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Letters to the editor: Feb. 9

February 9, 2014 

Fake marijuana arrest shows police have too much money, power

Lexington narcotics detectives have arrested two people for selling synthetic or imitation marijuana.

What next? Will they arrest people for imitation robbery? Or hand out tickets for imitation speeding? Why are police so desperate to fill our jails?

This is a pathetic waste of tax dollars. The investigation, two public defenders, probation, jail costs and court costs add up to thousands of dollars. Not to mention that our legal system gets clogged with these petty arrests. Every time the government arrests someone like this, it risks creating a frivolous lawsuit.

Politicians, police and judges are 20 years behind the average American attitude toward marijuana. Americans do not want to see people arrested for real marijuana, and certainly not for imitation marijuana. Just because they have the power to arrest people for absurd reasons does not mean they should.

The out-of-control police state will continue to grow unless we do one thing: cut funding. All of these police activities are the result of piles of cash being given to them. If you stop giving them money for frivolous activities it will force them to deal with real crime, and not imitation crime.

We have funded this idiotic war on people who use drugs for more than 70 years. Enough is enough.

Ron Osburn


UK football a loser, always will be

Oh, to get a $100,000 pay raise for mediocrity. The article about the tight-ends coach getting a $100,000 raise and the title of recruiting coordinator makes me scratch my head.

How can anyone in the administration at the University of Kentucky justify the money being wasted on the football program? This is a program that hasn't had a coach with a winning record since the 1950s (Blanton Collier) and yet money continues to be poured down an abyss.

Factor in all the money spent on salaries, scholarships (a vast majority of these football players are Eastern Kentucky University quality at best) travel, etc. and then the money being wasted to renovate a stadium that never even has a sell-out crowd. This is unbelievable.

Someone in the administration needs to be held accountable for the total waste of money being spent on this program that will never win consistently in the Southeastern Conference. The sad thing to me is that this beautiful state is only mentioned in a negative light because of poverty, obesity, smoking and other health-related issues, plus now the horrible situation in the coal industry. And yet, let's continue to sink money into the football program.

Terry Mullins


UK museum can, should do more

As I follow the scant reporting on the selection of a new executive director for the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, I recall various conversations with some supporters of the museum and how they felt the Lexington community had no real voice on the museum's board or the museum's direction in serving the community.

With this change in museum staff leadership there is an opportunity for the art museum to become a true contributing member of the community by:

1) Beginning to look for ways to move the museum from the campus to a much better and more accessible site in Lexington.

2) Making the museum community-based, with goals which will encourage more participation, membership and attendance through exciting programs and shows.

3) Developing a true governing board with minimal university membership, thus, honoring and growing the community support base for museum activities.

4) Reaching out into the community with related art education programs in schools.

5) Executing a capital campaign with individuals and corporations to build a museum the region can fully enjoy and support.

With current limited UK funding and resources, the museum will never be all it can be in a community which truly embraces the arts. So, we are speaking to a true marriage of the university and the Lexington community. I believe such a partnership will produce a more viable and successful museum benefiting all.

Woody Dugan


Don't knock rural Internet service

We at Thacker-Grisby Telephone Co. are extremely proud of the fact that we offer broadband Internet to 100 percent of the homes and businesses in Knott County.

Needless to say we were shocked and very disappointed in the Jan. 23 article concerning government funds to expand high-speed Internet in Kentucky. This article grossly misrepresented broadband in Eastern Kentucky, Knott County in particular.

The article cited statistics that 73 percent of homes in the United States and 67 percent of homes in Kentucky have access to broadband. This proves that Knott County broadband is way ahead of the curve. In fact, there are 13 independent telephone companies in Kentucky, all serving rural areas and providing broadband.

While broadband is provided in some areas in Eastern Kentucky by larger, nationally known communications companies, these companies can make a much higher return on their investment by only supplying services to highly populated areas.

The article also stated that, "Government has to take the lead in connecting sparsely populated areas because it is not profitable for communications companies." Thacker-Grigsby has profited and grown for over 60 years by offering many different forms of telecommunications, including broadband, to one of the most sparsely populated areas in the state.

The state and federal government are constantly touting themselves as ambassadors of rural Kentucky. How is using our tax dollars to overbuild our nationally competitive infrastructure, eliminate our revenue and some of the 100-plus jobs Thacker-Grigsby supports in this flailing economy helping anyone in this area?

Monica Miller

Marketing director, Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Co.


Transgendered customer crushed I am a 23-year-old African-American transgendered woman and I went into a local evening gown store to possibly try on some gowns for the upcoming Miss Gay Black Pride pageant.

No one came to offer me any service. They were helping other young girls, but there were a couple of workers who were not busy. They were just staring at me.

I felt uncomfortable so I left. A couple of days went by and I called to see what the policy was on trying on gowns. The person on the phone told me what it was and she seemed nice. Then I told her why I was looking for a gown and I eventually disclosed that I was a transgendered woman.

Then she started telling me they don't really allow men to try on gowns, but I could come back later on in the evening or early in the day to try on a gown, because they didn't want girls to feel uncomfortable trying on gowns while a man was present.

I was crushed because I was a paying customer and I think my lifestyle played a role in what she had said. Very unprofessional on the store's part.

Kendahl Shoemaker


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