Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: July 12

Valley View Ferry has had its big-screen debut

The July 1 articles about the Valley View Ferry and Fort Knox have more in common than just regional interest. Both locales have a place in American film lore.

The Fort Knox story mentioned this, especially the gold vault's importance to the James Bond movie, Goldfinger.

Some readers may not know, however, that the Valley View ferry also has a film history. The 1960s, The Flim-Flam Man, with George C. Scott and Michael Sarrazin, was filmed at various locations throughout Central Kentucky, mostly in Woodford and Anderson counties.

A pivotal scene between Scott's and Sarrazin's characters was played on the ferry. As it chugs across the river, with old trestle piers in the background, Scott explains to his protege a little about life, and the advanced degree which he has obtained in his profession.

It's a leading man at his best in a character role, and the river background is perfect for the scene.

By the way, the degree is an "M.B.S.C.S.D.D." The movie is worth watching to find out what that is.

Jim Hanna


Truth about fracking

I would like to respond briefly to critics of my June 6 op-ed piece, "Will Kentucky just go along with a toxic gas pipeline?"

I hope I did not give a faulty impression of any part of the hydraulic fracturing process, but I did not set out to write an engineering report.

My purpose was to frame the discussion in human terms, focusing on the actual effects the Bluegrass Pipeline could have on the lives and environment of Kentuckians.

Fracking is a violent and dangerous process, and its products are dangerous. We should think carefully before piping any such products across our state.

If the proposed pipeline were to leak, significant harm could result. This, I submit, is the plain truth.

Roger Rawlings


Hold firm to Bible on marriage

All you lovers of the new laws supporting same-sex marriage: Aren't you glad your mother and father did not agree with your view of life?

My book of life, the Bible, tells me different. Read Leviticus 18:22-30 then tell me it is a good law.

We do not need law books to describe where we are headed. We need to enforce laws that are in place before changing our Constitution for the minority. With present leaders who agree with such distorted changes, we need to have more input from average citizens.

President Barack Obama is on record that he was very proud of the new law. He called the plaintiffs and was on TV. That was more important than calling other heads of state on major conflicts, while on a family vacation.

David Willhoit


Disown McConnell, not Obama

How unpatriotic and disgusting for Sen. Rand Paul to suggest that someone running for federal office should disown my president.

Cleaner gas at cheaper prices is hurting dirty coal, not President Barack Obama.

Every time Sen. Mitch McConnell needs the vote, he jumps on the bandwagon and after the election, he's gone. But I think after 30 years people are seeing the light. Mitch is only looking out for Mitch. And Paul, who says he believes in term limits, thinks Mitch needs more?

If Alison Lundergan Grimes is for clean water and air and for health coverage, she has my vote.

Myrna Sholty


Passing thoughts

Observations on two recent news items:

The job description for a new Transylvania University president can be very brief: "Show up for work. Gladly comply with the dictates of the faculty."

The $2.5 million of coal severance taxes to be used for Rupp Arena renovation is a dishonorable use of money sorely needed by, as well as earned by, the coal counties.

A greater disgrace is the elitist mind-set of Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo who decided it was in the line of duty and exempt from restraints of ethics.

William H. Wheeler