Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Dec. 4

KU's hike too high, protest to PSC

You have to give credit to Kentucky Utilities for its Notice for Rate Increase published in the Nov. 26 Herald-Leader. The day before Thanksgiving — families are traveling to be with loved ones or busy making holiday preparations — so KU knows many people will miss reading their paper.

According to their calculations, rates for residential service will only increase 9.57 percent. That's only a little over 5.6 times my cost of living increase of 1.7 percent.

The price increase has the basic residential service rate going from $10.75 to $18.00 per month. I compute that to be a 67.5 percent increase. I'd like KU to explain how they reached the 9.57 percent increase that was published.

Each person who reads this should write a letter objecting to this increase to the Public Service Commission, 211 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky.

The rate increase is scheduled for Jan. 1, so don't delay. If all of us as a community write letters objecting to the rate increase, then maybe we can get the increase reduced to only a $1 or $2 a month.

We only have ourselves to blame for paying higher prices if we fail to take any action.

John Amshoff


Paul wrong on spying

I read Rand Paul's rebuttal to "Rand Paul on wrong side of spying reform."

The bill, which he did not support, curbed government intrusion.

It was crafted by transnational corporations as well as civil liberties groups. This is confusing. Why do Google and Microsoft even have a say? Isn't the question what is best for the people who use the Internet?

Knowing what we know about loopholes, the revolving door and bills written by lobbyists, we'd like to know what caveats Google and Apple wrote into this bill. This didn't figure into Paul's nay vote. He is just interested in surveillance.

Eighty percent of us in the country agree our federal government has been corrupted by money and that our representatives and senators cannot win elections unless they have the blessing and finances of the transnationals. Perhaps surveillance is the most important thing, but having corporations write law is just as bad for us.

After reading the articles carefully, I have reached the conclusion that both the paper and the senator are barking up the wrong tree.

Sara M. Porter


Objectionable attitude

As a retiree and recipient of a state pension and a registered Democrat, I find very objectionable the comments by House State Government Committee Chairman Brent Yonts, D-Greenville.

It was reported in your good article Nov. 28 on the need for more transparency in the state pension system, that Yonts was not inclined to support bills by either Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, or Rep. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, seeking to open more transparency and control of the beleaguered pension system.

Yonts stated, "Frankly, I don't think that's the public's business." The legislators gave themselves a different pension system than the employees, one which is much better funded. Both are shielded from scrutiny. Investment managers were paid $55 million last year with little accountability for fees.

Are the legislators not servants of the people? If not the public, then who should know how our taxes are spent, or more likely misspent?

John V. Payne


Healthy skepticism

I have long found the health column a source of useful information. But after seeing The Los Angeles Times piece about school lunches, I may change my opinion.

Writer Karen Kaplan says cafeteria lunches are, on average, much healthier than packed meals from home. That may be true. The numbers cited in the story, however, are completely unbelievable.

According to Kaplan, the average cafeteria lunch includes 8 to 10 ounces of meat or meat alternative, 2.5 cups of fruit and 3.75 cups of vegetables. Not one of those figures can possibly be correct.

The meat is what you find in two McDonald's Quarter Pounders or half a jar of peanut butter. A construction worker might eat that much for lunch, but not the average school kid.

The fruit is equivalent to 15 boxes of raisins. But those quantities seem downright reasonable compared to vegetables: almost a quart. Have you ever eaten a quart of vegetables at one sitting?

If this is an example of how the health column is edited and checked for accuracy, I have to wonder whether we can trust other stories where the claims may be both harder to assess and more important for our welfare.

George Garber

Lexington(A later online version of the school-lunch story clarified that the numbers were weekly, not daily.)