Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: May 9

Keep fighting against demolition by neglect

It was a pleasure to read Herald-Leader staffer Beverly Fortune's account of the collaborative efforts of Faith Harders, Lexington government code enforcement, PNC Bank's Harry Richart, the Blue Grass Trust, and developer-restaurateur Don Wathen to save 543 West Third.

It was good to learn that code enforcement and the city law department are taking an aggressive stance against demolition by neglect,

On our walks downtown, dog Phil and I are encouraged to see active restoration efforts at 543 West Third and at foreclosed 412 West Third after years of inattention, but remain dismayed by our vacant neighbor 445 West Second, which continues to deteriorate.

Full speed ahead to code enforcement and to the law department, particularly against those who treat both your authority and their property with conscious disregard.

John G. Irvin Jr.


Davis off base

I am responding to Merlene Davis' April 11 column on the illicit recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's private campaign meeting.

The fact that someone invaded another's privacy by eavesdropping is unconscionable. That Davis would criticize the victim and demand an apology for confidential comments made by another person is shameful.

Davis said that such tactics should be "off limits." Such tactics were never made part of a campaign, they were never uttered in public.

Davis said McConnell aides were "mapping out" the direction of his campaign. How does she know that was to be his campaign direction? She doesn't.

She was not there, was not privy to the conversation, and has no right to draw conclusions from the comments unscrupulously, and perhaps illegally, recorded.

Davis can hate McConnell based on ideology and nothing more, which is her right, however misguided. But do not criticize him or demand apologies for something he never said or did.

She is just as bad as the eavesdroppers, or worse. Shame on her.

Richard Bendure


Secure our borders

The tragic bombing in Boston magnifies the lack of security at our borders. I have always said we have no idea who's in our country. Our borders are indeed porous. Americans have not the rights or protections illegal immigrants do. It's time for change.

Susan Washburn


Why so negative?

As I was reading the April 18 article concerning Rob Strickland leaving Kentucky to become a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, DePaul University, it occurred to me he has been a very valuable member of the Wildcats staff. While wishing him well, I hate to lose his expertise in working to improve the skills of the incoming recruits.

It never fails. While recognizing his productive years at UK, the good old Herald-Leader is compelled to point out the unnecessary fact that while at UK he was arrested for several traffic infractions.

What in the world does that have to do with the good work he has been credited with?

I have seen this done more than once in your paper. Do you have researchers who high-tail it to the archives to dig up some dirt when needed for a story? Stop it.

Becky Roberts


Praise for museum

Since 1979, the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky has been a creative, dynamic presence in our city. With a permanent collection of 4,500-plus art objects, ranging from ancient Roman glass, to Tiffany lamps, to Picasso prints to Romare Bearden collages, it is a great destination for all ages.

As the premier art museum for our state flagship university, for Lexington and for the region, the art museum has evolved positively under directors, Priscilla Colt, William Hennessey, Harriet Fowler, Don Sands (interim) and Kathy Walsh-Piper (current director).

Over the years, the museum has hosted world-class exhibitions, such as the Armand Hammer Masters, Rodin sculpture, the Art of India, Excavating Egypt and Hoofbeats and Heartbeats featuring the horse in American art.

This exhibit coincided with the 2010 World Equestrian Games. The catalog for this show, designed and produced by our museum, has been purchased by important museums around the country.

In this age of technology, our museum offers a serene opportunity to step out of virtual reality into the realm of reality in order to contemplate creative art works.

There is no doubt that this museum enhances the quality of life for those who enter its doors. We, as docents, have chosen to volunteer with enthusiasm and passion because we believe art matters greatly in our American culture today.

Becky B. Faulconer


Gun control rhetoric

I have listened to our president making another plea to the American people concerning gun control.

He cites 90 percent of the people in the United States are for expanded background checks and uses cheap theatrics by using those of Connecticut who are grieving for their loss.

I feel for them and the trauma they are going through. And I doubt the so-called poll he is using to make his case.

The bill really did not touch the meat of the need. He said this bill would have kept guns away from criminals on the street. This is a lot of false rhetoric to make him seem like he is the complete authority of gun control.

The truth is the criminals will get guns out of some back-room sales, out of trunks of cars in back streets.

The real culprit of all these school shootings is the mental health profession. A more effective bill would be to hold people in the mental health profession responsible to report people of homicidal tendencies. Make them liable.

Lastly, these people who are mentally ill and decide to do something outrageous and cannot get a gun, are intelligent enough to look up on the Internet, and design a homemade bomb to detonate in a public place.

Edwin B. Swan


Thanks to a stranger

On March 16 at about 8:30 a.m. I was involved in an accident at the entrance to Beaumont Center.

Two people came forward as witnesses because the other person ran a red light and t-boned me. The police took the name of one person but not the other.

He was a very nice man who made the effort to return to the scene to be a witness. I would like to thank that gentleman but I don't know his name.

I'm hoping he reads this.

Betty Whitaker


Pension problems

The April 15 column by Logan Morford of the Bluegrass Institute, "Major reforms needed to repair Kentucky's broken pension system," is perhaps the most accurate and on-point information I have read concerning the Kentucky pension system.

It begs the question: Have our legislators over the years, in order to buy votes, promised more than they can deliver?

We have in this country pension funds in existence for over 100 years that have never been underfunded. How can that be? Think about it.

Cleon C. Comett