Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, November 14, 2014

Endless beeping? Thank LexTran

I want to thank LexTran for adding warning signals to its fleet of buses. It is comforting to hear the sound of construction equipment going in reverse all over Lexington. Starting each morning at 6 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. citizens of our community can enjoy the serenading of the BEEP-BEEP-BEEP coming from buses. It is especially enjoyable in the downtown, University of Kentucky and Euclid Avenue areas where residents and hotel guests are lucky to have multiple buses traveling through their neighborhoods.

I am sure the Chamber of Commerce or the Downtown Lexington Corporation or the Urban County Council are soon going to give some type of award to LexTran for its commitment to making Lexington a more livable and enjoyable place to live, work, visit or simply walk.

The only thing LexTran could do to improve the experience would be to change the warning signals to speakers that play pre-recorded seasonal music. Or, even better, to increase revenue LexTran could play advertisements.

So keep up the good work LexTran. I am sure riders enjoy the free hearing protection you pass out when they get on a bus.

Wayne Wilson

Lexington

Friend of smog

If you want to destroy the Kentucky economy, you could hardly come up with a better plan than the new smog regulations being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is considering stunningly expensive reductions in ground-level ozone (smog), after its last reduction in 2008 was just upheld by the Supreme Court. Why? Because regulators have to regulate, apparently. NASA announced in June that its Ozone Monitoring Instrument, orbiting the Earth for the last decade, has documented a large and noticeable improvement in U.S. air quality in that time.

This unneeded new rule would hit Kentucky like an economic asteroid. When the EPA first suggested it back in 2011, the costs were estimated to hit $1 trillion. A new study predicts that Kentucky's costs alone would hit nearly $32 billion by 2040, with U.S. cost reaching $3.4 trillion. That would be devastating. Kentucky's energy production, construction and manufacturing would slow to a crawl. We would lose thousands of jobs across multiple industries — for a rule we don't even need.

We have to stop this rule before it stops our economy.

Garred See II

Lexington

Cardinal Hill is great

I was a patient in Cardinal Hill for several weeks and found every employee was there not to just draw a paycheck but truly dedicated to their position.

The nurses were prompt when needed. The therapists were friendly and patient, which made my therapy sessions so much easier.

Most of the time, when there is an inspection of a rehab center or nursing home and they receive a low rating, it will make the front page of the newspaper but an excellent facility such as Cardinal Hill is never mentioned. Lexington and surrounding areas are very fortunate to have this facility available. .

Virgina Spiller

Lexington

Climate propaganda

Michael Crichton warned: "The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda."

Reid Bryson, who died in 2008 and is considered by many the father of scientific climatology, wrote 230 articles and five books and is a member of the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honor, created to recognize outstanding achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment.

His verdict on man-made global warming: "It's a theory for which there is no credible proof. All this argument about the temperature going up or not, it's absurd. Of course it's going up. It has gone up since the early 1800s, before the Industrial Revolution, because we're coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because we're putting more carbon dioxide into the air."

He doubted the often claimed scientific consensus on climate change: "I know of no vote having been taken, and know that if such a vote were taken of those who are most vocal about the matter, it would include a significant fraction of people who do not know enough about climate to have a significant opinion."

Who to listen to: Al Gore or Reid Bryson?

George Tomaich

Lexington

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