Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: April 15

Paper trashes Cats until it's time to make money

You just have to chuckle at the latest bit of hypocrisy displayed by the Herald-Leader.

Hack journalist Jerry Tipton loves to write nothing but articles laced with negativity, and both Mark Story and John Clay have to take unfair shots at the Wildcats and Coach John Calipari in nearly every article they write. The editorial board continuously prints criticism after criticism of the program and how it's run.

Yet what happens when the University of Kentucky wins the national championship? Reprints of front pages and press plates are available to purchase from the Herald-Leader. So, basically, while the Herald-Leader detests everything UK, it certainly doesn't mind putting journalistic integrity aside to make a few dollars, does it?

The Herald-Leader long ago stopped representing the majority of the people in its readership area, preferring to ridicule and poke fun at the things we as Kentuckians love most. We love our Cats, and apparently the Herald-Leader does too, as long as there is money to be made doing it.

Jeff Walton


More parking please

I was looking at a map of parking lots around the city of Lexington when school was starting and was surprised to see how few public parking spots there were around the downtown area. I understand that there are a lot of people in this city, and good parking is in high demand, but I feel like that is used by the city as a way to make a bit more money.

Parking should be made more of a convenience to the people of the city, rather than being such a hassle. The prices for parking on campus really surprised me, and I wondered why all that money is being paid each semester just for a spot to park your car. We already pay tuition and for books, which are not cheap, but more understandable compared to the parking charges. Taxpayers pay for the road department and the maintenance it takes to keep up with roads. As far as maintenance for the parking lots, which I can't imagine is a high amount each year, I could see a parking fee. But it should not be anywhere near as high as it is.

In short, I would like to see more public parking around downtown Lexington, or a cheaper fee for campus parking. I'm not sure if this is possible, but it should be brought up.

Derek Brown

Stamping Ground

Judicial review settled long ago

President Barack Obama's remarks regarding the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act are troubling. We are pleased the president clarified his comments, saying, "the Supreme Court is the final say on our Constitution and our laws, and all of us have to respect it."

The legitimacy of judicial review was settled more than 200 years ago in the landmark case Marbury v. Madison, which established such review as a key safeguard of the separation of powers among the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

It is incumbent on all of our elected officials — including those aspiring to hold office — to continually demonstrate that the courtroom is not a political arena.

William T. (Bill) Robinson III

President, American Bar Association


Inefficient city medical policies

In the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government disciplinary policy for employees there is an offense of "inefficiency." Those in the city government who are tasked with addressing employee benefit issues have become the personification of this. As an 18-year dedicated employee who, like my fellow LFUCG employees, faced a significant financial impact over the change in the city's benefits, I accepted Mayor Jim Gray's argument that the city could no longer "go down the current path." Accordingly my wife, also an LFUCG employee, and I researched the plans offered and made what we felt was a logical decision based on our medical needs. We selected the HSA policy and abided by how we were instructed to enroll last November by the human resources rep. We have since encountered one nightmare after another. The city claimed that both our payroll deductions should have gone into one account, mine, since I've been employed with the city the longest. Yet Humana states that is not the case and all the funds deducted from my wife's payroll have gone missing. My wife is a Type 1 diabetic; our prescription expenditures average $900 a month. To date the LFUCG has not resolved the issue of the duplicate HSA accounts created, nor where the missing funds went. This has been an ongoing battle since January. It has gotten to the point that we have had to threaten legal action to get temporary solutions so my wife can get her prescription medications.

How is this anything but inefficient? Where is the transparency? LFUCG employees are citizens, too. With the level of dedication shown to those of us who have stayed the course when other opportunities availed themselves, quite frankly, we deserve better.

Randy Jones


Thanks for the photo memories

I'd like to commend the photographers for the Herald-Leader on the amazing pictures they produced in the last month during the tournament. When all is said and done, we will have two things: our memories and their images.

Dave Cronen


How about this nickname?

Kentucky Wildcat fans from all across the country are jubilant over the recent national championship, as they should be. Each and every player and coach is to be congratulated for this outstanding accomplishment.

We have noticed on different Web sites and heard on the radio about the task of coming up with a nickname for this year's national championship team. Some names mentioned are: The Unstoppables, The Undeniables, Cal's Cats.

We believe there is only one name that fits this team. Because of their unified effort displayed in winning the championship, their universal No. 1 ranking, and most importantly the unibrow. To us they will always be THE UNI-CATS !

