Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 23

Funeral escorts express respect, unlike council

On May 28 I sent a note, via the local government's Web site, to Mayor Jim Gray and all of the council members. It was a brief note, encouraging them to support continuation of police escorts for funerals, a practice I believe expresses our respect, as a community, for our fellow residents and that provides a measure of safety for every person in a funeral procession. It contributes to the character of Lexington.

I suspect there are less valuable services that could be trimmed.

I didn't expect our elected officials to immediately embrace my position. I did expect them, however, to at least acknowledge that they had read the note and would consider the points I had made.

I quickly received a long and thoughtful reply from Councilwoman Diane Lawless and an appropriate reply from an aide to Councilman Steve Kay. The mayor and remaining council members apparently are still pondering my note, maintaining strict silence.

I fully realize that these officials are busy and face many demands, but how hard is it to hit "reply" with a note saying "I received your note and assure you I will take your views into consideration"? They do have staffs, as well, don't they?

I recall an article about University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. several months ago, noting that he reads every email he receives. I suspect he is as busy as our elected officials.

Frankly, I am very disappointed in the non-responsiveness of all but Lawless and Kay.

Tom Little


Slavery not the issue

I didn't know the people of the South were terrorists like Osama bin Laden, as one letter writer put it. It was the economy, not slavery, that united the South as the North dominated the Union.

Early on, a tariff was put in place to cause manufacturing to develop and to keep Northern states from seceding. The North became manufacturing independent and gouged the South by exporting goods with inflated prices

The South imported goods with hefty tariffs from its foreign trading partners. Money to run the country came from the tariffs and the sale of public land. In the decade that preceded the Civil War, 90 percent of the money to run the federal government came from the tariffs.

People in the North could live on plentiful, cheap goods because of manufacturing competition and pay no federal tax. People in the South, even the poorest, would necessarily enrich the North and pay federal tax.

With the exception of Gettysburg, the war was fought on Southern soil. From 1861-65 large Northern armies moved through the South and did horrible things to the people. The North used attrition, starvation, looting, burning and massive destruction to defeat the South. When Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his emaciated soldiers, terms were "to let all the men who claim to own a horse or mule take the animals home with them to work their little farms."

If there are descendants of those oppressed and conquered people who want a license plate, then it should be.

Al Brown


We needn't pay

No more taxpayer-supported funeral escorts. What an opportunity for someone with entrepreneurial aspirations to start a new business and create some jobs. We, the taxpayers can no longer fund funeral escorts. Trucking businesses have their escorts for special loads, don't they?

The American way of dying is fast changing, if you haven't noticed. Cremations are increasing and much less expensive, with no escort needed.

Margaret M. Long


Liberal thought targeted

If I had a child in college, I most certainly wish he or she would be given the opportunity to study with Ed McClanahan.

McClanahan is one of the most giving and kindest of people to walk this earth. The gentleman that he is, who loves this state so much, takes the time to personally share his time with his students and his friends at his age. And then he's criticized by way of a recent letter to the editor for sharing his knowledge. This is outrageous.

I guess there will always be those parents who want their children treated like they were still in first grade. College is a time for a young person to learn about the world and the people in it.

Evidently, the writer criticizing McClanahan wants to rewrite history and ignore a time of great creativity and political and social change.

I think this diatribe was politically motivated. Because many young people voted for President Barack Obama, conservatives want to ensure they do not do it again, so they attack colleges and professors, feeling they are too liberal. They do not want their children to learn about diversity, nor do they want their children to think for themselves. They expect their children to be just like them, so new ideas are a threat.

As for "sordid" and "amoral," to even use these terms in the same sentence with McClanahan is beyond belief.

Jean-Ann Kerr


Go, Reds

Being a lifelong Reds fan, my only two wishes are that the Reds repeat and win the division title and that the coach does not swallow that toothpick.

Willard Ashworth Jr.


Utility futility

Unfortunately, I learned that having an account with Blue Grass Energy, even with only yourself as the account holder, anybody can call and tell them that they wish to have the service put into their name.

The kicker to this little gem is that BGE doesn't have to ask for the current account holder's approval.

I received a check in the mail for the balance of my deposit after the final bill was deducted. I then had to pay another deposit, which was $50 more than my previous deposit. I asked if I could pay the deposit and the balance for the membership fee at a later date, which was approved.

Receiving the statement for the membership fee and the first month's energy consumption, I was sitting down working out the budget when there was a knock on the door and they were here to disconnect.

I paid the guy the $50 membership fee and headed to BGE, and they tacked on another $25 because I paid the company contracted to collect or disconnect. Had I let him disconnect they would have charged $50 for a reconnection fee. What a racket.

I'm amazed that anybody can call and have your electric service taken out of your name. I was told I should be glad someone was going to take on the responsibility to pay for my energy consumption.

Ray Towles


Heaven waits

"Dr. Stephen Hawking finds no room for heaven in his vision of the cosmos," according to an interview with the physicist in The Guardian newspaper of London.

I immediately thought of the scripture in Acts. 1:9-11, when Jesus ascends into heaven. There, we have witnesses who tell us four times about that place Jesus was going.

Jesus will return to take loved ones to "a new heaven." I pray that Hawking will be ready for that trip.

Wes Dean