Following McConnell's energy advice would harm Ky.'s economy
The Energy and Environment Cabinet appreciates Sen. Mitch McConnell's comments and concerns in his March 3 column, "States should reject Obama mandate for clean-power regulations."
We, too, share his desire to keep electric rates low for all Kentuckians, including the manufacturing industry that provides more than 230,000 jobs in Kentucky.
Because at some point greenhouse gas regulations may become a reality, be it now under 111(d) or at some future time, it is important that we plan for that eventuality by working with energy stakeholders to craft a road map from which to navigate. We also feel an obligation to create a transition document that can be handed off to the next administration in December.
The overwhelming majority of our stakeholders are telling us to make preparations to submit a plan. Failing to follow through with creation of that plan means Kentucky would most likely have to abide by a federal implementation plan that would cause harm to Kentucky's economic future and burden the next administration with challenges not of its making.
Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment
Many among us
During the Grammy Awards, I was happy to hear President Barack Obama call attention to violence against women and girls. The numbers are shocking: 1 in 4 women have been victims of domestic violence; 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape or attempted rape. He admonished the millions: "It's not OK," and "it's on us" to stop it.
I also wondered how many people heard this message in only a heterosexual context? A 2010 survey by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of serious intimate partner violence.
It further revealed that 75 percent of bisexual women, 46 percent of lesbians, 43 percent of straight women, 47 percent of bisexual men, 40 percent of gay men and 21 percent of straight men had been with violent partners.
Noticeably and sadly missing from the survey were respondents who identify as transgender. After 18 years of working to end intimate partner and sexual violence, I offer these statistics to highlight that many among us suffer in silence and that resources must be meaningful and welcoming to all who seek them. I offer to my LGBTQ community that "it's not OK and "You are not alone."
LeTonia A. Jones
Webster critic satire-challenged
I have read Larry Webster's columns for a decade or more. I laugh and enjoy each one, but can we get Alan J. George, the Woodford County attorney, a fainting couch? His knees are weak and his head swimming.
How else to explain his hateful Feedback column bashing Webster's recent satirical look at his area, political observations and law practice.
Tie Rod understands irony, satire, and humor. Why can't George?
Norman E. Goldie, Jr.
Marijuana, driving bad mix
In reference to Larry Webster's column, " Citzens on the losing end," my sales job requires me to drive over 20,000 miles a year. I encounter many things along the way, including weather conditions and aggressive drivers.
Webster's idea that no level of marijuana intoxication would impair a driver is just not true. They do not smoke it to stay on the same level, they smoke it to get their mind at another level.
Just wondering, what was he smoking when he wrote that column?
Kudos for Dr. Kaak
As a licensed clinical counselor and a person who has known and admired Dr. Otto Kaak for years, I thank you for allowing him to address the ongoing problem of psychiatrists who have become primarily givers of RX — without really addressing the patient to any great degree.
Also, his honest statements about how insurance companies are often behind limiting the time a doctor is allowed to respond to a patient should be known by anyone who seeks medical help.
Throughout his career, Kaak has cared deeply for the most vulnerable of our population — children. His skills are great, but his caring heart is even greater.
Senate should let voters decide
I appreciate your story about the Senate State and Local Government Committee failing to hear House Bill 70 for the restoration of voting rights for former felons. It is outrageous that the Senate refused to hear this important bill.
The article talks about Sen. Rand Paul appearing before the Senate committee last year to talk about voting rights, and his support is appreciated, but the real heroes here are the citizens from across Kentucky who have been working for this bill for the past nine years.
HB 70, if passed, would put this issue to a referendum. Is the Senate leadership afraid of what the people of Kentucky have to say on this issue? I say let the people vote,
People from across the nation gathered in Selma, Ala., last weekend to remember the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sundaywhere people marching for voting rights were viciously attacked. The struggle continues today right here in Kentucky.
Following the University of Kentucky vs. Auburn game, my 9-year-old son, Jackson, desperately wanted to stay for Coach John Calipari's radio show. Originally from Kentucky, I took my son, daughter and father to the game and to visit family.
After the game, we made our way to the front of the crowd, my son began waving his Kentucky jersey wildly in hopes that Coach Cal would sign it. He was told by one of the workers, "young man, Coach only signs specific balls." He was crushed. Jackson buried his head in my chest and tears flowed. What happened next is one of those life moments you remember forever.
The young boy in front of use whispered something to his father and insisted on giving my son, a complete stranger, his freshly autographed ball. His father also insisted, stating they go to many games and have a lot of memorabilia. My son was beyond elated.
We will never forget this amazing and truly selfless act from this very special boy named Eli. He and his father have no idea the immeasurable happiness they brought to my son. Jackson is now looking for an opportunity to pay this forward.
Glen Dale, W.Va.
Paul shows true colors on gay marriage, Iran nukes
Sen. Rand Paul, presidential hopeful, wants to appeal to young voters and disaffected groups as a different kind of Republican. But he is revealing his true colors lately. He gave an interview to Fox News claiming that marriage equality "offends" him. He proposed a separate but unequal solution similar to civil unions that some states have tried and found inadequate.
A true libertarian would be offended at the intrusion of government into the private lives of people. I remember when this state and many others banned interracial marriages because they offended the powerful. Fortunately, the basic constitutional rights of citizens are not based on whether or not others are offended,
Paul failed to prove himself a leader again when he joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 45 other GOP senators in sending a letter to Iran promising that no treaty negotiated with President Barack Obama would be ratified. Since a treaty is the only way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon other than war, this is a de facto declaration of war. The time for Senate debate of any U.S. treaty is after it is negotiated. This preemption violates the separation of powers, undermines national security and borders on sedition.
Lessons from the snow
City's poor response Gray's first big misstep
After the horribly mishandled snowstorms of the mid-1990s, I had expected that the city would have made some sort of plan to handle future ones. Obviously I was mistaken, and this is the first major disappointment that I've had from the Gray administration. I really expected better than this.
A few tips for future reference, if any potential mayoral prospects are listening:
It's perfectly logical to plow the big streets first, but when they're clear it would be nice to plow some other streets so people can actually get to the big streets to drive on them.
If we have 26 plows (I think that's what was reported in 1994) and 1,100 lane miles of roads, that's less than 50 miles per truck. You ought to be able to cover that many miles in three days, maybe even in one.
If you're going to drive a city-owned snow plow (or even a school-district-owned one) down an unplowed street, would it really hurt that much to lower the blade instead of just driving down it with the blade up and leaving all the citizens stranded behind you?
Lexington can do better at clearing sidewalks
Two suggestions for clearing next winter's snow from the public sidewalks:
For the city: Toughen the sidewalk shoveling ordinance and enforce it, beginning with the landlords and the businesses that clear their parking lots and ignore the public sidewalks. The Aylesford neighborhood near the University of Kentucky would be a good area on which to focus.
For the public: If you live near someone who can't (or won't) shovel the sidewalk, do it yourself. Be a good neighbor and help make the sidewalks on your block obstacle-free.
Witt overworked deputies during snowstorms
During recent snowstorms, Fayette Sheriff Kathy Witt assigned what deputies she has left to transport medical personnel to their respective hospitals and workplaces. She also had her deputies deliver medications to citizens who needed them.
All of these are worthy duties that help out our community in an emergency. My problem is that she expected these deputies to stay on duty until 1 a.m., then come back to full duty at 5:30 a.m. the same day. All of this, without being given enough opportunity for a break or the chance to eat a meal, has got to violate some labor law.
James Jeffrey Coleman