Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 21

Pure fantasy about city biking

Transylvania University professor Sharon Brown's column on bicycling is a well-intentioned pipe dream.

What about those citizens who are not physically able to ride a bicycle, many due to old age? Wouldn't a functioning mass-transit system that runs frequently and stops at the corner be a nice option for them? And then we have something called weather.

She is incorrect in asserting that "when bike lanes are installed, motorists' driving behavior improves."

I bike around my neighborhood and almost every day have a near miss with drivers who completely ignore stop signs, usually traveling at a high rate of speed.

In addition, I find it hard to believe that Brown is biking around Lexington because she appears to be under the impression that "children are walking or playing on curbside sidewalks."

Please tell me where this is taking place, I want to get my camera and document a group carrying on such obsolete traditions. Most children are kept locked inside in front of electronic devices by paranoid parents.

The automobile is, unfortunately, going to remain the vehicle of transportation choice in Lexington and hopes of converting this ever-growing suburban sprawl into a viable European city just ain't gonna happen.

Sally Wasielewski

Lexington


Screed sullied Labor Day

I was appalled by the decision to run Janey Moore's anti-worker screed on Labor Day. The hiring-agency owner's interpretation of the economy may be popular, but has little resemblance to the world we live in.

The driver of the American consumer economy and job creation is the well-paid worker, for we cannot buy with money we do not or will not have.

A newspaper shows its values both in the content of editorials it chooses to run and in the timing.

Running an anti-worker hack job on Labor Day is antithetical to the meaning of the holiday. You might as well have run an editorial outlining the case for the non-existence of Jesus on Easter.

Americans need to re-learn that legitimacy impulse that drove us to a democratic republic in the first place: populist governance with a bedrock of inviolable human rights.

Just as a government is made legitimate by serving the will of its people, an economy is kept legitimate and healthy by serving the needs of as many people it affects as possible.

Our economy needs healthy rights for the working and middle classes like a body needs a healthy blood flow.

Steven Taylor

Lexington


Paper joins 'nanny state'

Your writers have opined that the University of Kentucky should push Aramark to use more local products.

While it is a commendable idea, what happens if the customer likes Coke better than ALE 8?

You sound like Michelle Obama pushing carrots. Besides, there is something the Midland Avenue dividers could do: try using local labor for customer service, not some from Cincinnati or Manila.

Stephen Stinson

Lexington

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