May 072013

The Kentucky Room

I was really surprised in your article about the library (“The Lexington Central Public Library is a home,” April 2013) that nowhere did it mention the existence of the Kentucky Room. Now, I know that was not the focus of your article, but given the fact that I am very interested in the history of Lexington, and probably know as much in that area as most, I was looking for that part.

The Kentucky Room has maps of Lexington which have helped me in my treasure hunting activities here since 1999 when I moved here with my family (since divorced). It also has books, reference materials, etc., for those who are interested.

Quite a few people don’t know of its existence–what a shame. The real Lexington is buried there, why don’t you check it our?

By the way, I just got a copy of your paper from my daughter: I score it 8 out of 10.

Jack Ross
Eagle Scout
Homeless advocate
Business owner without income
Teamster son

Jun 062012

Mitt Romney is coordinated

I don’t understand why no one has brought up the fact that Mitt Romney violated Federal Election Law last week. When he said he was against the “Super” Pac running the ad about Jeremiah Wright, he violated Federal Election Law.

The law as handed down (thanks to Citizens United) says that a candidate cannot “coordinate” what message a Super Pac puts out. By saying he was against the ad the Super Pac wanted to run, Romney was “coordinating” the activities of that Super Pac and is therefore in violation of Federal Election Law. My question is, what are the penalties for violating that law? How do we impose them? Whose attention should this be brought to? The FEC? I am sending a copy of this to them. Continue reading »

May 022012

Who’s your neighbor?

The book of Acts 4:16 asks a great question that was directed toward the Apostles, Peter and John. “What are we to do with these men?” And that sounds like an appropriate question for the leadership of Southland Christian Center (“Who is my neighbor“). However, looking to chapter 5 of Acts, a wise Pharisee named Gamaliel gave some profound advice that could benefit us all. “If their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” Although I see pertinent arguments on both sides of the pond, I might suggest that people begin to pray for God’s will to be done. I would love to know what the outcome will be!

Mary Jane Battista

Downtown streets

I couldn’t agree with you more (“Meddling with city streets“). Two way Main is wrong way Main ! I don’t see someone stuck in traffic suddenly saying, “Gee, since I’m not moving, I’ll get out and shop at this store or eat at this restaurant.” If someone needs to get from E. Main to Newtown , let them travel smoothly thru downtown and maybe they will come back another time to do business. If they avoid downtown due to congestion, they will never come down for entertainment or a meal. I’m old enough to remember gridlock on Main during rush hour, and there is far more traffic today than there was 40 years ago.

Howard Stovall

Town Branch Market, 233 E. Main St

I lived in Lexington in the ’60s when all the streets were 2 way.  Population 50k — 60k.  Traffic was horrible.  Driving through town was very difficult.  Now population is 400k. Imagine Upper St and Short St. and High St. all 2 way:  Madness.  Put the idea to a vote of the people.  Who are these people that make decisions like this without consulting the people?

Alan Isaacs

I have somewhat mixed feelings about the street conversion idea. I live downtown and as much as I hate to admit it, the one way streets can be confusing and difficult to navigate. As much as I think they are a bunch of wimps, I do hear enough people that live in the suburbs complaining about how difficult it is to get around down town, and I have to grudgingly admit that they might have a point.

On the other hand, your points about moving a greater volume of traffic, safety, and less pollution are pretty convincing. As a cyclist I do feel safer on one way streets since you don’t have to worry about oncoming traffic.

If the benefits are mixed at best, it probably isn’t worth the trouble and expense of fooling with it. There are other more important problems for the city to deal with.

I am sorry to see you quote Randal O’Toole in your article. That guy has the reputation of being a pro suburban sprawl hack.


Author responds:

Thanks for the comments.  Dan, you busted me on Randall O’Toole.  I’m sorry to have quoted him as well because it wasn’t necessary: the evidence demonstrates the truth of the quoted statement.  Conversion proponents, on the other hand, rarely bother to support their claims with any evidence.  And for over a decade now they have insisted that 2-way street conversion is essential, yet can point to no city where conversion has made a difference.  I have much more to say on the subject and am grateful to NoC for providing this forum for discussing it.

