Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 24

Framing Firebrook subdivision at the intersection of Military Pike, right, and Harrodsburg Road, the oak, 400 to 500 years old, is on land under development by Ball Homes.
Framing Firebrook subdivision at the intersection of Military Pike, right, and Harrodsburg Road, the oak, 400 to 500 years old, is on land under development by Ball Homes. Herald-Leader

Cracking H-L edit's code

I have been a regular reader of your newspaper for over 30 years. It has taken me a while, but I believe I have cracked the code for how the Herald-Leader's editorial board interprets election results.

When Democrats have a good night, it is because they have superior ideas and platforms, intelligent voters who grasp them and understand what is truly at stake. If they lose: the end of civilization as we know it now. When Republicans have a good night, the reasons are: Scare tactics, negative ads, big money and stupid voters. The Democrats' informed voters for some reason stayed home.

A word on Joel Pett. He is obviously a talented cartoonist as evidenced by his many awards. If his goal is to infuriate, belittle and frustrate the seeming majority of conservative folks in Kentucky, then he is a master of his craft. However, if his goal is to challenge (respectfully) the "other" viewpoint, to show the sometime folly of both major political parties, and to encourage all citizens to engage in finding solutions and actually esteeming and honoring (this is not tongue-in-cheek) those who serve as elected leaders, then I submit he fails miserably.

David A Smith


Wow, what influence

Mitch McConnell was re-elected? Andy Barr was re-elected? How is this possible? The Herald-Leader endorsed neither and instead trumpeted the opponents of both McConnell and Barr. Yet McConnell won by by 15 points and over 200,000 votes. Barr won in an even more decisive manner; 20 points and approximately 50,000 votes.

I'll bet Elisabeth Jensen and Alison Grimes are so thankful that the Herald-Leader threw its considerable influence behind them. Just think what the numbers might have been without the Herald-Leader singing the praises of Grimes and Jensen.

Hey, maybe next time the Dems will get Slick and Hillary to make an appearance ... never mind.

Clyde Ripken


Share the road, pay taxes

A recent columnist writes that motorists and cyclists can share the road. I agree so long as the cyclists pay a tax and display a license on the rear fender. This has been done in several locations in which I have lived, including one where there were both a city and a state plate.

Stephen Stinson


Payday lenders mislead

A Nov. 8 letter defending Congressman Andy Barr was written by Charles Halloran, chief operating officer of the Community Financial Services Association of America in Alexandria, Va.

This trade organization represents the payday lending industry, the source of ongoing controversy due to its lobbying tactics and practices that New York Times chief financial correspondent Floyd Norris bluntly calls predatory lending.

Watchdog organizations, such as the Center for Public Integrity, have documented its surge in lobbying dollars and campaign contributions. One purpose: counter Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Critics have captured truly Orwellian lines, such as "payday lenders help families."

Lobbyists try to remake the industry's image with tags such as "community financial services."

When lawmakers take an interest in consumer protection, howls of "regulatory overreach" and "abuse of power" go up.

Kentuckians should thank Elisabeth Jensen for questioning Barr's first-term performance in this context.

Many of us will join the most vulnerable Americans as corporate lobbyists buy out legislators. For example, global trade deals claimed to be good for America are more likely good for big corporations and banks bent on exploiting cheap labor not on improving a decaying infrastructure with livable wage jobs.

Herbert Reid


Same-sex contracts, not marriage

Interesting editorial in the Nov. 11 paper. I have no problem with same-sex contracts for togetherness, to be treated exactly like married folks, but I do have a problem with calling it a marriage.

In an ordinary marriage, children will/may be born to the couple. No homosexual female couple can do that without the aid of a sperm donor. No homosexual male couple can produce children, period.

So consider this: If everyone in the world were homosexual and married and true to their vows, how long would the world last?

Elmer R Olson

Whitley City

Give Lexington gigabit service

I looked forward to your article about the city's new agreement with Time Warner — what a disappointment.

The headline gave the impression that the new agreement is a big win for customers. Really? Longer office hours and a new $500 fine for awful services? Wow.

I moved here from Austin, Texas, which has currently three choices for high-speed Internet, and two choices for gigabit-speed Internet coming shortly.

In the run-up to the election, the mayor's office trumpeted its efforts to ensure we get higher-speed service in the same discussion in your paper as the hoped-for improvement in customer service. Might have been nice if Beth Musgrave had asked why we are saddled with third-world bandwidth at the world's highest prices. Or perhaps we just got sold out for another 10 years of exclusive service by a company that has no skin in the game since it wants to give Lexington to another cable company.

I would like to know the city's plans for allowing customers (1) real competition, and (2) gigabit service in the next 18 to 24 months.

It would be great if the Herald-Leader felt it was its job to find out for us.

Richard Hahn


Midterm election a farce

My thanks to Ron Formisano for not ignoring the elephant in the political arena.

I'm guessing that, if pressed, most Obama haters would say, "I'm not a racist, but..." and then go on to blame the president for the decline of the coal industry or some other mythical assault on Kentucky. Or, as one voter responded to a Sam Youngman interview question, "He's awful." I wonder what that voter might have said if Youngman had asked her to describe Obama's "awfulness." Could she have named a single election issue? Is she possibly one of the many Obama haters who, ironically, are the main beneficiaries of the president's convictions that poor families deserve health care, clean air and water unpolluted by coal dust, a quality education for their children and a decent wage for hourly work? We'll never know.

Speaking of irony, I appreciate Matt Wuerker's cartoon entitled "Another Election and the Nation Proudly Proclaims The People Have Spoken."

What a farce this costly midterm election turned out to be.

Shirley Baechtold


White Ky. Dems dissed Obama

In the Nov. 17 edition, Ron Formisano complained about the criticism of Barack Obama by Republicans.

For the record, Democrats in Kentucky don't think much of President Obama either. Look at the 2012 presidential election in Kentucky. Obama lost Kentucky because Kentucky's white Democrats would not vote for him.

In 2012, there were three Democrats to every two Republicans in Kentucky. Yet Obama got only 37.8 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney got 60.5 percent. If white Democrats had voted for their candidate, the numbers would have been reversed.

So rag on Republicans any way you want, but Obama's problem in Kentucky isn't Republicans. It's the number of white Democrats who wouldn't vote for him.

Ted Smith

Park Hills

More to sports than basketball

Do the people who write your sports pages know that there is more to sports than basketball?

There was nothing in the Monday, Nov. 17, paper about NASCAR. Considering that Sunday was the last big race of the season, one would think your paper would do some reporting about it. Especially since that season was filled with controversy over the ridiculous new ranking system.

Mrs. Don Dance


Citizens fought to save tree from Ball Homes, but who gets award?

I am responding to Tom Eblen's Nov. 9 column about saving the Burr oak that stands on the hilltop across from Military Pike.

Maybe he isn't fully aware that Ball Homes was forced into taking the necessary measures to preserve that grand old Burr oak tree.

I find it upsetting that Ball Homes received an environmental award for doing the right thing only because many people fought to make the company live up to Lexington's "Tree City" designation and the responsibilities that come with that honor.

Unfortunately that tree now stands unprotected because the smaller trees that gave it protection from wind damage are all removed.

I hope Ball Homes and the city fathers and mothers take these responsibilities seriously. I also hope that everyone has learned enough from this battle that it never has to be fought again.

Patti Ruff