Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: March 27


The condition of our jails is horrific. I have a friend who fell behind on her child support and was lodged in the Lincoln County jail, where she shared a cell with seven other women. They don’t know where the water and fecal matter came from, but the floor at one time was covered with it.

They didn’t have cots and were forced to sleep on that floor. They were not given toilet paper or sanitary items, and no one was allowed to leave anything for them other than money they were allowed to have to buy some food from the canteen.

These people are our friends and neighbors, someone’s mothers and daughters. These people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Why do we treat people in such a manner? One minute you are a law-abiding citizen, then, when you can’t afford to pay something, you’re a criminal. Something needs to be done. We need complete jail reform and to stop putting people in jail because they can’t afford to pay child support. This is awful.

– Imogene Griffieth Burgin


When the myopic, hypocritical Republicans are lashing out at President Barack Obama about human rights abuses in Cuba, are they including the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay?

– John C. Wolff Jr. Lexington


State Sen. Chris McDaniel has taken the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and its financial shenanigans to task again. An ex-president who left the system under less than ideal circumstances is to be paid more than $300,000 from a college foundation for his past efforts — 14 well-paid years with Gateway Community and Technical College.

Sadly, I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. KCTCS and its foundations need to be reviewed with scrutiny by our legislators and the governor. Such goings-on are embarrassing to our state and a huge slap in the face to all those working hard and making big sacrifices to maintain colleges at a functional level on less and less funding. Disgraceful is the only word. KCTCS has outlived its usefulness and is a drain on an already drained system. All this misappropriated money needs to come back to Kentucky’s colleges and students

– R.J. Schafroth Pikeville


Near the end of a University of Kentucky basketball game, my girlfriend and I went to Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, which was crowded. The Cats blew out Alabama, and the place cleared out a bit.

Although there were open couches in the bar, the future — the bright future — arrived at ours. Dave asked if he and his three friends could sit with us.

After small talk, the conversation became serious, intense. I had to re-emerge from my chill brain to try to keep up with and learn from these young people. Oil prices, fracking, Trump, Bernie, California drought with its “exacerbating poorly designed infrastructure,” Russia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, beaches, tiny houses on a few acres, selling art, engineering consulting, small business.

The future is not angry, old white dudes sucker-punching protesters at a Trump rally. The future is young, vibrant, fully engaged, deeply informed, world-wise, smart people who totally see through the charades of the old guard. I’ve seen statistics on shifting norms and values of the next generation, and those hopeful statistics became very real for me.

Anger is not going to win. These young people are already bored with anger, if they ever went there in the first place. Bring on the future.

– Don Ament Lexington


Say what you will about “religious liberty,” a regressive legislature, our representatives, are pushing back against progress in this country regarding the rights of LGBTQ individuals.

The bottom line is that gays, lesbians, and those who are gender variant are our children, our family members, our co-workers and our friends. Refusal to understand or to accept them and insistence on the right to discriminate threatens the lives and wellbeing of our loved ones, particularly young people. How do you grow up healthy in a culture that sees you as “less than”? What if this were your child?

– Linda Angelo PFLAG Central Kentucky president Lexington


The headline blares: “Trump warns of riots if not nominated.”

No, he does not warn; he threatens. Despite the GOPs bleating that Donald Trump does not represent their lofty values, in the last couple of decades, I have watched this party slice off pieces of its soul to pander to the politics of extremism. How long will it be before Republicans capitulate and complete the sordid deal with this particular devil? One wonders how dictators and fascists rise to power in supposedly civilized countries.

Bit by little bit of lost morals. Inch by corrupting inch of compromised integrity. Step by slime-oozing step into a swamp of bellicose bigotry and outraged ignorance. If Trump’s unthinking mob catapults him to the presidency, if need be, through coercion or the violence he so slyly invites, the GOP can impotently watch through tear-blurred eyes their country suddenly become the world’s bad guy.

– Charles Edward Pogue Georgetown


On March 12, the Kentucky House voted for more plundering of taxpayers by passing the local-option sales tax. We never sent our legislators to Frankfort to work with the Chamber of Commerce to devise more ways to tax us. Let’s call or write our state senators and tell them to stop this egregious assault on the hardworking citizens of our state. We must live within our means, and it is time government does the same.

– Mark Kunkel Walton