11th District seat on the Lexington Urban County Council. She knows the issues in her community, looks ahead for possible solutions and is a true advocate for the best solution for the most.

I have known Shafer for 25 years. She was instrumental in getting the Kentucky Rails-to-Trails Conservancy formed in 1994. This jump-started the building of bike and pedestrian trails in Fayette County, including the Brighton East Rail Trail.

As president of the nonprofit Friends of the Parks, she has successfully led efforts to improve our parks and natural environment. Last year she assisted and guided the Bluegrass Cycling Club with Friends of the Parks in obtaining a “Plant the Planet” grant from Kentucky Utilities to plant 200 trees along the Legacy Trail. She is all about improving the conditions of her community.

Dixie Moore


Reynolds energetic

The infectious enthusiasm and energy of 11th District council candidate Jennifer Reynolds is exactly what we need to build on the accomplishments of retiring council member Peggy Henson.

As I have followed Reynolds’ primary and now general election campaigns, I have witnessed a smart and caring candidate already adept at building bridges in our neighborhoods through her years of work as community outreach director at Bluegrass Youth Ballet.

Reynolds’ vow to dedicate her full-time energies to serving our district underscores her understanding of the effort required to address the complex issues confronting the 11th District and all of Lexington as we seek to balance growth and neighborhood preservation in the coming years.

Paula Singer


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