Letters to the Editor

Letters: July 16

Blackened windshields dangerous

Anyone who regularly walks, runs or bikes in Lexington will tell you that excessive window-tinting is not only annoying, it's also extremely dangerous.

Arriving at an intersection with a car that has blacked-out windows, preventing eye contact to ensure the driver sees you, leaves a pedestrian with only two options: Wait for the car to move along or cross the street and hope the driver sees you before hitting the gas.

Having been grazed by a car in 2008, I know how important enforcement of this law is for pedestrian and biker safety.

Crossing Main at Limestone toward the now-grassy corner where the Rite Aid was, I noticed that a car turning left onto Main through my crosswalk wasn't slowing down.

I could see through the properly tinted windshield that the driver was unaware of my existence and I was therefore able to jump backwards just in time, suffering only a slight ding from the car's right-hand rearview mirror in the process. Had that car's windshield been heavily tinted, I might walk with a limp, or worse.

I checked with the police department on this issue, and, unfortunately, it seems that citing excessive window-tinting has been de-prioritized over the past year or so. In 2008, there were 826 citations, but in 2009, only 312. That's a 62 percent drop while my own observations tell me infringements have increased.

I hope the police will realize the seriousness of the issue and enforce the excessive window-tint law more consistently from now on.

Cyrus Adkisson


Hillbilly golfers

I do not care how you feel about mountaintop removal. A lot of very good people have strong feelings on both sides of the debate. I know how I feel, and I welcome healthy debate of my views with some of those fine people on the opposite side.

However, I do care that a fellow "hillbilly" feels the need to make fun of her peers. Ashley Judd has no idea how the "hillbillies" live. That is evident in her assessment that "hillbillies" don't play golf. What does she think we do in our spare time, make moonshine and corn cob pipes?

Even those opponents of mountaintop removal understand the need for level land in our beloved mountains. That level land has been used for many worthwhile projects that add to our overall "pursuit of happiness," and, yes, golf is one of those pursuits.

Sheila B. Holbrook


16 tons of shame

Blessings on Wendell Berry for eloquently calling out the University of Kentucky's craven subservience to the coal industry. The whining responses of UK spokespersons Jimmy Stanton and Deirdre Scaggs were, to say the least, not reassuring.

The university now owes its soul to the company store.

Ed McClanahan


Police appreciated

I want to express my sincere thanks to Lexington police for their assistance in an emergency situation that involved my brother-in-law who was visiting from out of town.

They answered our call immediately and were ready to help in any way possible. Each one of the officers was very professional and showed concern. They gave us good advice which helped in locating my brother-in-law who has severe diabetes. He had gone out to get gasoline and become confused and was lost for four hours. The quick response by the police was most appreciated.

Barbara Coleman


Obama uses oil crisis

President Barack Obama cannot be this dull, or has he had too much education and very little commonsense training?

The moratorium on drilling does not sit well. Yes, the oil spill is a tragedy and many are suffering, including 120,000 who are out of work on oil rigs. If drilling is halted, the whole country will suffer.

Without U.S. drilling, our supply will be substantially cut. We will have to buy from countries that want to destroy us. That will cost more and hurt national security by making us dependent on countries we can't trust.

Obama wants higher energy prices to save the planet from carbon emissions. He wants to use this "crisis" to promote cap-and-trade so his buddies can make billions on trading carbon credits and he can control another segment of the economy.

Doing this will take large chunks of money from the average person. It won't affect the rich or the poor. The rich can cover it and he will make sure the poor are covered with tax dollars to keep their vote.

Solar and wind energy are not ready to meet our needs. We either drill and use the resources we have until alternatives can be found, or we take it in the pocketbook.

By ending the moratorium, we add needed money to the economy and tax dollars to decrease our deficit; we add jobs and tighten national security. Our president has a lot of common sense because he hasn't used any.

Harry Van Epps


Conway stays true

Since winning the Republican Senate primary, Rand Paul has honed his skills as a political shape-shifter.

Paul campaigned during the primary and was elected as a Tea Party darling who opposed big government. He held such controversial views as believing Social Security and Medicare should be rescinded as well as supporting the reversal of portions of the Civil Rights Act.

During the general election, Paul has flip-flopped extensively as Republican leaders tried to rein in his positions so that he is electable.

Similarly, Paul showed his hypocrisy by attending a fund-raiser in Washington held by Sen. Mitch McConnell. I guess that was the end of Paul's outsider approach to politics.

As days pass, Paul proves himself a politician like most others, willing to forgo his original principles to get elected. If elected, he will soon nest under McConnell's wing and become part of the same problem that prevents government from solving some of today's most pressing concerns.

Pinning Paul down on a specific issue is like throwing darts at a moving target. Voters should not forget Paul's flip-flopping nature and reject his bid to represent Kentucky.

The alternative, Jack Conway, has stuck by the positions he ran on in the primary — a sign of his integrity. This integrity, accompanied by Conway's record of service to Kentuckians in his tenure as attorney general, makes him the better choice for senator.

Emery W. Caywood


No fiscal caution

If you want to see an example of government inefficiency, just take a drive down Man o' War Boulevard. New flashing yellow lights have been put in — to what expense or benefit?

They have been installed on lights that have always allowed a yielded turn on a solid green. New light bars had to be installed to accommodate this new flashing yellow instead of a sign saying "left turn yield on green."

Only after driving past the underground fire station at Bold Bidder Drive did I realize just how inefficient this was, as there is a flashing yellow for the side turning into the fire station. How many people use this light? Only the 15 to 20 firefighters at the station, while there are intersections like Tates Creek and New Circle that will back up for some distance in the left turn lane.

Why do we taxpayers allow such inefficient use of our dollars? Give me the 10-cent sign rather than the flashing light. I and, I'm sure, others reading this can still read just five words at an intersection.

The metal sign will last for many years and the light will have to be changed more frequently. So, could someone explain to me the cost versus benefits of this new system?

Henry Barton