Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 16

Keep, market city trolley

I am extremely displeased over the pending discontinuation for the downtown trolley service. Not only can this be a positive public giveback and a green initiative, it could serve an effective tourism function – if more aggressively marketed.

The current routes could be expanded to include pickups and drop-offs at downtown hotels. Why couldn’t local businesses on the routes and LexTran partner to improve ridership? Collaborate to offer coupons for discounts on meals or drinks.

I also recommend expanding the trolley hours to encompass the late closing hours of all bars downtown. Why even try to use the service if it’s only available to 12:30 a.m.?

Market the service aggressively to college students, even during freshmen orientation. You could also put a donation box in each trolley. I have talked to many riders who would pay something to have the service continued.

As one of Lexington’s most frequent tourists, I urge the LexTran board to reconsider the decision to discontinue this service. Make it easy for frequent visitors to safely access those great downtown venues and spend our dollars in Lexington’s revitalized areas.

Joe Murrell


Paper promoting violence

Who made the decision to encourage violence by putting a huge photo of an assault weapon front and center and offer it at a big discount for a Christmas gift? That’s disgusting.

Cabela’s should be ashamed of itself. And the Herald-Leader should be too, for accepting this ad insert. This is a perfect example of what's wrong with our country.

We continue to make guns front and center in our lives and make buying easy. More semi-automatic guns mean more mass murders, more violence. I recommend a total ban on gun ads and gun shows, and closing all gun shops. Make it impossible to buy any gun except hunting rifles.

Elizabeth Wallen


Secular season

On a December morning in 1962, I had a rude awakening. While walking three blocks to the post office, something caught my attention. Every store in the town where I lived was beautifully decorated for the season, but there was not a single symbol of the true meaning of Christmas. There was an abundance of tinsel and glitter, but the Christmas decorations, beautiful and eye-catching, were nothing more than sales gimmicks to lure customers into the stores and promote sales.

In the 53 years since that walk, the secular spirit has spread to other areas of our lives. Many businesses require employees to greet customers with “Happy Holidays.” The traditional “Merry Christmas” might be offensive to someone.

Numerous media reports indicate that this secularization has had a profound effect upon our education system. In some schools, Christmas programs have been replaced with secular programs that celebrate the winter solstice or changing of the seasons. Silent Night and other carols that express the traditional meaning of Christmas may not be sung, but Frosty the Snowman and songs like it are acceptable.

The secularization of society is becoming more observable as the years go by, and traditional values are waning.

Howard Coop


No free lunch at work

By the conventional political wisdom, Kentucky will become a so-called right-to-work state by the end of Gov. Matt Bevin’s term. Maybe so.

I believe labor unions would still survive even though it’ll be even harder. Just consider what the United Automobile Workers is doing with its member-only bargaining unit in Chattanooga.

Meanwhile, the so called right-to-work lobbyists in Kentucky say workers in union-organized workplaces ought to be allowed to essentially opt back into the at-will employment doctrine. They want to pay nothing and get nothing, in other words.

But that’s not exactly true. We know that some workers want the advantages of a union job without paying either dues or fair-share fees. It’s not really about freedom. It’s about the proverbial free lunch.

If Kentucky really wants a special law for them, let’s also be fair to workers who actually bear the essential costs of collective bargaining units — the union members. They are Kentuckians too. They also deserve the protection of our laws. Let's ban the free lunches and let the labor unions opt out of providing services to those who pay nothing.

Tom Louderback


Restrict guns

Civilization has always had to impose restrictions on “the many” in order to prevent the wrongful actions of “the few” and protect its constituents. We have to stand in long lines for security at the airport, have our bags looked into at the ballpark, etc.

I think now it's time to act again. I think it’s time for additional restrictions to be placed on having guns so that the many can feel safer going about our daily lives. Guns do not need to be taken away from the law-abiding, but should not be available to the few who would try to circumvent our laws.

Steve Spieth