Give kids time off from homework on school breaks
Kids are given homework every day of their school careers. From the time they begin kindergarten to the end of their senior years, they have to do some kind of worksheets or constantly have to read.
I have noticed over the years that homework is even given on the Christmas and spring breaks, as well as on the summer vacation.
I think kids need to have a break in their schedules and not be bothered with homework over their breaks.
Just allow them to be kids.
We all know that we adults require breaks from our jobs and just want to get away from it all.
Well, guess what? Kids need the same kind of break from homework.
They would really enjoy going back to school when their breaks are over, if they really got a break from school work.
A letter writer recently suggested that men should not comment negatively on abortion because they have never been pregnant. She then went into great detail describing the discomfort associated with the process.
I, being a male, have not been pregnant and appreciated the input. I had no idea what a nuisance childbirth could be.
Besides not having been pregnant, I have never killed anyone.
I was hoping the writer could be as eloquent in rationalizing the murder of an unborn child as she was in proclaiming that a woman has no responsibility other than to herself.
Programs pack it on
First lady Michelle Obama has taken on the noble cause of childhood obesity.
What happened to the millions of starving children that we heard about every night for years when we went to bed?
Let's see, we have a free school lunch program, then came the free breakfast programs, then the backpack program.
We took away the playground equipment so the children could have more time to eat. If that wasn't enough, we created summer feeding programs.
We have food stamps, Women, Infants and Children health and nutrition program and commodity giveaways.
The extensive exercise program — sticking a hand out — that is connected to the programs is probably not enough to offset the effect of unlimited free food.
Could childhood obesity be yet another unintended consequence of feel-good social programs?
Retirees a good deal
Our legislators passed a law last year to put a stop to double-dipping.
Returning retirees can no longer earn an additional state retirement or receive any additional employee benefits by returning to work for state government.
I do not have a problem with someone who has worked in state government for 30 years taking the retirement earned and later accepting another state job.
It seems to me that we, the taxpayers, are getting a good deal. We no longer have to pay employee benefits and there is no additional retirement being paid.
We get the benefit of that person's knowledge and experience, plus no training is needed.
In this tight budget environment, we should be hiring more retirees simply because of the cost savings to taxpayers.
Robert W. Davenport
Look after animals
I work as a delivery driver for a Chinese restaurant in Lexington. I am writing to ask that some sort of action be taken regarding all the loose dogs I consistently see around Lexington.
It bothers me how little people care if their pets run away. I rescue what animals I can when I'm on the road, but unfortunately, the lack of concern by the owners is the biggest problem.
I am also concerned with how the Lexington Humane Society responds. Animal control only comes out at its convenience, and very little can be done by the Humane Society after hours.
Where's the love for the animals?
A nation of nitwits
I wake up in the morning angry to think that our country has come to this.
Once a strong, English-speaking country, it has become a nation led by a bunch of nitwits. We have a president who will go to any lengths to get his agenda passed. Lies, bribes, coercion, threats and deceits — and the weak, spineless, worthless Democrats follow like sheep to the slaughter.
I hope I live long enough to see these people swept out of office and President Barack Obama sent back to that cult of corruption in Chicago.
Obama and his cohorts are bent on destroying the U.S. Constitution, the greatest thing since the Magna Carta. Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should donate their skulls to science to help find a cure for insanity.
Or maybe I should rethink this.
They were smart enough to get all this Marxist legislation passed. This is what you get with a dumbed-down society voting.
Drug tests for aid
I agree with a recent letter writer that people on welfare and food stamps should be required to take mandatory drug tests to receive benefits.
Don't many government employees have to take the tests?
Because the government is paying these people, then they should have to take them as well.
I am not saying that all people who receive welfare and food stamps are on drugs.
But let's face it, when we are in the grocery store and the person in front of us pays with a food-stamp card and then leaves in a brand new Lexus, it doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
If drug testing were required, our unemployment rate would drop because some of the unemployed would be forced to work real jobs to pay the bills.
I, like most people in Fayette and surrounding counties, usually oppose utility rate increases, because they are already making money.
Kentucky American Water Company has asked the state Public Service Commission for an exorbitant rate increase of 37 percent.
The name of the game is to ask for more, knowing that it won't get the full amount.
The utility might get a 12 percent hike, instead.
However, in this case, I am in favor of Kentucky American receiving the full amount requested because I know CEO Nick Rowe and the gang will provide the water company employees a 37 percent cost-of-living increase.