Jan. 15: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Reform pays, and saves

Kentucky is faced with serious budget shortfalls in crucial areas. While our legislature is pondering this situation,  I hope they will reform some of our laws and policies about crime and prisons,  which cause thousands of wasted dollars every day.

Our local jails and our prisons are bulging with prisoners,  many of whom should not be there. For instance,  many are imprisoned for years, for drug use.  Most of these would have a better chance of getting off drugs if they were put into rehab programs instead of prison,  or rehab after an abbreviated prison term.

In general,  people who have not committed violent crimes should spend relatively short terms in less secure prisons, which are much less expensive.  More effort should be put into finding money which has been hidden away.  Especially in cases like the con man who just bilked so many people in the stock market.

We need a way to allow elderly and sick prisoners who are in for life or long sentences to be placed in nursing homes. Of course we would need a way to ensure that they are no longer a danger to society,  but the potential savings is great.  People who are old,  frail and ill offer little danger to the public and could be housed in nursing homes for much less money.

Wouldn’t prison reform be better than cutting funding for education and medical expenses?

I will be contacting my representative and senator about this, and I encourage others to do the same.

Bill Ball


Nonprofit all grown up

I would like to applaud Mark Adams for his letter, “This math does not add up,” (Jan. 7) comparing his Nolin RECC electric bill with his friend’s Kentucky Utility bill.

Mr. Adam’s comparison should awaken us to the abuse that a monopoly like Nolin RECC is able to impose on its customers. Either you pay the amount on your bill each month or Nolin has no problem disconnecting your service.

As for the reply from Mickey Miller, president and CEO of Nolin — not to Mark Adams, but to the community — titled “Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative meeting the challenge of rising costs” (Jan. 8), I’m sorry Mr. Miller, I do not agree with your explanation.

First, Nolin is supposed to be a not-for-profit cooperative. A cooperative is owned by and operated for the benefit of the members that use its facilities or services. A not-for-profit cooperative means any profits, after the bills are paid, are distributed to its members. How long has it been since members in the cooperative received a share of the profits?

Next, Mr. Miller states, “Our service territory averages about 10 members per mile of power line.” I question this statement. Increasingly, there are many new subdivisions and other construction within the county which impact the average of members per mile of power line.

Then, we are informed that belonging to a cooperative like Nolin RECC means every equipment purchase, fuel adjustment, pay raise, construction of new facilities, equipment updates, along with publishing the magazine Kentucky Living require a rate increase from the Public Service Commission (check your “Nolin News” included with your December bill). Another rate increase is being requested because of equipment being purchased at the Murray cooperative.

Finally, Ring Road is being extended across Bacon Creek Road. Power lines were moved and new poles with lines had to be erected. If KU provided this service to our community, were the individuals receiving electrical services from KU informed of a rate increase to pay for the work performed?

It is time for our elected officials to wake up and give the citizens a choice concerning the providers of electrical services to our community. The formation of Nolin RECC by a group of farmers as a nonprofit cooperative has evolved into a for-profit entity.

Mr. Adams said it best, “Can I please switch to KU?”

Bill Wooldridge

Elizabethtown   Unblinking view

Thanks for the Ken Ward article on Abraham Lincoln (Jan. 11). Lincoln is a subject that is in dire need of a reality check. After a century and a half of the Lincoln idolators having only their side told, it was a breath of fresh air to read the truth about him in a newspaper anywhere. Mr. Ward cited Thomas DiLorenzo, whose well-documented books I have read. It is rare to read the truth about Lincoln anywhere except in books that are often deliberately not carried in mainline bookstores. I hope you will feature more articles that will challenge the Lincoln myth and encourage people to search out the truth.

George Hill