Letters to the Editor

Letters: July 15

State Democrat chief an example of party decay

I thank the Herald-leader for reporting that the new Kentucky Democratic Party executive director, Daniel Logsdon, previously contributed money to the campaigns of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and disgraced former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

In light of this revelation, no one should wonder why so few rank-and-file Democrats want to contribute money or work for the party.

We have allowed our party to become infested with leaders who cannot form any sort of core ideological belief besides self-interest.

Until working men and women demand more accountability from the party leadership, and especially from those with an obligation to appoint individuals who have taken the time to form their political conscience, we Democrats will continually be embarrassed by these opportunistic shenanigans.

The absolute least we should be able to expect from a state Democratic executive is that they haven't contributed against us. Hopefully the Democratic executive committee will have the intestinal fortitude to remove this heretic.

Steve O'Connor

Morgan County Attorney

West Liberty

Out of this world

It is interesting to note that Rand Paul, who has made his money from Medicare and Medicaid, tells the unemployed to suck it up as he supports the refusal of the Senate to extend benefits.

Welcome to his universe. It is evident he is not of this planet.

Douglas Mitchell


Let the disabled fish

I live close to Carr Creek Lake in Knott County. I am also disabled. There are only several places on the lake accessible for handicapped people to fish.

There is a pier for wheelchair access, but this pier is always crowded with able-bodied people who would have no problem finding somewhere else to fish.

I am angry over this. I can only fish in certain spots, and if they are taken by able-bodied people, I have no choice but to turn around with my 13-year-old son and return home.

I think the pier and the few other accessible places should be labeled handicapped only. I enjoy fishing with my son, but it frustrates me to death that I can't because of people who can walk and use places that are not wheelchair accessible but who don't care.

Sara Neal


Design for greater good

I was drawn to a June 14 letter because of my "cringe" response to the rendering of the proposed CVS pharmacy for downtown. I applaud the writer's criticism of the design,

I live in the historic district. Therefore, I am extremely aware of how important design guidelines are to the architectural integrity of our beautiful city, both residential and commercial.

Yes one could argue that such guidelines are personally restrictive, but the fact cannot be ignored the "greater good" is served by such strict guidelines.

The direction downtown Lexington is progressing has been inspiring to watch. We are going to open this beautiful city to the world's eyes soon. I can't help but think that anyone who glimpses Main Street will see the pride this city takes in maintaining enduring and timeless architecture. There is nothing enduring or even architectural about a partial fiberboard façade.

Having the pharmacy downtown in a great idea, just not this strip-mall design.

Jayne Baird


Put helmets on children

Sunny skies and warm days bring adult and child alike out to play. Let's make this a safe year by putting on helmets when biking, skateboarding and driving scooters and ATVs.

Children need to wear helmets even when they are on their tricycles. Children won't resist wearing helmets if adults set a good example by wearing helmets themselves.

Most serious and fatal head injuries could be prevented if parents would just spend $15 to $20 for a helmet. Many people go to great lengths to protect their material valuables, but seem unconcerned about protecting their greatest jewels: their children.

Not only must a helmet be worn, it must be worn correctly. It is the frontal area of the brain that usually takes the impact in a crash, so the helmet needs to sit forward, just above the eyebrows. Observe the way athletes and soldiers wear theirs.

Please, don't put it off and don't let those children get back on the bikes, boards, scooters or ATVs until there is a helmet on every head.

Remember, a helmet sitting in the closet won't save a loved one.

Lucia Beeler


Sports too dominant

Since the 1960s, the paper has been part of my breakfast routine, and I look forward to it every day.

But lately, I have been noticing that it has become a sports paper, with a newspaper attached.

We have so much to be concerned with in these times, from the environmental nightmare of the gulf to the War in Afghanistan, to the economy, to health care.

Our commonwealth is besieged by its own problems, and we need to be learning about them. Our city has a major mayoral election approaching, and we have many changes occurring in the future.

So, if there is already a sports section, why must those stories also dominate the front page?

I know papers everywhere are experiencing terrible financial times and must keep their customer base. But, they have a responsibility, also, to deliver factual news in order to keep John Q. Public informed.

Diana Nave


Good Samaritans

On June 19, I was going to a 5:30 p.m. Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. My car got a flat tire on Man o' War Boulevard near Tates Creek Road. I pulled over to the curb; car after car passed me by.

Fortunately, a young college student stopped and offered to help change my tire. It was a 90-degree-plus day. But he went along taking the tire off. A motorcycle police officer stopped to give him help.

Eventually, the spare was put on. I thanked them very much and offered the student a small sum of money for his troubles but he absolutely refused to take anything.

Those two people have my gratitude for assisting a 90-year-old woman in trouble.

Eleanor Crane


Praise for Berry

I commend Wendell Berry's decision pulling his personal papers from the University of Kentucky's archives in response to the administration's and trustees' obvious lack of concern for its students and our commonwealth.

As an instructor of art who continuously sees students subjected to the deplorable and unsafe conditions of the Reynolds Building, it is now painfully obvious that the leaders of our university are more concerned with running UK as a business and not an institution of learning.

I find it absurd that the university would criticize Berry's decision. He is standing by his principles, something the university is incapable of doing.

William Andrus


Avoiding oversight

Here's a recipe for disaster:

Move your manufacturing plant to the United States; put Americans in charge of it and its quality control. This means you can make your products as fast and as cheaply as possible. Problems? Ignore and deny. Then litigate.

Seems to work. Just ask Toyota. Just ask British Petroleum oil company. This is another example of great government oversight.

C.J. Fernandez