Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 21

Voter I.D. not a burden, especially against fraud risks

I had to laugh after reading the recent commentary by Leonard Pitts Jr., "Feds were right to reject South Carolina voter I.D. law."

He considers requiring a photo I.D. to vote a burden. My minor children had photo I.D.'s and they were as easy as pie to obtain. They didn't drive, have checking accounts or jobs.

All you have to do is make a one-time trip to your circuit clerk's or licensing office with some proof that you are who you say you are. I took their birth certificates and Social Security cards, and it only costs a few dollars.

No one should be voting without providing certain proof of their identity. The risk of voter fraud far outweighs the "burden" of obtaining a photo I.D.

This is just another example of the poor judgment being displayed by our current Justice Department.

Mary A. Gill


An embarrassment

This comment was made months ago, when news of Richie Farmer's girlfriend being hired to a $5,000-a-month job in Agriculture was reported. However, considering the latest Farmer debacle, it bears repeating.

Poor, dumb Richie, he truly does not know the difference between right and wrong. He is an embarrassment to his family, the Republican Party, the University of Kentucky and the entire commonwealth. Please, do all our citizens a favor, Richie, and move to West Virginia.

Candace Sacre


Priced out of college

Today in Kentucky higher education, college students must deal with:

■ Increasing college tuition at public universities from year to year.

■ Inadequate funding of the state student aid programs College Access Program (CAP) Grant, Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) and Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).

In 1998, the average tuition at Kentucky's public universities was $2,424; in 2009-10, the average tuition was $6,818.

Although 100 percent of the net Kentucky Lottery proceeds are allocated to the state student aid programs of CAP, KGT and KEES, the lottery revenue alone has failed to adequately fund these programs. In 2009-10, about $95 million was awarded to almost 53,000 students for the CAP and KTG programs.

In that same year, more than 63,000 students representing about $106 million were turned down for CAP and KTG awards due to lack of funds.

If we truly believe that "education pays," the Kentucky General Assembly needs to determine how to fully fund the state's basic student aid programs of CAP and KTG and to reverse the trend of increasing tuition at our public institutions. As so aptly advocated by former President Lyndon Johnson:

An education act cannot teach a single child. A housing act cannot give shelter to a single family. A civil rights act cannot give one human being the respect and dignity he deserves.

The real test of our commitment is whether we are willing to achieve over a period of years what those acts only promise.

Joe L. McCormick


Real aim, money?

The response to the "railroading" of the demolition of buildings along Traveller Road tells the true spirit of Christian capitalism that pervades churches all across the commonwealth.

The chairman of the deacons of Gardenside Baptist Church states in his letter the true nature of his church's intentions. He never mentions the poor, the disabled, the elderly or those homeless who sleep on Lexington streets each night

No, the deacon scolds a previous letter writer and then proceeds to list all of the reasons for the demolition, all of which were financial and favor the church. The deacon states "consideration was given to bringing buildings up to code" but it was "cost prohibitive."

If this were a private business, one that pays taxes, that would be different. But how Christian to think of the cost first.

Obviously, the "church's desperate need for additional parking" is the true reason for the demolition. Gardenside Baptist must have more parking to fill the seats of its church. More parishioners, more money for the church coffers.

While the church may have followed all the rules and is in compliance with the law, the "need" for more parking and to boost attendance (thus taking in more contributions) could be the real agenda, and if that is the case then shame on Gardenside Baptist for hiding its true intentions.

Norman E. Goldie, Jr.

Mount Sterling

Legalize marijuana

Jan. 23 is my birthday and Gatewood Galbraith's birthday. Kentucky needs to legalize medicinal marijuana in honor of Gatewood.

Robin Waller


'No' to amusement

On Jan. 27, the Board of Adjustment, a unit of Urban County Government, will consider a proposal by Boone Creek Adventures for a commercial outdoor recreational facility amusement park as defined in KRS 247.232.

This proposal should be denied for multiple, sensible documented reasons. The request does not comply with the recommendations of the Rural Land Management Plan element of the comprehensive plan for the farmland in this area.

Construction of an amusement park in this location would establish a harmful precedent, a development-legal trendsetter for all rural land in Fayette County.

The Rural Land Management Plan gives this area the highest priority for special natural protection (page IV-37 and page IV-38). Policy emphasis for land in this category should be for "preservation and enhancement of the land in a natural state with a minimum of intrusions."

An amusement park (a commercially operated park having various devices for entertainment and usually sale of food and drink) with a projected 15,000 to 20,000 annual visitors would appear to be a maximum "intrusion" upon the rural character of this agriculture service area. This proposal is "up the creek without a paddle."

Thanks, but this plan deserves a "no."

Carolyn Plumlee