Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 3

Refocus on rail, river transit to save environment

On Sept. 9, I was blessed to spend the evening on the banks of the Ohio River at Warsaw. My husband and I enjoyed the outdoors and the passing of two barges on the river.

Back home in Owenton (which has its share of environmental issues), I read your editorial page and realized the articles on upgrading the river locks and preserving Marble Creek were both about transportation. Hopefully, upgrading the locks will not destroy the environment as much as an I-75 connector.

In years past, I've commuted to Asbury Seminary. I enjoyed driving through the pristine horse farms and rustic cow pastures on my way to Wilmore. Marble Creek sounds like a place I'd like to take my grandchildren. Is time on our side?

Automobiles and semis have dominated transportation for the last 50 years. It's maybe time to go back to river traffic and railroads that are already laid. It may take awhile to change our mind-sets, but if it starts saving our environment, it's well worth the effort.

Beverly Miller


What's Romney hiding?

Mitt Romney is better off today than he was four year ago and he does not want us to know how that happened. How else can you explain his refusal to share his tax returns for more than two years?

Other candidates do it for at least five years, why doesn't he? Senior political appointees, like cabinet members and judges, have to provide years of tax returns. What makes him so special?

He is obviously ashamed of how he made his money, but why?

Could it be he is embarrassed of how he calculated his share of the profits in all those business partnerships? Could it be that he created more jobs in Swiss banks than he did in all of America?

Could it be that he weaseled his tithe to his church in the same way he weaseled his taxes?

Douglas S. Andersen


Paul stands for life

We are all horrified at the murders of innocent people such as happened in Colorado and Wisconsin by obviously mentally afflicted people.

Innocents still in their mothers' wombs by the thousands are being murdered daily and have totaled millions since Roe v. Wade. This is perfectly legal, we are told.

Americans are turning our backs on this atrocity. These potential citizens are deemed merely inconvenient and do not deserve to be given "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has the intestinal fortitude to sponsor a bill that would overturn Roe v. Wade, but the Senate majority leader will not allow it to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

This is the democratic process?

Bill Conn


Butchered English

It pained me to read the statement attributed to a University of Kentucky football player in the Sept. 8 article by Jennifer Smith, "UK football in midst of youth movement": "Me and him tried to stay on getting the signals."


And it became even more distressing as I contemplated the impact this sort of fractured English could have on the many young sports enthusiasts who avidly dwell on every word uttered by their role-model athletes.

If their hero uses this kind of English, and their mangled expressions even appear in print, it's probably OK and "cool" for them to mimic.

Couldn't the author of the report or the editor have at least inserted, in parentheses, the correct "He and I tried ..." version of the statement while still quoting the original language used by too many other college student athletes?

Don Diedrich


The survival equation

Imagine you are an American-trained Afghan military or police troop. You (and everyone else) are aware that the infidel Americans are vacating your country on a certain date.

You and your family are (almost certainly) on the Taliban hit-list for siding with the infidels. Partisans are always hunted after the fracas.

Solution: Murder several of the infidels with whom you are imbedded, just prior to your flight. Now your story becomes: "The sole reason I joined the infidels was to effect the killings of those infidels Allah made available to me." Will it work? What else do you have?

Terrill Newman


U.S. needs competence

In the last presidential election this country voted for "change," electing a charismatic humorous chief. Barack Obama has done much for family values, family education and relations of the races.

He failed to close Guantánamo, to the relief of many citizens. He forced through Congress with no time for debate or amendment a disastrous bill that dismayed many legislators when they saw what they had voted for.

His energy policy guaranteed loans for such futilities as the Solyndra bankruptcy which must be paid in billions of taxpayer dollars during ailing budgets.

Unemployment figures remain high, while he kills more jobs in the coal industry.

In the coming election his opponent seems less charismatic, but knows more about business that supplies jobs to produce goods and services, and that folk who work for profit are not necessarily evil. The country needs an administration that encourages industry and workers.

Rex J. Phillips


Fine spotlight on region

I have read the Market Review published by the Lane Report for 2012-13. If you are not aware of all that takes place in our Bluegrass area, which encompasses 16 counties, then just read this fine magazine.

It is easy to read and the color is fantastic. I understand why an international Law Firm and Tiffany & Co. would move its headquarters to our fair city. They probably talked to publisher Ed Lane or read this Market Review.

In the very near future, I believe more and more businesses and factories will find our area to be the best in all of the United States.

Walter C. Cox Jr.


Legalize hemp

As our dear friend and stalwart leader Gatewood Galbraith was fond of saying, "If law enforcement can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, then they can't tell the difference between Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenneger."

Such a bogus attempt to deprive Kentucky farmers and America of the product that will do more to help than it ever was allowed during all these years of prohibition. Wake up, law enforcement officials.

A war on a plant and its people is not exactly an American ideal. Bravery to repeal prohibition, on the other hand, now that's an American ideal I can stand for.

Susan McKaig