Column unfair to those aiding addicted mothers
I was both humored and saddened by an April 17 column (or rather lecture) by two University of Kentucky professors, "Treat, don't jail, addicted mothers."
I actually laughed out loud when they professed that police, social and welfare workers and hospital employees have not had the benefit learning from "experts" in the field in dealing with drug-addicted babies and their parents.
Speaking only from personal weekly observation while rocking these babies at Kentucky Children's Hospital, these doctors and nurses truly dedicate themselves to nurturing and treating these babies and teaching the parents, if any are present.
I am only there to support and love. I do not judge. This law, whether focused on treatment or punishment, will not solve the problem — there were drug babies before the law and there are still drug babies now.
If anything, this is a cultural problem, one that will take everyone involved to solve, but mostly those who have the greatest responsibility — the parents — before they take the drugs.
No doubt this information mentioned in the column is part of the solution, but I would suggest they spend a bit more clinical time out of their office.
I do feel they owe an apology to all others they quickly downplayed. I was also saddened by their casual acceptance that a cocaine-addicted baby only faces a small blip in the road regarding development and possibly isn't even a problem.
It is a problem that needs to stop. But then again, these academics must know more than these tortured babies.
Israel in crosshairs
In the original partition plan for the former British mandate in the Middle East, Jerusalem was to be an open city.
After Israel's neighbors attacked her on the day of her independence and a truce was declared, Jordan had control of the old city and, predictably, every synagogue was destroyed, every cemetery desecrated. Christians were allowed to enter for Christmas and Easter pilgrimages.
For the 19 years this continued, I do not recall any clamor condemning this action. Jordan controlled the West Bank. I do not remember the media or the United Nations demanding that Jordan establish a Palestinian state.
In the middle of the 1967 Six Day War, when it looked as if Egypt and Syria were going to be victorious, the Jordanians joined the war against Israel.
After the Egyptians were driven back across the Suez, the Israelis defeated the Jordanians and declared Jerusalem to be the undivided capital of Israel.
In the years since, even though all of the mosques are still intact and the Moslems have control of the temple mount, Israel gets nothing but grief from the rest of the world.
Certainly, Israel wants to consolidate its hold on Jerusalem. The thought of having to share it with the capital of a Palestinian entity that still has the destruction of Israel in its charter is absurd.
Imagine that the counties surrounding Fayette were dedicated to its destruction and what you would expect from those elected to protect us. To Israelis, it is their daily existence.
Leon M. Cooper
I applaud your recent articles on positive things going on in Garrard County. Another positive effort there is the combined Eastern Kentucky University/Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lancaster Higher Education Center.
This innovative approach to combine efforts by these institutions is a perfect fit for communities like Lancaster. It is a great model for other small communities in Kentucky. I am proud to be a small part of the center and see it developing as an integral positive part of overall growth in this great community.
Dropped out of sight
I read the May 21 newspaper cover to cover. I must have missed the fact that the Dow dropped 376.36 points. I guess you didn't feel it was important enough,
Oh, wait a second, you realized that with the huge decrease in the Dow since your messiah has taken over, it doesn't look good for Democrats come this November. No press is better than bad press.
Paul win reflects mood
I sent this letter the day before the election, to say congratulations to Rand Paul.
That was how confident I was that he was going to win. The big-time endorsements of his opponent weren't going to be enough to change the minds of voters fed up with the same old same old.
People are tired of hearing the same old garbage from veteran politicians, and I hope this serves to warn them that they are not elected for life.
Unless we see some things changing around here very soon, they should probably start looking for something else to do because they are next.
We want to see something done about the waste of money in this country; we can't continue to pass the buck and blame everyone else. We want to see someone take a stand. It's time for change. Let's throw them all out and start over. Can we do worse? You tell me.
No relief, no citations
I have been reading about the problems in Harrodsburg with Aspen Hall Manor. The situation there clearly shows what can happen when mistakes are made and not corrected.
Evidently, Harrodsburg's Zoning board allowed this B&B/tearoom to open in an R-2 residential neighborhood where restaurants are not allowed and then compounded the mistake by failing to address issues of concern like operational hours, activities, and number of people.
The city allowed the facility to open with the wrong permit and without any fire inspection.
Once open, it was only a matter of time before Aspen's uncontrolled activities and the small quiet neighborhood clashed; the addition of weddings with large crowds, sound systems, open bars and improper parking only served to make matters worse.
It seems particularly brazen that the proprietors are using adjacent taxpayer-owned property for their weddings and the city street for processionals.
Over 100 city ordinances have been violated; pictures have been presented to officials and calls made to police, but not one citation has been issued.
Recently, the U.S. District Court reprimanded the city of Harrodsburg for being "callous and indifferent" and stated, "the court has difficulty fathoming any legitimate excuse for the police repeatedly failing to enforce state and local laws."
The opinion is clear, but I doubt it is any comfort to those trying to save their neighborhood when they know the city's hierarchy will continue to do nothing.
Bus stop scratched
LexTran has taken Spangler Drive off its routes because, it says, there are no riders. That's silly, because each LexTran driver had his or her own idea where the bus stop was, even though the stop was clearly marked.
The area includes low-income housing and many of us are disabled and have no other transportation. I have noticed LexTran serves other low-income housing areas with no ridership.