Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 11

Congress has opportunity to help cancer victims

Imagine being diagnosed with a disease that would likely take your life in a year or less. This is the reality for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, as 74 percent of patients die within one year of diagnosis. The disease has a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent, the lowest among major cancers.

What is worse is that there has been little progress in detecting and treating pancreatic cancer.

Since the passage of the National Cancer Act more than 40 years ago, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer has improved only 4 percentage points. By comparison, the five-year survival rate for all cancers currently stands at 67 percent.

Pancreatic cancer is unique and requires specific action. The disease is so deadly because there are no methods to diagnose it in its early stages, and there are no effective treatments once it's been diagnosed.

Fortunately, there is hope. Congress has before it the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/H.R.733), which would require the National Cancer Institute to create a long-term strategic plan to address pancreatic cancer with the goal of improving early-detection methods and developing new treatments.

If Congress gets behind this bill, pancreatic cancer patients will finally have more options, and ultimately more hope.

Kaci Prunty


Misuse of Guard

On Aug. 28, the Herald-Leader printed an article, "Guard unit going to Africa," about which Americans, especially Kentuckians, should be angry.

The U.S. Constitution stipulates only two conditions in which the president can activate the states' National Guard.

One, which I hope never occurs, is to put down an insurrection within the United States. The other, is to repel an enemy force that attacked the United States.

The dispatch of U.S. forces to the Horn of Africa is another example of the Federal Reserve seeking to accumulate more wealth through our country's military-industrial complex.

Yes, the U.S. government seduced state governments, with federal money, to allow the inclusion of state National Guardsmen; however, there wasn't a constitutional amendment ratified by the people of the United States.

Kentuckians should replace Kentucky's Washington delegation with Americans in November 2012 and 2014. Surely, there is another Sen. John Sherman Cooper in Kentucky.

Billy Ray Wilson


Bad connection

The $350 million to $400 million I-75 proposed connector project is a very bad idea for our environment, historical landmarks, for us and for our future. Once paved, the pristine beauty of this area will forever be erased.

The development will destroy fragile ecosystems along and within the Kentucky River. The new highway may even cross the Palisades, where many endangered species reside.

Many historical features will be affected. One proposed route would shut down the Valley View Ferry. Operational since 1785, it is the nation's oldest year-round ferry service and predates the commonwealth by seven years. It's the last ferry on the Kentucky River and a valuable tourist attraction.

Valley View's history is significant to Kentucky. In 1900, the town was a major lumber-producing community. It's here that the Three Forks Railroad crossed the river. To avoid flooding disruptions, a bridge will overpass the town.

Native American and African-American artifacts and historic family cemeteries are within the proposed area. White Hall will most certainly be impacted, since the highway connects to I-75 at exit 95.

Property values in the area will decrease. The construction and its adverse effects will force residents out. There will be no buyers, and landowners will suffer huge losses.

For these reasons, we have formed a Madison County Chapter of the "Disconnectors." We urge everyone to join us. Visit Stopi75connector.com, sign the petition, and email maddisconnectors@yahoo.com to let us know you're with us.

Cynthia Warner

Linda Mihalec


Storm-drain solution

In reply to the Aug. 14 editorial, "Responsible development: Clean water will be worth the price":

National Environmental Compliance is a small business that has the answer for cleaning up our streams and rivers in the Lexington area.

NEC received grant funding from the Urban County Government for finding solutions to improve our water quality. We invented a device that is the first line of defense inserted in existing drains. Our device has been tested and been in use for more than three years. It captures oils, cigarette butts, leaves and litter before they do into our streams and rivers.

Lexington is moving in the right direction to clean up our water supply, and NEC has the answer to complete the process. This device is also something the Environmental Protection Agency would consider a plus for the city.

Adam Bradley


An easy win

With the vice presidential debate coming up, I would like to give Republican candidate Paul Ryan some advice.

When it is his time to speak at the debate, say "I give my time to Vice President Joe Biden; there's nothing I can say that would show how incompetent he is as vice president as he would speak in his own words."

Thank goodness nothing has happened where Biden would have had to take over as president.

W.R. Warren


Disappointed in store

During the past few years I've made several donations to the Habitat for Humanity store because I believe in what they do, and mostly because my dad helped on builds and was proud of doing so.

Recently, I donated a couch valued at approximately $450, a large leather chair and ottoman.

I even helped the young man at the receiving dock because he was on his own, and he asked for my help. I gladly helped him take the items into the stockroom.

After my donation I went into the store to look for a small workbench or table, and I found exactly what I was looking for. However, it was against a wall behind about 10 large desks, and I needed help.

When I asked at the front desk for help, I was told I needed to come back "with some muscle" because they don't provide assistance.

No more donations from me, and I won't be going back. Very disappointing.

John Purdy


Ignore the crybabies

In its quest to become the perfect city, Lexington now wants to ban fireworks.

One night a year people want to have a little fun celebrating our independence and now they want to ban that.

If the crybabies got their way, you might as well ban New Year's Eve, any national championship parties or any reason at all to have fun. Let this fine city become a robot city incapable of any emotion whatsoever.

That might satisfy the crybabies and droids. What a joke.

Pete Horine