Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 4

Criticism of Meadowbrook unwarranted

In response to the May 17 letter concerning Meadowbrook's management:

I am beginning the third year of play on the Tuesday evening women's league and have never witnessed the course being closed to the public during league play. Typically, the league plays on one nine while the public plays the other nine.

Additionally, during the infrequent clinics that have been offered at Meadowbrook, play by the public has continued. Not only has the fee for the clinics been dirt cheap, $5 for a one-hour clinic, but the money that is collected is for the league. No individual benefits from league money.

Further, I have not witnessed nor heard of any incident where staff has discouraged anyone from playing at Meadowbrook. I also have never seen any evidence that an outdated and archaic dress code has been applied.

Most importantly, I take exception to the assertion that beginning golfers are not aware that they are paying exorbitant fees to an unqualified individual.

I feel insulted that someone thinks I am incapable of making an informed decision about how I use my money and whom I pay for help.

I am well aware that the individual I pay for assistance with my golf game is not a professional golfer, but I have been extremely pleased with the improvement in my game because of this individual's assistance.

Meadowbrook Golf Course is a Lexington treasure and I am incensed that someone would make allegations that are blatantly untrue.

Melinda Flynn


Fix Medicare properly

Congressman Hal Rogers should not destroy Medicare, but tighten up on it so dopers and crooks don't misuse it.

Cut the red tape in the system, not the folks who absolutely need it. Have the thieves on Wall Street give money back to the program. Have our government become a nice country and stop the billions spent on paranoia and fear.

The powerful are despicable if they cut one cent from Medicare or Social Security. I have paid into Social Security over $250,000. I am receiving payments now and I expect them until I die.

Theft is a mortal sin. So is war. Money for war should be returned to the people.

I love the United States. I've been elsewhere, but I see no need to travel anywhere else. It's all here.

Let's keep it going for all citizens to prosper, not just the rich in government, Wall Street and business.

I pray for this country and all citizens of the world. May God help Rogers in making the correct decisions for the people of this great land.

Ralph McQueary


Rebel flag not racist

I was outraged by a recent opinion about the Confederate flag on Kentucky license plates. The writer clearly was misled to think that the great heritage of the great state of Kentucky and its relevance in the Civil War was solely based on racism and hatred.

I am a liberal-minded person and wish to set the record straight. I believe anyone has the right to wear or wave the flag of such great importance, not only to this state but to the nation.

The Civil War was about more than slavery and deserves more than the ramblings of someone uneducated on the matter.

I have compiled a few facts as to why the plates should be allowed. Kentucky was a border state of key importance in the Civil War. Kentucky was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and his southern counterpart, Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In a September, 1861 letter to Orville Browning, Lincoln wrote, "I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. ... we would as well consent to separation at once, including the surrender of the capital."

Kentucky was officially neutral at the beginning of the war, but after a failed attempt by Gen. Leonidas Polk to take the state for the Confederacy, the legislature petitioned the union for assistance, and thereafter became solidly under the union.

Kentucky was admitted to the Confederacy on Dec. 10, 1861. Kentucky was represented by the central star on the Confederate battle flag.

Robert Walters


Chandler needs ideas

Rep. Ben Chandler is once again attacking Republican proposals for Social Security and Medicare without offering any suggestions of his own.

In 2005, I contacted his office about his criticisms and got no suggestions how to improve the present systems. His answer was the problem was years away.

Anyone can criticize. What I want him to do is offer solutions. And, yes, I receive both Social Security and Medicare but also think there will have to be some changes in order for my children to receive benefits someday.

What are Chandler's solutions to what he admits are problems?

Terrence Freeman