'Curse of the Coal Lodge,' and other UK basketball Letters to the Editor; March 21

March 21, 2013 

Basketball game not only thing lost with this system

So, the Cats have lost again.

Don't blame the coach. Blame the really dumb system that allows high school students to come to the University of Kentucky for a year and then to go on to a professional team.

Does anyone wonder what a waste this is? For the most part, these high school students are not UK students. They take the place of honest students who want to come to learn and to get a degree.

I have friends in England, Singapore and China who wonder, with me, what is going on. America is trying to compete with the world and yet we support people who have no educational agenda, other than going on after one year and making a mint.

Do the families ever consider that most will fail and will wind up with nothing to back up their failures in the professional area? Of course, everyone wants the best for their children. However, this is a dishonest attempt to get it the easy way.

How can we expect our coach to turn high-school students into award winners in less than a year? Perhaps this should be a wake-up call to the sports group at UK. Stop being a professional mill for the many who will ultimately fail.

Where is the responsibility? Whither goes our educational system?

Hal Marz

Lexington


Disenchanted season

If asked to explain the lackluster University of Kentucky basketball season, one might do well to invoke four lines from a song in South Pacific:

"Who can explain it?

Who can tell you why?

Fools may give you reasons,

Wise men never try."

Bill Hanna

Lexington


Failings at the top

Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis is absolutely right. The failures of the men's basketball team are John Calipari's, not player Ryan Harrow's.

This coach spent nearly the entire season criticizing and bullying these youngsters, in public and in the press. His behavior is reprehensible.

He even has the temerity to suggest that it is the players' fault for having come to our school if they can't take his style of coaching.

Well, perhaps he should re-evaluate his style of coaching if he can't coach the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

Richard Watts Franklin

Lexington


Spread the blame

At what point should people stop blaming the athletes for everything? I've never seen any other school do it. There's some Teflon around here somewhere.

Ross Clark

Richmond


Deep disappointment

After watching the NIT opening game, I was sad, seeing little heart and drive from our team — a team that can play great when it shows up, mind-wise.

It's like the players don't truly understand what is Big Blue Nation, what this sport is in Kentucky.

To the factory workers, working 10 to 12 hours each day, their only getaway in life is to see their Wildcats win, and win big.

If only they could see the miners — black with dust, tired and wet — passing the score into the mines to each other. If only they could see the 70- and 80-year-olds who have watched University of Kentucky all their lives, holding onto every moment, crying at the lack of effort.

If only they would understand that people don't care what rank they are, where they're from or what they did. They care about putting in the blood, sweat and tears. Putting their bodies on the line for the sake of Kentucky. Because it's not just basketball here; it is life.

Lonnie Mason

Berea


Coal Lodge curse

A team cannot live in a place built by a history of greed, environmental rape and ruin, and blood money, and not be cursed. Just like the Cubs and the billy goat, this season was doomed on Sept. 12 when Wildcat Coal Lodge opened.

Will future Cats stay doomed from the Curse of Wildcat Coal Lodge? Only time will tell.

Bruce Boyens

Denver


Rabbits need care

The plain and simple truth about house rabbits is this: They make exceptional pets. Rabbits are extraordinarily gifted and smart, each with its own uniquely defined personality. They can reward the pet owner in so many ways, much like dogs, cats and other common house pets.

But here is the rub: Care done right is demanding. To ensure a lifetime of good memories and enjoyment, people must provide proper care. Care done poorly will lead to a frustrating relationship usually resulting in a cruel end for the rabbit.

So, here is the scenario: Parents think it is a good idea to buy a bunny for the kids. Kids are excited, but they likely will not take good care of the rabbit. The thrill wears off quickly for many. Problems arise when you want to travel. Kids and adults lose interest and the expendable bunny pays the heavy price, being banished to the cage, getting no attention and in some sad cases, being let loose outdoors. Buying a bunny was a bad idea after all.

Bottom line: Don't do this unless fully committed. All pets deserve our best care. Educate yourself. Know the pitfalls of rabbit ownership.

After 16 years and seven bunnies loose in the house, we have loved every minute of our furry companions, but we recognize the sacrifices involved.

Pat and Doris Armstrong

Hopkinsville


Right response

In the "Lure of 'dark money'" reprint March 5 of a Washington Post editorial, the contention that President Barack Obama is leading the stampede of special-interest money in politics strikes me as naive.

The Supreme Court opened the door and Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and others charged through in numbers and dollars never before seen.

It seems more as if recognizing that his past warnings fell on deaf ears, and the worst came true, Obama is fighting fire with fire.

Strikes me as appropriate.

Michael C. Schwartz

Covington


Thanks to Opera House

I had the great privilege of being part of the Variety Live series at the Lexington Opera House last month. I want to thank everyone in Lexington who came out to support the two performances sponsored by the Opera House Fund.

I also want to thank reporter Mary Meehan and the Herald-Leader for such a wonderful article published Feb. 26, "Performer teaches therapeutic magic to doctors and therapists."

In addition to sponsoring our performances, The Opera House Fund sponsored two continuing-education workshops in the Lexington community to demonstrate the power of the arts to impact all areas of our lives.

I am always impressed when a performing arts organization is dedicated to more than simply bringing entertainment to the stage. The Lexington Opera House is one of those amazing organizations because it is directed by some amazing people.

I look forward to bringing our show back to Lexington in the future.

Kevin Spencer

Lynchbrg, Va.

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