September 18, 2013

Inbox — Sept. 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Limited Expression
Kudos to LEO Weekly’s Jo Anne Triplett for her coverage of art censorship at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center (as reported on fatlip.leoweekly.com and in the Sept. 11 issue). Although I am saddened to once again hear of the limiting of free, artistic expression in Louisville (remember 2005?), I am happy that at least one local journalist is making an effort to start a dialogue on this crucial matter. Otherwise, Louisville will never succeed as a major arts hub.
Jessica Cresseveur, New Albany

Bardstown Road Rage
I’m asking you to take a moment to educate your readers about something most cannot grasp. I’m referring to driving Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue during rush hour on weekdays. It amazes me people cannot abide by or understand the traffic signals. Signals are there to facilitate traffic flow, but many ignore them.

When it comes to turning off Bardstown or Baxter, the worst spots are Bardstown and Grinstead, and Bardstown and Eastern Parkway. I sit at these two intersections daily with a green light, but I’m looking at brake lights as we wait for the person in our lane to turn rather than use the lane with a box clearly marked “turn” only. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it’s frustrating because it’s a simple concept.

I also see folks using the turn-only lane as their personal “express” lane, which is selfish. At times I get into the lane as they come toward me and signal turn, and I don’t need to turn for two or three miles. What’s hilarious is that when you use the lanes properly for turning, sometimes you get the craziest looks like they can’t understand why you’re in the “wrong” lane. I propose when the state administers the driving test to new drivers, they take them onto Bardstown and Baxter during rush hour to determine if they pass or fail. I’m just fed up with either the ignorance or selfishness, and wanted a chance to vent about it. Thank you for allowing me the time.
Michael Smith, Hikes Point

Integrity or Image?
As Steve Shaw recently observed (LEO Weekly, Sept. 4), the Kentucky General Assembly’s ethics process apparently failed to protect victims of sexual harassment and failed to inhibit the accused. That makes you wonder what various state legislators mean when they speak of their concern for “integrity of this body.” Do they mean integrity or image?

If it’s really about integrity, why is their concern limited to sexual harassment in the state Capitol and the Capitol Annex? Had Rep. John Arnold sexually harassed people at his regular place of business, or his country club, or his church, the General Assembly would lack jurisdiction, according to their standards of conduct. They wouldn’t be required to respond. So, the Kentucky General Assembly’s concern about sexual harassment is limited to the location of the alleged crime.

Suppose the public expected the members of the General Assembly to be role models. Would that expectation broaden their concern?
Tom Louderback, Highlands

More War, More Death
My representatives should ask themselves and their colleagues, “How much collateral damage, particularly civilian deaths, women and children, caused as a result of our upcoming bombing in Syria, is acceptable?” What is the number that is too horrific to justify our actions? Then I would ask them the same question if the targeted bad actor was in the United States. “How much collateral damage, particularly civilian deaths, women and children, caused as a result of the bombing of a very bad actor in the USA would be acceptable?” Resolving issues by bombs has many unintended consequences, including the deaths of innocents.
Ken Nevitt, Crescent Hill

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