Bluegrass Farmers Market sorry it can't renew lease
The members of the Bluegrass Farmers Market would like to apologize to the residents of the Boston Road and Man o' War vicinity. We thank them for the warm welcome they gave us last summer when we opened our second site in the Millpond Center, on a lot which adjoins the Kroger leasehold.
Unfortunately, the Thursday and Saturday markets cannot reopen this spring.
The "Buy Local" initiative has been dealt a serious blow. At the insistence of the management of the Millpond Center Kroger's store, a reciprocal easement clause in their lease was invoked.
This precludes any operation by any other food vendors in that center, including our local non-profit farmers market. Because of this, Bluegrass Farmers' Market Inc. cannot renew its lease.
The Bluegrass Farmers Market exists to support small Kentucky family farms and is part of the Kentucky Proud program. It features locally grown produce. A requirement of the BGFM is that the vendors grow or produce anything they offer for sale. We do not allow the resale of anything that did not originate with our members.
Bluegrass Farmers Market will open this spring at its original location, 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot. In the meantime, our market directors are soliciting an alternate location to serve the needs of southwest Lexington.
Roger H. Postley
It comes as no surprise the Herald-Leader comes out against legislation protecting the interest of the police and fire retirees ("Pension bill will harm city budget," Feb. 8).
After all, the chairman of the mayor's pension-reform task force is a retiree from this very paper.
The opinion states that state lawmakers should back off and let that committee do its job. Problem is, its "job" is to figure out ways to cut the cost to the city and, by definition, any such cuts will be at the expense of those retirees. Any conclusions by this committee are tainted by its mission.
You don't mind if we seek legal remedies before you lynch us, do you?
The citizenry is entitled to a quality public safety force. That costs money. However, it has benefits in reduced crime and lower insurance.
This city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on independent studies ensuring that these workers are paid a competitive wage.
The city has been less than diligent in paying its fair share of pension contributions, whereas if they had all along there would be little or no unfunded liability.
A big reason the fund is as solvent as it is today is by having control at the state level, which avoids mismanagement and raiding by shortsighted city officials. For the administration to say "the cupboard is bare, sorry" is insulting. They emptied the cupboard.
Meanwhile, the Herald-Leader panders to the lowest element by suggesting that citizens are making their retired public officials rich.
Redistricting off balance
I read your editorial of Feb. 9 that expressed your support for appealing Judge Phillip Shepherd's ruling on redistricting.
I was pleasantly surprised with your opinion, until I read your conclusion as to why you support the appeal. In case you haven't noticed, the integrity of county lines and local governments persist in the public's mind to be very important.
You suggest that our antiquated constitution is the culprit, and that it would be remedied by our legislature reforming its approach to redistricting so that sound principles, not political expediency, drive future decisions.
It is abundantly clear that the approach of the legislative leadership in the House of Representatives is a complete failure. This was not due to political expediency but to political piracy and partisan interest.
The balance to the absurdity of redistricting is our current constitutional provision, coupled with the court's rulings. That balance is that redistricting is to be accomplished by dividing the fewest counties possible.
That's a pretty simple concept, one which even the editor of the Herald-Leader could grasp, and seems to me to be a pretty sound principle. By the way, if our constitution is reformed, Section 33 should be copied and pasted just the way it was. Maybe the framers of our present constitution got it right to begin with.
Thomas M. Bertram II
Legislator off track
Cooper's law, championed by my state representative, Richard Henderson, is a waste of taxpayers' time and money. Henderson will do anything to get his name in the newspaper or on TV.
Here is a simple solution that won't cost the taxpayer or waste the legislators' time: If the playhouse is of such dire need for the young man's rehabilitation, why not simply move the playhouse inside their Andover mansion? If that means the parents must park their BMW in the weather, well, isn't little Cooper's health more important? There is certainly enough room, and little Cooper's parents obviously have the means.
As a side note to Henderson, quit getting involved in other people's business and help the folks here in your district. Our roads are crumbling, our bridges are unsafe and the unemployment rate of our district is obscene.
Let the people of the Andover homeowners association deal with little Cooper. Voters of your district didn't send you to Frankfort to represent Lexington.
Norman E. Goldie, Jr.
HOA should be firm
I'm 73 years old and I have always believed and abided by the rules and laws of the land.
I'd like to ask these parents who constructed a playhouse in the neighborhood where restrictions forbid such a structure, as it would diminish the value of others' homes in that area, "just what part of 'no' do you not understand?"
If this were my child, I would sell my home and purchase a tract of land where I could best meet the needs of my child. Apparently, they were not raised by the kind of parents who raised me and my five siblings. From our very early ages we were taught to show respect for those humans we had to get along with or live beside and most definitely for people in authority.
I've accumulated a lot of years of having to get along with people in my neighborhood who were not raised like me.
If the homeowners group doesn't stick to its original decision there will always be dissension because there are a lot of people who behave like angry hornets.
Pray for a soft landing
Due to overpromises by legislators, overspending by the same, lack of morality and a sidewise media, we, as a nation, are already over the cliff.
It remains to be seen if we land in water (ugh), or on the hard ground (splat), or on a nice fall-breaking hedgerow (whew). Disaster can be avoided by much repentant, fervent prayer as happened for the Israelites in the Book of Judges. With a record number of retired people and as high as 20 percent real unemployment, what's to keep us from doing it?
Break out the kneepads.
J. B. Armstrong