Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: June 5

Ky. must focus on renewable energy

Oil trains keep blowing up and pipelines keep leaking. Despite more frequent incidents, some continue pushing to build more pipelines and repurpose old ones like Kinder-Morgan's proposal for a pipeline crossing Central Kentucky.

That's a terribly stubborn way of addressing energy needs: charging forward with fossil fuels that are increasingly difficult to extract and more expensive to get to market. It's like thinking you might be lost in the woods and just running the way you're facing. You're much better off pausing and figuring out a better way to go.

Kentucky could be a leader in a new energy economy by embracing the economic opportunities of renewable energy production instead of getting caught up in divisive rhetoric. Some coal jobs will never come back, mostly because we've already mined all the easier coal.

Instead of a miner's pickaxe, now it takes explosives and a valley to dump the spoils in. Mountaintop removal is typical of the local destructive impacts now required to profitably mine and drill.

Instead, Kentucky leaders and policies could favor installing solar panels, windmills and small hydroelectric facilities, generating local jobs and local energy production rather than black-lung disease and exploding pipelines.

Ben Miles, Lexington

Police keep us safe

In view of the widespread outcry against police actions taken in numerous cities, where is the voice of concern about the lawless violence that causes the police to respond to keep our cities and neighborhoods safe?

If it were not for the illegal activity of a minority of our population, there would be no need for a police response.

Why was there little criticism of Michael Brown in Ferguson for robbing a neighborhood convenience store? Why was there no criticism for Freddie Gray in Baltimore, who had past drug charges?

Granted, a small number of police officers become overzealous, but what would our cities be like if there was no one enforcing the law?

When burning and looting become more than the local police can handle, is it unreasonable to call in the National Guard to restore peace?

John Mitchell, Lexington

Odd view of jobless future

Getting one's wedding announcement printed in The New York Times is such a longshot that a cottage industry exists to get it done.

So, how is it that the daughter of former Berea College professor Michael Rivage-Seul got her wedding announced in that paper?

Well, it probably doesn't hurt that she married a guy who works for the world's largest hedge fund, and that his boss is a billionaire many times over and has publicists for his publicists.

Now, Rivage-Seul in his May 20 commentary, "Bring on the machines; more technology means more of a life," didn't list college professors (he and his wife) or lawyers (his daughter) in his long list of professions worthy of elimination. But his son-in-law's job certainly made the cut.

Hey, maybe ex-priest Rivage-Seul sprinkled some private stash holy water on the guy and granted dispensation.

Steve Newberry, Frankfort

Restore the ozone

What seems to have been overlooked in the discussion concerning carbon dioxide and global warming is ozone's role in it.

Fluorocarbons were banned in 1979 because it was considered that they were responsible for the thinning of the ozone layer and the hole in it over Antarctica.

Why would this matter? Because according to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA, the ozone layer started recovering in 1997. This is about the time that the current "global warming pause" began.

What makes this even more interesting is that scientists also believe that a decreased level of CO2 by about 30 parts per million changed the frequency of ice ages from one about every 40,000 years to one about every 100,000 years.

James A. Lindgaard, Richmond

Good care at local VA

I realize some Veterans Administration hospitals have problems, but the care and treatment I keep receiving from the Lexington VA is and always has been outstanding. The personnel are very professional and courteous in handling my many ailments.

I am a member of the local VFW Post and have heard many complaints from people about not receiving care and after checking into their complaints found that they didn't even qualify for medical treatment through the VA.

To the best of my knowledge, the VA never turned anyone away who needed emergency treatment. After stabilizing the patient they then directed the person to the proper place for further treatment. I have nothing but praise for the treatment and service I receive.

Estill Smith, Vietnam veteran, Lexington