Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: July 8

Choices clear in lt. governor selections

Larry Forgy indicated the Democratic Party chose its lieutenant governor candidate for one particular reason only, "to attract New York and Hollywood Jewish money."

Is he implying that his Republican Party didn't choose its lieutenant governor candidate for one particular reason also? In their case it being name recognition and securing votes, especially Eastern Kentucky votes.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure Richie Farmer is their candidate not because of his experience or performances as agriculture commissioner.

He has, however, done well financially, as recently disclosed, at the taxpayers' expense. As an ex-University of Kentucky basketball player (and we do love our Wildcats) he will be expected to get votes simply because of that.

Does this qualify him to hold the office of lieutenant governor? I think not.

It could happen, so voters think carefully before casting your vote. Personally, I think Gov. Steve Beshear has done an excellent job considering the economic situation then and now.

Agnes Ivey


Ag hopefuls so funny

Politicians are fun. Seems that in the race for agriculture commissioner, one party thinks a candidate, Bob Farmer, a fool for his ridiculous comedy routine. (Probably wasn't best for an office seeker.)

Then, however, the opponent, Jamie Comer, states that people think either that Bob Farmer is current Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer or that he farms. We, the voters, are too dumb to understand a name difference or that a last name does not relate to an occupation.

As for which one wins, I've no dog in the fight. Lest you think otherwise, I have no fighting dogs.

Duayne Thompson


What litigation brings

A friend of mine was a loyal patron of one of our large grocery store chains here in Lexington. One day she went in the store and slipped on something left on the floor and fell, hurting herself badly.

Now all she wanted was to have the medical bills paid and compensation for her time loss at work. She was not out to hurt the store in any way. But, even with video evidence that it wasn't her fault, they are treating her as if she is a villain.

Now why is it that all of a sudden she went from a customer to a culprit?

This is how this world is evolving. With all the ridiculous lawsuits, the legitimate ones are looked at the same way. I blame the lawyers and the judicial system for allowing this sort of scandalous activity to go on, which hurts those who are honest and sincere.

They have yet to pay one of her medical bills, not even the ambulance bill for hauling her from the store.

Where is the sense of responsibility gone in this world? Are we so afraid to stand up and accept responsibility for our own actions when we are truly in the wrong?

What is this teaching our kids; how will they ever become responsible adults if we show them this sort of behavior?

I truly hope she is all right and heals. But always remember, you will never be anymore than a customer.

George W. Greenup


Sensationalism wins

Melanie White's relationship to the defendant was relevant in the Bryan Durman case. But personal details about her life were not.

Details published in the article on June 23 ("Statements about driving made while drunk, she says") about her being a former prostitute, her nickname, her pregnancy, how many children she has, history of drug use — these personal details are relevant to nothing but a sensational story.

Even most of the quotes attributed to White regard those unnecessary details rather than significant facts of the trial. The article should have stuck to the issue: the night of last year's hit-and-run incident and the ongoing trial.

Why are these inappropriate details included? We expect more from the Lexington Herald-Leader than sensational tabloid stories.

Carrie Welsh


Learn about Lexington

This year's Senior Intern Program corporate sponsors PNC Bank, M&M Sanitation, AARP and the Urban County Government designed a week of learning about Lexington. I had the pleasure of attending.

Every minute of the five days was filled; even lunch breaks included comments from a representative of a local agency or organization. I am filled with respect for the folks charged with keeping us safe from harm while they, like the rest of us, struggle to live within their means: the police, the firefighters, the 311 call center, the council, the agencies that assist people in need, and the residents with whom I shared ideas during this incredible week of learning about Lexington.

I will recycle; I will prepare an emergency preparedness kit; I will volunteer. I learned more about Lexington in one week than I have known in a lifetime of living here. Lexington is a wonderful place to live, made good by those who serve us on shrinking funds and residents who participate in activities to keep the community strong.

Would that those who complain join in making Lexington vigorous through volunteering instead of whining; thanking those who assist in keeping us safe, rather than being angry at them; remembering that the person giving you the finger in traffic is a human being fighting demons of another kind; and understand that if we are to continue the quality of care we are given by our government, we must pay for those services; yes, through our tax dollars.

Pat Esrael


Open lot suits city

Recently while in Lexington I went by to see the open area named CentrePointe. It is so attractive to see the lovely green space that to place any kind of building project there would detract from the beautiful open area and would not enhance downtown but would be a detriment.

The openness of the area, in addition to the other open areas near that block, make for a beauty that is unmatched in other cities the size of Lexington.

The name CentrePointe. as the nominal center of the city, is appropriate. To place any structure on this vacant area would be folly. Such would depreciate the real value of the area.

CentrePointe presently could be used the same as other open areas that are not in downtown Lexington. Community events or festivals come to mind.

Without any kind of structure the community should be free to use the area for any gathering that might be wanted, not being blocked by permanent structures that do not lend openness but crowd out the expanse.

Every open area of Lexington only enhances the ambiance of the city. Look at Triangle Park on one end of downtown and the other end anchored by racing horses.

To become the same as any other town detracts from the Bluegrass. City leaders need to work to see the open area of Lexington preserved, not work to put another structure in the center of town.

Bill Gregory

Mount Vernon