Replace all history with native themes
As a Native American, I do not have a dog in this current fight about the Confederate flag and historical statues. Furthermore, I think my ancestors knew a little about uncontrolled immigration. Having said that, I have developed a solution that should appease both sides.
On one side, I think we should re-carve Stone Mountain into a depiction of Custer's Last Stand. Then replace all Confederate statues with statues of famous Native Americans such as Sitting Bull and Red Cloud.
Then on the other side, we should take off the name of Martin Luther King Jr. from every road, building and school across the country. They could be renamed with an Indian theme. There could be "Peace Pipe Boulevard" or "Smoke Signal Lane." My favorite would be "Forked-Tongue Political Way."
Obviously, these ideas are absurd and this letter is written with forked tongue in cheek. I just find the recent direction our country is going very alarming and sad.
No minimum wage hike
Wage controls didn't work in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Eastern Europe or pre-Thatcher Britain, and yet there are some on the city council who think they can make them work in Lexington.
The increase in the minimum wage in Puerto Rico in the early '80's is a primary cause of their financial difficulties today.
There are many good, growth companies that use minimum wage labor. As they grow out of their facilities, it is just as easy to hop across the county line where costs are less than in Fayette County. In such a case Lexington also loses wage taxes and real estate taxes.
Good businesses that require unskilled labor might want to start up in or move to Lexington. Why prevent them? Let people get jobs.
Spotlight Ky. legends
Not being brought up in Kentucky I can say I have never heard of Lyman T. Johnson or William Wells Brown and their names are not in the World Book or the Information Please Almanac. Any replacement for the Jefferson Davis statue should be a more outstanding choice like Daniel Boone, Thomas Walker or Kit Carson. We cannot improve history, only the present.
Thanks for help, seat belts
Last month, I was involved in a single-vehicle accident on the inner loop of New Circle Road between Richmond Road and Alumni Drive. Fortunately, I was not seriously injured. After the accident, there were so many strangers who helped me.
The kind and thoughtful motorists who immediately came to see if I was OK. The police, fire, emergency responders and hospital personnel — all of them comforted and helped me and were simply amazing. Their sincere concern for my well-being was truly humbling.
Because the car rolled, I was transported from the scene to the University of Kentucky hospital's emergency room for tests. My experience affirms that seat belts save lives and serious injury as well. Please, take the time to buckle your seat belt. It is truly a lifesaver.
Samye Miller Stith
Rethink Benedict Arnold
In a recent column, a Jefferson Davis descendent argued that we should consider the entire career of the Confederate president, not just his few years leading an armed insurrection against the United States in defense of slavery.
If so, then Benedict Arnold deserves similar consideration.
Forgotten are Arnold's first 39 years of life as an American patriot: a member of the Sons of Liberty, major general in Washington's Continental Army, and war hero.
He served as a Connecticut militia captain at the Siege of Boston and as a leader in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Wounded in battle at Saratoga, he refused amputation and wound up with one leg two inches shorter than the other. Upon his return to Valley Forge, his troops greeted him with applause.
Instead history remembers the notorious year of Arnold's British Army service. British General Arnold led raids on Connecticut. His 1,700 troops crushed the 150 state militiamen defending the coastal town of Groton and burned the seaport of New London to the ground.
I recommend Connecticut citizens follow Kentucky. Let a statue of Arnold join honored leaders in their state Capitol. Let us not focus on one year of Arnold's life.