Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 17

Brilliant state of the union

President Barack Obama’s speech was brilliant. More special than his intelligent understanding of our economy and place in the world was his plea for cooperation and compassion, strength in the union, and tolerance and restraint in dealing with other nations. His absolute dedication to a better future is reassuring and refreshing. As a strong leader the president gave a definitive message to those who wish to destroy democracy.

Gov. Nikki Haley, giving the Republican response, reiterated much of what the president expressed. She gave a very thoughtful, respectful view.

I especially applaud the president’s admission that he did not reach all his intended goals and his pledge to continue the hard work to improve this country.

The president asked that those who promote fear and untruths to garner votes accept responsibility for their actions and, rather, work toward a non-partisan approach to solving problems.

Sally G. Siebert


McConnell disrespects Obama, Ky

Watching President Obama give his State of the Union speech, I was sickened to see my senior senator, Mitch McConnell, act so disrespectful.

All through the president’s speech he sat stone faced, giving no positive response. Even when the president promised to bring jobs to Kentucky and West Virginia, through transportation and alternative energy, and help educate people that coal is dirtier and more expensive to mine. If McConnell truly cared about coal miners and their lost jobs, he should have jumped to his feet and applauded.

He knows how dangerous coal mining is to lives and health and that clean energy is replacing coal. Yet McConnell harps on saving coal. Perhaps he is worried about losing his 60-second campaign sound bites of fear and fright. There is no war on coal.

Terry Stahl

Bowling Green

When did president cry for police?

President Barack Obama’s recent performance, with crocodile tears for gun control was both sad and disgusting.

I’ve never seen him cry over a dead policeman or soldier. For an American president to use the death of innocent citizens to promote his anti-constitutional goal of gun control was low.

He talks of public safety and protecting lives, but look at his record: Millions of babies killed by abortions, he says nothing. He just released 250,000 criminals and will soon release terrorists from military control in Cuba.

When you hear gun control, global warming, Black Lives Matter, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, Syrian refugees, war on women, war on coal and cultural diversity, know these are politically correct causes that negatively affect your liberty, pocketbook and family. They’re part of an insidious political plan to transform away from traditional values: God, our flag and the American way. Put party labels aside and ask if you believe in this foolishness.

Read the history of the American Revolution which began when an autocratic ruler tried to control and collect arms from law-obeying citizens.

Robert Adams


Bevin, Stivers’ cozy trio

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers’ wife, Regina, to a plush job as deputy secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet at a salary of $112,380. What harm can come of that?

Clearly, the governor and Mr. and Mrs. Stivers have forgotten the adage that not only Caesar, but “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.”

Robert Stivers has piously proclaimed, “I’m not going to, in any way, compromise my beliefs, ethics or my duty to the legislative process because of this, make no doubt.” What is certain is that the Stivers will dine royally at the public trough. He gets $188.22, plus $154 per diem for each day of the legislature’s session. In a 60-day term, that would come to $20,533.20. A combined payday of $132,913.20. Nice work if you can get it.

We can take for granted the couple will have pillow talk about the state’s nearly $13.1 billion annual tourism industry and the agency that governs it. And Bevin will receive gratitude from a key lawmaker.

What a cozy arrangement for this trio.

Buddy Waller

Mount Sterling

Giving lie to war on coal

Curtis Tate’s article, “Ky. plants using more coal from out of state” (Sunday, Jan. 10) gives the lie to the Friends of Coal and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s cries about the Obama “war on coal” — when clearly it is free market capitalism that has declared Eastern Kentucky coal not worth the price of extraction, processing and transportation.

James Kemper Millard


Clarification on public art

The Urban County Arts Review Board wishes to thank Tom Eblen for his recent recap of the discussion around the John C. Breckenridge and John Hunt Morgan monuments in the Courthouse Square. We would however like to clarify the following point:

While UCARB did suggest the relocation of the monuments to publicly accessible and more appropriate spaces, our primary recommendation was that “the Mayor initiate a comprehensive review of the statues and historical monuments around the Courthouse Square…include significant new artistic design elements. These new plans should be created with a process that is systematically inclusive of broad community input and that seeks to provide a complete and accurate portrayal of Lexington’s history.”

We agree that art is essential and can engage citizens in thoughtful dialogue about history, values and contemporary life. Additional public art can soothe and provoke us, and we should welcome this.

Georgia Henkel, Urban County Arts Review Board Chair

Nan Plummer, Urban County Arts Review Board Member

Irresponsible drone operator

I recently read about a drone that crashed at Commonwealth Stadium last September.

The young man who owned the drone was very irresponsible and also lucky that somebody was not seriously injured. Two things are evident: the fact that the drone crashed is evidence of his inexperience in operating the vehicle; and his dismissal that the drone was harmless because it weighed only seven pounds.

The specs for this model state it can fly up to 50 MPH and at that speed it travels more than 70 feet per second. I’m not an expert in physics, but I believe seven pounds at 50 MPH could easily harm and possibly kill a person.

I don’t the University of Kentucky was overzealous and I believe he has gotten off lightly. I am puzzled he is so uninformed that he thinks he could invade a crowded and restricted space with no repercussions.

I am no fan of drones, they are noise polluters, an invasion of privacy and of no benefit in a crowded environment. I wonder if someday I might make the front page of your paper. The setting will be: “Scott County farmer shoots down drone with shotgun, says it was invading his space!”

Charles Adams