Partying UK students a threat to neighborhoods
In support of the Nov. 18 letter, "Students out of control": A recent Saturday morning, about 50 students partied raucously outside an apartment that spans three floors.
They had kegs and shouted obscenities and drinking chants to their peers three floors up. They could be heard for blocks, for they were cheering in unison. Liquor and beer was on their car hoods, and I witnessed them drive in and out with cups in their hands.
I called the police, who came over an hour later. I guess they were too busy guiding football traffic to come earlier.
Students frequently walk around my neighborhood with beer bottles or cups of alcohol, with no attempt to hide it.
As an older adult, it is not only my right but my duty to advise them. But I have also been threatened when speaking to them.
The University of Kentucky coddles these kids and does nothing to prevent them ruining our neighborhoods. I am sick of it.
The idea of a town integrated with the campus means nothing if it means UK is going to let these kids — and they are kids until they begin acting like adults and treat their neighbors with respect — run rampant over our neighborhoods.
UK will provide no solution. It only wants the students' money, or rather their parents' money. It is up to us, the citizens who live in these areas, to band together and tell UK, the police and the landlords we are over it.
In the case of the Whitley County sheriff who has been charged with 21 felonies, I don't think he should be allowed to still work while he's being investigated.
There was at least one charge for each year he was in office involving stealing tax collections, selling or giving away guns that were collected during investigations and tampering with evidence.
The grand jury that indicted Lawrence Hodge said he began taking money back during his first year in office in 2003.
As many complaints as they had, he should have been investigated and indicted sooner than 2010. If a sheriff can't do his job, then something needs to be done before the seven-year mark.
Why not Christmas?
I don't understand why so many people migrate to the United States in search of a better way of life and then work so hard to destroy our traditions. If I were to visit or migrate to another country, I would either adopt its traditions or celebrate my own traditions while still respecting those of that country.
My employer, whose political correctness I abhor, tells me I cannot say "Merry Christmas," I can only have a "holiday" party and that I can't even put up a tree all because of the migrant workers who may be offended by my American-born traditions.
So, we offend nine out of every 10 employees to appease that one. Because that one individual might find offense over a custom that represents peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men?
I'll tell you what I find offensive: the phrase "Happy Holidays." If you can't wish me a Merry Christmas, the phrase that has held the most meaning to me for the past 45 years, then keep your wishes to yourself.
This time of year once brought the greatest of joy to my heart. Now, I find no joy in the workplace during December. I wish the nine out of 10 employees who are being censored would stand up and say "Enough is enough! Bring back my Merry Christmas!"
I would change my political designation to Republican if the Tea Party would truly bring back traditional America and my Merry Christmas.
Obama hurting coal
Over the past year, President Barack Obama has traversed this nation speaking to a variety of organizations and labor groups about jobs. Call it "sour grapes" or whatever, but during the same period, he has practically turned his back on the mining industry.
He has nothing good to say about coal. Moreover, it seems everything coming out of Washington lately has been detrimental to the industry.
The Environmental Protection Agency seems to have special powers to arbitrarily promulgate new regulations that go totally against reason. Mining jobs are in jeopardy because of the whims of the EPA and nonsense requirements favoring bugs over people.
And most of this is in response to vocal environmental groups who probably don't realize they're biting the hand that feeds them.
Coal mining is a critical component of everyday life in a great big part of America. Coal produces the electricity that brightens our way and keeps many of us warm this winter. Hopefully, when our newly elected representatives appear in Washington in January, they will be able to make a meaningful change.
Until then, I urge Herald-Leader readers to visit the FACES of Coal Web site: facesofcoal.org and consider becoming members.
John F. Enyart
If Lexington's new mayor wants to do something meaningful for this city, he needs to immediately get control of those city workers who are needlessly mutilating perfectly healthy trees, including those on private property where the city has no business.
When I got home from Thanksgiving out of town, I was outraged to find that a beautiful, perfectly healthy conifer had been butchered.
The limbs were way out of reach of any vehicle and were over my driveway. Now, instead of looking out on a beautiful conifer, I get to see the neighbor's roof.
Trees are good for the environment, have aesthetic value and make neighborhoods viable. Unless Jim Gray wants to return this place to the tobacco fields it once was, I suggest he reassign these workers to a slaughterhouse, which is where they belong.
Winter care for pets
Now is the time to check our doghouses, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks. It is also time for new, clean bedding. Putting a board along the bottom of the door opening will help keep the bedding inside the house. Also, turning the door away from the wind helps protect your dog from the cold.
The house should be only large enough for the dog to walk in, turn around and lay down. The dog's body heat can warm the interior somewhat. The door needs to be set to one side, giving the dog a wall to lie behind. An over-lapping roof and small porch can also provide additional protection.
Cats also need a house, not just a box, with a blanket in the garage or barn. High-quality food is important, and adding a tablespoon of corn oil can provide extra calories for warmth. Meat fat, drippings and bones are bad for dogs and cats.
The need for a constant supply of fresh water cannot be exaggerated. Insufficient water can lead to dehydration, hypothermia and death.
Even though the weather is harsh, take time each day to talk and play with your cats and dogs. You are their whole world.
And please have your dogs and cats spayed and neutered. When you do, you are eliminating the possibility of a number of different kinds of cancer and are also taking a giant step toward ending animal suffering caused by overpopulation.