Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 10

Conway's stance on Bush tax cuts perplexing

How can Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, possibly agree with Republican opponent Rand Paul on keeping the Bush tax cuts?

What did the Bush tax cuts do for us? Well, they created the fewest jobs per population growth in any presidency since the government began keeping these statistics (during President Dwight D. Eisenhower's tenure), according to the Wall Street Journal.

Under Bush, the U.S. population increased by 22 million at the same time that jobs increased by just 3 million — an increase of one job for every seven workers. That's progress?

Jimmy Carter, a one-term president burdened with the oil embargo, had more jobs per population growth created during his tenure.

During Bush's reign of error, the gross domestic product grew at the lowest rate since 1949. Weren't Bush's tax cuts supposed to be a slam-dunk to stimulate the economy and "grow jobs?"

Basically, Conway is saying he is scared to change the oil in the engine after it has blown a rod. Does Conway really want to go back to the reign of error? Why is he even running for office?

Rand Paul, a genuine rather than a make-believe voodoo economist, can drag us down that road quite adequately.

George Weems


Give OK to church

The Lexington Board of Adjustment should grant a use permit to allow the Vineyard Community Church to use the former Julia R. Ewan school for its church facility.

First, the seller wants to sell the property and fulfill the major motivation for his purchase of the facility: preservation of the building over the long run.

Second, the purchaser is very interested in being a positive part of the neighborhood. Area residents are rightly concerned about traffic flow and parking; but so is Vineyard and the church has a plan to avoid congestion and improper parking.

Third, property values will not go down if the building continues to be well-maintained, as the current owner has done. It is private property. In just a couple more years this unoccupied building will show the scars of deferred maintenance and the decay of weathering and aging. Vineyard may be the community's only hope for this property.

Fourth, Lexington is a better city with Vineyard Community Church located near the core where the human need is greater and expanding every day.

It is right and good that the Fairway Neighborhood Association stand up and be heard by the board. After all concerns are fully aired, I believe the board should grant Vineyard's request.

Then I hope that the neighborhood association will help Vineyard hold a block party and new friendships will bloom.

Wesley Hambrick


Prison problems

I think the Herald-Leader missed the mark in a July 20 editorial about the high cost of private prisons.

Why don't we address the vast growth in our prison population? I have read that up to half of the inmates are in there on non-violent drug charges.

Why don't we follow the lead of Portugal and work to decriminalize drugs and encourage rehabilitation?

I think most would agree that the "war on drugs" is a failure, with the United States having the most severe drug-abuse problems in the world.

There has to be a better way than throwing people with drug problems into prison.

Philip Koerper


Cardiac help great

We have a wonderful facility right here in Lexington that everyone needs to know about.

After my cardiac surgery for a quintuple bypass and an ascending aortic aneurysm repair, I had just enough strength to feed myself, but not quite enough to control my mental state — something I later heard referred to as post-operative "cerebral dysfunction."

Eight weeks after surgery, discouraged and thinking I would never get better, I began the cardiac rehabilitation program at the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute. The program restored my physical and mental health.

The cardiac rehabilitation equipment at the facility gave me strength. More importantly, the psychological support of the staff and my fellow rehabbers restored my spirit. I told the staff that they put the "care" back in health care, and I meant it.

At the rehab facility, I was among family and friends who provided support, encouragement and shared experience.

Six months after my operation, I am now physically stronger than I have been in 10 years, back at work and beginning to think that everything is going to be OK.

Surgery fixed my heart; the University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute Cardiac Rehabilitation Program gave me back my life, and I met a lot of nice people.

Dan Carey


Burning experience

Most first-aid books say to put cold water or ice on a simple burn to take out the heat. They also say to never put heat on a burn because it might damage the nerve endings.

What I think happened is that a person of higher learning observed that heating a burn is agonizingly painful; therefore, cooling the burn should eliminate the pain and therefore promote healing.

I found this to be false. Here's what happened. I was burning brush and picked up a stick that was red-hot on the bottom. It burnt a thick, white spot on my thumb. I went to the house and applied an ice cube to it, then immersed it in ice and water in a basin. No luck, and much pain.

I turned on the hot water and let out the cold water. As the water temperature rose slowly, I was a bit surprised that the thumb was beginning to feel better. When the water got up to bath temperature, I observed that the thumb was a bit tender but no longer painful. The thumb healed and the white peeled off.

Can you imagine a burn victim floating in a pool of very warm water, and the agony gone in a matter of hours rather than many days? I firmly believe it's going to happen.

Albert B. Hackney


Club looks forward

I would like to extend my personal appreciation to each Paint Lick Sportsman's Club member who either attended or corresponded via e-mail regarding the finalization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency application. Their input and support were commendable.

It was decided by a majority vote of 12-3 to decline any further assistance from FEMA for flood damage repair or reconstruction of the club's Hammock Alley building in Paint Lick.

I concur the club's costs associated with repair or reconstruction are too high for our club's current financial standing. As a group, we are moving forward in a new direction. For we are a group not centered around a building, but centered within the community.

Flood debris management monies are available for the building's demolition, as a not-for-profit organization, through Garrard County.

Let us look at what we have, not what we have lost; what we can do, not what we have done; and who we are, not who we were.

Deborah Messenger

President, Paint Lick Sportsman's Club Inc.Paint Lick