Proposal is more nuisance than solution
In response to Ginny Ramsey's commentary on Nov. 14 ("Don't make life harder for Lexington's lost souls"): The Urban County Council's proposed chronic nuisance ordinance disturbs me on so many levels.
If the ordinance wasn't created to directly affect The Community Inn or Catholic Action Center, why was the document's sponsor, council member Peggy Henson, seen in a TV interview discussing the issue, standing in front of the center?
The lack of affordable housing is a problem in our community. I foresee this ordinance causing more landlords to desert property in certain areas of town (like near the University of Kentucky campus) or unlawfully refusing to rent their property to anyone they perceive to be a potential "nuisance," a cause for the city to fine the property owner. Can you say profiling, discrimination, lawsuits?
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Many landlords are not even aware of the ramifications of this proposal. If I owned rental property (which I don't) how could I be held responsible for something someone else did on my property that another considers a nuisance?
I know there are slumlords and they need to be held accountable, but as Ramsey mentioned, there are already codes that can be enforced, which brings up another problem with this document: There is no way our already-strapped police force could or should have to deal with this.
Everyone needs to be informed. To read the proposal, go to Lexingtonky.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=17972. Go to Lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=1741 to contact your council member to be a voice for those who can't.
Caring for livestock
This is a response to letters on Nov. 11 regarding animal abuse and the article on Oct. 19 regarding criticism of the Kentucky Livestock Care Commission from the Humane Society of the United States.
As a farmer I applaud anyone who is concerned about animal welfare. But some of the comments don't tell the whole story.
Kentucky's Livestock Care Commission is a diverse group of agriculture leaders, state veterinarians, deans and directors of agriculture schools and citizens at large, all of whom care deeply about animal welfare. The HSUS agenda isn't for local animal shelters. Only one-half of 1 percent of donations goes to support these shelters. Its main agenda is to stifle animal agriculture through legislation and propaganda.
What is the letter writers' definition of compassion? Is it the dairy farmer who goes out late at night to check on the new heifer who is ready to calve or the beef farmers out in the ice and snow to feed hay and break ice to provide drinking water to their herds?
Where's their line between factory and family farm? Think about the large farm that can employ someone just to fluff the bedding for the cows or have an on-site veterinarian. Just think if nursing homes provided on-site doctors.
If you have time, go to YouTube and search "Farmers tribute: So God made a farmer." I am a young farmer asking that if you have an agriculture question, ask an agriculture professional.
Picture gets clearer
Looks like the Midland Avenue socialists are at it again. After getting your teeth kicked in when you supported the purchase of the taxpaying Kentucky American Water, the Herald-Leader now criticizes the company for not continuing to bill for city services ("Water utility sends city scrambling," Nov. 3 editorial).
I looked at my invoice for $43.27 and found that only about half is for water while the rest is for city services. Taxpayers may now start to ask where the extra $20 is going. Is the city really a good steward or are they just sliding these charges under the radar?
Kentucky elections are like a box of chocolates. Just one year after the fine folks of the commonwealth elected Republican Rand Paul to the U.S. Senate, they do a 180 and re-elect a Democrat as governor.
How could this be? Kentucky's most powerful Republican politicians have their names everywhere on buildings and parkways, even fuel pumps and every cash register which has scales to weigh food. Traditionally, name recognition has been an advantage in elections, but in these troubled times, people are questioning the power elite and voting for candidates they feel will stand up for them.
Leaders in the Republican Party who use rhetoric like "making Obama a one-term president" have failed to articulate a message supportive of the common people who visit the buildings and drive on the roads bearing the names of the power elite.
One might seek to negate my arguments here by asserting that Gov. Steve Beshear is powerful and well known, only with a D instead of an R beside his name. For over 400 years people have pondered Shakespeare's words "would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?" Apparently, this election Kentuckians chose the chocolate despite the rose, in that they feel Beshear is at least a sweet guy.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress, senior minister of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, spoke the official position of the Southern Baptist Convention when he recently said that the Mormon religion is a non-Christian cult. On that basis he supports Rick Perry over Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. Perry is a born-again Christian. Romney is a Mormon.
But Jeffress gave Southern Baptists an out if Romney is the nominee. It is better to vote for a conservative non-Christian Mormon, he said, than a liberal Christian.
Religion matters in the primaries, but political philosophy trumps in the general election. God guides your vote in the primary, but not in the general election. Atheists, rejoice.
Right down party lies
The party establishments thrive on telling half-truths, twisted truths and outright lies. On the rare occasion that they tell the full truth, they let their opponents' lies get the spotlight and give up the battle.
To illustrate, the Republican establishment seemed to be listening to the American people regarding spending cuts, yet, at the last minute, it not only gave up the battle, but also ceded the power to raise the debt ceiling to the executive branch. This is clearly not what "checks and balances" mean.
Republicans claimed that was the best they could do, but the American people, and Standard & Poor's, know better. The establishment has no intention of getting serious about spending cuts, even if it means another downgrade.
Another example is the free-trade agreements that the Republican establishment strongly supports. The Democrats faintly pointed out that these agreements are unfair and take away American jobs. Yet, when more of the same type of agreements surfaced, the Democrats caved in.
Neither party really cares about America, so how do we fight them? By staying informed, educating others and learning from others. Apathy and ignorance protect the status quo, but if we want to stop the destruction, we must stay engaged and arm ourselves with knowledge. Knowledge is indeed power.