U.S. obsessed with buying more stuff
I once again watched in amazement as television stations broadcast the masses stampeding over one another on Black Friday in their impulsive urge to purchase more stuff for their insatiable appetite of consumer goods that will inevitably wind up in the garage, a storage unit or the landfill.
People will store $200 worth of stuff in the garage while a $30,000 vehicle stays parked outside, or perhaps pay a monthly rental fee for a storage unit for their extra stuff.
Americans use the excuse to purchase larger-than-needed homes for more space to put their stuff. The majority of stuff people need is really a want and not a need.
How can this planet continue to provide the resources for this runaway human consumption?
By the year 2050, there will be an additional 2 million more stuff buyers. U.S. corporations need China's coal-fired electricity plants for the energy to produce the China-made stuff for the American consumer.
I wish all a Merry Christmas as I reflect upon our nation with its following generations and what the future holds for them as I bang this letter out on my old American-made typewriter.
Please thank Brian Basset, or the comic strip Red and Rover, for remembering Pearl Harbor. The other article with a Japanese dateline didn't get it.
Pearl Harbor is part of our heritage. Let us never forget it.
A World War II vet that cares.
Holiday display a gift
Every year on Chinoe Road is a wonderful display of Christmas.
I cannot imagine the time, energy and money it takes to give us all such pleasure. This year it is more magnificent than ever.
I wanted to thank the owners at 1008. We all should realize how lucky we are to be in the U.S.A., living near or in Lexington.
Monnie Gay Long
Beware use of statistics
Mark Twain astutely observed "there are lies, damned lies and statistics."
Ralph A. Ruschell, a Realtor and real estate developer, in a Herald-Leader op-ed, uses statistical analogy to discredit a recent study by experts in the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
The study was an agricultural analysis showing that agriculture and its attendant business enterprises and services -— the agricultural cluster — account for one out of nine jobs in Lexington/Fayette County.
The individuals who conducted the study are competent, experienced professionals with no axes to grind. They used valid and appropriate research methodology for the study.
The motivation behind the op-ed piece is transparent.
Ruschell portrays agriculture as contributing very little to the local economy and employment. He implies that the highest and best use for Fayette County farmland is for nonagricultural development.
The public should not be misled by such self-serving commentary.
Thanks for gas tax
I have noticed gas prices are low, and you can be assured politicians in Frankfort and Washington have noticed.
I would not be surprised if we hear these geniuses talking about increasing the state and federal taxes after the holidays.
Then, of course, gas prices will increase naturally; then add the brilliant tax increases, and we will be back in the same boat we were in about six months ago before gas prices started declining.
Actually this is a good thing, because in today's world we are in a hurry and don't spend much time with family, but we will.
The family of four that was going to the movies to buy popcorn and drinks because of low fuel prices can now stay at home, rent a cheap movie, buy some bags of popcorn to put in the microwave and enjoy togetherness.
The family that was going to eat at a restaurant can cook at home, and this will bring the family together and save money to fuel the vehicle.
So politicians and oil speculators, I want to thank you for bringing the family together, which could not have been done without your help.