Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 15

No-parking surprise

I recently woke to discover that, without warning from city leaders or input from residents, my dead-end street had been turned into a no-parking zone on one side.

I understand that one or two neighbors complained about congestion from non-residents parking for a University of Kentucky football event that occurs perhaps six or seven times a year and lasts for less than eight hours. This precipitated the fire department’s involvement and the determination that parking on both sides was unsafe.

My home was built in 1926, thus the street is at least that old, and at no point in its 90-plus years do I know of any emergency access issues. A fire captain told me that emergency vehicles’ size necessitates a 12-foot-plus corridor. Oddly, garbage trucks, UPS and FedEx trucks, ambulances and firetrucks seem to navigate the street without difficulty or significant impediment. It may have not have been convenient or easy to drive down the street and turn around but success seems to have been the order of the day; at least, I have observed few marooned vehicles. Even a wayward semi with trailer was, with police help, able to back up onto Nicholasville Road.

Robert Matheny


The other heroes

As an Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow representing Kentucky, I am proud to advocate for our incredible community of military and veteran caregivers and on behalf of veterans in our lives.

My new normal began when Allen, my husband, was injured in October 2005 while serving in the Army in Iraq. Days before Allen was scheduled to return from his 18-month deployment, an IED blast left him with a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, a back injury, nerve damage and limited use of all four limbs.

Our world was turned upside down when he was no longer able to maintain his civilian job. His injuries bring different problems from one day to the next. Sometimes I recognize the man I married over 15 years ago; other times he is like a stranger. I try to make the good moments into memories.

I encourage readers to learn more about respite care and our growing community of military and veteran caregivers at caregiveraction.org.

Respite care means the privilege of being able to attend caregiver retreats, which allow me to connect with other caregivers and have time to myself – something rare for a caregiver and stay-at-home mother of two.

Chasity Tuggle


No thanks

We all know turkeys are slaughtered annually for Thanksgiving, but why does the Herald-Leader have to throw it in our faces with a photo of a girl holding a turkey that likely was soon on someone’s plate? Disgusting.

Jack H. Taylor


UK disrespects fans

As a longer-than-I-had-hoped resident of Louisville, I must comment on the contrast between the athletic brain trusts of the universities of Kentucky and Louisville.

U of L publicizes its athletics, using local (non-cable) TV stations to cover contests at prime viewing times. If they could reach a bigger audience by playing on the moon at 2 a.m., they would. This is a major contributor to U of L eating UK’s lunch in generating local fan support.

Conversely, my alma mater seems intent on satisfying only the big rollers. Let the little people scrounge for scraps. UK football and most basketball games are restricted to the poorly produced and heavily commercialized (and cable restricted) SEC Network. Also, two games are “featured” on a network that only those with computers, tablets, etc. can enjoy. The excuse that no other outlet was available stinks. The SEC Network Alternative showed a test pattern throughout the Nov. 6 game. Schedule games for maximum viewership.

I'll not even address the idiocy of scheduling women’s and men’s basketball games at the same time in the same city. Whoever made these decisions should find another occupation.

R.R. McClain


Job well done

Many times we read negative comments in letters to the editor. I wish to make a positive comment about the work being done on New Circle Road from the Versailles exit to Old Frankfort Pike. I travel that stretch several times a month and have witnessed the construction from the beginning.

I don’t know who the contractor is, but they have done a magnificent job. As difficult as it is to work around traffic, they kept the traffic moving all summer, re-routing to different lanes at times while widening the road. They have built three bridges and all with very little or no confusion. The job they have done thus far with their heavy equipment has been fantastic.

Donald R. Curtis


Strength in diversity

Beyond a recent letter writer’s point as a nonbeliever (at least in the Christian God), regardless of one’s religious or spiritual affiliation or lack of affiliation, all Americans must continue to preserve and cherish our constitutional freedom from state-approved, state-sponsored or state-imposed religion.

As a Christian, I regret the corrosive effects of pushing Christianity as the preferred religion. My friends, colleagues and acquaintances who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and affiliated with other religious traditions agree that one of this country’s strengths is our diversity of belief and the compassion with which we treat each other. When one appreciates that we all have far more in common than we have differences, it becomes easier to appreciate each other and to work together toward shared goals.

John S. Reed