Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 16

Bias seen in Bryan Station High coverage

As a student at Bryan Station High School I have witnessed our school at its highs and lows. I have seen my school portrayed as a haven for juvenile delinquents and a "fail factory."

I can't help but feel personally attacked when I see "Bryan Station High on 'low achieving' list" in large print on the front page, whereas the article on the stabbing and shooting near Tates Creek was given minimal attention. I believe this shows a lack of media ethics.

I urge the journalists, who should be my role models as a future journalism student, to make the change and give us the merit we deserve. For the sake of education, make the change.

Michael Gomez


Students motivated

I've never understood why the Lexington media serves as an instigator of negative outlooks toward Bryan Station.

As a student at this high school, I see the students and teachers differently than how newspapers and TV stations portray them. Our students have been somewhat unmotivated in the past, but I can assure you that we are doing some amazing things here now.

You think our students are hurting people? Well, take a look at how many lives we've saved with our recent blood drive. You think we're still unmotivated? Stop any kid in the hall and I guarantee you he or she is deeply passionate about something. You really think we aren't smart? Check our students who passed Advanced Placement tests.

Please, just learn who we are before you label us. Do your research. We are not a "so-called" Title I school, we are a Title I school. We are making progress.

The atmosphere is so warm and upbeat. I dare you to spend one day at Bryan Station High School. We invite you with open arms. We are intelligent, we are proud, we may be loud but we are the Defenders, and we will hold true to that title through these rough times.

I'm excited for the rest of this school year. Bring on the audits. I think it will be a great opportunity to show how fabulous we really are.

Jasmin Perry


Phrasing insults

I believe the Kentucky.com article "Bryan Station added to list of low-achieving Kentucky schools," was intended to harm and was more opinion than fact. The statement, "Bryan Station's listing was no surprise," in the article upset many of our dedicated staff, students and parents. We do not appreciate the insinuation that we are all underachieving students and that our school has nothing to offer.

How often do you see a headline, "Bryan Station makes steady progress"? Maybe next time when writing news about Bryan Station, a less opinionated journalist should give it a whirl.

Phoebe Wallace-Smith


(Five other students also submitted letters.)

'Toxic' cleanup?

I just pulled a flier off my door informing me that Municipal Sales Inc. of Queensbury, N.Y., would be coming through my neighborhood injecting the sanitary sewers with root killer/inhibitors. Their main herbicide is metham sodium. Please Google this poison for more information.

What will this do to our waste treatment plants? How did this measure go through with seemingly no public awareness? How do we stop this and pursue less toxic alternatives?

Julie Desmet


Embrace others' faith

I applaud our governor for his participation in the bhoomi poojan (blessing) ceremony of the building site for Flex Films (USA). As a representative of Kentucky he displayed respect for another culture.

What if, in 1986, then-Gov. Martha Layne Collins did not embrace the Japanese culture? Would Georgetown have the tax base it enjoys from Toyota and its suppliers?

One hundred and twenty counties have residents employed by culturally diverse companies who have relocated to Kentucky.

Georgetown College taught a course on Japanese culture and customs to educate suppliers and managers.

Embrace cultural diversity. We should start by educating ourselves on different religions and attending a worship service of a different faith.

Hallie B. Gates-Miller


Which is it, GOP?

In response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, numerous prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, have criticized the protesters for "pitting Americans against Americans" by pointing out that the wealthiest 1 percent are pocketing an increasing share of the nation's wealth (now roughly 40 percent), while the middle class slides toward extinction.

These Republicans are now saying, "We're all Americans; we must pull together in these tough times." This from the party that has made its hay by pitting Americans against Americans on issues of race, religion, sexual orientation and, more recently, education level (i.e. "intellectual elites"). The Republicans now want all Americans to join hands and sing Kumbaya? Now, that's rich.

Chris Flaherty


Billing approved

Regarding the letter about Steve Beshear's billings of work done during the Kentucky Central Life Insurance bankruptcy, the $130-an-hour billing rate was approved by a Franklin County judge presiding over the case. The judge in this case approved all billing rates. Also, Beshear was not the only attorney working on this case. As I recall a dozen or more attorneys worked this case.

As for the documentation for the $21 million in billings, all you have to do is check the case file. In it you will find exactly how much time each attorney worked on the case and their hours billed.

Larry Tomlinson


Reduce energy use

Lexington is one of the most beautiful places in the world and has taken steps to preserve this unique environment. In keeping with this tradition, a draft plan has been developed to help our community become more sustainable.

Empower Lexington is a proposal to make Lexington more energy efficient and in the process save money for businesses and citizens, create jobs, increase energy independence, reduce emissions and improve public health and air quality. Empower Lexington encourages Lexington's citizens, businesses, and other organizations to voluntarily reduce energy use by one percent a year.

This draft was developed by more than 70 citizen leaders in cooperation with city government over several years. The plan contains recommendations for five sectors key to reducing energy use:

■ Industrial, commercial and institutional;

■Land use, food and agriculture;




You have an opportunity to help improve the Empower Lexington draft by participating in a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place. The plan can be viewed online at www.lexingtonky.gov/energy.

Comments on the Empower Lexington plan can also be sent by e-mail to energy@lexingtonky.gov through Dec. 1. Comments will be reviewed and the draft plan revised to incorporate the best suggestions.

Chris Tyler