Letters to the Editor: Christmas Consumerism. Proud of Lafayette. Sad golf course.

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People take photos after the light of the Christmas tree during the Holiday Lighting Festival at Triangle Park in Lexington, Ky. On Sunday, November 28, 2021. The festival featured letters at SantaÓ Station, crafts at take out, vendor stands and ice skating.

People take photos after the light of the Christmas tree during the Holiday Lighting Festival at Triangle Park in Lexington, Ky. On Sunday, November 28, 2021. The festival featured letters at SantaÓ Station, crafts at take out, vendor stands and ice skating.

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Time, not gifts

A recent poll showed that Americans plan to spend less during the holiday season. This is wonderful news. Not only might some Christians remember that the holiday was originally religious, but we can also hope that the plastic mountain we are now buried under will be at least a little less, including the post-Christmas purge of past gifts. , discarded wrappers, wrappings and decorations that litter our borders after the holidays; not to mention the effect on global warming of those endless car trips to shop and later to bring back unwanted, unnecessary and unnecessary items. Of course, you can have everything delivered, but these vehicles also burn fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be great if your loved ones show their love all year round rather than just one (usually disappointing) day? Let’s make Christmas a day to celebrate consumer minimalism and quality family moments where love is not measured by objects but by deeds.

Sally Wasielewski, Lexington

Return home useful

The recent homecoming escapades at Hazard High School have been described, discussed and criticized.

I would like to draw attention to another reunion celebration that took a different turn and focused on a noble cause. The organizers of the Lafayette high school reunion chose to focus on the theme of breast cancer awareness. During the reunion soccer game, students observed “Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness” with students wearing pink t-shirts and showing other symbols of their theme. Even the reunion attendants wore pink. It was a simple celebration, but it said a lot – young people caring about the plight of others.

As a Lafayette graduate and grandmother of a current Lafayette student and recent graduate, I was very proud of the display of concern shown on the reunion night. To paraphrase Principal Byrne Jacobs’ daily encouragement to the student body: Now is a great time to be a general!

Sarah Tabb Henry, Lexington

Below par golf course

Meadowbrook Golf Course, the public “golf course” on Wilson Downing Drive, is so gross it’s hard to describe. No real grass starting boxes; just a hard slab of something. No real fairways and ‘rough’ it’s a tangle of grass / weeds, with tons of fallen leaves all over the place in November. Tees are the only acceptable thing. How a “modern” city can produce such a mess is beyond me. And there isn’t a decent driving range in southeast Lexington except far near the airport.

John Stein, Lexington

Silence, lies

The Coward Caucus, roughly 85% of all U.S. lawmakers in the GOP, are terrified of Big Bad Trump. They knew and know that the Big Lie was and is a lie. They also know that the attempted insurgency and violence of January 6 was started by and on behalf of Donald Trump.

The Clown Caucus, about 15% of GOP members, has one function: to entertain the far right of the GOP base. Their statements and conduct, all the more outrageous, degrading and ignorant as they are, keep the base on fire. They spread lies and downplay the insurgency, comparing it to a normal tourist day. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and their ilk are the prototype of the future elected representatives of the GOP.

The silence of the Coward Caucus and the contemptible conduct of the Clown Caucus have undermined faith in the Constitution. Sixty percent of GOPs believe President Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. Thirty percent of GOPs believe violence may be necessary to save their country.

Their conduct is definitely a violation of their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

R. Don Goble, Lexington

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