Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 2

Crossdressing man in McDonald's ladies' room leaves bad taste

I would like someone to explain when it became politically correct for a restaurant to allow a man to use a ladies' restroom when they are dressed as a woman?

I am sorry if this offends anyone, but just because a man is having an identity problem, I do not want him using the rest room with me, my daughters, granddaughters or any female. They are inviting a tragedy to happen.

There is a local McDonald's that has allowed this gentleman to use the ladies' rest room. Why, are they afraid of a lawsuit?

A man is a man and a woman is a woman. Please, I know we are in an age where we are supposed to be allowing equal rights for all, and I firmly believe that is the way it should be, but this is just wrong.

This is a man who is 50-something years old and has used the men's room all his life. I commend the manager at the Frisch's in Hamburg for telling him "You cannot use the ladies' room here." I will not patronize McDonald's again until they stand up for what is right and I call on all Lexington residents to do the same.

Kim Palmer


Praise for Pitts on Appalachia

Wow. I just read a Pulitzer Prize-quality article in last Sunday's Herald-Leader. "Hurts to Leave, Hurts to Stay" by Leonard Pitts Jr. is one of the most sensitive pieces I have ever read about the problems of the Appalachian poor.

Pitts demonstrated that there are people at work locally trying to break the poverty cycle in Eastern Kentucky, God bless them. "Leave or stay" is the ultimate problem that can only be broken by the impact of such efforts as SOAR, combining local, state and federal reasoning and programs.

Are the leaders of SOAR and participants in its efforts wise enough to overcome the rhetoric of do-goodism and really do something great for Appalachia? Or are "yesterday's people" to be forgotten again?

Pitts is right to remind us that black poverty and white poverty are one and the same. Are Kentucky voters wise enough to vote their consciences and not their pocketbooks on Tuesday?

William E. Ellis


Watch candidate forums online

Elections are about choices. Candidates who run for elective office are applying for a job representing us as government leaders and decision makers. As citizens, we have the responsibility to evaluate candidates and make choices about who will best fulfill the responsibilities of the job they seek.

The League of Women Voters of Lexington co-sponsored 19 candidate forums this fall in conjunction with the Lexington Public Library, the Eastland Parkway Neighborhood Association, the 16th District PTA and the Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. All but one of the forums is available on Cable Channels 13 and 20, WKYT and YouTube. The schedules and links are available at www.lwvlexington.com.

We urge voters to watch the forums of candidates who want to represent you and make informed choices before exercising your right to vote on Tuesday.

Tamara Fagley


League of Women Voters of Lexington

Give extra back to taxpayer

Is there anyone on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council looking after the taxpayer?

We have a $12.4 million budget surplus on top of a rainy day fund balance of more $26 million, yet there is not a single thought being given to returning the surplus to the taxpayer.

There are 122,000 households in Fayette County. The surplus represents about $100 per household, many of which do not have the luxury of a rainy day fund.

That $100 could pay for Thanksgiving dinner. Then we would have something more to be thankful for — a local government that puts taxpayers first.

Ray Depa


Barnes was Kentucky treasure

Kentucky has lost a treasure with the passing of Thomas Barnes. A mutual friend introduced us this past spring after hearing about his new endeavor: Waterfalls of Kentucky. I contacted him about the possibility of visiting my family's farm because of the four waterfalls and pristine land.

He did, in fact, come to the farm and spent an entire day photographing the falls. He later contacted us to let us know that three of the four waterfalls would be included in his book. This news was overwhelming. But more importantly, the day we spent with Barnes was a blessing, studying flora, fauna, etc. We hiked and soaked up the waterfalls. When we got back to the house, my mother had cooked a big meal and Barnes joined us in continued fellowship and food.

We are blessed to have met this man. Of course, too, it is truly special that our waterfalls were chosen for his book.

Kitty R. Holbrook


Mural wrong for Lexington

Lexington is a beautiful city with a rich history of bluegrass, horses, bourbon, Keeneland, the University of Kentucky, the beautiful mural at the Blue Grass Airport.

What on Earth were the owner of the Pepper Distillery warehouse, the business owners in the Distillery District and PRHBTN's Jessica Winters thinking to allow French muralist MTO, to defile the Lexington landscape by such a trashy mural with a gang-related, protest-minded theme?

The mayor and council need to get involved and put controls in place if antagonistic murals like this are to appear in our beautiful city. What would they do if an indecent mural was plastered on the city landscape? This is worse; it is not art, just hate-filled trash.

If the Distillery District is trying to develop this area, this is definitely not the way.

Scott Joublanc


No to tax support for ark park

I do not want my tax money going toward a proposed religious creationist theme park.

The ark park is clearly a sectarian endeavor and should not be eligible for any tax incentives from the state.

Yet, Kentucky's state tourism board has given approval for tax rebates totaling nearly $18 million, approximately 25 percent of the park's total budget.

In addition, Kentucky lawmakers have given preliminary approval for $18 million in state tax incentives to offset the cost of the park's construction.

The city of Williamstown has offered a 75 percent property tax break over 30 years. This town of 3,200 is located near the site of the proposed park. Kentucky lawmakers have also promised an $11 million road upgrade to facilitate traffic to and from the park.

The Grant County Industrial Development Authority has offered a gift of $120,000, 100 acres at reduced price and a $62 million municipal bond issue.

According to supporters, this park would help with the high rate of unemployment in the area, But an applicant must profess to a required statement of faith: homosexuality is a sin, the Earth is 6,000 years old and the Bible is literally true.

Evangelistic efforts such as the Ark Encounter should not be support with taxpayers money.

Kenney S. Roseberry


Southland needs sidewalks

Leestown widening is going to include sidewalks to facilitate a pedestrian path to the new corridor. Great news.

Now, how about some sidewalks on Southland Drive, which is frequently and dangerously trekked by a lot of people who want to patronize the businesses?

Walking under the railroad trestle is almost a game of chicken. The city was able to dig up trenches for new sewer pipes on Southland and there is going to be a new health clinic, so why not sidewalks?

Is the Southland neighborhood in disfavor? Voters should ask candidates for all local offices to see exactly what they claim to know and what they claim their priorities are. Voters might be amazed. I hope it doesn't discourage people from showing up at the polls.

Sally Wasielewski


Bradlee cartoon a new low for Pett

On reference to the cartoon about newspaper editor Ben Bradlee: Every time I think Joel Pett has reached the bottom, he manages to reach lower.

I am not sure that the family and friends of Bradlee appreciate Pett's assumption that he died and went immediately to hell — a place of eternal torment and damnation.

Pett made sure to make the point, drawing flames in the background. How comforting to the family, in their time of mourning.

Of course, he made sure that the drawing of the devil/demon was his version of Richard Nixon. How very subtle, I am sure no one caught that. Pett's childish drawings and immature attempts at humor, are some of the reasons the Herald-Leader and Kentucky in general are not taken seriously by the rest of the country.

Please let us know when you get a serious and mature editorial cartoonist to join the staff.

Archie W. Falin