David Shattuck

Human trafficking

The concept of labour slavery (“Modern day abolition and its price“) has never left the US. The prison industry is a collusion of big business and government. For decades these governments have created laws that are based on perpetuating expensive police and federal agencies like the DEA, ATF, etc…and criminalize the use of substances other than tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceuticals. This legality or illegality occurs regardless of the actual harm connected to their use and perpetuates a black market in these substances as well as higher levels of crime and violence.

Now that the “independent lawmakers” both federal and state have created laws and penalties, the “human resources” snared by these laws is passed on to the corporate for profit prison industry. Slavery is the inevitable result of these corporate prisons (and government run prisons as well) when they exploit this resource by creating manufacturing/farming/telemarketing/etc jobs for prisoners who are then paid pennies per hour, given a high starch/low protein diet, housed in minimal space and forced to pay for the “benefits” like the meals they eat and the bunks they sleep on. Rebellion against this slavery results in extra time, beatings, torture and death.

Fenian, from Smirking Chimp blog

Our man

Love your post, Michael Marchman (“My life as a migrant worker“), and love lots about Kentucky although I wish I knew more. Our previous socioeconomic status has left with the economy. We have to face the fact that it is gone for good, get over it and get on with it. For me, that means finding a way to survive the upcoming transition to self reliance. It could be viewed as a nice problem solving opportunity. I’m looking for a place on a fresh water, maybe the Ohio River, in a medium size city far away from nuclear power plants, maybe Louisville. Don’t know if L’ville has any kind of like minded community, though….

Cameron Salisbury, from Smirking Chimp blog

Sep 142011

Adjunct labor at Bluegrass

I am shocked to find out that the adjunct instructors are paid so little (“Open Letter to KCTCS president Michael McCall,” July 13). Most of the instructors I have had are adjuncts, and without exception they have been hard working and very dedicated to their students. I certainly hope this helps KCTCS to recognize that they need these instructors and that they deserve to be fairly compensated.

Lora Botner, online

War on homeless

I am a member of the much-hated homeless population in Lexington. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

More praise for “Adjunct”

Thank you so much for this article (“Adjuncts: the invisible majority,” April 27). Your experience echoes mine in so many ways. I am also an adjunct at a KCTCS college–one with multiple campuses under the umbrella of one college. I am qualified to teach (and have) in several different divisions and disciplines due to the interdisciplinary nature of my graduate work. Continue reading »

May 252011

Britt needs NoC subscription

I finally got around to reading this last issue. Danny’s “Between God and Superman” piece is the best coverage of the Eli Capilouto hire to be found anywhere. The other so-called newspapers in Lexington should take note of how this piece is done. Apparently Britt Brockman forgot NoC in his effort to get to every paper.

Jeff, Lexington Continue reading »

Feb 022011

Reform campaign money

I thank the individuals who wrote after the election still supporting my campaign for Council at Large.  I also want to thank all that voted for and supported my election—19,400 or so.

I still hope the principles I stood for become policy. However, I fear the financially “selected ones” now holding office do not have the intellect, courage or desire to change elections, or much else, for the general public’s benefit. Continue reading »

Jan 192011

In our last issue, Bruce Burris’s article “Tomb of the Unknowns,” which detailed the struggle to access cemetery records at Eastern State Hospital, generated a lot of reader response. We here reproduce some of these responses. Many detail the frustrating efforts to generate information about deceased loved ones who may (or may not) be buried on the site of Eastern State. Continue reading »

Jul 142010

Happy new reader!

I just wanted to write and say how pleased I am with your newspaper. I had only it browsed it occasionally at the [Chevy Chase] laundromat, but finally sat down and fully read your June 23 edition. Without a doubt, I learned more interesting and relevant information from that edition alone than I have from YEARS of reading the Herald-Leader.

I particularly enjoyed the technical and geographic information on the Ky. River’s locks and dams, and your scathingly accurate description of the new COLT “trolleys” as a yuppie toy that ignores the people who need buses most. Also, your 4-part series on the 40th anniversary of the Kent State massacre and ensuing protests at UK deserves a Pulitzer Prize, if only for its attention to a topic that is annually censored by other media and likely unknown to today’s UK students. Continue reading »