Mother's Day wish: Halt U.S. military campaigns
In her 1870 call for a Mother's Day for Peace, Julia Ward Howe declared, "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
This Mother's Day is a fitting time to halt U.S. military endeavors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Violence engenders more violence and retribution.
There is no military solution. The presence of our foreign troops and their activities are a big part of the problem.
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We need to bring all of our troops home now from Iraq and end our occupation of that country. We must stop the escalation in Afghanistan, bring our troops home and end that occupation. We must also stop the illegal strikes on Pakistan.
Every human life is valuable. We need diplomatic and humanitarian solutions of reparation and we should also be finding humanitarian solutions here at home. These days many of us are thinking of where our tax dollars are going. This is where I want mine to go.
Anne G. Woodhead
Wrong union conclusion
It perplexes me to no end how someone can take a simple piece of information and so completely draw a conclusion that is the exact opposite of reality.
In an April 21 article on the attempts to unionize Louisville nurses, the writer relates the union position that secret-ballot elections that defeat unionization after a majority of nurses sign pro-union cards show the need to do away with secret elections.
How absurd. Nothing could more clearly demonstrate the need for secret elections to allow workers to vote their actual desires and be free from union intimidation.
What it also demonstrates is that under the ridiculously named Employee Free Choice Act, union intimidation will skyrocket.
UK disregards neighbors
Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association would like to add its voice of indignation to those of others who have already expressed their dismay and horror at the University of Kentucky installation of power lines down Woodland Avenue.
These are high power transmission lines that will be permanent. Hideous forever.
The university had no need to run these lines down Woodland Avenue to connect them at the Rose and Euclid intersection. UK already owns all the property down Rose Street and could have buried them on their own property.
The lines run underground on university property, but to save money are being run above ground on private property.
There are already transmission lines down Euclid Avenue where a connection from Rose could have been made thus lessening the visual impact by utilizing the existing lines. There are no such lines running the length of Woodland.
Was it not possible to run the lines underground the remainder of the way down Woodland Avenue to Euclid? The additional distance is surely not that much greater?
The installation of these power towers will irrevocably change the appeal of this already beleaguered neighborhood for the worse, forever.
President, Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association
The Susan Boyle lesson
Columnist Paul Prather fails to penetrate the depths of his own response to Susan Boyle's talent. As far as it goes, his profile of our collective human reacton is accurate. Yet, having praised the "divine voice," he then deplores the power of this voice to change the listener when "this same person exhibits an unexpected talent as superficial as belting out a Broadway show tune."
The contradiction undermines the explanation; he downgrades the talent exhibited on a British TV show to force a moral lesson.
Boyle's deep appeal can better be explained in terms of the mythic dimension of her talent. We do "focus on the externals and ignore a person's heart" in surface perceptions. But there is a buried part of our souls that resonates to the heart in her voice that is the essence and the power of individual talent.
Poet William Carlos Williams argues that "rigor of beauty is the quest — but how can you find beauty when it is locked in the heart past all remonstrance?"
Fairy tales depict the "ugly duckling" and the "sleeping beauty" that one day awake to greater life. We look at Boyle and confront our own human imperfection and our ache for our own imprisoned beauty.
That perception causes us to cringe. But then she sings. Suddenly, the heart is unlocked and the quest recedes, for the beauty of that voice touches the beauty in us, and we know our true selves.
May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. An estimated 10 million men, women and children in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia, characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances and fatigue.
For those with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities. Total health-care costs over 12 months are about three times higher among fibromyalgia patients compared to patients without the disorder. Fibromyalgia costs the United States between $12 billion to $14 billion each year
Beware of advertising
As fans of Cirque de Soleil's innovative, gasps-per-minute productions — we've seen five — my wife and I snapped up tickets to Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, which played at Rupp Arena April 21.
But soon after the curtain rose, we began to feel that something was amiss. The production didn't seem to be up to Cirque's standards. Most of the performers were excellent, but the production-value wows were missing. The reason, we learned two days later, was that Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy was not a Cirque de Soleil production. It was a so-so imitation of Cirque shows created by Cirque Productions in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cirque de Soleil is based in Montreal, Canada.
We feel hoodwinked. We saw the words Cirque Dreams and assumed, probably along with a lot of other people, that it was a new Cirque de Soleil show. Deceptive advertising? We think so. But we also think that we should have remembered that old legal adage: Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.