Letters to the Editor

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Tear down those outdated campaign signs

We're still nearly 5 months away from the presidential election and supporters of one presumed presidential candidate are putting up yard signs in my neighborhood.

These signs are in direct violation of a city ordinance which prohibits display of political signs prior to 30 days preceding the election for which the candidate is on the ballot.

I have spoken with Lexington code enforcement and they won't remove these signs except in certain very specific circumstances.

This offends me. I don't care who the candidate is, the neighbors who display the signs are inconsiderate of their neighbors and the community at large. We've had 18 months of endless campaigning; surely these signs can wait. Give us a break and take down those signs.

Carl Ross


Nice show of pride

Congratulations to Lexington's first official Out and About Downtown Pride Festival (”We Are Family,“ June 28). As a longtime resident of Lexington, I applaud the community's GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) ”family“ members for their outgoing pride through strength and solidarity. Kudos, too, to the sponsors and volunteers who provided a safe and secure colorful day to express June as pride month. We're here; we're strong; we belong.

Kenneth Sanders


Less is more

Barack Obama's so-called lack of experience is a total non-problem.

First, presidents have at their disposal tremendous resources, advisors with knowledge and Washington know-how, research data, you name it. Obama has plenty enough experience and talent coupled with the resources he will have to do a good job.

Second, we live in a country where the political system is corrupt. That means that the politicians with more ”experience“ are likely to be more corrupt. It would be refreshing to have someone as president who has had no experience in our political system. The fact that Obama has less ”experience“ in a corrupt system is a plus.

The non-governmental experiences he has — being a community organizer, being biracial and having lived part of his life in a foreign country — are also pluses. As the bumper sticker says, ”I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.“

What I'm looking for in a president is not government experience but human decency and depth. This is what I'm starved for over my lifetime and especially the last eight years. I'm looking for someone who has intelligence, but also integrity; someone who has a vision of peace and cooperation among all Americans and among all the peoples of the world. I'm not looking for a never-give-up ”fighter“ or someone who has the ”experience“ to be a tough, macho commander-in-chief. We've been there, done that for decades. More of that, and expecting better results, is insanity.

Michael Fogler


Make trade not war

The skyrocketing rise in the price of gasoline has become the major concern of the American people, and we are being given some good reasons for it but no real answers.

One good reason is that the people of China and India are now driving cars. Some of them can afford to own cars; some can even afford gasoline for their cars. But most are like us. They can't afford to feed the gas guzzlers any more than Americans can.

What then? It's the war! The oil producing countries are fighting us with their own weapon. Yes, we have the powerful military machine. But that military machine, like our automobiles, won't run without oil. And the oil has to come from the people we are fighting or threatening. So, there is not much we can do about it unless we stop fighting and threatening them.

But there is a way. Start talking. And listening. And sharing. Then we can turn the weapons of war into the tools of trade. Together.

Henry A. Buchanan


Clowns in special circus

Why do we call it a special session? State legislators used to meet every other year to pass a budget and other laws to help the people of Kentucky. Now, isn't that special?

My legislators have proposed when to play My Old Kentucky Home at the football games and allow pastors to pack a pistol into the pulpit on Sunday. Now isn't that special?

After special sessions galore, legislators said they needed to meet every year to keep the laws up to date and pass a budget. Now isn't that special?

Since then, we have had a donkey (Gov. Paul Patton), an elephant (Gov. Ernie Fletcher) and the special sessions have continued. The legislators and the governors remind me of a circus, more clowns than performers.

It's time for a change in Frankfort as well in Washington. We need term limits for the legislature, maybe twice the time as for governors. We need salary limits. Let them talk and argue, throw fits all year, but for a set salary and no special pay.

Vote the clowns out of Frankfort. Now, that would be special.

Joe T. Webb


Make speeders pay

Mayor Jim Newberry should direct the Lexington police to regularly and vigorously patrol New Circle Road from Richmond Road to Newtown Pike. Vehicles on that section are blatantly ignoring the posted speed limit of 55 mph and routinely driving 10, 15 and even 20 miles over the speed limit.

Collecting speeding citation fees should help the city budget and maybe even make driving on New Circle Road safer.

Roger W. Parry


Rove revisited

Well, folks, the GOP is back to its old Rove tricks. Charles Black, John McCain's senior adviser, made remarks to Fortune magazine that a terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be a ”big advantage“ to McCain's election campaign.

Excuse me, aren't these the same guys who have been claiming in the years since 9/11 that their foreign policy has prevented other attacks? If another 9/11 does happen, Republicans can't claim their policies had stopped future attacks.

Let's ignore these Karl Rovian techniques of fear and smear. This country cannot tolerate a Bush third term. Bush equals McCain, more of the same.

Matt Makaveli


Wronged by VA

Very good article about the Veteran's Administration. It just so happens I served two years in Vietnam and, based on two tests, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The psychologist didn't like the results, so he changed the results to show I didn't have PTSD. Now, is that fraud, abuse or malpractice? It's not only me who has been misdiagnosed. Just ask any veteran that has been asking for help for years.

Larry D. Fielder Sr.