Letters to the Editor: May 29

May 29, 2014 

Column on Sterling and free speech is illogical

I am disappointed with Dr. Cameron Schaeffer, whom I first met about 40 years ago when we attended the same grade school.

While I rarely agree with the premises and conclusions in his periodic columns, they have until now always been cogently argued and on point. However, his latest offering "Is the Sterling ordeal a step toward criminalizing speech?" published May 6 is neither.

Donald Sterling faces no criminal indictment for his behavior. Indeed, he faces no court proceeding at all unless he chooses to start one himself.

All of the penalties imposed on Sterling, and the prospective forced sale of the L.A. Clippers, are governed by an agreement with other private individuals into which Sterling freely entered.

This is entirely in keeping with the libertarian principles Schaeffer has so consistently advocated.

Had Schaeffer written his latest column in the same vein, rather than suggesting fans and players abandon Sterling's team, he might have suggested Sterling use the proceeds of any forced sale to establish a competitor to the NBA and let the free market sort things out.

Schaeffer might also have discouraged Sterling from turning to the courts in an attempt to block the forced sale of his team by the NBA as an anti-trust violation. But, Schaeffer might then have had to acknowledge that the laws regulating monopolies were enacted once the consequences of running the country in large measure according to libertarian principles became apparent.

Jonathan Edwards


Barr, McConnell alike

The letter to the Herald-Leader from Rep/ Andy Barr seems to illustrate that he is following in the footsteps of Sen. Mitch McConnell in concealing the true intent of his legislation in language suggesting exactly the opposite of what the legislation intends.

Barr noted that he has co-sponsored the American Health Care Reform Act and suggests a range of positive aspects of this act for individuals and families.

The act to which Barr refers is HR 3121. In the bill one can find the following title appended to it: "A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

HR 3121 is really nothing more than one more attempt by Republicans in the House to repeal Obamacare.

It's time for our elected representatives to quit being so deceitful and duplicitous. The Herald-Leader could do investigative reporting that would reveal the doublespeak being foisted on the voters.

Charles L. Witt


Get the facts right

The snapshot recently published of Bryan Station High School, between a Herald-Leader article and the Channel 18 story, is one of great concern.

However, the media must look at the whole picture. The TV story dismissively announced that Henry Clay High School has had more fights this year than Bryan Station.

This fact was quickly dismissed with a thinly veiled "cooking the books" type of accusation about the numbers at Bryan Station.

The number of assaults at Bryan Station were mentioned but it was not clear what type of assaults they were, as well as no questioning of methods the other school uses to report assaults.

By questioning Bryan Station on its recording of fights and not addressing similar disparities at the other schools', it just seems to be a bit biased against the school.

As for the Herald-Leader coverage, there are only a few problems with the article.

The report offered a snapshot, a few days every other year that constitute whether a school is improving or not.

So, while the paper accurately used the snapshot, it would be nice if it interviewed a few teachers and asked their opinions. They work hard every day for the students at Bryan Station and deserve to have their voices heard.

Justin Cox


Lacrosse in Ky.

Lacrosse, considered the "fastest game on two feet," gains popularity in Kentucky as more youth are playing the sport.

Last fall, a program called Little Scoopers was initiated for youth ages four through nine at The Lexington School; 25 youth signed up.

This program has introduced lacrosse to the youngest players in the Lexington area. It has established a foundation that teaches and feeds the excitement and love for the sport.

Middle schools and high schools are adding lacrosse as a spring sport to their calendars. Travel teams are growing in numbers and it is an exciting time for lacrosse in Kentucky.

Growing up playing sports in high school at Shelby County, I only wish I could have had the opportunity to play this sport. I suggest giving the players coverage in the local newspaper and television to promote high school lacrosse.

Herb McCoun

Salisbury, Md.

Clean energy a must

I agree with the April 4 letter about the false choice Mitch McConnell presents between jobs and fighting climate change.

Kentucky can grow its economy and create jobs with clean energy. It has clean-energy resources and the know-how to get ahead. As one of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy, it includes growing jobs in manufacturing, construction and engineering.

Ohio has grown 9,000 jobs in direct renewable energy services and more than 70,000 jobs in solar and wind manufacturing. North Carolina has grown 12,500 jobs, billions in investments and 715 new businesses across the state.

Implementing clean-energy policies in Kentucky would create at least 28,000 jobs in our communities. U.S. taxpayers have already paid $1 trillion for climate change disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

With a carbon tax rebated directly to consumers, Kentucky could transition to a clean energy economy.

Lynn Goldfarb

Lancaster, Penn.

No 2-for-1 in Ky.

Maybe someone should ask the Mega Millions folks why it is OK to run a "buy two, get one free after 7:30 p.m." advertisement in Ohio but not in Kentucky.

I heard this advertised on the radio in the Cincinnati area. I was driving in Crittenden at the time it played. I believe we all think the lottery is the same in each state for multi-state games, but obviously that is not the case. What else are some states paying for that other states receive?

Terry Blankenship


Levees, not the storm

A recent article referred to Hurricane Katrina as the monstrous storm that shut the doors of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

However, the true cause of all of the destruction, devastation, flooding and deaths has been found to be the failure of the levees and floodwalls, designed and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For further edification and substantiation, please see: www.katrinacase.com.

Jimmy Roy

Arabi, La.

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