Ease up on salt
On Tuesday's front page was an article on how much road salt Kentucky has used this season.
While I agree it's been a rough winter for everyone, I disagree on why so much salt is spread across our roads at the first sight of a flurry.
Where is all that 417,000 tons of salt eventually going? Groundwater? Creeks and streams? It would be an environmental concern if I so much as sprinkled salt from a salt shaker into a creek, yet 417,000 tons get washed away with rain.
I agree we need to keep the roads safe when snow falls, but if we all learned to slow down, put the cell phones away and left a little earlier, I think we'd be fine.
And as far as the salt goes ... save it for a real snow.
Young scholars show their skills in competition
Kudos to Fayette County Public Schools students, representing all elementary schools, who competed on a cold and rainy Saturday morning (Feb. 5) in the One Community, One Voice Academic Challenge Principal's Cup.
The Bryan Station High School parking lot looked like a basketball game was going on inside; instead, 2,100 students were inside competing on academic teams and answering difficult math, science, social studies questions and the like.
The first four rounds were high energy, fun for all students, and scores were very close. Veterans Park, Rosa Parks and Meadowthorpe made it to the primary finals (grades 2, 3 and 4), and Rosa Parks won after a double playoff.
In the Intermediate finals (grades 4 and 5), Rosa Parks, Athens-Chilesburg and Meadowthorpe were separated by 1 and 2 points, with Athens-Chilesburg winning.
Winners were awarded individual trophies and a school Principal's Cup. Second- and third-place winners received medals, and all students received Certificates of Excellence.
Wow. What an exciting day for education in Fayette County, and how rewarding to watch our young students demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence.
Thanks to parents who support the Academic Challenge Program. Their involvement sends a strong message to children that education is valued and hard work and determination are rewarded.
I'm looking forward to the Superintendent's Cup competition on March 12, where students vie for 31 four-year and three one-year scholarships from seven Kentucky colleges and universities. Good luck to all students at the March competition.
One Community, One Voice chair
In the Jan. 3 article about adoptive parent support groups sponsored by the University of Kentucky, I was dismayed to see what could have been laudatory information about the groups' activities twisted into a promotional piece for the homosexual lifestyle.
My heart goes out to the 2-year-old girl pictured with the male partners. Her status as adoptable indicates she probably has not been the recipient of normal birth and early-childhood circumstances. Now she is undergoing more of the same.
I was upset last week by an article in which one of our U.S. senators suggested cutting such programs as food stamps, education and heating aid. Is this what we the people in this United States want?
We are to help those who can't help themselves. We need all the aid we can get to educate our young people. We are a rich country. God has blessed us in so many ways.
Even with food stamps, there are still hungry people. I help at a food bank and it is sad to see people even with food stamps having a hard time feeding their families.
So, please, let us protest ending such programs. God loves a cheerful giver.
Folks, I have been at this more than 40 years, trying to get you poor souls to register and vote for the only party that would benefit you more than not: The Democratic Party.
This would be the only way you will overcome the establishment. The Republican Party is trying to take away that freedom the rest of the world is fighting for.
A recent commentary regarding abortion caught my attention ("Stop abortion to save lives, our humanity," Jan. 31).
My intent is not to debate the issue of abortion, but to point to a reference the writer made in her presentation as a supporting document.
I was struck by this quote from Pope John Paul II. " A nation that destroys its own children is a nation without hope."
While the Catholic Church is not a "nation," it is a powerful global community. A look back over the past few years points to an overwhelming record of child abuse among some of the clergy within the Catholic Church.
Many of the children, as they grew older, took their own lives, having never overcome the shame and secrecy that was forced upon them. Others have serious emotional issues.
We also know now that much of it was known by the hierarchy, but was pushed aside. Those who violated these children were moved to another location, as the victims, our children, were expected to simply move on with their lives.
To paraphrase the pope, any community or institution that destroys its own children, is a community without hope.
I'm quite sure there are many other Christian institutions that support the writer's position that are not tainted by such a disgrace. I would caution her to be more careful in determining with whom she chooses to align herself.
How charming. "A new monthly food magazine full of recipes and tips." I guess this has to take the place of real news in this newspaper.
Wednesday's Nation|World page featured four full-length stories. Four — from all the nation and the world. There are more stories devoted to UK sports each day.
This newspaper once commanded some respect. Those days are past.