Letters to the editor: March 19

March 19, 2014 

Transy's Williams did much to aid women on campus

With the recent announcement of Transylvania University's next president, we would like to extend our best wishes to Owen Williams for his many contributions as president over the past four years.

We want to make sure that he receives the credit he is due for an important part of his legacy.

While we do not represent anyone other than ourselves, we have worked with Williams in various capacities, including staff, faculty, administration and the Board of Regents and are confident that many others share our respect for him.

In his time as president, Williams has been an important advocate for women at the university. Under his guidance, Transylvania has hired or promoted women to key leadership positions, including two female vice presidents, its first female athletic director, and its first female campus minister.

He also took important and overdue measures to equalize faculty salaries for women and men.

Williams created a president's advisory council with two women as chairs, and three of the council's monthly meetings were devoted to issues concerning the climate for women on campus. Under Williams, Transylvania also created a residential "safe space" for LGBTQ students.

As the president pioneered these changes, he acted with professionalism and genuine concern for the university's well-being.

We sincerely hope that Williams' work on behalf of women will be remembered and continued under the university's new administration, and we wish him every success in his future career.

Barbara LoMonaco

Vice president for student affairs and dean of students

Transylvania University

This letter was also signed by Nancy Coleman Wolsk, art history professor and Ingrid Allen, associate director of admissions at Transylvania University and alumnus Ana C. Reyes of Washington, D.C.)

Mind-boggling search

The "system stupidity" involving the search for Malaysian flight 370 is mind-boggling.

Someone knew, or should have known, within 15 minutes of communication loss with the flight that the engines were still running. This fact should have been communicated immediately, and taken seriously, by those responsible for the flight.

That would have afforded the opportunity to search for a flying airplane, rather than wreckage. Even if, as is likely, the plane flew low to avoid radar, such a search could have been successful.

What to do now? Among other actions, undertake a massive effort to gather up the cell phone numbers of all passengers, from their relatives, friends and phone companies, and hope that some cell tower somewhere detected one of those numbers, which is a possibility even if no calls were attempted.

Michael Kennedy


It's all in the brain

The March 4 column by Mark Story is exactly on point. However, there is a missing element. Coach John Calipari may not be aware of the neurodevelopmental status of his teenage basketball players.

The human brain does not become fully integrated, hard-wired and functional with regard to decision-making, strategic thinking, leadership and the ability to analyze one's own thinking until ages 25 to 27.

The continuing oversupply of male University of Kentucky players, ages 18 to 19, will be largely unsuccessful unless balance in recruiting and player development is brought to bear.

It appears the coaching staff fails to see this. It is not possible to start five freshmen and expect them to display the necessary level of ball management, game tactics and awareness of the team concept against more mature men.

These young men possess tremendous motor and sensory talent. However their maturing brains, particularly the frontal lobes, have not caught up with their advanced athletic skill.

Robert P. Granacher Jr.. M.D.



Take care

I read Jerry Tipton's very interesting article on "Caliparanoia." I would remind Tipton of the ancient advice, "If you strike the king you had better kill him."

Richard Hench


Free help on free throws

In December, after reading how bad the Kentucky men's team free-throw shooting was, I wrote Coach John Calipari that I could teach anybody to shoot free throws. I could write a book about all the people who started out bad and became good after I explained by five steps to making free throws.

After no reply to my letter, I called UK and someone told me who I needed to talk to but I was never put through to that person.

I enjoy spending time in the gym, shooting free throws straight in, shooting them and having them come back to me at the free-throw line. I've been doing this for years.

Good luck to Kentucky on free-throw shooting.

Wayne Weaver


Stop animal cruelty

Are we really "the Horse Capital of the World?" Why then is the state currently listed as one of the worst in animal cruelty?

The lack of laws and enforcement says failure and denial. Ask council members, state representative and politicians in Washington for reform. To look the other way is deplorable.

Change is on the way.

Tara Hopkins West


Silly bill a waste of time

How can our legislators justify filling time with the nonsense of a bill saying someone can carry a sidearm into a bar if they don't drink? Now explain how that can be enforced?

Maybe these guys are too young to remember the traditional Westerns when the cowboys swaggered into the saloons. Guns are to liquor as oil is to water — they simply don't mix.

I did not vote for annual sessions and tried to persuade others that it would not end special sessions and the waste to taxpayers.

Why do they not address our more pressing issues such as budget, taxes and jobs? They refused to pass a law to have welfare recipients drug tested.

The latest scam is for those folks to buy cartons and cartons of soft drinks to sell for cash. These drinks should not be purchased with food cards.

Come on and get real. Our futures depend on it. Stop the waste and the stupidity.

Molly Britt


Corrupt political class

The political class is risen now, from the glory of our revolution to the crippling force of self interest.

The oath of high office now pales in time, done in by the dread circumstance of greed, a sure quality of our mortal flesh.

The longer men are in high office now, the more corrupt they all become — always the shibboleth, the dreaded cant of service to the people before self, a circumstance with which they cloak their purposes.

How many politicians are now rich from the money, and its dread perquisites, received yearly by the members of Congress? Only general estimates are shown the people, their private investments never fully revealed. They claim to be servants of the people, posturing as patriots.

It makes one think of term limits. And by the way, what happened to Sen. Rand Paul's term limits bill? Did he learn the game isn't played that way?

William A. Watson


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