Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13

Fayette road work dismal

I have been a resident and farm owner in Fayette County for 15 years. I have lived on the same road, which borders Bourbon County. In fact the county line runs directly through my farm and I pay some of my property taxes to Fayette and some to Bourbon.

The Fayette road department ought to be ashamed of itself.

Bourbon County checks my road up to the county line every week for potholes, surfacing repairs, tree trimming, mowing, etc. Every winter, without fail, workers scrape and salt the road as it requires.

Fayette cannot even decide if my road is a city or county road, so I guess workers consider it a “no man’s land” and never trim, mow, cut limbs or fix potholes. My employee took our tractor and scraper last winter, burning our diesel and time in freezing temperatures, to scrape the road many times for the other 200 residents so they could commute to work.

The irony is that I pay much higher property taxes in Fayette County. Shame on Fayette’s roads department.

Mary Claire Reece


Try a vegan new year

Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life?

Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork — yet another deadly weapon — is within our own control. Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

So how exactly are we in control? According to Gallup, more and more of us are choosing to avoid meat (22 percent) and also dairy products (12 percent). Supermarket chains, along with Target and Walmart, offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meat replacements and dairy products. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8 percent in the past decade.

Hundreds of school, college, hospital and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday and vegan meals. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell, and White Castle are rolling out vegan options.

Our own resolution can easily be about empowering ourselves with plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams and milks, as well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies.

Lyle Rutter


Police, cover your heads

I have worn several uniforms and volunteered with local police in Springfield, Ill. and in Lexington. One particular matter of dress appearance stands out.

Surely others have also noticed in TV news accounts or in newspaper photos that the Kentucky State Police always wear their distinctive headgear (or cover) and always appear as policemen. Lexington police officers, regardless of the weather, almost always appear without their cover.

A policeman should be no more likely to step out of his squad car bareheaded that he would be to do so barefooted.

This should be considered a constructive comment since I am a proud graduate of Lexington’s Citizen Police Academy.

James M. McGlennon


Congressmen add to debt

I find it more than disturbing that Congressmen Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie continually offer themselves up to the electorate as conservatives. However, their voting record would make any liberal proud.

Their recent votes to approve the omnibus spending bill which will increase our national debt to over $20 trillion, is shameful. The bill was more than 2,500 pages and they had less than 48 hours to digest it before casting their votes.

Attempts by the general public requesting an explanation on this and previous spending bills were met with silence or platitudes that said nothing. The people of Kentucky deserve better. Where is the accountability? The people of Kentucky deserve an explanation from them for their voting record. If they won’t give their constituents a straight answer, perhaps they will respond to the Herald-Leader.

William Marshall


No cheap coal here

Grayson Rural Electric Co-op supplies power to my residence in Rowan County. Its power is produced primarily from burning coal. My monthly electric bills average about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour.

My cost for electricity is much higher than the 10.4 cents per kwhr paid by the average Kentucky resident. Rural co-ops have higher expenses in order to service their lines in Appalachia, so a higher cost is to be expected.

But the next time somebody tells me that Kentucky has the lowest electric rates in the country, I must tell them that is not true.

Will it cost even more in the future? Of course, Kentucky coal is losing out for economic reasons. Coal is less expensive in the western United States.

The switch to natural gas, wind and solar should help to hold down future costs but remember that the cost of coal-powered electricity is already higher than many think.

The regulation of coal in Kentucky must proceed vigorously in order to reduce the environmental and health costs to citizens of Kentucky. Start blaming the politicians who will not recognize reality.

Larry Shelt