Letters to the editor: April 9

April 9, 2013 

North Korea has nothing to back up its idle threats

For the last few weeks, I've heard people describe the troubling situation in North Korea as the onset of a second Korean War. I highly doubt that North Korea will act on its threats.

While Kim Jong Un might be a lunatic, he is surely intelligent enough to realize that war would be political suicide for his regime in North Korea.

North Korea doesn't have the money to fight a war against South Korea, much less the United States. Due to their isolationist policies, North Korea's military technology is stuck in the Cold War era.

If they did attack South Korea, their army would be destroyed by the modern weapons of South Korea. Let's remember that North Korea only recently launched a rocket, so I'm not too confident in their nuclear capabilities.

Also, people are ignoring the fact that North Korea has always made these threats against South Korea. For decades the North Koreans have canceled phone lines between themselves and South Korea, but for some reason, we as Americans are getting anxious over nothing special.

There is no evidence that North Korea has a nuclear weapon, so I don't understand why we are freaking out.

Until we have evidence that North Korea is armed with nuclear warheads, we shouldn't consider that economically train-wrecked nation a threat to American security.

John Newton

Lexington


Asbury in the right

Hooray for Asbury University. Let it stand forever against those like Artie Van Why, who wrote the March 10 commentary, "What does Asbury owe its LGBT students?"

Why? Because homosexuality is still wrong in God's eyes. Since everyone still comes to this existence through a man and a woman, then anything else is out of touch with God. This man says God made him this way? No. Like the story of the talents in the Bible, Why accuses God of making things he didn't make.

Asbury is a place of highest learning, which Why fell short of simply because of what he and others want.

I drive a coal truck. I can discuss, debate and challenge anything the Department of Transportation man says, but he has the authority and the last word.

So does God. You can come to conclusions apart from God but it still leads to the same miserable end. There is a fear that cannot be overcome by mere human justification. It only is conquered by following the owner's manual to the letter, just like computers don't go anywhere if it is one dot off.

Ray E. Davis

Hager Hill


Business decisions

Three years ago, in the letters section, I congratulated the University of Kentucky men's basketball team on becoming the NBA's first farm team. This was a monumental break with tradition.

Years of commitment to learning and service submerged in campus life had produced legions of men fit for the challenges of the sport and the life after.

But the Big Blue Nation wanted more than tradition could deliver — we wanted to dance to the tune of "One and Done."

As long as the NCAA permitted, we yearned for a monopoly of talent so awesome it would dwarf the university that sponsored it.

The name on the back of the jersey spelled "Money" and "Prestige."

Whatever the letters on the front of the jersey were they could not be more than an unrelated postscript.

It has taken four years to make the transition from tradition to "one and done "complete. Now suddenly we find this March madness stained by the bitter memory of Robert Morris University and the NIT. The Big Blue Nation bewails the loss of "bleeding Blue," a cornerstone of our tradition and the hallmark of our heroes of the past.

But let's not forget, every innovation gives birth to a new philosophy, sooner or later. Whatever path the NCAA chooses in the future, UK's fortune will surely follow.

Is basketball after all only a game, or, is it a business?

The Big Blue Nation must learn to live with the answer, whatever it is.

Bob Heidel

Lexington


Achieving greatness

I can only hope that the University of Kentucky basketball team, Coach John Calipari and fans had the opportunity to watch the thrilling ESPN two-hour documentary on Coach Jimmy Valvano's 1983 NCAA championship run.

Sports Illustrated called it "the greatest college basketball moment of the 20th century."

The team's true dedication to "survive and advance" and Valvano's steadfast mentoring created a basketball experience at North Carolina State that is admired and envied today.

Ellen Barjuca

Lexington


Fundamentals matter

Check the box score. Robert Morris University made 14 of 14 free throws, while Kentucky made 13 out of 18 and lost by two points.

This has been the case too many times the past season. The winning team in most games also converts the most free throws.

Since winning depends so much on making foul shots, why do we put so much emphasis on slam dunks with players hanging all over the basket while not able to cash in free throws unguarded?

The athletes prefer "hot dog" plays rather than those that require concentration, repetition and dedication. These traits are lacking in most athletes, but they are required for winning teams.

Joe Younger

Nicholasville


Hero worship askew

Before I get into the substance of this article, I would like to make it very clear that I have actually participated in sports my entire life, but clearly I don't consider athletes or coaches heroes in any way or form.

Now for the substance. Recently, my wife and I were dining at Cheddar's in Hamburg when a loud uproar of cheering started all over the restaurant, startling us.

The reason for all of the commotion: the University of Kentucky basketball team walked in.

After a period of time, the cheering subsided. Then it started all over again when the UK coaches walked in.

Five minutes later, three uniformed soldiers walked in. Do you think even one person said one word to these heroes?

Not one person ever approached these great men to thank them, but they were falling over each other to get to the ballplayers.

What has happened to our society?

By the way, our son is an officer in the Army who recently returned from Afghanistan defending our country. He is my hero.

Tom Bunch

Lexington


Shut off from news

I am an ancient (Class of '49) Cats fan living in forbidden Gator-land. The only access to news of the Cats has been reading about them online.

The charges that you now impose have stopped that. I do not wish an expensive subscription. I only want the Cats news.

Can something be done to help us Cats in a foreign land — we don't get this news in Orlando?

It is my opinion that there should be an alternate approach for folks like me.

Robert Garst

Orlando, Fla.

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