September 26, 2012

Inbox — Sept. 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor

In last week’s Readers’ Choice issue, the names of two winners were listed incorrectly: Imperial Tattoos came in third for “Best Tattoo Parlor,” and Barkstown Road nabbed third place for “Best Place to Take Your Dog.” LEO regrets the errors.

Bad Judgment, LEO
Just a few short years ago, LEO ran a picture of an “Eyesore of the Week,” which was the graffiti-covered crematorium/chapel in the rear of Eastern Cemetery. Through a Herculean effort by the neighbors, the business district, veterans and other volunteers, that eyesore was transformed with a new paint job and mural. LEO did a great service to the community of the Highlands by highlighting the disgrace of graffiti in our community. You can imagine my upset to see that in your Readers’ Choice issue (Sept. 19), you had the bad judgment to aggrandize these same vandals with a “Best Graffiti Tag” award. Shame on you and shame on Anne Marshall for giving these vandals a platform encouraging the same eyesores you once condemned.
Mark Abrams, Highlands

Airbag Employed
Reading Joe Sonka’s very thorough story about the Tea Party and Sen. Mitch McConnell (LEO Weekly, Aug. 29), I was reminded that McConnell never seems to care about the substance of what he says in public. He only cares about the political effects. If he needs to praise Sen. Rand Paul to the hilt to improve his relationship with a powerful constituency, he’ll say whatever is necessary. I suppose you could say McConnell seldom means what he says, if you get my drift.
Tom Louderback, Highlands

Faith and Vaginas
In response to the story “Holy family planning” (LEO Weekly, Sept. 12): As a human being, I like being the person who decides what happens to me and my anatomy, as I am sure many people feel the same way. Being a woman, I can appreciate the ability to seek a sound medical opinion about my vagina. I don’t need the Catholic faith or any other faith that is not my own hanging over my shoulders or those of the person I seek treatment from. Doctors themselves should not have to face both an ethical and moral dilemma to treat a patient.

They spent a lot of time and money to be able to heal the sick, right? And how does the fudging of paperwork make the Catholic Church as a whole look better? As I see it, the church needs to stop being so uppity about my baby-maker machine! If I choose to take birth control, use a condom, take a Plan B pill or have an abortion, it would be nice to know that I can freely walk into a medical establishment and ask for help that won’t be prescribed from the Bible.
Tiffy L. Lafferty, Louisville

Trees and Mountaintops
A country that fails to respect nature and environmentalism sees nothing wrong with blithely destroying hundreds of trees for a splashy display. When the music trio Peter, Paul and Mary sang at the zenith of their vocals and guitar harmonics, they presented a concert at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. During that memorable evening of splendid delivery, they introduced a new song. Those three unforgettable voices sang “Coming of the Roads” — a haunting narrative about selling out and destroying our natural treasures.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2012 — featuring presidential candidate Mitt Romney mocking environmentalism. And a too typical arrogant story about the casual destruction of L.A. trees, as if trees — and our own Kentucky mountaintops — are disposables that can be easily “replaced” and the damning destruction erased.

Those “Coming of the Roads” lyrics present a telling illustration of tragic images in a metaphorical narrative that remains timeless — amidst our global warming.
Michael Gregoire, St. Matthews 

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