Waste collection options needed to control costs
Now that the solid-waste department of Lexington is unionizing, the costs will skyrocket for this service. We need to provide customers options to allow them to control these costs.
I suggest we allow blocks of residents to opt out of the city service in favor of private service and cut their taxes. This could be done on a block-by-block basis. I have private service and it is much more palatable to me.
We also need to go back to picking up all waste by one truck. The market for recyclables has taken a big nosedive lately and most of them are going into landfills.
Create recycling centers and let people deliver to these centers if they decide to recycle.
Lastly, require all new homes and homes with remodeled kitchens to install a trash compactor. This reduces my trash to about one small bag a week, except for yard waste. If you need more capacity, provide multiple Herbies.
A drug-user witch hunt
I am saddened to read that Scott County cops plan to arrest 83 people for non-violent and victimless drug offenses. America is truly a police state. The jihad against drug users has been waged for my entire life with mass roundups and inquisitions. Why are we allowing this to happen?
During the witch hunts that raged across Europe, hundreds of thousands of people were arrested for witchcraft, and each was tortured into giving the name of another "witch" to keep the process alive. Civilized people should call for an end to the modern witch hunts against drug users.
And to the 83 people being tortured by our legal system. I would ask you to do this — plead not guilty and take it to trial. The system depends on guilty pleas to keep running. If you all plead not guilty and demand a trial by jury you could bring the system to its knees.
Gays not begging
Right on the heels of the Chick-fil-A and freedom-of-speech pretense, we have a letter writer who applauded the officials of the Boy Scouts of America for upholding their ban on members and leaders who are gay.
He stated that their policy to discriminate against gay people shows integrity and moral fiber and that this discrimination is merely "good judgment" on their part.
I realize this platitudinal hogwash serves to plump many a narrow mind, resulting in sensuous surges of righteousness for the like-minded.
However, stating that gay and lesbian organizations are "begging for acceptance" as if they are some lone band of groveling misfits got my attention.
This couldn't be further from the truth. These people are citizens who have beside and behind them individuals, families and organizations who no longer accept archaic and narrow-minded definitions of normal or marriage or family.
They are an integral and essential part of our communities, churches and schools. We need them. We want them. And we will no longer be silent as you bully our brothers and sisters and attempt to poison the minds of our children with your ignorance and hatred.
So stand back, gird your loins and grit your teeth. Knowledge, awareness, love and understanding are spreading and coming your way.
Protect all speech
I'm afraid James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville, didn't learn to appreciate the Constitution while he was here in Bowling Green.
I fervently hope Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell thinks universities, above all, are places where the free flow of ideas is sacred.
The number of issues in our country where differing opinions need to be discussed is virtually infinite.
The use of bullying tactics by liberals won't help the discussion and certainly is not in line with the more civil tone they claimed was needed after the Arizona shooting. Of course, they didn't really mean that they had to be more civil, just those who disagree with them.
Ramsey falls right in line with the mayor of Chicago, who said that Chick-fil-A didn't fit in with Chicago values. Murder is quite prevalent in Chicago, and I'm certain Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy and his family go by "Thou shalt not kill," as well as believing in traditional families.
Mayors in D.C. and Boston, as you might expect, tried to make points with the LGBT community by rattling sabers about expunging Chick-fil-A from their cities. Then they realized that local ordinances would prevent from doing anything other than bloviate.
You have to be protective of everyone's rights in order to safeguard your own. If your ideological adversary is prevented from speaking freely, your right to do so will be transitory as well.