Media missed wonderful 'Day of Dead' event
The Herald-Leader and local TV stations missed a terrific opportunity to report on the Living Arts and Science Center's "Day of the Dead Festival" on Nov. 1.
The diverse crowd in attendance got to see wonderful performances by the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and traditional Mexican dancers, the Matachines. There were also free crafts and hands-on activities for kids conducted by volunteers and local artists.
There were beautiful altars created by local artists and community groups which were displayed in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground Cemetery. The candle-lit procession to the cemetery at dusk was truly magic.
There was virtually no advance information about this event and no stories, photos or videos were released afterward in any medium.
So, local media people, don't miss your opportunity again. I challenge you to expose this little-known gem right here in downtown Lexington and let everyone know about the great classes and special events the Living Arts and Science Center offers throughout the year.
Sweet 16 WEG days
Wow. We spent 16 days of certain splendor. Lexington was transformed and transfixed into the most exciting, electric and warm place.
We got this free joy that was available to all. We got to be with each other in the name of good clean fellowship focused on our love and appreciation of the horse, and of Lexington.
I found myself thanking everybody:
Steve and Jane Beshear for the continued dream.
Mayor Jim Newberry, the Urban County Council and all city employees for support and planning .
Pearse Lyons for commitment and persistence.
The Webbs for "Party Central."
Krista Greathouse for Spotlight leadership.
Skilled and patient policemen and firemen for constant and consistent vigilance.
Lee T. Todd Jr. and the University of Kentucky for amazing medical support, cooperation and leadership.
Businesses and vendors who supplied goodies and prizes.
Spindletop for elegant and gorgeous hospitality to our new friends from far-off lands.
Rotarians from all over Kentucky.
The preciously diverse people of Kentucky who volunteered to serve.
Those who just jumped in with both feet to celebrate and enjoy this historic time for our corner of the world.
All the drama of long days and organizational nightmares since the moment it was announced that the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games would be in our city was well worth it.
I pray this provides a jump-start for future monthly planning for the entire populous to come downtown and share in the goodness that can be available.
I am so disappointed in the negativity and hurtful rhetoric of this election's politicians. The old poem of "politics — the damndest" in Kentucky seems to be true.
When my husband, Landon G. Osborne, served in the Army in World War II, he wrote some poetry as well as sketched some of the beauty of France, Bavaria, Luxembourg and Germany. (We are sure this helped with seeing a lot of the horror of war.) He wrote a poem called My Kentucky, and said Kentucky is a "little bit of heaven." He describes the various seasons of the year and why "you ought to see Kentucky."
This state and our country are worth fighting for, but let us not fight each other. We celebrated Landon's life last year as a soldier, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a husband of 62 wonderful years.
No help from GOP
Republicans and Tea Partiers insist that balancing the budget, deep spending cuts and extending the tax breaks are vital to cure America's economic woes. They express anger over high unemployment and large deficit spending after just two years of Barack Obama's presidency.
Our beleaguered president is now considering amending his economic policies; yet according to some progressive economists, including Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, those steps are the opposite of what is needed to bolster our economy.
Krugman asserts that additional stimulus would be beneficial if targeted toward job creation, as President Franklin Roosevelt did during the Great Depression. Reich maintains that the root of the depressed economy is the huge disparity in the distribution of income and wealth, a repeat of the economic situation just before the Great Depression.
In 2007, the top 1 percent of Americans owned 34.6 percent of privately held wealth in the United States while the bottom 80 percent owned just 15 percent. Accordingly, the richest Americans are prone to speculation and investment in ventures such as dot-com and housing bubbles, while the middle class is restricted to just getting by or falling deeper into debt. As a result, consumer demand for products lags production.
Under the current inequitable wealth distribution, America is destined to experience recurring recessions. The coveted tax breaks for the richest Americans would add to the wealth distribution disparity and will not lower the federal deficit.
America should steer clear of flawed Republican economics.
Health care in flux
Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to have a health care plan designed by lawyers. When we voted for "change," our representatives voted for a health care plan they were told would save money and would be paid for by the rich folk (who have provided jobs). No raise in taxes? Borrow trillions and let our descendants pay the non-tax debt and interest for generations.
This election, candidates realized what "health care" they voted for. They may be having to adjust the bill to make it work.
Our medical care certainly will change.
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