Lions Club fair a gift to community
The Lexington Bluegrass Lions Club is to be thanked and congratulated for the outstanding service work they do in this community, most recently the successful Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station. In spite of rain and ongoing traffic detours, they prevailed. Civic-minded Lions Club men and women give freely of their time and talents to make this annual week a success.
I was invited by a friend to attend the Lions Club free service testing eyes and hearing, which resulted in recommendations for further follow-up with my doctors. I am sure many others were directed for the first time about their sight and hearing.
The 4-H swine show that day, participated in by many youth from throughout the region, was a success. Spectators seemed to appreciate the showmanship and dedication these youth displayed in the show ring.
There were rides for folks of all ages, including a live camel ride. Typical fair food booths and other entertainments were plentiful throughout the midway.
Most notable were the hundreds of families and participants of all ages, descriptions and ethnic backgrounds, moving throughout the grounds obviously having a great time.
Thanks for this great community work.
J. Henry Duncan
The African slave trade stands as one of the truly ugliest and most regrettable periods of human history, let alone American history. The atrocities that occurred as people were treated as mere chattel are sobering reminders of how economic progress can be justified no matter the price of suffering.
The role Jefferson Davis played in all this is not as simple as it seems. Although he was in fact a slave owner, he was also a very progressive one. He established a schoolhouse on his plantation and encouraged literacy among slaves, virtually unheard of in his day. In fact, shortly after his release from prison after the Civil War, a former slave of his actually sent money to the destitute Davis.
Davis' role in the slave trade and the Civil War is far more complicated than it appears. While I would not necessarily claim that he was heroic, he did have a prominent role in our history and people should educate themselves fully about him before they rally to tear down his statues.
I find myself sadly amused by the hypocrisy of the county clerks in their refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Their faith is so strong that they are unable to issue licenses yet it is flexible enough that they can request that licenses be issued online, essentially washing their hands of the tawdry affair.
Their faith is so strong that it prevents them from doing the job for which they were elected but it's not strong enough for them to resign. They want permission to have it all; practice their faith and not have to deal with the reasonable consequences of not doing their job.
If they truly feel that strongly about the issue then they should resign, run for the legislature and push for the change that they want. I don't have to agree with them but at least then I could respect them.
Come clean EPA fans
The June 13th article, "Don't sell us short; Ky. can meet clean-power, efficiency goals," demonstrates the incredible lengths allies of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon regulations will go to mislead the public on the true costs of its proposal.
The author not only erroneously cites an 8 percent reduction in electricity bills by 2030 as a result of EPA's rule but also conveniently leaves out the fact EPA acknowledged in its own calculations a 6 percent increase in average electricity rates in 2020 and 3 percent in 2030.
These numbers may appear harmless but do not take into account substantially larger electricity rate increases, potentially reaching double-digits, in individual states.
The attack on the industry for raising concerns about the impacts of these regulations on vulnerable communities is baseless. Seniors and minorities, demographics making up the largest percentage of lower-income households in the U.S., already face the highest energy-to-income cost ratio. These lower-income families will see their modest budgets shrink even more.
EPA's rule clearly misses the mark on many counts and I urge allies of EPA's misguided climate initiatives to come clean about the true costs of this dangerous proposal.