Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: July 28

School calendar makes planning ahead difficult

How many years does it take to realize that snow days are a regular part of Fayette County winters?

Put them on the calender instead of having these arbitrary make-up snow days added on.

The way it works now, all the families planning for graduations and vacations don't know exactly when the last day of school is until the last minute.

I would also like to know why we take off two weeks in the middle of winter and start school Aug. 11. Many states are starting school after Labor Day to help the economy and to conserve energy.

Maybe we should reconsider our school calender, too.

Jeri Evans


Wear your helmet

It's hot — we can all agree on that. But is it too hot to wear a bicycle helmet while riding? No.

This summer, I have seen more people on bicycles without helmets than wearing them, children and adults. Few of us would hesitate to put on a pair of work gloves if we were carrying a heavy load or to use an oven mitt to remove a pan of brownies from the oven. But we fail to grab a helmet to protect that part of the body that is the command and control center over all other body parts: our brain.

A brain injury from a fall is a life-changing injury. Don't let your life be changed because you forgot your helmet.

My dad told me to "use my head." So please, use your head and wear a helmet to protect your control center.

If you need a helmet, call the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky at (859) 252-2628.

Melinda Mast

Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky


Two faces of debt

Forget the political spin. Government debt can be either good or bad for us. It's not always bad. First, the good.

Good government debt is something like a home-mortgage loan (not the sub-prime type). Our financial goal in this instance is to invest some of our future earnings in civic assets expected to appreciate in value over time. At the community, state and national levels, such assets would likely include expanded business capacity, improved infrastructure, industrial research and a better-educated workforce.

Of course, government does not build these civic assets on its own, any more than we individually build our own houses or condos. What government actually does is take specific actions to reduce unemployment and boost the market for business products and services, which in turn motivates the business sector to build the civic assets we need.

These government actions include cutting personal taxes, paying unemployment and retirement benefits and purchasing services and products for public purposes.

The problem is that the previous administration handled our government debt more like an overextended credit card. Politicians who are decrying government debt today are the same ones who reduced taxes during a war.

That had never been done before in our nation's history. It was irresponsible and foolish.

Tom Louderback


Tar balls not new

I visited Galveston, Texas, in the 1960s. Pristine beaches. I visited again about five years ago. Every motel had a "tar ball washing station" outside every entrance. They were needed.

Tar balls from the current spill may have just reached Texas, but our beaches have been fouled for some time, all because of our dependence on oil.

Elmer R. Olson

Whitley City


Just a thought for developer Dudley Webb. Because he already has a good stand of grass and a plank fence around the CentrePointe lot, he should pasture three or four live horses there. I think it would really be neat, especially during "Horse Mania."

Gene Graves


City must not settle

I recently read an article on students who were given the assignment to come up with imaginative alternatives for using the CentrePointe site.

I must say their views were a lot more attractive than the Webb brothers' Lego-block proposal that could have been designed by any 4-year-old. What is more disheartening is that this city of ours went blindly along and approved it.

Hotels run based on the occupancy rate of their rooms. How will the CentrePointe hotel do this? Has Lexington always been known as a bustling capital of conventions? I think not. What will attract people to downtown Lexington? Surely not the CentrePointe architecture.

Lexington needs some kind of attraction downtown that Louisville and Cincinnati do not have in their downtowns. We do not need some square, concrete box like all the other boxes and expect it to be the best thing since sliced bread.

Long ago, Lexington was known as the Athens of the West. It set us apart from the rest. Let's demand the Webbs come up with something better, more vibrant, greener and economically efficient in cost and upkeep.

Don't settle for anything less.

Marty Fields


Paul misses mark

The July 10 issue of the Herald-Leader quotes Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul as saying that when tax money flows to the nation's capital, half of it stays there, half is wasted and half of it goes to political cronyism.

So, according to Rand Paul, three halves make a whole? Actually in this, like most other things, he is totally off-base.

The article goes on to point out that for every dollar Kentucky sends to the federal treasury we get back between $1.51 and $1.82 in federal spending. Other states, primarily in the Northeast and Midwest, subsidize Kentucky by paying more in taxes than they get in return.

But then, you really can't expect the Tea Party candidate to deal in reality-based facts, can you?

Jim Porter


Earth ashtray

I am convinced that the great majority of trash on the streets comes from smokers. I've reached this conclusion not because our world is littered with cigarette butts, cigarette packaging and matchsticks (although it obviously is), but by watching the behavior of smokers.

Early in their smoking careers they learn the habit of divesting themselves of their smoking detritus by simply dropping it on the ground. Once this habit is ingrained in them, they will throw anything that inconveniences them on the ground or in the gutter, so they graduate to candy wrappers, napkins and bottles.

After that, it takes small steps to decide it's OK to toss an old tire into an otherwise lovely creek.

Maybe I'm prejudiced against smokers, but they earned this bias by mindlessly trashing the world around them.

Smokers, if you love your country, don't use its face as an ashtray.

Esther Murphy