Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 6

Tates Creek Road sidewalks needed, and welcomed

How exciting to hear the sidewalks along Tates Creek are going to be constructed in 2012.

There has been a significant delay in this project and if we don't move forward soon the city will lose the money appropriated by the state for this project.

Unlike Councilman Julian Beard, there are many of us who try to walk and bike along the road several times a week.

It is the direct route connecting Chevy Chase, University of Kentucky, Lansdowne Shoppes, New Circle Road and Tates Creek Centre.

Many who work along this corridor must wait for a bus or walk in very poor and unsafe conditions.

I am shocked that we have home owners who want to put their own selfish opposition to sidewalks ahead of the need to use those easements as they were intended — for the health and well-being of all citizens who need or want safe access to the Tates Creek corridor without having to drive automobiles.

If I lived along Tates Creek Road, I'd be pleased to see some automobile pollution replaced with bicycles and pedestrians. I'd be proud to say I support sidewalks on public easements because they belong to current and future citizens of our city who want to stay physically healthy by not driving their automobiles wherever they go.

The citizens of south Lexington need and deserve a place to bike and walk safely just as in other parts of our city.

Gayle Musgrave


Leaving a mess

We live in a neighborhood near Southland Christian Church. At the beginning of October, the members held a race to benefit Refuge for Women, which was a great idea.

What was not a great idea, however, was for someone to spray-paint white arrows on the streets all through our subdivision to direct the runners.

We kept thinking someone would clean up what amounts to graffiti, but no one has. They could've applied removable, brightly colored tape to define the route instead of doing something that is permanent.

After learning about the church's treatment of Perkins restaurant in the old Lexington Mall location, I am thinking this church does exactly as it pleases, and that does not impress a lot of people, including me.

Dale Mateyoke


Astute? Missed it

In Reader's Views on Nov. 22, a writer contended the Herald-Leader failed to tell the whole story in coverage of Republican presidential debate, "leaving one candidate completely ignored — Newt Gingrich — who made a very astute remark that received widespread applause from the audience."

I, too, am very disappointed that this "astute" and "penetrating observation" was not reported because I have watched every minute of every Republican debate, and I have missed any astute or intelligent or genuine or honest remark from Gingrich.

Now, I have witnessed the "widespread applause from the audience" of Republicans several times, including cheering for executions, letting the uninsured guy in a coma die, electrocuting immigrants and eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education and something else, I forgot. Oops.

Hypocrisy does not just apply to Gingrich but to Republicans in general, touting family values and Christian beliefs as they jeer "kill them" and "let them die."

Barbara R. Norris


Blown coverage

I am distressed that your paper did not report the fantastic come-from-behind victory of the University of Kentucky volleyball team over the University of Arkansas.

There's hasn't been a game played in any sport in Lexington in a long time that matched it for roller-coaster excitement.

The team showed what it's made of, and you weren't there to cover it.

On top of the game, it was Senior Day, honring three outstanding young women. You blew it.

Mark Stuhlfaut


Feeding the bias

Media bias continues to polarize this country, and our local paper is not doing what it can to be a filter of journalism for the national press corps.

In a three-paragraph piece from the wire services, the story of Don Berwick not being confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was so completely misrepresented that one can easily see purpose of division on the part of the media.

One: The confirmation was blocked by both Democrats and Republicans, not just Republicans, as reported.

Two: Berwick is not a "casualty of the political wars over health care." He was opposed on a bipartisan basis for his positions on health care and his stated view that he believes it to be an instrument of wealth distribution.

Three: No mention that Berwick was appointed temporarily to the post by President Barack Obama over loud objections across the board.

Berwick is quoted as saying, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open."

And he said: "Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate."

The reader would have no idea of these positions from just reading the snippet from the wire services. The Herald-Leader must fact-check the smallest of stories, lest they be perceived as biased as well.

Bill Marshall


Obama the salesman

President Barack Obama doesn't have a clue. I listened intently as Obama over and over attempted to convince Congress, pass the jobs bill and the whole world can stand in awe as America rises to a pinnacle of admiration.

He reminded me of the slick milk machine salesman who persuades a dairy farmer to sell half his herd and buy a mechanical milker, which in turn would free up the farmer to pursue other interests.

The salesman returned a few months later and convinced the gullible farmer to sell the remainder of his herd and buy a second machine.

So Obama in an attempt to save his job is attempting to persuade Congress to give away the rest of the farm. He indeed is a slick orator but without substance.

He also ended his speech on a hypocritical note, one nation under "God" while supporting abortion and gay rights, which are diametrically opposed to God's commands.

Phillip Ellis



In reference to the Nov. 19 Life + Faith story "Atheists seek equal status in U.S. military:" This should never be a subject of conversation.

The United States is a secular nation with a constitution that dictates freedom of religion.

To this end, our military is not an army of God. Moreover, like Gen. Colin Powell said (paraphrasing) during the Persian Gulf War, the blood soaking the desert sands from the dead and wounded Americans is the same.

For myself, Americans in the military were/are Americans, not a religious suffix or prefix.

Billy Ray Wilson