Op-Ed

Letters to the editor: Jan. 11

Lexington

Ramsey created problem

University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s “Bumps in the road” column is a self-congratulatory paean that strains the limits of irony.

Ramsey waxes poetic about his “dome of protection” from threats to “our appropriation from Kentucky state government.”

What he does not admit is that he, as state budget director in 2002, started the fiscally irresponsible and downright stupid (if one understands the concept of compound interest, as I am sure Ramsey did) precedent of underfunding the state’s contribution to the retirement system by $30 million.

At the time he was quoted as saying that it would not jeopardize pension benefits. How wrong can anyone be?

Yet, Ramsey congratulates himself for boldly predicting the very threat to state finances that he initiated. This all coming from a guy who in 2012-13 received $3,264,405 in compensation from the less-than-transparent U of L Foundation.

This reminds me of the arsonist who rushes to put out his own fire to appear the hero.

Mike Donnelly

Lexington

‘No build’ best option

In reference to Harold Steele’s Dec. 28 op-ed: The fact that he is a Realtor/broker speaks volumes about his interest in building the Versailles northwest bypass.

Opening up more land for development will certainly provide business opportunities for him, whether it benefits Woodford County or not.

The “big rig” traffic issues could be relieved by using a little common sense.

Any truck coming into Versailles on U.S. 62 West going to Lexington or points east and north could take Falling Springs bypass to Bluegrass Parkway.

Trucks going west could follow U.S. 62 up Main Street onto U.S. 60. Granted, there would still be the lesser bottleneck turning onto Main Street from U.S. 62, but this could be improved by eliminating parking and stopping spaces in front of the Municipal Building.

A 2015 poll showed that 75 percent of the participants favored the “no-build” option. I attended that meeting and did not see a lot of “well-heeled or landed gentry” who Steele says are blocking the bypass.

The decision to build has been made by a kangaroo-court committee that has ignored general public input.

The $39 million budgeted for this project could be better spent in improving Kentucky’s infrastructure.

Tim Hancock

Versailles

Clerks now obsolete

I see that our new governor is showing voters that there is a new sheriff in town by refusing to raise the minimum wage for state workers to $10.10 a hour, denying felons their voting rights and removing county clerks’ names from marriage licenses.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that was part of the clerks’ job description. If that is so, then we should either demote or replace them or do away with any county clerk position altogether.

Would he put religion over state laws? Hmmm.

Pete Herrara

Van Lear

Don’t blame Boomers

Wow. It wasn’t until I saw the Dec. 30 letter, “Blame the Boomers,” that I was made aware that my generation is responsible for so many problems, from electing Matt Bevin governor to allowing Donald Trump to dominate the presidential race, to depriving future generations of retirement benefits.

The writer appears to be heavy into stereotypes. According to him, we all watch Fox News, listen to talk radio, watched The Waltons growing up, and should be barred from voting.

For the record, I’m a Baby Boomer and a liberal Democrat and abhor Fox News and talk radio. To the writer, I say:

Listen, sonny, since we’re into stereotypes, maybe you should take the ear buds out, take a break from “Call to Violence” or “Grand Theft Murder” or whatever your favorite video game is, give your thumbs a rest, and actually do something constructive, like promote civil or women’s rights, or work toward ending the war as we did during the 1960s.

Or, maybe you could find time during your “60-hour work week” to get out and vote. (BTW, you’d actually have to vote. In the real world, they don’t give out awards just for showing up.)

Franklin J. Kourt

Richmond

Congress’ blood money

A recent letter to the editor criticized columnist Tom Eblen by saying Congress took an oath to protect America from its enemies. I take issue with the assumption that Congress is protecting us from our domestic enemies.

After 14 people were slaughtered in California, the Senate voted against an amendment for some common-sense legislation, such as closing the gun-show loophole, a longer wait time for a background check and preventing someone on the terror watch list from buying a gun.

Alas, when one of their own, Rep. Gabby Giffords, was shot lawmakers did nothing, nor when little children in school were murdered, or when there were shootings in theaters and places of worship.

Yes, 3,000 people died on 9/11; but last year alone, 33,000 were killed by their fellow citizens.

If foreign nationals came here and killed 33,000 in one year, do you think Congress would act? But if Americans are murdering other Americans, that is OK.

That is because it is a triumvirate of the gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association and too many elected officials in Congress, as well as on the state levels, who are being given re-election contributions — blood money — to stay in power and vote for the status quo.

So until we change Congress, another 33,000 will die in 2016 and then again in the following years. Look in the mirror; we are the enemy.

Ellen Clark Marshall

Lexington

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