Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: May 15

Don't ignore Bush role in finding bin Laden

While the great aggrandizer is taking sole credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, little mention is made of the security apparatus set up by the Bush administration.

When it was put into effect, the liberal media, the American Civil Liberties Union and its Democratic friends screamed and hollered about water boarding (enhanced interrogation techniques) and wiretapping.

Yet, a CIA wiretap was the single most effective tool which led us to bin Laden's lair. In the reports I've read, this fact is often glossed over. You can argue all day long about the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation, but one thing you can't deny is the success of wiretapping.

If liberals had their way, we'd still be looking for him.

J. L. Lombardo


Proud of Obama

As many Americans express their approval of President Barack Obama's decision to render Osama bin Laden harmless, I, too, am proud of the manner in which the entire raid was orchestrated and that the death of bin Laden was achieved without injury to American Navy SEAL forces.

What I am proudest of, however, is the forethought and planning that must have occurred when preparations were made in the event of Osama's death so that his body could be respectfully made ready for burial at sea.

The ritual washing of the body and its placement in an appropriate shroud, along with some words from a chaplain aboard the ship, speaks volumes to me of the caliber of the man who is in the White House.

Obama is an American president who truly understands the broad world view, not just the narrower view of American interests. Obama's own life story has prepared him for a position in world history that should elevate American thinking to include the social, governmental and religious views of others around the world and to respect our differences while celebrating our unique heritage.

Marjorie Fey Farris


Careful with Pakistan

Some U.S. intelligence is shared with Pakistan, which also has other clients with whom it may share some information. Both parties understand that control of leaks is better restricted by limiting information.

Thus, the Navy SEAL raid was not expected by Pakistan, and was well practiced and executed precisely.

Removal of Osama bin Laden was important. The computer and record trove taken will be decrypted and much of the information will be shared with Pakistan. But some will be withheld. Pakistan has become uneasy after questions about why it did not know about bin Laden's compound. Members of al-Qaida also may expect closer surveillance.

Rex J. Phillips


Bring troops home

Now that Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida has been driven from Afghanistan, all our stated goals for our 10-year war in Afghanistan have been met.

It is time to bring our troops home and reunite them with their families. A drawdown of troop levels was already scheduled to begin this July even before the killing of bin Laden.

I call on all Kentucky's U.S. representatives and Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to work with President Barack Obama in a bipartisan fashion to make this a significant drawdown.

We should bring a minimum of one-third of our troops home in July with a goal of having all home by the end of 2012.

The threat of terrorism will still need to be fought, but in different ways than this costly, war. We need our brave men and women home now and Afghanistan needs to find its own answer to the Taliban.

Michael Westmoreland-White


Team nickname

Coach Adolph Rupp had the "Fiddlin' Five" and "Rupp's Runts." Coach Rick Pitino had "The Unforgettables" and "The Untouchables." With Coach John Calipari's one-and-dones, we have "The Unsustainables."

Rich Beach


Dangerous for walkers

Lexington has always been a city that displays a kind of casual unfriendliness toward pedestrians. But recently, it was openly hostile.

With the sidewalk that runs alongside Triangle Park blocked off with a cheerful looking chain-link fence, and now work of some sort being done on the corner in front of Bigg Blue Martini, anyone walking in the area runs the risk of being car-murdered by the many and frequent red-light-runners in the downtown area.

That is still illegal, isn't it? Or did the city council pass that law that says red lights are merely suggestions?

Downtown walkers, beware, your city is trying to kill you.

Josef Ferguson


Repair city streets

Recently our state received bad marks for bad roads. I couldn't agree more, and many of those bad roads or streets are right here in our fair city.

Let's take South Broadway/Harrodsburg Road for one. Between Virginia Avenue, on the South Broadway end, to Pasadena Drive on the Harrodsburg end, a distance of a couple of miles, the road surface is a mess.

Every few hundred feet to every few hundred yards, in either direction, the road surface has multiple breaks, cracks, broken pavement and previous repairs which cause a somewhat unpleasant ride.

At one point, around Saint Joseph Hospital, the road has two or three breaks so high that they cause your vehicle to nearly jump up off the pavement.

And I've noticed that if you don't steer around some of the breaks, you simply have to ride them out leaving you an unpleasant sensation for a second or two.

Of course, this isn't the only area in bad shape. But this is the one I travel daily, and something needs to be done.

I realize the mayor, and perhaps the state, are looking for ways to cut costs and balance the budget, but there comes a time when some things just simply have to be taken care of first.

Driving bad roads is not the experience you want to give tourists or newcomers.

I urge the Urban County Council to take a closer look at repairing Lexington's streets and roads before someone decides to move to another community because of them.

Dan Pendleton


Regulate gas profits

The solution to high gasoline prices has its genesis in the early 1920s. Robert LaFollette, a Republican senator from Wisconsin, argued that energy was a necessity, not a luxury.

And he pushed though legislation that regulated utility companies and their profits.

While Congress cannot control the price of oil, it certainly can control the profits that gasoline companies make with the same reality relied upon by LaFollette, to wit: Gasoline, like electricity, is not a luxury but a necessity. So, profits made from the sale of gasoline must be regulated.

A lie is a poor substitute for the truth, but it is the only one gasoline companies have been able to come up with in blaming the high cost of gasoline on the high cost of oil.

The fact is, gasoline companies are making greater and greater profits each year.

If gasoline companies would be satisfied in making the humongous profits they made three or four years ago instead of raising prices to gain more and more profits, the price of gasoline would be substantially less than it is today.

Use the power of your vote. Write your senator and congressman. Warn them if they do not vote to regulate the profits made by gasoline companies, you will vote them out of office.

Jack Strauss


Publisher appreciated

The Herald-Leader is losing the best it has ever had with the retirement of publisher Tim Kelly.

He has done an outstanding job as the head guy under less- than-great economic conditions. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to the paper's loss, the city of Lexington is losing one of its best citizens and biggest supporters. Kelly is a tireless worker and supporter of all things great about Lexington.

Thanks, Tim. Enjoy your retirement and save some fish for the rest of us.

Jim Jordan