Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 11

Health care law's coverage is discriminatory

The new health care law isn't fair. This is the first time our government has passed a mandate for the public to buy something. But when you see most unions and a lot of companies are exempt, not to mention the Amish and certain other religious groups' members being exempt, it seems it has a lot of discrimination hidden inside it.

So, if I understand this, I have to buy in or pay a fee (fine) because I am not in a union or work for a certain company and because I am not of a certain religion or background. Now that screams discrimination to me.

It is a sad day in our country when new laws being passed apply only to certain individuals. I thought the Constitution required equal treatment for all. I guess we need to revise the Constitution and add "as long as you don't work for certain places or are of a certain religion."

If this health care law is to go forward, it needs to cover all Americans, not just the ones Congress saw fit to cover. Discrimination is still in this country, and it is sad when our own government promotes it.

George Greenup


Sunk by water bill

Our neighbors had been complaining about receiving higher than normal water bills. The bills were so much higher that our neighbors wondered if they might have a leak or the meter had been read incorrectly.

When we received our water bill for the billing period Sept. 28 to Oct. 27, we expected it to be higher because we had been running our irrigation, and also expected to see the 37 percent increase we had been reading about. But what we got was far from the expected. When we calculated the actual water usage charge it was an increase of 53 percent. And our sewer charge was $175 more than what it had been.

After many calls to the water company and the city, we discovered the normal sewer charge is based on an average from November through April, not a calculation that would have included our irrigation period; that you can get bills straightened out if you call immediately — but they do not credit in arrears, so don't wait too long; and the more water you use, the higher your rate — no volume discount here.

Oh, and they charge $22.90 just to read the meter each month and the city charges a minimum sewer fee of $4.75; but even if you go over that minimum, they still charge that fee. What is going on here?

This appears to be another perfect example of fraud and abuse at the expense of the good citizens of Lexington.

Diane Layson


That mixed-up party

Oh, boy. Here we go again. Now David Williams wants to join the party that brought us witches and warlocks in the midterms — the Tea Party movement. Maybe Williams can help us understand the wishy-washy philosophy he is pushing.

Tea Partiers generally are proud constitutionalists. They say they love the Constitution. Yet Williams and other Tea Partiers are advocating abolishing the 17th Amendment. So, Williams loves the Constitution — but he has the scissors handy.

Tea Partiers also maintain that they want less government and more power for individual citizens. Yet abolishing the 17th Amendment would take away the right of the citizens to vote for their senators and transfer that right to state legislators (they are part of the government, last time I checked). This makes no sense and is completely contradictory.

Maybe Williams has had some of that witch's brew himself.

Angela M. Arnett


Happy Holidays

I am sorry the paper is so short of letters it ended up printing a lament about the "Happy Holidays" expression.

Happy Holidays is a greeting that acknowledges all holidays around this time of year, including New Year's Day. Most are much older than Christmas, which was annexed by the Christian church.

Also, how dare one spurn good wishes from others just because it isn't said in the format one prefers? I, as an atheist, do not take offense at being told to have a "blessed" day. I take it as a pleasantry.

I will try to make the time to start writing letters to the editor about those things on which I have some knowledge. Clearly, the paper needs them.

Jessica Lewis


Save the orchestra

Re the Dec. 3 article, "Louisville Orchestra files Chapter 11 bankruptcy": Here's hoping the Louisville Orchestra will not die. If you have listened carefully to a live performance of a major orchestral work, played by a professional orchestra, your gain was undoubtedly considerable. The rewards of listening to a Mahler symphony, say the Second Symphony, are beyond description. In such a work, the levels of feeling go far beyond those of our norm. When we listen to sincere, highly crafted, universal music written with a magnitude of well-balanced musical ideas, we are taken to a place where we are something more than we have been before.

The dollar cost of a ticket for an orchestra concert is about the same, if not less, than most tickets to pop/rock concerts. A more essential cost of an orchestra concert, though, comes in the denomination of attention. The gift we can give to ourselves by careful attention to symphonic masterworks will take us from the past, to the present and into the future.

If symphonic music dies, so dies our capacity to feel in ways that transcend our daily lives.

John Little


Remember all troops

All during the Thanksgiving holiday, I saw stories and pictures of our troops in Afghanistan, but not a word about our troops in Iraq. We still have about 50,000 troops in Iraq. My son is one of them. So, please do not forget about them. It is still just as dangerous for them, as it is for the troops in Afghanistan. May God watch over all of our troops and bring them home safe.

Paul Weber