Roger and Teresa Harless


Davis right about radicals

In regard to Merlene Davis April 8 column, "Conservative judge and I share the same concerns," this was possibly the best she has written. While I often find myself at odds with Davis' opinions, her recent discussion with conservative Judge Tim Philpot offers an insight for both those of conservative and liberal views.

Philpot had written and shared with her an Easter letter titled "radical," complaining that he had become too complacent in his Christian actions. He stated, "I don't mention Jesus inside the courthouse very much, even when I know he is absolutely the only answer to the problem in front of me."

Davis stated that she too had become mundane, too laid-back, "thinking my ancestors were far more radical, leaving me an inheritance of freedom that I squander in front of the TV or in my gardens."

Philpot concluded his Easter letter by saying that standing up for what he believes in, sacrificing his comfort to help others and going against the grain in law, religion and politics isn't radical. It is the normal Christian life."

Davis then gives maybe the best analogy I have ever heard, "We (Christians) should be as uncomfortable as the son of God was as he died for our sins."

While many (and maybe the majority) in the world today seem to think tolerance is the answer, it appears to me that Davis and Philpot have the right solution, stand up for what you know is right and if you are a Christian, a follower of Christ, expect to be criticized for your beliefs.

If Jesus had been tolerant, he would not have been put to death, and we would still need a savior.

Larry W. McGuire


Rare case of athletic standards

Finally an athletic director with some intestinal fortitude. It appears that Jeff Long, the Arkansas AD, understands the standards of a public university need to be held high, not to mention morals. Not only did Long adhere to maintaining both principles but he had the courage and character to make the decision that reflected so well on his institution. With high-dollar programs at stake, this man had to be extremely strong. It remains to be seen if the school administration and the fan base support his decision.

Using past experiences, if poor Bobby Petrino had remained at Louisville, he most likely would have still had a job.

Funny how principles and morals are interpreted differently.

Perhaps Long should head up the NCAA? Naw, too much akin to Washington.

Burnis W. Campbell


Ditch Mitch 2014

About, "Clueless and brazen, Wall St. drops Obama, bewails class warfare," or is it welfare? The only way we poor, middle classes can overcome the Tea Party conservative 1 percent Wall St. libertarian totalitarian government is to vote the Democratic ways. As a nation we need to work in harmony from all sides. Grover Norquist and Robert Rector are doing their part in keeping our Tea Party conservative senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell from working in harmony with the president.

Legal minds have ruled this country for hundreds of years. It's time for some common sense and a little bit of everyday courtesy. Looking out for the poor every once in a while. We ordinary people should take back this country from the Tea Party conservative Republicans. And, we need to begin with Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Victor Privett


Anti-pollution not anti-coal

Bill Bissett sees your paper as anti-coal. I see it as anti-pollution and anti-destruction of our beautiful mountains.

Mine all the coal you want, just don't pollute our water and tear down our mountains with your greed to do it.

Lynn Congleton


Save UK neighborhood

The day after the Final Four, I rode my bike to the intersection of State and Elizabeth streets to survey the damage to my old neighborhood.

It looked like a meteor had struck, followed by a stampede of zebras. The earth was scorched and pummeled and broken glass was everywhere. When you look at the YouTube videos (search "University of Kentucky Riots") it's miraculous that more people didn't get seriously hurt. One shows a man dancing atop a flaming, overturned car; another shows students bashing a windshield with their hands, one smears blood across his bare chest like a scene from Lord of the Flies.

What can be done to stop the decline of this neighborhood?

Condemn the worst party houses as "nuisance properties," then convert them back into single family homes, occupied by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. Make the landlords pay related overtime accrued by police and code enforcement by raising property taxes on homes with more than four unrelated occupants. Evaluate closing Elizabeth between Waller and Transcript and converting it into a tree-lined pedestrian path or bikeway, with community gardens and public art.

I'm sure that leaders at UK can come up with some additional solutions.

Let's get to work now. What we have tried so far has not solved the problem.

Dave Cooper


Service doesn't create criminals

As a retiree of the U.S. Air Force and a Vietnam veteran, I was disgusted to read the first paragraph of an article on the murders in Madison County saying the person is an Iraq War veteran and possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Past experience did not make him or anyone engage in drug trafficking, gun running or being a hit man. These types do it because they want to. Thousands of us ex-military have not and never will be involved in illegal activities because of serving in the military, and possibly having some PTSD issues. I am tired of seeing military experience blamed for whatever comes along, because of what some veterans do.

Larry Wallace