Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Oct. 18

Family happy to have contributed to trail extension

Our family was pleased to read about the official opening of the newest section of the Brighton East Trail on Sept. 30. This project took years of planning and constructing. Having used similar trails around the country, we knew firsthand what a benefit a similar path could be to the Lexington community.

We first began discussing deeding the property to the city for a rails-to-trails extension in 2001. There were many steps involved before the property was finally deeded in 2009.

Fortunately, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government planner Keith Lovan was supportive of the project from the beginning. Now that the newest section of the trail has been completed we are realizing our shared vision.

Our family consists of avid cyclists, runners and walkers and we use the trail several times a week. When we are on the trail it is delightful seeing so many people enjoying the beautiful, tree-lined path. The whole family has been happy to be involved in a project that enhances the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Marion Clark


Wasted money

I have a great idea for funding health insurance for Kentucky's children. Right now the taxpayers, provide state-of-the-art health care for Congress — a group of people who have often eaten too much, smoked too much and drunk too much and as a result have all kinds of health problems.

Cancel all their health plans and fund health care for Kentucky children. We need to do this.

Nancy Atchison


Mutual helping hand

My first patient as a nursing student was a man well into his 70s who had spent his whole life rigid with fear and dependent on others.

Catatonic schizophrenia was his official diagnosis and he would berate those who turned him in bed or fed him by hand. He was damaged in the brain by his own genes and unable to admit to any relationship other than fear and rage to those in the ward or in the world beyond it.

In this world there are more than 7 billion, in this nation more than 300 million. To get along we need government.

When the fireman, policeman, or National Guard member reaches out a hand you can shriek "I've been taxed enough already." But they are from your government and they will help you anyway.

Carl Stevens


Driven crazy by texts

I would like to vent about texting while driving, or not driving.

Can't people wait until they get where they're going before texting? Is it so important that you must hold up traffic?

I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that I am sick and tired of being stuck behind someone in traffic with their head down and their fingertips going a mile a minute and not paying attention to what they are supposed to be doing, driving.

One last thing. After the traffic light has changed to green (that means go) and you don't want to hear the sound of a very loud horn honking in your ear, I would suggest that you hang up and drive.

Ralph Tapp


Skewed priorities

What has happened to government "of the people, by the people and for the people?"

Why is it now government of the senators, by the representatives and for the Congress? Where does that leave the people?

Jane E. Booth


Sin is sin

We live in a time when technology has made it easier for most to make their concerns and demands known. There is one group demanding their rights to the same freedoms that the opposing groups enjoy. Another group is fighting for their rights to express, share and maintain their lifelong freedoms.

There are certain demands along these lines that are beyond man's control. To change any of God's words is like man changing the weather or changing the intended purpose of His greatest creations which are man and woman. With change of this magnitude there are consequences. If gays and lesbians want to continue to demand that they have the right to live in sin, so be it. "Christians" who choose to condone those sins may do so, but beware of the consequences for them and the children they lead down this dark path.

Whether we like it or believe it, sin is sin. In this world there are millions of young men and women now led to believe that they are homosexual, more so because society condones the lifestyle, rather than being told that by indulging they are making a choice to sin.

The Rev. Calvin Banks