Letters to the Editor: March 22

March 22, 2013 

UK music students deserve better classroom conditions

The University of Kentucky's School of Music is among the most thriving programs at the university. The UK bands, choirs, symphony orchestra and opera theater constantly turn out world-class artists and receive the highest national recognition year after year.

However, despite the latest flooding in the Fine Arts Building, these high-achieving programs are still being overlooked by the UK community at large.

While we constantly pour our money and efforts into new facilities, it seems we have forgotten about the many rundown buildings at the university.

This is not a shot against the university administration. This is a message for the entire UK community.

The College of Fine Arts has suffered two floods, falling tiles, asbestos, a faulty elevator and even no heat at times.

The classrooms are not big enough to accommodate the overwhelming number of young artists who have come from all over the country and other parts of the world to study at the UK School of Music. The old wooden desks in the classrooms have etching and graffiti that date back several decades.

This is not the only poor infrastructure on campus. Many other people are in dire need of your support. UK community and family, we are doing our part as students by being a nationally recognized program.

Fix the old buildings before you build the new ones. We should have a building that is not a constant hazard to our lives.

Reginald Smith Jr.


Forget something?

Big headline Sunday about lack of diversity in leadership at University of Kentucky. Yet on the Friday before, I saw your article about the three new Republican leaders speaking at CPAC — Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott.

The article included four pictures — two of Paul and two of Rubio. None of Scott, who is the first black Republican senator from the South since Reconstruction. I started to write to you on Friday about this obvious exclusion, but forgot until I saw your headline Sunday. Physician, heal thyself.

Cathy Chatfield


Appreciation for post service

One day last month when my mail arrived, I was standing outside with a stack of valentines, which I put in the hands of my postman.

The next day I had a few more to mail. Heading to the post office, I noticed his truck on a side street, pulled over and again he accepted my envelopes.

I reflected then, as I have many times, on the miracle of daily mail delivery. A message has crossed the country — or sometimes the globe — just for me.

And how cheaply it is done — still less than 50 cents per letter.

When others complain about the post office, I confess I just do not get it. When billions of pieces of mail are being delivered weekly, I would expect an occasional loss of a piece of mail, and yet, I have never suffered from a lost or seriously delayed piece of mail.

I entirely disagree that in the digital age the post office is an anachronism. I sent valentines to 37 people last month. I know they appreciated this more than another quick e-mail.

The post office is held accountable for its financial solvency, but yet the terms of its management are not entirely within its control due to congressional oversight and interference.

Let's not let any kind of commercial or political interests take away our post office. It's mandated in the Constitution for a reason. The post office is the people's postal service.

Toni Meriah Kruse


Could be worse, BBN

Yes, it is a real bummer that the University of Kentucky is not in the NCAA Tournament. However, you could be like me ... a UK fan living in North Carolina among Duke fans for the past 14 years. It changes your perspective a bit.

If Louisville comes up against Duke, I ask you to join me in pulling for Louisville to beat the pants off of them.

Janet McDonald

Hickory, N.C.

Doesn't add up

I wish someone could explain to me how Kentucky has four players good enough for the NBA, but not good enough to make the NCAA Tournament.

Michael Parker


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