Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 17

When did walking down Main Street, employed or not, become a crime?

This isn't my first commentary about local squawk radio and I'm sure it won't be my last, since the business model of ugly, uninformed vitriol appears to work for that medium.

I am referring to a host who complained about unemployed black youth walking down Main Street in Lexington.

Many thoughts came to my mind after the initial shock of these comments wore off.

What sort of person would make such a comment? Why would anyone simply walking down the street pose a problem? How does one know that someone is unemployed simply by looking at them?

I am sure that there are unemployed white youth walking down Main Street. Why did the host not mention them?

Left unsaid was whether black people whom he perceived as being employed also presented a problem when seen walking down Main Street.

Needless to say, walking down the street while black or while unemployed is not a crime and it should not alarm others. What we have is an example of racial profiling.

Perhaps this will help white people of good faith to understand why black parents fear for the safety of their kids.

Loren Drzal


Free lunch for all a bad idea

Giving a free lunch at 27 Fayette County schools to all students, regardless of income, to me is discrimination.

How can you do that? It's feeding children, and there is no better way to spend money, but do you have to feed them all?

From the few children that I have contact with they say the portions are small, which is good because they don't care for the vegetables. So what have you accomplished?

Before, we had criteria: the parents were below a certain income level. A system that bundles the haves and have-nots but is dependent on location does not work for me.

Norman M. Newsome


Full-time work for full-time pay

I am very concerned about the ethics complaint filed by Larry Owens against Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

If Ginn receives a full-time salary he should be working full time.

There needs to be a state statute that requires all elected officials who receive full-time salaries from taxpayers to put in a 40-hour workweek.

This complaint needs to be investigated, and if found substantiated it needs to be prosecuted in Fayette Circuit Court for theft. Would the University of Kentucky, Ginn's other employer, allow him to work two hours a day for a full-time salary? I seriously doubt it.

James Jeffrey Coleman


Leave out partisan cheerleading

I have no problem with political columnist Sam Youngman exposing the missteps and vulnerabilities of Alison Grimes. But how about showing a little more balance by critiquing the McConnell campaign as well?

In a recent column, Youngman dwelt only on Grimes "raising money and taking shots at McConnell." No mention was made of McConnell's regular attendance at right-wing fundraisers or of the continuous cheap shots at President Barack Obama's character.

Youngman might have also explained why McConnell "continues to be terribly unpopular in Kentucky" rather than insinuating that it is related to Grimes taking cheap shots. McConnell's low approval ratings may have something to do with his voting record that has consistently neglected the needs of women, college students, workers, the poor, and the environment.

Virtually all political advertising on TV lacks substance and contributes nothing to elevating the quality of needed public discussion. It is not fair to single out only one party for this practice.

Of course, Youngman is entitled to his own values and opinions, but he also has a responsibility to bring a modicum of fairness and balance to his reporting and not simply become a partisan cheerleader.

Charles L. Davis


Student warehouses

For the next 60 to 70 years, UK students in the college of architecture might cringe when they see the cracker-box designs of the new dorms that have been built on campus.

It appears that the new plan favors dollar signs as the most important images while trampling all over design principles.

The new structures look more like waterfront warehouses than university dormitories.

Avery Jenkins


Barr accessible and informative

Just a word of advice for columnist Larry Keeling: Ben Chandler lost his job in Congress because he didn't think he had to communicate with his constituents. He ducked us at every opportunity while soaking up free trips all over the world on our dime.

Rep. Andy Barr made a pledge to be both accessible and informative to the people in his district. He has been both and most of us who are not hard left liberals with an agenda appreciate it. My money gets wasted in Washington on things much worse than a postage stamp.

Jerry Shaw


Too much coverage of gay issues

The Herald-Leader continues to put all this devious sexual activity on the front page as you did July 30 about the poll on gay marriage. Surely, those who patronize the paper would enjoy reading something pleasurable that occurs in the surrounding areas of Lexington.

If people delve into this homosexual lifestyle, it is their personal business. But I deem your repetitiveness on this subject as continuing to flaunt and advertise for those who subject themselves to this lifestyle.

Things may be changing and opening up, but I hold steadfast in my Christian beliefs. Unfortunately, there is a segment that keeps pushing for acceptance of homosexuality from the rest of us. I say, "Quit trying to shove something down my throat that I choose not to swallow."

If I had a young child I would not welcome your paper into my home. Home is about family life congruent to rearing children, dining together and communicating on a daily basis. My college degree was in consumer science, which focused on home and family as the center for all necessary components of survival. However, I admit the walls are weakening.

Ellouise Shepherd

Pine Knot