Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 3

Area redistricted for no good reason

As the redistricting vote looms, I am disheartened to find that pleas from residents to remain in Stonewall Elementary are apparently not being mentioned at the school board meetings.

The redistricting committee appears to have used the boundaries of Robinwood neighborhood to redraw the map, and 200 or so houses there are being taken out of a district with declining population (Stonewall) and put into a district with growing population (Wellington).

Wellington is already over capacity and predicted to be over 130 percent full in three years with this redrawn map. In contrast, Stonewall is predicted to be at only 85 percent in three years.

Redistricting this small section of Robinwood doesn't meet any of the other criteria the committee used to redraw the city. The socio-economic dynamics do not change, the bus route still travels on the off side of Clays Mill Road and many Stonewall students still have to cross major thoroughfares of Clays Mill, Wellington and Man o' War. The residents of the affected area have started a petition to make our voices heard, but unlike other areas, we are apparently not even being discussed.

Susan Hamblen, Lexington

End police racism

The media and the black community have reported that white police are engaging in an epidemic of killing black men for no good reason except they are racists. This activity has become more evident this past year. The police seem to not be killing any other groups in this country so it must be racism.

It is evident the only way to stop this rabid behavior is to remove all police from black areas. It seems police are not engaging in racist behavior with any other groups but blacks. This should solve the problem.

Ted Woodley, Cynthiana

Shallow candidates

Defenders of presidential-candidate Sen. Rand Paul fret that the public may "misunderstand" Paul's Baltimore words.

Self-proclaimed champion of African-Americans, candidate Paul was glad the train he was riding did not stop in Baltimore.

Did anyone aboard take a photo that might remind voters of that now-famous fly-over image of President George W. Bush, looking out the window at Katrina?

A capable and genuinely-concerned candidate would have gotten off that train, traveled into Baltimore, educated himself, and shared empathy with the plight of people in troubled times. The day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, presidential-candidate Sen. Robert Kennedy resisted stay-away warnings, traveled to the heart of Indianapolis' African-American community, gave comfort and spontaneously delivered one of the best speeches of his life.

Shallow Rand Paul and other candidates need to reflect on Kennedy's words and actions of April 4, 1968. And citizens of this crumbling country need to ask why we accept slick rhetoric as a substitute for authentic candidates with substance.

Michael Gregoire, Louisville

Raise city minimum wage

As the Urban County Council considers a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage locally to $10.10 an hour, it may find the newly issued report "Out of Reach 2015" by the National Low Income Housing Coalition informative.

It can be found online at: http://nlihc.org/oor/kentucky.

Statistics show that in Lexington, to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, a worker making $7.25 an hour must work 63 hours a week. Obviously, an increase to $10.10 would have an enormous impact on our city's affordable housing crisis.

Businesses predicated on paying poverty wages, and requiring government to subsidize their operations by providing workers with the means for subsistence, should have no right to exist in our community.

Steven Katz, Lexington

Christian values vary

Each of the three most prominent Republican candidates for governor in this primary season repeatedly emphasized his commitment to Christian values. The trouble is that not all Christians have the same values.

To take just one issue as an example: On the topic of homosexuality "Christian values" range from the Episcopalians ordaining gay bishops to the Westboro Baptists preaching that gays should be executed. Different Christian groups cover a comparably broad range on almost every significant moral issue. When a candidate proudly proclaims his devotion to "Christian values," the next question has to be: "Which ones?"

York Dobyns, Lexington