Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 27

Pearl Harbor attack survivor Vaughn Drake, 93, is the last in Lexington.
Pearl Harbor attack survivor Vaughn Drake, 93, is the last in Lexington.

Apology due Meyer for scrutiny of Medal of Honor

I cannot believe you disrespected Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer with such a one-sided story. If the reporter was embedded with the unit, why did it take over two years for his account to surface? It appears he wanted some attention for himself.

As a veteran, I know what goes into awarding this medal, including two years of investigation by qualified combat veterans.

In battle, I doubt every detail is perfect. What difference does it make, for instance, if Meyer pulled the Humvee up, under heavy fire, and motioned Afghans to get in, or if he jumped out and held the door for them? He obviously did this several times, putting his life in jeopardy.

What difference does it make if one bad guy went down or 13? He was under heavy fire, as was his driver. I doubt if the driver could see above the top of the Humvee. The helicopters didn't arrive until later in the battle, according to all reports; they didn't see everything.

If one-third of either story is true, this young Marine earned the award. My only question would be, why didn't the driver receive the same award? These young men put their lives on the line every day in a war zone. I don't think the media or anyone else should dispute their bravery more than two years after the fact.

The paper and the reporter owe Meyer and other combat veterans a humble apology.

Jack Hendricks


I am forced to take pen to paper after reading the article about our local hero Dakota Meyer. God bless him. Why does it matter if it was one life saved or a hundred lives given by his/her bravery? Their mothers are grieving.

As a former nurse at the VA hospital, I value each soldier's heroism for having served our great country.

As far as embellishment — Webster defines embellish as a verb meaning decorate. The hell on earth our soldiers go through can't be decorated enough.

Go visit the psychiatric floor of your local VA hospital and get your eyes opened. Spread some holiday cheer while you are there.

Stop each soldier you pass on the street and say "Thank you" or buy them a cup of coffee or a meal. Better yet, give them a good job if they are unemployed here at home. Our children need real heroes other than Spider Man or Batman. God bless the U.S.A.

Peggy Hawkins Peach


An odd mix

How dare someone from Lexington bring up graduation rates and college basketball in the same sentence. Everyone in Kentucky knows those two things have nothing to do with each other.

Pete Ayers


Money to burn?

I just read the article about the $260 million renovation to Rupp and the convention center. Maybe Mayor Jim Gray could raise the government employees' monthly health insurance rates another $700 per month to help fund it?

Maybe first you could fund the pension fund of the police and fire like you're supposed to? A few measly millions shouldn't be that hard to come up with. Glad you were bowled over, Pam Miller. The city employees were certainly bowled over by the insurance rates.

Stewart Brashear


Silly worries

I just have to laugh about all this over-the-top concern about University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Jones' lackluster performance during the Indiana game.

Meanwhile, other major universities are dealing with real problems, such as sexual abuse of boys by university coaches and brutal hazing, causing the death of a band member.

We have underpaid teachers and professors. Campus crime has risen. And we worry ourselves silly over whether or not Jones will have another bad game? Come on, really?

Marty Fields


Lacking responsibility

A couple of comments:

■ The Andover Forest Neighborhood Association acted correctly regarding the playhouse structure and should ignore the bullying by those who have no standing.

■ Regardless of one's moral convictions or political affiliation, the Obama administration's rejection of FDA-endorsed emergency contraception being available, unrestricted, is contrary to the president's party and political platform. The president sold out his base in pursuit of independent voters, and fools no one. It is yet another demonstration of failed leadership.

Based on how so many of our citizenry conduct their financial and personal affairs, we are getting exactly the government and economy we deserve. Personal responsibility is the cornerstone of freedom and success. I can only hope that the next president of the United States is someone who hasn't yet come forward.

H. Brian Hershinow


Poor comparison

The Dec. 20 article about state pensions used an inflammatory and inappropriate comparison that was also in another article in the Herald-Leader earlier this year.

The reporter compares retirement salaries of people who have at least four years of post-secondary training — and, in many cases, those with eight to 12 years of post-secondary training — to the average salary of all Kentuckians.

Because we are known as a state with a low percentage of college degrees and a high percentage of people without their high school degree, this comparison is meaningless.

Let's see the reporters do their appropriate work and find what the average retirement salaries of these educated workers are in other states for a comparison.

Zexia Barnes


Ready for Luallen

We Kentuckians know the leadership we have experienced under Sen. Mitch McConnell.

We've heard his leadership style described as obstructionist. He is a point man for the wealthiest corporations and their paid minions; trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

But this letter is not about McConnell's foibles.

What Kentucky needs is a leader who is fair-minded; one who considers the facts and makes decisions for the common good; someone who has exhibited leadership in difficult situations.

Someone, to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, who can keep their head when all about them are losing theirs.

We need a leader who can and will adhere to the principles of our founding fathers.

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men," said John Adams in 1776.

It is my humble opinion that Crit Luallen is the embodiment of these principles.

Kentucky desperately needs her leadership skills in the U.S. Senate.

Susan Neff


A killing season

For most of us, the Christmas season is a time to celebrate and appreciate our families.

To the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Commission and the so-called sportsmen's league, its a time to slaughter the magnificent sandhill crane, a migratory bird that is only just recovering from near-extinction.

The sandhill crane is more loyal than many humans. It mates for life and the offspring often remain with the family to help raise the next generation.

KDFWR Commission Chair Stephen Glenn has said the commission could eventually decide to reverse course on the publicly opposed sandhill-crane hunting season because, "we are not afraid to say that we made a mistake."

How cavalier. If the commission members found themselves suddenly widowed, would such a statement be a comfort to them?

In Kentucky, we have the only governor east of the Mississippi to allow the sandhill crane to be slaughtered in his state. In Kentucky, we celebrate Christmas by destroying the families of other living creatures.

Gail Lincoln


Thanks for the history

I want to compliment the Herald-Leader's coverage of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, hastening our entrance into World War II.

We are losing many World War II veterans every day, and the Korean War veterans are not far behind. They are resources this country cannot replace.

Members of that generation, whether military or civilian, should be thanked profusely for their sacrifices in saving our country.

We should never forget that our involvement in World War II was against evil forces bent on our utter destruction. The powers we fought against, and ultimately prevailed over, wanted to end not only our way of life, but our very existence.

Again, thank you for the coverage of this extremely important date and event in American's history.

Phillip Seyfrit