Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 11

Bad weather makes food shortages likely

After much thought, study and research, I have come to the conclusion that America could face mass starvation this winter.

With all the wars, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, droughts and other calamities throughout the world, it is impossible for farming to take place and the proper amount of farm products produced. Many other countries are much worse off than we are here in the United States, and there is no way we can feed all of them.

Our supermarkets could be cleaned out overnight if such shortages appear. With that we can see all items increasing in price because of the high gas prices and added costs in the transportation system.

We have thousands of subdivisions in America where nothing is produced. White and pink dogwoods are beautiful in landscaping, but we hardly have any edible landscaping anymore, such as orchards or fruit vines. And, it is not too late to plant some kind of garden if the land is available.

We should put away a three-month supply of food to take us through January, February and March. Start stocking up on non-perishable items so that by Jan. 1 you would have the three-month supply. (Just remember, Joseph told Egypt it needed to lay up a seven-year supply for the coming famine.)

Lloyd Dean


Keep after ark park

In recent months, I have followed the development of the Ark Encounter story with much interest. I have come to depend on your newspaper for balanced treatment of this issue.

I read that Gov. Steve Beshear had already moved to commit $43 million in tax rebates to the amusement park, and a further $1 million in highway construction leading to the park. It is inconceivable that funds of that magnitude would be released without a reputable third-party feasibility study, yet that is what appears to be happening.

While I applaud the Herald-Leader for its coverage of this project, I feel there is more you can do as a news organization. I have heard very little from the citizens of Kentucky about this biblical theme park. They appear to be drowned out by national advocacy groups and the governor's empty reassurances. If you could rally their hearts and minds against the Ark Encounter, the Beshear administration would be forced to take notice.

Economic development is well and good, but image is equally important. By portraying the state of Kentucky as an anti-scientific, pro-Christian establishment, the Kentucky brand is invariably sullied. This is more damaging to the state economy than the short-term benefits realized from creating several hundred low-paying jobs.

It is my hope that your newspaper will continue its pursuit of what is best for the people of Kentucky.

Erik R. Smith

Wayzata, Minn.

Strange encounter

My grandson and I were out shopping recently and running errands. We returned and were pulling into our driveway. I observed a police officer come up behind me and assumed he was attempting to pass. We were parking and in the process of getting out of the car when he threw the light on us and proceeded to write us a ticket for seat belts. To say he was overzealous would be an understatement. I was asked if I had knives or guns and we were told to get our hands out of our pockets and get back in the car. We were asked again if we had weapons.

I am a 70-year-old grandmother, not Ma Barker, the notorious outlaw. I see speeding officers going by the house often and recently came close to wrecking when one cut in front of me, leaving only a few feet to avoid collision. I did not know I was required to wear belts in my driveway.

S.G. Kelly


Paul's crazy talk

Thank you for exposing Rand Paul as having regurgitated one of the Barack Obama bashers' favorite big lies that the president would bankrupt the coal industry ("Political watchdog," March 11). Paul apparently suffers from the misunderstanding that the coal industry builds power plants.

What is even more interesting is that, since polls show 80 percent of the public has a negative impression of the coal industry, statements such as the one by Paul actually lose his party votes because most Americans hope it is true. For example, spreading that falsehood around is one of the ways John McCain's campaign shot itself in the foot.

Roy Crawford


Cats not the problem

As to our feral cat problem pointed out by a recent letter, first, if it were not for the ignorance and uncaring attitude of this human race there would be no feral cats. Second, this human race causes more harm to the wildlife than any cat, with our pesticides and poisons that we spray without a second thought on everything. Third, there are a great many hawks, kestrels, owls and eagles that also feed on other birds and wildlife. Should they be euthanized, too?

Sorry to tread on any toes, but if people took responsibility for their cats, and dogs for that matter, and got them spayed or neutered, perhaps things wouldn't have become this bad.

I live on a farm and can tell you firsthand that these thoughtless people think nothing of dumping their unwanted cats and kittens on the nearest farm. Kentucky needs much bigger fines for such people, as it should for all the puppy mill breeders responsible for filling our animal shelters with unwanted dogs. They don't ask to be born, so why blame them? Let's punish those responsible. This human race.

Vivienne Skidmore


Thanks for medical aid

My wife, Evelyne, and I extend our heartfelt thanks to the management and staff of Halls on the River for their prompt and compassionate response to our emergency. Thanks also to the Clark County Ambulance Service and two of its excellent EMTs; Saint Joseph East's emergency room personnel for their quick attention and fourth-floor nursing staff for compassionate care through the night; and to Dr. Michael Bass for his lifesaving care.

If not for the aforementioned people, my wife might not have survived. We are eternally grateful to all of these folks.

Chuck Dupier