Will Ky. be wildlife preservationist or gastronomist?
While I have not yet seen elk on a state park menu, I am worried that will happen, and that next will appear a sous-vide of sandhill crane (perhaps with a tarragon-mulberry coulis) on some future Easter buffet. ("All right, children ... how many for a bit of neck? There's plenty to go round.")
Already there is the head of a state-record elk in a park nearby and I worry that the next time I take guests there we will see glass-eyed "harvests" of these lovely birds staring at us as we stroll across the lobby. We are a thrifty lot. As those who "take an elk" use its ankles to form a gun rack, we might see the crane's legs (not enough meat for the buffet line) taxidermied to be used as avian putters on miniature golf courses.
Perhaps it won't come to this and our state's reputation will not long be sullied by this unnecessary granting of license to hunt cranes. We may have to help alter the decision. Maybe if we lobby to have cranes appear on the logo of the planned Ark Encounter theme park, they will become protected.
Or, a rumor could be employed of how a paucity of cranes might somehow affect the coal industry.
Yes, it must be the coal industry that must seem to be affected. The tourist industry has proven unworthy of consideration.
Thinking out loud
In regard to discussion about a Confederate flag license plate, may I cut to the quick and state what most of us would think when we'd see that plate? "There's a prejudiced redneck driving that car."
Teens in action
Youth groups from Richmond and Wilmore Methodist churches are role models.
In just three short days, these groups, along with adult supervision, changed the lives of many in need.
The teenagers built and installed a ramp for a cancer patient so he could get into and out of his house for chemo treatment; assembled 11 other ramp kits to be installed by other mission groups coming to our area this summer; cleared out a storage facility while sorting out school clothes to be given away next month to hundreds whose parents are out of work; and replaced some rotten flooring and sealed the roof of the house of an 82-year-old man and his wife.
Love and compassion have always been, and will continue to be, what keep America strong and above other countries. We are thankful for all 31 of these youngsters for sacrificing a portion of their summer vacations and choosing Pike County for mission work.
Charles "Monk" Sanders
Director, Helping Ease Life's Poverty
"McConnell decries EPA, 'war on coal' " and "State OKs hunting of sandhill cranes" were two headlines the first week of June that greatly added to my disappointment about state leaders and the decisions they make. However, "I have a dream" that one day I will open the Herald-Leader and read such headlines as:
■ "Political leaders in Kentucky support stricter EPA mining regulations" because they realize these standards will protect miners and will create a healthier environment for Kentuckians. The increase in cost will be offset by lower medical expenses, safer living conditions, and cleaner water and air.
The leaders are committed to making coal mining safer and cleaner and are diligently working to create clean energy jobs. They will also promote conservation measures.
■ "Ky. Fish and Wildlife decides to protect sandhill cranes" because the state wants to be known as an area where tourists can come to observe wildlife in natural habitats. The department hopes its decision will be an example to other states.
One leader was quoted as saying, "It is time that Kentucky is known for preserving what resources that are left rather than continuing to destroy them."
Mary K. Miller
A new civic 'centre'
I believe the CentrePointe location would be an excellent choice for a new city/county government complex, complete with a multistory parking garage.
The city parking garage, along with the offices, are outdated, old and unattractive. Renovating or remodeling them would be costly and foolish. One often cannot find a parking space after going to the top level and having to exit again,
The overcrowded, windowless offices and dingy hallways leave much to be desired.
I moved to Lexington in 1986 and these facilities remain much the same today. With the parking structures showing their ages and falling, there will be continued dangers. Who wants to go there? The new courthouses with federal offices and garage are beautiful.
Instead of spending millions unnecessarily on Rupp Arena, why not continue modernizing downtown with new city and county government offices? Those millions would be put to good use to be enjoyed for generations.
Then, if the old current structure must be kept because of historical value, keep the facade and somehow find a way to renovate it to safely house the downtown police department.
Lexingtonians would have a beautiful place in which to do government business, with easy access. Plus, the police would have more room at the old, but hopefully renovated and safe, place.
Joanne Y. Brubaker
As Bob Dylan so aptly sang in the '60s, "The times they are a-changing." Recent events have shown indisputable progress in the area of human rights.
After so many reports of bullying and suicides of gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender youth, it is gratifying to learn the United Nations now recognizes that gay rights are human rights. This is true whether one lives in Altoona, Pa., or Kampala, Uganda.
New York extended marriage rights to same-sex partners. Our own Berea is in the process of living up to its historic ideals by considering a fairness ordinance.
In Hazard, where gay handicapped youth were told to leave the pool, the city is in the process of addressing concerns and will include a posted written policy of non-discrimination at its public facilities to comply with federal law.
There will be occasional setbacks, but it is apparent the youth of today are going to inherit a world more cognizant of inherent human rights.
At the old ballgame
Recently, my staff, their spouses and I had the great joy of attending, what was for some our first Lexington Legends game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
What a gift this team and ballpark is for our community. The staff, parking attendants and concession workers all were welcoming and provided a friendly environment for all the families in attendance.
I hope our community knows the gifts the Lexington Legends and other activities bring to our community, and support them as well.
Father Jim Sichko
St. Mark Roman Catholic Church Richmond