Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: June 5

Goodbye and thanks to Larry Dale Keeling

Goodbye, farewell Larry Dale Keeling, you old "curmudgeon, opinionated, so-and-so."

In this world of biased political self-serving powers that be, I have appreciated hearing his logical, truthful, unbiased view of events.

As he stated, it is a sorry situation when people do not want to make changes for the betterment of our health, education, economics, taxation, environment and government ethics (including unnecessary jobs and outlandish salaries).

A fool is someone who repeats the same thing over and over expecting different results, the saying goes. Let's all work together to help our state move forward.

Congratulations to Keeling for enjoying and having fun in his job all these years. If more people did enjoy their occupations, the world would be a much less stressful and happier place.

I cannot visualize him retiring. He will probably be busier than ever. He should enjoy whatever endeavors he undertakes. I thank him for being a phenomenal opinionated, so-and-so, curmudgeon. I hope he enjoys his retirement. May he live long and prosper.

Marilyn Dixon Pfanstiel

Lexington

Support the paper

I attended the ProgressLex event last month at the Carnegie Center and failed to speak up when I should have. Some of the attendees were bad-mouthing the Herald-Leader.

I felt the urge to dispute them and I did not. That was wrong. The paper is not perfect, but I do not want to imagine a Lexington without it, do you?

Sure, the ad rates are high, the extended obits are outrageously priced and the paper's size is shrinking, but I still feel it is a vital part of this community and I want the staff to know that I am one Lexingtonian who is grateful they are here.

We, as residents of Lexington, are as responsible for the quality of our local paper as its staff is. If we don't hold its feet to the fire (so to speak) then who will? Write the editor, write the owners if you don't like what you read.

But to undermine it with snide comments, or compare it to a weekly, or to claim that a free weekly is an acceptable alternative is akin to pulling the plug on a beloved pet who still has plenty to offer.

We need and deserve a daily paper here, and if we lose our less-than-perfect one we will only have ourselves to blame.

Write a letter, place an ad, make a phone call, renew your subscription or cut out an article. Embrace our red-headed step-child; it is worth loving after all.

Charles A. Bowsher

Lexington

Coupons missed

The week before Memorial Day, the Herald-Leader had large ads plugging extreme coupons coming in Sunday's paper.

Well, guess what? I got my paper and there were no coupons.

We called the paper and were told that there were no coupons on holiday weekends. You have been printing this paper long enough to already know this, so why did you advertise coupons for Sunday all week? Was it just to sell more newspapers?

Your small disclaimer on the Sunday front page was not enough.

Sandra M. Hoffman

Lexington

Primaries lacking

We have just witnessed a seriously poor representation of democracy with our recent primary election.

First, why shouldn't the parties hold their own elections instead of relying on the taxpayers? The parties easily raise campaign money, so why not pay for the primaries?

More importantly, our nation is trying to prove democracy works, yet money dominates even poorly attended elections.

And what was the cost to taxpayers when such a low percentage of voters participate?

Why not follow the suggestion of a recent council candidate to follow Oregon's lead and have mail-in ballots? We could save how much money? Is this newspaper addressing such waste?

Of course, the fear of election fraud needs to be addressed, but do voters really trust currently elected politicians? And how much fraud goes into their decision-making while in office? Plus, with the approaching gubernatorial election, are politicians addressing the possibility of a spoiler effect of a third-party candidate?

Are the media or elected leaders thinking about instant-runoff voting to give voters a chance to vote for whom they want without fear of inadvertently electing a candidate they don't want?

Now is the time for citizens to educate their leaders to push for improvements in democracy.

Are people, including this newspaper, ready to lead or sit on their hands, when better choices should improve our democracy?

Troy Lacefield

Lexington

McClanahan unworthy

What a chuckle parents of college-aged student got when reading columnist Tom Eblen's interview with Ed McClanahan, best known as the author of The Natural Man.

"Colorful" now describes the sordid, amoral adventures of a person who influences and molds the character of college students these days. Universities such as Oregon State, Stanford and Montana gave this hedonist hippie years of employment extolling the virtues of his "psychedelic, drug-induced shenanigans" while keeping the company of Ken Kesey.

What a sad day in our society when this kind of academia is idealized and this kind of man is honored. Shame on Eblen for celebrating his life and giving him front-page coverage.

John D. Mackey

Lexington

Enough Bush-bashing

The Herald-Leader seems full of people who want to continue trashing President George W. Bush. They are so blinded by their hatred they can't see reality, or wouldn't admit they have seen it.

Bush, Tony Blair, U.S. troops and the "coalition of the willing" freed the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein and gave them the opportunity to build a democracy, which they have done.

Bush led the bombing of the Taliban into hiding in Afghanistan which allowed the people of Afghanistan to build a democracy.

Thanks to Bush, the women of Afghanistan were given the right to vote. Eighty percent of them registered and 80 percent of those registered voted, even though the Taliban did everything it could to prevent it. Remember all those purple fingers?

Bush put in motion the process that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Even President Barack Obama gave him credit. Unfortunately, many Democrats in Kentucky still don't have enough integrity to give Bush the credit he deserves.

Then again, I'd bet a good number of those criticizing Bush never voted for Obama. He only got 41 percent of the vote in Kentucky, even though registration numbers show there are 1.5 Democrats to every one Republican in Kentucky.

In the spirit of honesty and fairness, one would have to admit that the desire for liberty that has blossomed in the Arab world this year may well have been inspired by what Bush did.

People in other Arab and Persian dominated countries want the same opportunity for liberty and democracy Bush gave to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Give Bush some credit for that.

Ted Smith

Park Hills

Disrespect for the Guard

I found the May 29 cartoon to the editor especially distasteful in light of this month's deployment from Bowling Green of about 1,300 National Guard troops to Baghdad, Iraq.

Please don't use the excuse that no one at the Herald-Leader was aware; the news is the paper's business.

The 149th division's deployment is one of the largest in the National Guard's history.

As Americans, we should be aware of the brave actions of these men and women But we shouldn't belittle the actions of those who stay behind to participate in the difficult, hot, unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding work of helping those people in Joplin, Mo.

Cheri Rivard

Danville

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