Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 19

Ditch Time Warner and let city provide high-speed wireless

I agree wholeheartedly with Tom Eblen's column on the Time Warner dispute.

I own an IT consulting firm in Lexington and have plenty of experience in how terrible Time Warner treats its business clients, myself included.

I believe cable TV is a dying service. Video-on-demand services over the Internet are the wave of the future. To compensate for the lack of a city-owned cable/fiber infrastructure, the city could build a high-speed wireless infrastructure that could offer a bundle of video-on-demand services along with DVR units.

True, these wireless towers will still need a high-speed backbone but that's easier and cheaper to do than running new cable to each household.

Another option would be for the city to buy out the existing cable infrastructure. I am in the process of building a new home near Hamburg, and I requested that it not be cabled. I was told by my builder that the cabling was required by the city and, thus, I am stuck with it.

It's time the city buys back the infrastructure it helped build, or abandon it altogether for a citywide wireless solution.

Tracy Hardin


No email hell for voter letters

I was disappointed to read that the Kentucky legislature's "green slips" are getting pink slipped.

Moving to just an email system of leaving messages to our state senators and representatives will lessen our voices in Frankfort.

Our messages will be lost in email hell and become inconsequential. The green slips sent to lawmakers are tangible and important tools and we must not allow them to become invisible.

Bernie Kunkel


Listen to executioner's lament

I agree with Allen Ault's position in the Oct. 12 column, "Executioner's lament," that we should end the death penalty in Kentucky.

Ault provides clear examples of the informed and meaningful conversations that we need to have as we are continuously challenged by complex problems in our world today.

I wholeheartedly concur with his reasons as to why capital punishment should be banned.

Particularly, I appreciated his honest, firsthand narrative resulting from his experiences as the director of the Georgia Department of Corrections.

I was moved by his account of the toll capital punishment has taken on his life, as well as on his peers and coworkers.

His story provides a sobering, deep reflection on the issues that are often missed in our conversations about this issue.

Through sharing his story, Ault invites us to ponder the impact of using our hearts as legitimate and informed instruments as we make public policy decisions. This is an invitation we should all accept.

Lynn Motley


Wrong to shut out Libertarian

When will we have truly open elections and campaigns?

Once again, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, David Patterson, was denied participation in the televised KET debate. First, by KET's 15 percent or greater polling requirement (Patterson had been polling at 12 to 13 percent) and $100,000 support requirement.

Then he was denied by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, citing lack of support (i.e. money).

A candidate has trouble reaching enough voters to raise that kind of money without public TV exposure. The strategy to limit participation of other parties and candidates ensures that nothing will change in Washington anytime soon.

I am surprised that KET is going along for the ride. Perhaps it is not as independent as it thinks.

Karl Pfeifer


Sad day for Berea

The Berea City Council, in its Oct. 7 negative vote on Ordinance #18-14 pertaining to "gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status," turned its back on this community and its college's exemplary and noble 16 decades of human-rights leadership.

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the college and this community admires the steadfast dedication to each individual's human dignity and right to the pursuit of happiness. The college was forced to close and struggled during the Civil War and endured indignities of 20th century legislated segregation. Have we learned nothing?

Council members masked their emotions with trumpeted virtues of community service, lifelong residency, and some in their roles as educators. The remotest enforcement expense trumped the dignity of women and men. Their misdirected pride in community service overwhelmed any capacity for critical thinking.

The college explained its nondiscriminatory policies in a letter to the Berea Citizen but waffled in providing vigorous leadership for the passage of the ordinance. The students, staff and faculty live and work in a safe environment but walk across the street into bigotry and prejudice.

It was a sad, even humiliating, day for this community. We look to the day when wiser more compassionate leadership will prevail.

Kelsey Murdoch


Let Saudis fight ISIS

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz lectured western nations recently on the threat to them from ISIS, the jihadists ravaging much if not most of Iraq and Syria.

The threat involved homegrown U.S. and European Muslims or converted Muslims joining ISIS and, after beheading enough folks to establish the Islamic caliphate, returning home to terrorize Americans into submission.

Saudi Arabia shares a 600-mile border with Iraq so Abdullah attempts through scare tactics to goad the West into fighting a war to protect his oil, similar to the Gulf War of 1991, in which Bush 41 managed a UN-sanctioned 100-hour war to save the Saudi oil, throwing Saddam out of Kuwait, thus nullifying his attempt to overrun the entire Arabian Peninsula.

Saudi troop strength numbers 233,500 that can be in Iraq within hours. ISIS strength is reputed to be about 10,000, giving the king an advantage of 23 to one. The king has 1,095 tanks; 7,202 armored vehicles; multiple rocket-launch systems and 652 military aircraft, 229 of which are modern jet-fighters.

The West should demand the Saudis protect their own derrieres since ISIS, if successful, would throw the king (or his head) into the Red Sea and take his oil.

Jim Clark


Cal, fans each choose fiveRecently University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari said that the only thing he was interested in was getting eight players drafted at the end of season.

What ever happened to winning a national title?

My solution for this is play the players like he did this summer. I call it five in-five out every five minutes.

It was fun and we got to see all the players play.

The starting five would be Calipari's choice. The second five may well be some of our choices.

James Rodgers