Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 20

Parking meters hurt retailers on downtown street

I am looking forward to having an open-minded mayor, and one concerned with downtown growth.

I have a small boutique on Clay Avenue and would like to bring to the new mayor's attention our parking woes as well as the lack of snow removal.

This is a business street and our customers have complained over and over that there is no plowing on the first block.

There are constant complaints from our customers getting parking tickets on Clay Avenue. In this economic slowdown, we merchants need to do everything possible to make it easy for shoppers, and especially our regular clientele, to get in and out of our shops and enjoy Clay Avenue as a shopping experience, rather than constantly worrying about being ticketed.

One of my mother's friends who is a senior citizen was very upset when she received a parking ticket while doing her Christmas shopping on Clay Avenue. This woman is in need of a cane, has had a hip replacement and could not get to the meter because of the ice buildup around it.

I am not sure what the answers are, because without the meters many employees might use the spaces designated for customers. I have been guilty of this myself.

If everyone could agree to eliminate the meters and the owners of the businesses made sure that they and their employees parked elsewhere, it would be a great plus for Clay Avenue.

Carl Meyers


Room for wheelchairs

To meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, a handicapped parking space must be large enough for a vehicle, plus an additional space to the right or left of the vehicle to allow a wheelchair to exit.

There needs to be an access space at least 8 feet wide for a space that is designated as van accessible, and 5 feet wide for a space that is designated for a car.

This access space is to accommodate the room needed to maneuver a wheelchair or scooter out of the car.

In addition, for handicapped spaces that are designated for vans, there must be at least a 98-inch height clearance.

I drive an accessible van and am very thankful for these parking spots. But some drivers think that it's perfectly all right to park in areas painted with diagonal stripes to designate them as wheelchair unloading and loading areas.

What can be done to stop this from happening?

As you can imagine it's very frustrating when I get blocked in.

Here is what I propose: Drivers must be educated about where they can't park. Also there could be a "no parking" sign explaining the area and/or a pole at the front of the area so no one can pull in.

Donnie Wittler


Unfair to Hartline

Innocent until proven guilty. Apparently Coach Joker Phillips and the University of Kentucky do not understand this basic concept of our legal system.

Former quarterback Mike Hartline is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Hartline has the same rights as any other citizen, and he should not be treated any differently because he is a student-athlete.

Hartline's conduct on the night in question caused charges of disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in public to be filed against him. These are charges that could be dismissed and Hartline exonerated.

What is not fair is that Phillips and the university acted as the judge and jury, prematurely ending Hartline's career when he was suspended from participating in the Wildcats' bowl game.

One night of indiscretion should not be used to judge his character. What about the other 1,459 days Hartline has been a student-athlete at the university? Hartline had a memorable season and career.

Hartline may be found guilty, but he should have had his day in court to defend himself prior to being crucified by the UK Athletics Department.

L. Glenn Shadoan


Missing the games

We are great University of Kentucky basketball fans, and this year we cannot get all the games on television.

We can get all the ESPN channels, but when the games are on some other cable channels we could not get them.

Maybe if more of us complained, this problem would be resolved. We were so proud of the team when it defeated Louisville at the KFC Yum Center. It is great to have such a facility, even though the pricetag was high.

Ron Moroni


Tax reform, or hike?

It is interesting to listen to the politicians discuss this tax-increase bill, referring to it as revenue reform or tax reform. Both House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President David Williams are pros when talking about this issue.

A Jan. 7 Herald-Leader editorial said there would be winners and losers.

Let's call it what it is: We need more money in the pot, and if the bill is passed, the economists, accountants, lawyers and tax assessors will do what they can to solve this problem.

For example, the gasoline tax probably would go to a percentage of cost, instead of a flat rate per gallon. That means when the price jumps to $4 to $5 per gallon the state gets more of that money. Thus, tax reform.

Fred L. Hassloch


Bill cruel to women

I read with disgust about Kentucky's proposed law to force pregnant females seeking an abortion to view ultrasound images before the procedure.

This is just one more in a long line of cruel legislation aimed at unfortunate and usually poor young women.

Your legislators are clearly injecting their own religious beliefs into the government. It's clear your legislature is composed of a bunch of old, uptight WASPs who just hate that women can make this decision on their own.

Why are they so willing to harass unfortunate women who already have had some bad luck, and not the rich who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes?

I thought Alabama was backward. As a freedom-loving, educated Southerner, I have just about had enough.

I strongly advise keeping religion out of our government, keeping government out of our doctors' offices and our homes, and keeping Neanderthal views about a woman's right to choose to one's self.

Perhaps your state should be called "Kentuckystan," because you have a lot more in common with the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Jack Plunk

Jacksonville, Ala.