Barnhart's been a blessing for UK athletics
I am pleased that Mitch Barnhart will remain as athletics director at the University of Kentucky.
During his tenure, he has improved the coaching staff for major and minor sports, and our teams are competitive for SEC championships and national rankings.
The overall quality of our athletic program is the best during my 60 years of following UK.
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We are blessed with excellent players and coaches who, along with Barnhart, can continue to upgrade our teams.
Most important, Barnhart has demonstrated a strong sense of propriety and total integrity since his arrival. I hope he stays at UK for many years. We are better for it.
Green means go
Common sense is just that: sense that is common. But the thought I have had for some time does not seem to be very common here in Central Kentucky.
The thought goes like this: When a driver is sitting at a stoplight that is red and the light turns green, this means that driver can go. And this applies to all the drivers who are sitting at the same stoplight. Everybody has the legal right to go. Everybody can go right then, when the light turns green.
Now I know it doesn't speed things up a lot; but if you have everybody letting off their brakes at the same time, it sure seems to speed things up. Maybe just a little, but it feels like a lot if you're in a hurry.
In conclusion, you don't have to wait for everybody in front of you to take off before you do.
One more brief thought. When you're driving on a four-lane road, and somebody is in front of you going slower than you want to go, it is legal to go around them in the passing lane when they go to turn right.
Safety is priority
The Air Line Pilots Association wisely urged the National Transportation Safety Board to reconsider the cumulative effects of radiation on airline crews. Frequent business travelers also are subject to cumulative radiation effects unless they use chartered or company planes.
Safety procedures are critical to commercial aviation. Those who are offended by manual physical examination may use their constitutional rights to float, walk or drive to their destinations.
Rex J. Phillips
Clooney vs. McConnell
If Sen. Mitch McConnell can waste his next two years concentrating on getting rid of President Barack Obama (are there not more important things for him to do?), then as a retiree, I have the time to spend on urging the Democrat National Committee to persuade George Clooney to rid us of McConnell.
In the past, the GOP has nominated "pretty faces" with empty heads for high offices and they have somehow managed to win.
It follows then that the Democrats could steal a page from the GOP handbook and run a "pretty face" with intelligence, commitment, experience and universal appeal. That would concentrate Mitch's mind on something more useful to the country than his politics of No, No, No!
What a great story Dec. 1 about the recovery of Chloe Wash from paralysis. Please give us more such uplifting reports. Readers are starved for them in this dismal, war-torn era.
I'm so happy for Chloe and her family and grateful to the Herald-Leader for sharing it.
James Guthrie Jr.
Many forms of terrorism
I heard on the news that a member of Congress said Wikileaks should be prosecuted as a terrorist organization. OK, well, some people think the United States is a terrorist country.
Look at what we have done to Iraq. We've bombed it into the Stone Age. I hear people in Iraq wish Saddam Hussein were running the country again. We've been 100 times worse.
We're apparently doing the same thing to Afghanistan, following in Soviet Russia's footsteps. I guess we like the opium.
Christians and Muslims appear hellbent on blowing up the world. Both think they have God on their side. What a joke. I call Christianity and Islam fascist religions because they each think they are right and everyone else is wrong.
People say Christianity has mellowed. That may be true, but looking back at Christianity's track record, starting with Charlemagne, should make anyone with half a brain run away from this religion as if their rear end were on fire.
Hindus say, "There is one God. Men know him by different names." That's what I call a breath of fresh air. My Christian friends talk about Satan much more than they do about God or Christ.
A wise Hindu holy man said, "You get what you dwell on."
Keep electing judges
There are those who wish to remove politics from the justice system, by taking away people's right to vote for judges.
When judges are chosen by a political process, the public may choose wrong, they say; and therefore to protect us from ourselves judges should be appointed.
In a free political system, the voters in the past have chosen many good and just judges. The public may have chosen a few bad ones, and so the argument is don't allow the public to choose.
Why should we even trust ourselves to choose governors and presidents, because we know the public has in the past made some mistakes?
With more czars being appointed — health czars, car czars, financial czars — things are much better. And look at how much better the Chinese have grown their economy and they didn't need voting.
In a free society, each individual is entitled to vote; and for better or worse, we get what we choose. Not a perfect system, but a pretty good one. Let's be careful before we change.
Earl M. McGuire
Wait until hiring season
I can share the anguish and feel the pain of the writer of a Dec. 2 letter. Where in this good world does his employer get the unmitigated gall to forbid employees from wishing anyone a "Merry Christmas"?
The Christmas season may not be in tune religiously with all of us. Yet all of us experience it and, for the most part, enjoy the environment the season gives us.
If only the employment picture and the economy were more positive, my reaction to such an employer's edict would be to tell him in no uncertain terms to "stuff it," and allow another employer to benefit from the letter writer's services.
And to the employer in question: "Bah, Humbug!"