Letters to the Editor

Dec. 31: Letters to the editor

Shelby Valley should be applauded for good sportsmanship

It is too good not to share. On Dec. 15 the Riverside Christian boys' basketball team had an away game at Shelby Valley. Riverside's current team is small in stature and in number of players. In addition, we have no varsity cheerleaders this year.

The folks at Shelby Valley took note of this. As the game began, their cheerleading squad divided into two groups, one of which crossed the gym to become our cheerleaders for the evening. Some of their fans came and sat behind our bench to cheer for our team. Whenever one of our players made a basket, everyone cheered. Their team made no effort to run up a high score against us.

Our boys, even though they lost the game, still came out of the gym that night with a positive feeling about the game.

It is encouraging to be able to report such an incident of kindness and graciousness in high school sports in a culture more used to seeing arrogance and abuse both in the stands and on the court. Hats off to Shelby Valley players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans. You are A-1.

Marcia Thompson


Street trees a menace

This is the time of year when we see the damage to the environment done by street trees. They dump their leaves into the gutters to be washed into the creeks and streams via the storm sewer system. This depletes the oxygen in the streams, resulting in the destruction of aquatic life. The largest fish kills documented are a result of these phenomena.

The trees create overhead traffic hazards for trucks making deliveries in residential neighborhoods and block the root-damaged sidewalks. The cost of these problems is astronomical. The expense of street leaves pickups by the city is also high, since they must run street sweepers in most neighborhoods, causing many parking violations summons to be issued. Parking violations are non-life-threatening and the time issuing these summonses could be much better spent enforcing traffic rules against moving violators.

We have many parks and walking trails that get little maintenance by the city. The adjacent property owners actually bear the burden of much of their upkeep.

Let's discontinue the practice of planting trees and shrubbery in these utility strips and leave them for actual utilities, their original intended use. Those trees already planted do not need to be replaced when they die.

Donald R. Fugette


Playhouse solution

Unlike one letter writer's case, in which his daughter's playhouse was merely a toy, the Veloudises' playhouse was bought to provide therapy for their son, who has cerebral palsy; it's more than a toy. Two sets of loving parents with entirely different motivations behind their purchases.

I live in Andover Forest, and it might surprise people to learn that my neighbors support the family and their playhouse, not the board or the management company. That support came as no surprise to the board, which, upon learning the extent of the community support for the playhouse, restricted the meeting to an executive session to preclude community participation. If being neighborly mattered, then community input would have mattered, too; it didn't.

The board has now sought to defuse this situation by continuing everything, anticipating this story and support will fade. This homeowners board allowed zeal to outweigh compassion, thereby demonstrating that common sense is indeed an uncommon trait.

Playhouses are self-limiting, since children outgrow them. The common-sense solution is to allow the Veloudis family with a special needs child to keep the playhouse until he outgrows it, then agree to dismantle it. The special needs provision prevents other residents from believing they too can erect playhouses or storage sheds.

The current image of this subdivision has not increased property values but lowered them — who wants to purchase a home in a subdivision and deal with a tyrannical homeowners board devoid of compassion and common sense? Time to elect a new board.

James F. Wisniewski


Church railroading

Dec. 6 will be remembered as the day when Gardenside Baptist Church began running a railroad.

The church is demolishing three residential properties on Traveller Road in the middle of a once cohesive residential neighborhood, with the blessing of the Commercial Development section of our Building Inspection Division. It is clear they never had any intention of any other course of action and expedited the demolition when they were caught in the act of intentionally railroading the demolition.

Until state law and county ordinances are corrected to require approved plans, construction budgets and Board of Adjustment use permits to precede demolition permits, Lexington will continue to feature embarrassing properties in limbo such as CentrePointe. You can't require buildings to be put back.

The only course now at Traveller is to file a court injunction to halt the BOA request for parking lot use.

Maintaining coexistence of residential and commercial zones will always be a challenge; today that balance has been tampered with.

It is a waste to have a meeting after the fact, with usurpers and smug technocrats who, with a wink and a nod, allowed this travesty of a process to be circumvented. This project was railroaded, a well-intentioned council member was misled since last summer, and the church has proven that they, of all people, have little or no regard for the integrity of a neighborhood they profess to be a part of.

Good luck, Gardenside. With neighbors and a government like this, we will need it.

Leslie Trapp


Look who's spending

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is vacationing in Hawaii, spending $10,000 per night for her hotel. It is costing the taxpayers $4.1 million for the president to vacation in Hawaii. Kentucky's governor spends in excess of $400,000 for his inauguration.

Pelosi wants to drain the swamp. Let's let her. Maybe she will find herself and others of the Democratic Party residing at the bottom feeding off the taxpayers.

Michael Fenstermaker


War's first casualty

Most people believe that the first casualty of war is the military personnel involved in the conflict. But as we veterans/active duty personnel know, the real first casualty of war is truth.

As seen in past conflicts, it takes the Department of Defense, Congress and the White House an inordinate amount of time to actually tell what happened.

So truth is actually the first casualty of war.

Glenn A. Powell