April 5: Letters to the editor

April 5, 2013 

Judd candidacy missed chance for Democrats

Ashley Judd was God's offered gift to Kentucky to deliver us from the tyrant behavior of Mitch McConnell.

Remember his strategy of picking a celebrity to run for public office? Jim Bunning the baseball player/senator, Richie Farmer, the basketball star/commissioner of agriculture; both were embarrassments to Kentuckians.

The big difference between them and Judd is that she is extremely caring and intelligent; she is more than a celebrity name. Judd, a University of Kentucky grad, also has a master's degree in government administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of government.

What is wrong with Kentuckians who moaned that Judd would hurt the down ticket? That is just not true.

McConnell's game plan is always to raise a ton of money from big corporate benefactors and use it to buy up the airwaves and destroy his opponents through character assasination and defamation. In McConnell's last race he spent $20 million-plus to narrowly defeat Bruce Lunsford.

Judd could have outraised him with contributors from all across the United States — those who hate McConnell's guts for being the obstructionist that he is in Washington. I am convinced Judd would have run if more Kentucky Democratic leaders had welcomed her with open arms to deliver us from McConnell.

She loves and cares about Kentucky. Getting into the race would have been a labor of love for Judd, not a questfor political power. Regrettably, we lost a great opportunity.

Gail Hardy

Cadiz


Coach K got schooled

Only one question remains from the Sunday evening Louisville-Duke game. Did Coach Mike Krzyzewski pay tuition for that Rick Pitino basketball clinic he attended?

George Hunter

Nicholasville


Expo for caregivers

Kudos to Teri Shirk for her commentary on Alzheimer's disease ("Fight, find cause; help caregivers," March 30). As one of the 65 million caregivers in the United States, I know the profound toll caregiving can take on our lives.

Family caregivers are the foundation of long-term care nationwide, exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states. Caregiving is rewarding but stressful. As I gave care to three close relatives over the years, I was unable to achieve personal balance and take care of myself, no matter how hard I tried. Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely and even shorten their lives by as much as 10 years.

Statistics indicate over 87,000 people in Fayette County alone provide care.

The i know expo will make information about the wide range of public, private and nonprofit products and services in Central Kentucky available to the public, in one place at one time. Admission is free, thanks to generous sponsors, including ITNBluegrass, AARP, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the Mayor's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities.

Expo attendees can mingle and chat with scores of experts, one-on-one, and attend informative presentations on key issues such as Medicare and health insurance laws, choosing a nursing home, downsizing, preventing falls, finding reliable transportation, remaining active and engaged, handling legal and financial affairs, stress-relieving strategies and more.

Join us on April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Lexington Center. More information at Iknowexpo.org.

Gale Reece

Founder, i know expo

Lexington


More to come

Regarding the March 25 commentary, "The Lexington Singers in tune with community," the Lexington Singers board felt it important to highlight our past and future collaborations with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and to express our continued desire to foster good relations with the LPO and the Lexington arts community as a whole.

While we have not been a part of the LPO's schedule in every season, The Lexington Singers have sung for LPO performances twice in the last three years in addition to the annual Independence Day concerts that the LFUCG sponsors.

We also look forward to collaborating again with the LPO next season in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with The Lexington Chamber Chorale and The Kentucky Bach Choir. In short, we believe there have been and will continue to be opportunities for two longtime partners to bring great music to the community.

Finally, we understand and appreciate the difficulty of the reported issues being discussed in the negotiations between the LPO and the musicians union. It is our hope that all parties find common ground and return the public focus to creating the beautiful and inspiring music for which they are known.

Scott Ruck

Lexington Singers board president

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