Inbox — August 13, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Flat-Earth Theme Park
Dontcha love Kentucky! We have a theme park based on the belief that six thousand years ago a supernatural power created the universe in six days—thereby denouncing as hopeless idiots all the anthropologists, geologists, and astronomers on the planet. 

Now the Bible-thumpers want to build an “authentic” replica of Noah’s Ark. (Question: will they have tiny separate stalls for all the ants, yeasts, bacteria, etc.?) Better yet, our politicians want to give them a tax break worth millions of dollars, a boondoggle that will no doubt flush what’s left of Kentucky’s reputation right down the toilet. 

To top this, perhaps our clowns in Frankfort should bribe someone to build a Flat-Earth Theme Park. After all, the Holy Book don’t say nothing ’bout the earth bein’ round!

John Gamel, 40207

Black Hair
Once again chanced by a LEO display and picked up a copy to read another fabulous article by Erica Rucker, one of your African American writers! I could barely read it fast enough I was so riled up by the content. I love how honest her writing is…no holding back on what it really feels like when someone asks to touch her hair or her child’s! How many times has this happened to me??? OMG! Sometimes I don’t get offended…but mostly I’m confused as to why they haven’t gotten used to Black hair by now…it’s not like we just arrived in the states. 

I got into a debate with my commander (I’m in the Army Reserve). The uniform regulations just changed and I’m sure you’ve heard (if not I can go into great detail) that ethnic hair was a target! The picture they sent out was of three women of color and had all these guidelines about how we can wear our hair or not wear our hair, to include inches and styles! I was livid! 

Like Erica, I also stopped perming my hair again and let my ’fro grow back. My commander said, “How are dread locks professional?” I said, “How are they not professional? Some white guy made these rules and they are racist and insulting.”  After our talk, he actually understood and agreed I had a point. If only the folk in charge could be so intelligent. 

Thank you, Erica, for saying what I’ve wanted to say and in perfect form! 

Sonja Reynolds

Sara Havens
I am extremely disappointed in your apparent decision to let Sara Havens go. She has been one of the threads woven into the fabric of the paper throughout its different incarnations over the years and is one of the reasons I read the paper. This is sad news.

David Lott, Rosewood Avenue, 40204

Protest Havens Dismissal
I look forward every week to her column. I can’t say that about everything else in the LEO. I hope something can be done to keep her writing for you. What a wonderful relationship she’s developed with this community. Why why why….

Jay Nixon, P.E., Mt. Washington, KY 40047

Bicycles on the Big Four
Given the Waterfront Development Company’s recent initiative to regulate traffic on the Big Four Bridge in order to provide a greater experience for both pedestrians and cyclists (should we still be permitted), I have listed a few more adaptations to coincide with any upcoming announcement.

Two By Two—I have not once crossed the bridge without encountering a group spread as if they were seeking a game of Red Rover.

Supervising Children—Despite the comparison to the pet ban put in place shortly after the bridge’s initial opening, the problem with bikes is not the most similar: it’s the kids. 

Bicycle Patrol—A police presence on the bridge is neither unreasonable nor infrequent. What does prove to be unreasonable, however, is their mode of transportation while patrolling the bridge: a golf cart wide enough that it takes up the entirety of the middle lane. A golf cart is no more effective than…a bicycle. Bikes require no electricity or gasoline, they occupy less space, and the presence of law enforcement on them would provide other cyclists a fit example of how to behave while on the bridge. As an added bonus, it would also lend more authority to the denoted middle lane.

Reviewing the hundreds of comments on Facebook reacting to the news, it’s clear that there has been misbehavior on each side. So here is my word for the cyclists: slow down! For the cyclists that are dialed in at top gear for their entire ride: the narrow, crowded Big Four is not for you. If you cannot spend some time in a lower gear for a ride across the Ohio, follow the road to the Clark Memorial when it reopens.

The Big Four is an incredible attraction for citizens on both sides of the Ohio that allows for so much economic exchange and enjoyable exercise. Setting aside the bickering and rudeness to take lessons in etiquette and awareness is the solution, not barring a group within our community the ability to grow and help promote a healthier future. 

J.B. Tallman