Letters to the Editor

May 31: Letters to the editors

Since 1924, Calumet Farm has been home to many famous Thoroughbreds.
Since 1924, Calumet Farm has been home to many famous Thoroughbreds.

Insensitivity, inaccuracy appalling

On May 23, Odilon Paz-Salvador killed cyclist Mark Hinkel in a tragic and senseless drunken driving accident.

And yet, the family of Paz-Salvador recently called him a "really good guy" with a drinking problem and said that by biking on both sides of the road the Horsey Hundred was "just asking for an accident to happen."

I am appalled at the lack of sympathy and sensitivity for Hinkel and his family. This is the time to mourn the loss of an innocent man, not to make excuses for Paz-Salvador, who decided to drive with a blood alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit and crashed head-on into an oncoming cyclist then drove three miles with Hinkel injured in the bed of his truck.

Also, as a participant of this year's Horsey Hundred, I can personally attest to the fact that cyclists were not biking on both sides of Lisle Road. Shame on the Paz-Salvador family.

Max Bridges


'Good guys' don't drive drunk

I had a major problem with the article that said the man charged in a cyclist's death was "a really good guy" who may have a drinking problem and didn't do it on purpose.

I am quite sure attorney Mark Hinkel's family thought he was a great guy as well.

"Good guys" do not drive drunk nor do they leave the scene of an accident when they run over somebody. There were so many stupid statements in this article, I had a problem even reading it. Whether he did it on purpose or not, he got in the vehicle full of beer and left the scene of an accident.

If I was the family of Hinkel, I would probably take action against your newspaper for printing this.

William White


Bicyclists endangering many

This may not sit well with people who are avid bicycle riders. First of all, my sympathy to the family of Mark Hinkel.

I don't drink or smoke, so I can't imagine driving and drinking beer on a narrow road with lots of people on the same road riding bikes.

The church I attend is 28 miles from Lexington. I take Russell Cave Road from New Circle straight to the town of my church. From Russell Cave Elementary past Centreville, people on bicycles use this road, coming and going.

The road is curvy, hilly and narrow. The people on bikes have no respect for automobiles. I have taken my life in my hands several times trying to dodge them between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Our past school superintendent, Stu Silberman, almost lost his life on the road riding his bike.

The mayor and police department should reevaluate the leeway they give bicycle riders. They are no match for automobiles. The city is now putting in bike lanes in our neighborhood on Southland Drive. More and more people are going to get hurt or killed. Whoever is in charge of allowing bicycles on rural, narrow roads should rethink all of this before more tragedies occur.

Ronald V. Henry


Health, environment do count

That's the Environmental Protection Agency vs. the Energy Information Administration as reported in the May 23 Herald-Leader. The EPA's Clean Power Plan has indicated that it "will deliver climate and health benefits of up to $93 billion." The EIA study appears critical of the EPA plan, but the article also states that "the EIA analysis doesn't consider possible health and environmental benefits." If the reporting is correct, what kind of dumb study have we paid the EIA to do?

John C. Wolff Jr.


Your headline said: "EPA plan will further hurt coal." You just as easily could have said: "EPA plan will further help humanity survive on planet Earth." Just sayin'.

Michael Fogler


Cartoon tasteless

Joel Pett has reached a new low with his appalling ridicule of the University of Kentucky's plans for the Blanding-Kirwin Towers, associating them with the deadly attack on New York's Twin Towers that killed over 3,000 Americans.

How could he ever be so callous to the loss those individuals, their families and this nation experienced? His ridicule goes beyond the boundaries of decency.

Jenny Jones


Regarding the 9/11 reference in the May 21 cartoon about the University of Kentucky dorms, one word describes this cartoon: tasteless.

Jeffrey D. Moore


Road building hampering view of historic farm

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. The state brand, "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit," pays homage, and the very essence of what makes Kentucky unique rests in the limestone-rich soil. In a few months, the whole world will be watching Lexington as it watches the Breeders Cup.

But instead of showcasing the landscape, the expansion of New Circle Road just destroyed one of the most beautiful vistas: the view of Calumet Farm. Right now, a cement wall is being erected where the grass-covered verge of Calumet used to be. You do not have to be a local, or even in the horse business, to recognize the white fences or red and white barns of that iconic landmark.

But, instead of seeing horses grazing in the fields beside the road, now drivers will see only a modular, stacked concrete wall. Is this what we want the world to see: the removal of history, right at the moment Lexington is making history?

This is not the first time that a horse farm has been defaced by expansion of a road. But, if we try to protect historic farms, perhaps it can be the last.

Using the hashtag #savethebluegrass, let us make our voices heard.

Mariah Smock