Commuter rail in Kentucky worth considering
A commuter train route would be very beneficial to a lot of people, in so many ways.
I was in Germany a few years ago, and it was so nice to go from town to town on a very well-run, clean, electric train system that most of their workers use to get to and from work.
Each little town has a train station. Tickets, which were inexpensive, were purchased via a vending machine at each station or platform.
It sure beat driving for miles and paying for gas. People would bring their bicycles on board, so they could commute once they arrived at their destination.
Trains arrive and depart at fixed times. You must get aboard by that time, because the doors close and the train leaves exactly on time. But they run quite regularly to all stops.
I highly recommend that the state look into this type of commuter train service.
Life as a comma
With Easter coming, there's a natural tendency to reflect on the life of Jesus and its meaning for us today.
What does the Apostles' Creed, the fundamental statement of faith for Christianity, have to say about that life?
It says that Jesus: "... was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried ..."
Wait a minute. What happened to Jesus' life in between there?
There's nothing said about his youth or growing up, his ministry or his miracles. Everything about Jesus' life, from his birth to his trial for capital crimes, is skipped over with a single comma.
Apparently the apostles who composed the creed decided all the boring stuff in the middle could be left out — miracles and all.
When you think about it, quite a few Christians today are following the Apostles' lead.
They rant about abortion and "death panels" while giving tax cuts to wealthy businesses by forcing ordinary working people to give up pay and benefits.
Wasn't it Jesus who told the rich man the only way he could go to heaven was by selling all he owned and giving the money to the poor?
Oops, sorry, that was in the comma part.
The apostles didn't think the part between birth and death mattered for Jesus, and their modern followers don't seem to think it matters for anyone else, either.
Fit for Coach Knight
I admit I have never been a fan of Bobby Knight, who recently criticized the University of Kentucky basketball program.
He throws furniture, has assaulted student-athletes, fellow coaches, even a law-enforcement officer, and curses and berates anyone who dares question anything he does or how he does it.
Have no doubt, were it not for Knight's ability to win basketball games, he would most likely be in jail or, at best, be avoided by anyone other than immediate family or someone he controls with his pompous demeanor.
I'm sorry, but if he had his way, the whole world would be perfect — just like him. I really think he expects a world of, "just everyone respect Knight."
He could even start having money collected to support the "Just Everyone Respect Knight" foundation. Kind of like some charities do in front of retail stores. I can clearly see the signs now: "Please support the J.E.R.K."
Wrong bat treatment
We join the depressed readers of the announcement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources that white-nose syndrome has been confirmed in bats in Kentucky.
We concur with KDFWR Commissioner Jonathan Gassett's statements that "this is likely the most significant disease threat to wildlife Kentucky has ever seen" and "it would be professionally irresponsible to take no action to stop or slow this disease."
However, the Kentucky management plan, as has been applied to the infected area, is seriously flawed. The disease-management strategy included "removing and euthanizing 60 'highly suspect' little brown bats and tri-colored bats, as they were not expected to survive."
There is no scientific evidence that this action, known as "culling," will stop or slow this disease. Culling bats in response to WNS is not based on the best science and, in fact, ignores existing scientific analysis demonstrating that culling for WNS control will be ineffective.
Culling has been used and has often been effective for control of diseases in domestic animals (e.g. chickens, swine) where the disease and its hosts can be contained. Culling has proven to be largely ineffective for disease control in wildlife.
Bats in Kentucky are not Kentucky's bats. They regularly move through the Midwest and mid-South, so the decision to cull can impact other regions.
Management of WNS must be done on a regional basis, not by political boundaries.
Thomas G. Hallam
Gary F. McCracken
Museum already here
In an April 15 letter, "Uniqueness is key," the letter writer implores the citizenry of Fayette County to fund, construct and furnish a local history museum on the proposed CentrePointe block.
A local history museum is not only a fantastic idea, it's already a reality.
Pioneered by historians Thomas D. Clark and Ed Houlihan, the Lexington History Museum is located within the old Fayette County Courthouse and is, coincidentally, mere feet from the CentrePointe site.
Attracting 10,000-plus visitors annually, the museum maintains extraordinary collections of local significance and also offers lectures and interactive programs illustrating Lexington's storied past.
We welcome everyone, whether local resident or visitor to the Bluegrass, to experience this Lexington treasure. We are — by the way — open seven days a week.
Zachary A. Davis
Lexington History Museum trustee
Bring more depth
Shelly Slatin Hancock, an English instructor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, wrote a rather snide and sophomoric commentary ridiculing Sen. Rand Paul for his objecting to the Energy Department's regulating light bulbs and toilets ("Paul pines for right to waste, endanger," March 19).
By doing so, Hancock cast her own "light" on the quality of public education in Kentucky.
While she does well with her turning of the words, her judgment reeks of immaturity. By her own words, Hancock discredits herself and our community colleges.
Kentucky's system of public education does not compare favorably to those in other states. What we need in Kentucky are more instructors who are smart, not just smart-alecky.