Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 22

Krugman has declared war on conservatives

As a private citizen who considers himself well informed, I am insulted that the Herald-Leader would give New York Times columnist Paul Krugman top billing to spout off about the Arizona shootings. I guess you think all of us are really simple-minded. Check the last election.

I've read your paper just about every day for the past 10 years. It seems you have a liberal slant to the news and in editorials, but this was over the top. Krugman's criticism of political debate was really a declaration of war against conservative people.

Instead of accepting a fundamental political transformation peacefully, it seems some would rather lie and slander at every turn. And to think, my local paper seems to support that.

George Waller


Yes, Rupp's too loud

I fully endorse the Jan. 14 letter concerning the excessive loudness of the Rupp Arena sound system during University of Kentucky basketball games.

As a regular attendee for years, I can clearly attest to the excessive loudness and painful listening from the front rows in the upper arena.

Maybe the system needs to direct more sound to the lower arena and less to the closer patrons of the upper arena.

The choice of pre-game music does not appeal to me either.

George Duncan


Turn headlights on

This is a plea for drivers to turn on their headlights when it is sunrise, sunset, raining, foggy, snowy, etc. All cars are difficult to see at these times, but the black, gray, silver and blue ones especially blend in with the elements.

Many states have required drivers to turn on their lights when conditions require the use of their windshield wipers.

It is also important that people turn on their lights when the sun is rising or setting behind them. Yes, behind them.

To oncoming drivers, who are looking into the sun, objects just disappear into a black hole. Safety is the reason newer cars are manufactured with lights that come on as soon as the engine is started.

While we are talking about safety, those eyeglasses with the wide temples or ear pieces are dangerous. They block our peripheral vision, kind of like blinders on a horse. No matter how far we try to turn our head to offset the effect, our peripheral vision continues to be seriously limited.

Recently, I was riding with a friend who was wearing glasses with that type of frame. She nearly struck a bicyclist and a lady pushing a baby in a stroller. Thankfully, I was there to stop her.

I don't even want to think about how many injuries have resulted from this decrease in peripheral vision. Thinner temples decrease the blinders effect.

The lives we save could be our own loved ones.

Lucia Beeber


End socialist agenda

It remains to be seen whether the recent election will take back from the executive branch the powers of government the Constitution gives to Congress and to the states. This is power which a socialist Democratic Congress has allowed to be taken by the Obama administration and its czars.

Some 165 new government agencies and commissions were created in the 2,700 pages of health care reform, "Obamacare." They will create thousands of new regulations which will have the force of law.

We see increasing federal control over education. The socialist/fascist countries of the past century have all taken control of public education.

Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin said, "Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

The Naked Communist by the late American author W. Cleon Skousen explained the strategy: "Get control of the schools ... as transmission belts for socialism and communism. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks."

Communist Party leader Joseph Stalin said, "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

And Antonio Gramsci, a founding member of the Communist Party of Italy said, "We are going to destroy the West by destroying its culture. We are going to infiltrate, and we are going to turn their music, their art and their literature against them."

Domenica B. Di Mieri


Change obits format

Would you and your staff please reconsider a change in the manner of publishing obituaries?

As it is now, they are presented only in a one-column format, no matter their length.

The very linear look of them makes them much less inviting to read and, I feel, denigrates the importance of the event to family and friends of the deceased.

Other major newspapers, like The New York Times and The Courier-Journal of Louisville, present them in several columns, as is done with other articles.

Knowing from experience that the charge for the family to have an obituary is steep, it would seem to make it even more fair and viable to present the obituary in a manner that makes it as conducive to read and equal in treatment to articles that one doesn't have to pay for.

Your consideration is appreciated.

Susan H. Stempel