Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 10

Use natural resources to develop E. Ky. economy

The editorial about the Eastern Kentucky summit hit the nail on the head, questioning why more grassroots organizations and residents aren't being included.

Tom Eblen's column on local food and chef Ouita Michel shows how one person with good ideas can create and sustain a local economic movement, and Eastern Kentucky could create a similar plan.

Having spent time in Eastern Kentucky recently, one could see the possibilities for ecotourism, with its natural beauty with the trees turning in the forests where more hiking, biking and zip lining could be developed.

Tourists need places to eat and sleep. Build it and they will come, just like visitors go to West Virginia to the New and Gauley Rivers, to Tennessee for Gatlinburg and Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley.

As Michel said, "Economic development does not just mean guys in a room staring at computers."

Utilize the resources that are there.

Jenny Miller


'Got Guns' a bad, sad message

A recent morning I was walking my child to school with other parents and their children. I could not help but notice a woman wearing a hoodie with the words "Got Guns?" on the backside and, in smaller print, a gun shop website.

We have all seen the phrase "Got Milk?" used in a variety of ways. But I find it appalling when a phrase used to encourage nutrition is transformed into a phrase of gun support, especially when two days earlier a 12-year-old took a gun to his middle school and proceeded to kill a teacher and wound other students before taking his own life.

Shame on that woman for wearing a piece of clothing supporting guns as she walks her child to school. Shame on the gun shop which twists a phrase of health to a phrase of death. Shame on our society for not doing more about gun control.

Clif Cason


Next, they'll come to your door

The Kentucky State Police arrested and jailed 500 nonviolent drug offenders in one day, a new record. Adolph Hitler would be proud of how efficient our storm troopers are.

Somehow our public allows massive roundups of nonviolent people. They are kidnapped from their homes and enslaved in a concentration camp. Conservatives should be against this massive buildup of government power.

If you would not support 500 gun owners being taken to prison in one night for possession of a firearm, then you had better not sit back while they are rounding up others. The government may decide to come for you.

Those being persecuted by the police should plead not guilty and demand a jury trial. The gears of the drug war are greased with the blood of plea-bargainers. File as many appeals and motions as possible; they may drop the charges.

Tina Hoffman


Recovered and grateful

The Hope Center, Community Inn and the Salvation Army are essential to Lexington's social health. They all serve their primary mission to shelter and feed the homeless.

I fell prey to the obsession of addiction and found myself in the refuge of Ginny Ramsey, "Mother Bear" of the Catholic Action Center, because of my inability to stay sober or abide in the Hope Center's zero-tolerance policy.

The Veterans Administration and the Catholic Action Center ventured a partnership that assisted me in finding affordable housing, and now I'm a college student learning a trade.

I'm eternally grateful. It's my understanding that the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness and the progressive and Christian movements are in agreement on the greater good for Lexington. However, after a Wayfinder Center was proposed, the neighboring community formed a petition of complaint. Does our public share the commission's enthusiasm for finding affordable housing for the homeless?

Rest assured that Ramsey will be in the trenches to defend her cubs by all constitutional means necessary.

Ricky Foster


Athletics trumps UK academics

I was full-time faculty at the University of Kentucky from 1970 to 2004, and during that time the one thing that remained constant was that athletics always trumped academics.

The current proposed $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium in the face of regular students still being housed in antiquated dormitories and classrooms that struggle to keep up with technology tells me that nothing has changed over the past several decades. The main classroom building, White Hall, was constructed in 1969.

Additionally, athletics continues to trump academics in the people category.

A former colleague of mine, Anne Harrison, recently received a national teaching award, the equivalent of an MVP in athletics. Not a peep about this outstanding achievement in the Herald-Leader.

But at about the same time the paper devoted a full article, with large picture and all, about a UK basketball one-and-done player, Nerlens Noel, making it into the NBA.

I would like for once to see a UK administration with the courage and leadership to convince the big buck big blue fans, who can't see past a scoreboard, to direct their support toward dorms and classrooms (the real university) rather than stadiums and arenas.

Daniel Richardson


Carfagno ill-informed

It is one thing to open the Herald-Leader and read the ill-informed opinions of frustrated or angry readers. It is quite another to read a column by one of your editorial writers that is factually incorrect.

Jacalyn Carfagno is certainly within her rights to pen a column on the controversy surrounding the so-called stand your ground laws that exist in several states.

However, if she had used just a small portion of that big brain she writes about to check her facts, she would have discovered that Florida's stand your ground law played no part in the George Zimmerman trial. Stand your ground is an affirmative defense that must be asserted and substantiated at trial by the defendant.

Even if Carfagno did not want to go to the trouble of reading the transcripts of the trial, Zimmerman's attorneys made it quite clear in several press conferences that they would not attempt to use the defense.

It is a tragedy that Sybrina Fulton lost her son in this incident. It is also regrettable that she is being exploited in pursuit of a political agenda that has no connection to her son's death by a faction in Congress and now by a Herald-Leader editorial writer.

David L. Patton


Conley should say he's sorry

I grew up watching a great basketball player, Larry Conley, listening to him analyze sports and watching him become a great spokesperson for the commonwealth on TV and radio.

So he should know how hurtful his words could be to a freshman playing basketball on one of the biggest stages in the world.

Yes, University of Kentucky player Trevor Tiller made some mistakes in a recent game, but he also played his heart out. I sincerely hope Conley goes to this young man to tell him how sorry he is and all his followers the same.

Greg Sammons


Mixed messages

On Sunday, Oct. 20, your newspaper published 12 pages promoting the Bourbon Trail. In the Opinion section, you had a half-page column arguing that coeds should be responsible drinkers or they had a higher chance of being raped.

I'm not a MADD member, but I'm frustrated when there is money to be made on alcohol consumption at the expense of rape and drunken driver victims.

How many fathers are in jail because they got drunk and raped their daughters?

Bev Miller


Muslims honor veterans

One of the most respected jobs, serving in the United States military, is paradoxically one of the most underappreciated.

These people and their families make countless sacrifices, whether it is putting their lives in harm's way in combat or not being home to see their child's birth.

Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to reflect and thank the veterans who have protected the freedoms that we as a nation take for granted.

As a Muslim-American, we can sometimes be portrayed as people who aren't loyal to our nation. This, however, is far from the truth for the majority of Muslims.

The Prophet Muhammad said, "Love of one's homeland is a part of faith." Muslims honor the veterans that fought for our country from not only a national commitment, but also a religious one. Freedom is never free, and we must thank the people who have devoted their lives to protect it.

Rafé Tariq


Thanks for remembering

Nov. 11 is a day of remembrance and thanks for our veterans and military. My husband is a veteran of the Korean War, often called "the forgotten war."

We were so appreciative of the tribute at Frisch's restaurant on Harrodsburg Road, which displayed American flags and flags from each branch of the military in the windows. Also there was a fitting memorial in the front of the restaurant: a small table with a white cloth, candle and empty chair held the sign: "MIA, we have not forgotten."

God bless America.

Lynn Birch


Special-election letters

Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.