Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 15


Reporting on Guard deployment was inadequate

I eagerly perused the June 5 paper for articles and photos of the June 4 National Guard deployment service at Freedom Hall. One small photo and a couple of sentences? That should have been front-page, full-color coverage. Instead you led with a murder story.

Our soldiers deserved respect and honor. The deployment of the 149th National Guard Brigade of over 1,300 soldiers is the largest from our great commonwealth since World War II They are from all over our state and beyond.

These are our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren and grandparents — our best and brightest. They will be gone for approximately 17 months.

I am certain many other families of the 1,300 deployed find your lack of coverage to be an insult.

Lisa Benson


Give us some good news

Have you looked at your collection of headlines recently? The June 4 paper was all murder, death, destruction and other negatives.

How about putting all these in one section so we will know where to look for the bad news?

I am not suggesting that bad news is not news but that there is a whole lot of good news out here, too. If you want to be a really good media outlet, how about covering at least as much good as bad?

James McMillin


Protect ratepayers

Here's another regulation-required notice in my latest Kentucky Utilities bill of another impending increase in my electricity bill.

This one says that, if the Kentucky Public Service Commission approves, "the actual costs associated with the (federally required) pollution control facilities would be passed on to retail customers."

In other words, neither the company nor the stockholders intend to pay any of the costs at all. Why not?

It's time for the Herald-Leader to go to the company and the PSC and ask on behalf of the customers (your readers) the "Why not?" Keep asking questions to get past the first responses, which will, predictably, avoid a direct answer.

This could help exonerate the Herald-Leader for its failure to pay adequate attention to the last rate increase assessed against the KU customers.

David O. Woolverton


Creating hell on Earth

The destruction of Joplin, Mo., is a snapshot of over 600 similar weather-related catastrophes aided by the burning of fossil fuels.

Most humans today are addicted to the use of carbon compounds put into the world's atmosphere. Similar to alcohol, tobacco and other addictive chemicals that can change or destroy a life, fossil fuels are changing the Earth's atmospheric chemistry faster than ever before in the history of this planet.

Joplin, Birmingham, New Orleans, Homestead, Fla., are examples. There will be more. Can technology enable clean energy to reduce or eliminate an addiction to fossil fuel as we stand and wait for our children and grandchildren to have to live in hell?

Is it too late to slow down? There is hope with technology and political will to reduce and eliminate our addiction. We have taken our poison.

Will we find an antidote, an alternative? Have we already sold our souls? Are we waiting to see our children and grandchildren live in the chaos we have created? We have the choice: Kill the Earth or save what we now have.

We have only ourselves to blame. We are addicted users. The oil, gas and coal barons make possible the supply that feeds our addiction.

There is hope for a cure if we act now and get the fossil fuel monkey off our backs. The answer, my friends, is blowing in the winds.

Bill Barkley


Bike lanes appreciated

The sidewalk and street improvements on East Maxwell Street are great, but for those of us who live in South Hill, the bike lane was especially needed.

You can get down to Woodland Park in a dedicated lane and not dodge cars. I commend the city and hope at some point they can lengthen the bike lane

David Cronen


Questionable heritage

It's only appropriate that Kentucky should have a hunting season for sand hill cranes, given that, in Kentucky, it's always open season on wives, ex-wives and girlfriends.

And the yahoos in this state love to commemorate the good old days, when it was always open season on black Americans.

Also, regarding the letter defending the Confederate flag? Does that mean the Nazi flag is simply a reminder of Germany's proud heritage? Just curious.

Ed Fields


Atrocities on both sides

I was outraged at the recent letter portraying the Confederates as "terrorists." The writer could do a little reading about Northern atrocities. What about the Union death camp at the University of Chicago?

He also mentions the use of germ warfare. What about the blankets with smallpox given to my ancestors? Let's discuss Andrew Jackson and his attempts at genocide. Let's talk about Sherman and his march to the sea.

Know your history.

Jeff Cloud


Jocks profit after prison

Great athletes may emerge from prison. Then they may get huge salaries again. Such champions know about millions, sports, prisons and investments.

Of course, an athlete cannot worry about millions of dollars while playing in a desperate game. And the millionaire sportsman cannot think of sports while thinking of former inmate friends. He has three roles in life, which ought to keep him busy.

On sports teams, they may cause unease among teammates. But they are eagerly courted by investment bankers. They create a flood of easy money which keen-eyed bankers covet. As sports become ever more profitable — and as the prison population increases, we may be repeatedly amazed by the number of these rich superjocks.

The public however, need not be alarmed, as we have historical examples aplenty of such combinations. There were cowboys who became bandits, riverboat gamblers who became swindlers, and best of all, sailors who became pirates.

Each of these contributed to the economy in some way — and made life exciting.

Risto Marttinen