Letters to the Editor, Feb. 29, 2012

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Killing horse industry

Do you hear that sound? That's the stampede of horses leaving our commonwealth for greener pastures. Even though we hear daily reports of trainers and jockeys leaving Kentucky to find a home in other states that offer bigger purses, our great Republican Senate voted against a bill to legalize casino gambling (you do know we are already gambling at the track, right?) The low purses, fewer race days, and small fields we are seeing is a testament to the dwindling life of our horse industry in Kentucky. They just rang the death knell.

We must recognize state Sen. Paul Hornback as a true politician since he broke his campaign promise to let the people of Kentucky vote on whether or not to legalize casino gambling. He must be so proud now to be a minion of state Sen. President David Williams. As a lifelong Republican, I am not so proud.

K.C. Crahan



Hornback’s encroachment


I read state Sen. Paul Hornback's column (“Ultrasound bill, casinos on tap,” Feb. 22) and can no longer remain silent. He voted for Senate Bill 103 to add an ultrasound image to the informed consent process required before an abortion can be performed. On the computer, I researched the bill. Nowhere does this bill eliminate transvaginal ultrasounds. Does he think that women are not capable of researching their alternatives? Also, who will pay for this? He is against "Obamacare" because it forces free citizens to purchase a product from a private business. What's the difference? He also states that he is against encroachment upon individual freedoms, yet that is exactly what he and the senate are doing to women.

Katie Sjothun


Forget farm regulations

An open letter to Sec. Hilda Solis:
I can appreciate the intent of the U.S. Dept. of Labor's attempt  to regulate the role of youth on farms, but your time would be better spent on another project.  My father put me on a tractor when I was 10 years old, taught me to drive everything, including a tractor trailer for picking up hay bales; I've driven just about everything but a school bus.

Driving on flat terrain at 5 miles an hour to pick up hay bales, tobacco and setting tobacco saved my father from hiring another hand. The key element here is that I was never alone without his supervision.

I had two accidents as a teenager. I grazed a neighbor's car mowing too closely with a riding lawnmower.  After cutting a bouquet of roses from the garden, I had a bicycle wreck with a pair of scissors in my hand.  Should we regulate riding lawnmowers, bicycles and scissors also while we are in the territory of accidents on the farm?

Let us exercise some plain common sense before we allow more government intrusion on daily lives of good people who want to rear their children according to their values. Focus your energy on another area that needs attention.

Brenda Richardson