Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 4

With Triangle Park redesign, here's a pre-design

In 1979, my architectural firm designed the Patterson Ballroom addition to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Lexington Center on Vine Street, across from Triangle Park.

We included in that design a wide service corridor extending the full length of Patterson Ballroom on the Vine Street side (the blank exterior wall faces the street).

We included that corridor so it could provide service and support to a variety of retail, restaurants and bars, and other "people places" to be built in the future on the sidewalk facing Triangle Park.

That future is now — especially if the street between the Civic Center and Triangle Park is closed.

Byron F. Romanowitz


Mine safety unheralded

If the mainstream media truly do not have an anti-mining agenda, why is it that every accident at a coal mine receives instant and extensive media attention while there is never any positive coverage about the industry?

For example, the miners of Excel Mining, an independent subsidiary of Alliance Coal that operates mines in Martin and Pike counties, recently celebrated the fact that they have operated for over 400 consecutive days, over 900,000 man-hours, without a single lost-time accident.

In a profession as inherently dangerous as mining, this is quite an achievement.

Yet this milestone received almost no media attention. Why? Probably because covering an event such as this, which demonstrates the overwhelming commitment to safety of responsible mining companies like Alliance, would be contrary to the media's distorted view that mining companies value profits over people.

Congratulations to the hard-working miners of Excel and kudos to your company for promoting a culture of safety,

Gwen Pinson


AARP in it for money

I notice that AARP has many TV ads. AARP was a great supporter of health care reform, but not to help us senior citizens.

The reform reduces Medicare Advantage. AARP wants that business. It is reportedly expecting $1 billion from this business.

AARP is not for seniors, but to make big profits. I returned my AARP card with instructions to put it where the sun never shines. I urge all senior citizens to do the same.

Bill Morton


Some yin for the yang

A few things to ponder:

■ Why don't Republicans and Tea Party members who get government insurance (which costs a lot of taxpayer money) just refuse it, considering their charge that legal abortions are performed with the same funds?

■ How much money did George W. Bush spend paying other countries to support the war in Iraq?

■ How much material does Donald Trump get from China to support his business, as opposed to American products?

■ If President Barack Obama was born with a slave master's name, would that make him truly American? Or should we consider that we elected him by a majority to run this country and it might be better to let him deal with the matters at hand in the world, regardless of the outcome?

Clifford Healy


Bring back the index

Please reconsider your decision to omit the index for the Herald-Leader. It is difficult to locate topics of interest without a guide.

The newspaper cannot be an effective teaching tool in the classroom without some guide as to the organization of the paper.

Audrey Mauk


Straight to recycle bin

I certainly agree with the April 14 letter, "BBB sells out." I had a bad experience with a monument company that was listed in Better Business Bureau.

I put a down payment on a stone for my husband. After months of delays and excuses by the company, I finally demanded my money back, eventually having to threaten to go to small-claims court before it was returned.

Recently, I attended the Home and Garden show in Lexington and there was BBB handing out its directories. I took one and, sure enough, this monument company was listed. I later found out this "company" was someone working out of his car.

I put the directory in the recycle bin and ordered my stone from a reliable company in Stanford. And it was set recently.

My stone was also cheaper in Stanford, where I dealt with a super gentleman and company.

Janet Smith


This is justice?

The Barry Bonds prosecution took several years and a tremendous amount of resources. He was prosecuted for lying to a grand jury. I can see how we were all hurt by this and how important it was.

Goldman Sachs executives had testified before Congress, denying wrongdoing. They almost brought down the national economy. (The company would settle a fraud case with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but it did not clear some individuals.)

Where are our priorities? Or is it a matter of influence?

Early M. McGuire


Goodwill says thanks

This is the 60th annual Goodwill Industries Week. Agencies across the United States and Canada are reflecting on how the non-profit has grown with the times yet kept true to its founding value of providing jobs and job training for people with disabilities or other disadvantages.

This commemoration also allows us to thank shoppers and donors, and business and government partners for the important roles they play in Goodwill's history and future.

Because of that support, Goodwill's vision for a better planet and stronger communities is becoming a reality.

By donating to one of the 59 Goodwill donation and retail centers in Kentucky, people have helped divert 27 million pounds of usable goods from landfills in 2010.

By shopping at Goodwill stores, they helped fund job training and employment services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others who face challenges to finding employment.

By hiring one of our program participants, they helped a person support his or her family.

As we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week 2011, we want to say thank you to the people of Lexington. Please don't underestimate the role you play in transforming lives.

For more information on the impact of your donations, visit Goodwillky.org.

Roland R. Blahnik

President and CEOGoodwill Industries of KentuckyLouisville