Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3

Too much ado about airport pat-downs

I am amused at the outrage of travelers being "subjected" to the enhanced pat-downs or scanning at airports. I have experienced this firsthand flying through Denver's airport — one with one of the full-body scanners.

This was my first time flying after a knee replacement and I discovered I do set off the metal detectors, and will do so from here on out.

I was pulled aside, had the wand run over me and was patted down by a very professional woman who explained exactly where she would touch and did it in a very clinical manner. I have felt more violated being brushed up against by strangers in a crowd. I may choose the scanner next time just to save time.

I understand that there are individuals working for the Transportation Security Administration who are not as professional as the woman who conducted my pat-down. Anyone who experiences this should complain and the TSA needs to weed out these people.

The bottom line is I would rather be a little inconvenienced or embarrassed in getting to my destination than not get there at all.

Emilie Carter Cope

Lexington

What we get

Great job, Republican voters. Your representatives in Congress will fight tooth and nail for tax cuts for millionaires but do nothing to help the unemployed working class.

Adrian Centers

Lexington

Give soldier thanks

Sgt. Zane Cordingly of the 101st Airborne has been awarded the Purple Heart. His family has put up a large banner on Blenheim Way to welcome him home in two weeks. Attached to the banner is a felt tip marker for anyone, and in particular Rabbit Run and Stonewall residents, to sign and welcome Zane home.

I don't know the Cordingly family, but I do know I am proud to be an American and thankful to have Sgt. Cordingly on our side. So get out of your cars, stop your walk, take your children and sign the banner to welcome Sgt. Cordingly home.

Elaine Carman

Lexington

Imprison Rangel

Corruption continues. How is it that Wesley Snipes gets three years in prison for tax evasion and U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., gets a censure for 17 years of tax evasion? Worse yet, Rangel's censure was adjudicated by a congressional committee appointed by, who else, Congress.

I can't speak for all Americans like the politicians do, but this American is ticked off. Is it any wonder the people don't trust their government? Rangel should go to prison.

Edwin Rehrman

Lexington

Shop local, not online

I was disgusted by columnist Merlene Davis' call to readers to do more of their shopping online. Such an irresponsible comment is shameful.

In such times as these, shopping locally is something that should be encouraged and supported, and the Herald-Leader (a local business) has a duty to encourage this in its readers.

What sort of economy will Lexington have, what benefits will it show to potential investors looking to start new businesses and branches (and thus create jobs), what sense of cultural identity will Lexington have with a population content to stay inside and contribute nothing to the community?

Online retailers will always have a leg up on local shops when it comes to convenience and selection. To focus on this is to remain in ignorance of the experiences that shopping locally can provide.

Can you meet your favorite author and have him or her sign your book when you purchase through Amazon,com? And ordering a clothing item online, only to find out it doesn't fit negates any convenience of the shopping method, even if the Web site does allow me to return it for free.

Also keep in mind that a local business that does not have the item you are looking for in-stock will often order it for you free of charge.

Herald-Leader readers deserve better than a lazily written column which, at best, validates laziness and, at worst, causes harm to our local economy.

Karah Sutton

Lexington

Entrepeneur as hero

Hats off to Awesome Inc. for creating the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and organizing the Nov. 17 event to recognize some of the real heroes of Kentucky, at least in the past 100 years.

I am so happy I had the opportunity to hear the truly awe-inspiring stories from John Y. Brown, Jim Host, Warren Rosenthal, Davis Marksbury and Lee Todd (Pearse Lyons, John Schnatter and Ralph Anderson were, unfortunately, traveling). As Brown said, "it's not government stimulus money that creates jobs, it's the entrepreneurs."

Having had the incredible good fortune to work for one (Marksbury at Exstream Software), as well as be the daughter of one (Jim Sloane, Romany Road Cleaners), I understand the huge commitment and sacrifice these entrepreneurs make so that Kentucky is the wonderful place to live and work.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of jobs they have created, I want to personally thank the Hall of Fame inductees, and others like them, for their unselfish monetary contributions and the tremendous amount of time they have spent on boards and helping young admirers attempt to follow in their footsteps.

Kelley Sloane

Lexington

Problems on Lime

The South Limestone street upgrade has improved the aesthetics of the street and the link between the University of Kentucky campus and downtown, however there remains one glitch with the two inbound lanes of traffic headed north on Limestone as they approach the Avenue of Champions and Winslow Street stoplights in front of Kennedy Book Store.

Before the street upgrade, both lanes of northbound traffic continued straight through the intersection with the left lane having the option of pulling into a left-turn lane to turn onto Winslow Street; and the right-hand lane getting the option of pulling into a right hand turn lane onto the Avenue of Champions.

Now only the left lane has the option of going straight through, and what was primarily the left-turn lane onto Winslow Street also goes straight through, while the right-hand northbound lane is forced to turn right onto the Avenue of Champions.

Many in the right-hand lane realize too late that the lane ends and then they slow up traffic or nearly cause a wreck as they hurriedly attempt to merge left into the through lane. This is particularly a problem with the morning rush hour and the start of UK semesters.

Some simple restriping of the driving lanes is needed ASAP to correct this problem.

Joseph Crouch

Lexington

Finish painting road

In September, the city added a third lane to Mason Headley at its intersection with Versailles Road. Two of the three lanes were painted with turn arrows, yet the middle lane has been left unpainted.

As a result, motorists are uncertain about the use of that lane and simply don't use it. The traffic congestion on Mason Headley continues just as it did before the lane was added. Almost three months have passed since that new lane was added.

My council representative, Peggy Henson, seems unable to bring a solution. Perhaps somebody else can explain and resolve this problem.

John Klus

Lexington

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