Op-Ed

Letters: Newspapers right to stand up to Trump

Charlotte Observer

Now, I am part of the solution

Though I’ve written a few letters to the editor, I’ve not subscribed to the Herald-Leader in many years.

After reading about the 350-odd editorials across the nation in response to the “enemy of the people” position of President Donald Trump, I realized I need to be part of the solution rather than a just a bystander.

I just subscribed to the Herald-Leader. I hope that my tiny contribution will help to balance the cascade of illogical, biased and sometimes frankly fallacious information that pours from the innumerable blogs, social-media sites and political infomercials parading as legitimate sources of news.

As an aside, I also recently made my first-ever contribution to a political candidate.

Better late than never, so they say.

John Vance

Versailles

Media plays key role

The media is the “fourth estate” or “the fourth branch of government” because they enable the people to keep the other three branches honest — something the people couldn’t do unaided even in this age of Twitter and Facebook.

So the first thing any left-wing or right-wing demagogue with dictatorial ambitions does is to discredit the media and substitute one medium — propaganda.

In the last century, this simple strategy succeeded repeatedly and fostered a series of political tragedies that spanned Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

The price of keeping it from succeeding again is eternal vigilance. That’s what the media are for.

Lela Stromenger

Lexington

Ignore Trump rallies

Last week, this paper joined others across the country in denouncing President Donald Trump’s childish, churlish, dangerous attacks on the media.

Why is the press still attending Trump rallies where they are being attacked? Nothing of import happens at them. Trump croaks a medley of his delusional hits and trash-talks to an angry, sympathetic mob of Trump fluffers that inflates his limp, sagging ego.

There is no news here worth reporting (let alone reporting ad nauseam) — just a sad, fragile, weak, deeply insecure man trying to hide from the truth of his own inadequacy

Charles Edward Pogue

Georgetown

Help us, Tom Eblen

A few months ago, I watched “The Life of Emile Zola,” about the French novelist whose life and career remind us that “words and ideas can change the world,” as Robin Williams’ character asserts in “The Dead Poets Society.”

As I watched Zola’s character battle corruption, I thought, “This is what our country needs — an Emile Zola, a writer with spellbinding words and revolutionary ideas.”

Then I realized we already have our Zola — the free press, which is under siege but is still keeping us informed, unsettled and hungry for truth.

Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen writes about local and national history, historic places and past and present events.

He is knowledgeable and passionate when he speaks out against corruption, injustice and civility. Listening to President Donald Trump’s disgraceful anti-American comments in Helsinki, I am filled with outrage.

Speak for us, Eblen, and expose the real enemy of the people.

Shirley Baechtold

Richmond

Cats’ fans not colorblind

While watching the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team play in the Bahamas, I noticed the fans were really cheering on players Tyler Herro and Brad Calipari. I also was cheering those two players on.

It really hit me that Calipari was loudly cheered when he entered the game. Nothing against him, but when former coach Tubby Smith’s son, Saul, played, people said he should not be on the team. Coach John Calipari knows that his son is not a great player, though he’s better than me by a long shot.

Why did the fans cheer Brad Calipari but did not cheer Saul Smith? Saul Smith had offers from other schools, but he wanted to play for his father. I suggest those who treated Saul Smith so badly take a long look in the mirror.

Black or white, all the players should be cheered by the fans.

Patrick Doyle

Lexington

We deserve better than Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin compared our public school teachers to a floundering drowning victim.

Teachers are as smart or smarter than Bevin. They know what is wrong with his sneaky pension bill. Our teachers deserve a pension bill that is not buried in a sewer bill then rushed through the legislature after hours.

They also deserve a governor who does not continue to insult them. We all deserve a governor who values education and educators. I wish Bevin would apologize, then head on back to New England.

Diana Martin

Lexington

Add solar to new city hall

As Lexington designs its new city hall, leaders should assure that the building represents the aspirations of all citizens. Energy generation is one the most important challenges facing us, and many Kentuckians see the future in solar.

As the most viable source for Kentucky and for cities with many roofs for mounting solar arrays, solar should become a part of the new city hall design. Incorporating solar will show support for local solar installation businesses that provide good, stable jobs.

Investing in solar will also demonstrate the city’s fiscal responsibility because it will generate savings on utility bills. Finally, the arrays could become a place where citizens can see solar technology up close and learn about the process of converting solar energy into electricity and the many benefits this technology offers to municipalities, homeowners, schools, churches, farmers and others.

Wallace McMullen

Chair, Kentucky Solar Energy Society

Louisville

Development heads up

A recent article warned of the dangers of uncontrolled infill development in Lexington’s downtown area. This seems to include the mass demolition of existing structures as happened during Lexington’s urban renewal period. An example of this approach was the elimination of the South Hill neighborhood west of South Broadway for arena and hotel parking.

Let’s expand the definition of infill development to include the space above existing or proposed construction.

Properties with possible developable air rights include the Lexington Center parking lot; the parking garages along High Street, and the high concentration of publicly owned properties fronting on Main Street, Limestone Avenue and Vine Street, as far east as the Kentucky Theater. An example of air rights development in this area is the high-rise Park Plaza apartment complex.

Let’s give three-dimensional thinking a seat at the table and see what happens.

John C. Wolff Jr.

Lexington

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