Dropout fix should start well before age 18
Why do kids want to drop out of school? And why would two more years make a difference? Several years ago, I heard a state senator say that Indiana forecasted its future prison needs based on fourth-grade reading levels.
If that is true, two more years in school will not make much of a difference. The difference is made, not in the years between 16 and 18, but in the K-4 years.
How many of those folks in prison without a high school diploma referred to in your editorial can't read? We have to spend the money to educate these kids long before they reach 16 if we are to make a difference.
Ask the teachers in grades 5 to 8 which students are more likely to drop out, and they probably have a good idea of who will be there come graduation day.
If there is money to spend, we don't need to wait until the student is 16 to keep him or her in school. We have to plant the seed much earlier to make a difference.
Excise health care law
Remove the tumor called Obamacare. This law, passed against the will of the American people, should be excised like the tumor it is becoming.
Even as the Department of Health and Human Services is providing 700-plus exemptions, as of this writing, to cronies and unions, the American people are being subjected to this unholy, un-American and undemocratically passed legislation.
Repeal it or give the rest of us out of favor with this administration an exemption, too.
I write to protest the uncredited usurpation by ESPN of the unofficial motto of Coach Cal's Cats: "Never Graduate."
I call upon all True Blue citizens of the Big Blue Nation to boycott ESPN until it stops capitalizing on the noble sentiment that Coach John Calipari has brought to our proud commonwealth, dispensing once and for all with the effeminate notion of "scholar-athlete."
Go Big Bloo, er, Big Blu, er — Go Katz!
Guy M. Townsend
In response to the letter about reform of drug laws, Just legalize them. My points are:
■ The same people would use drugs whether legal or not. The notion that hordes of people who do not use drugs would all of a sudden start using them is ludicrous.
■ The "war against drugs" would be over. All that money could be spent on education, health care, animal welfare, children, therapy for families in trouble and treatment for those with a drug problem.
■ Our prisons would be almost empty overnight.
■ The so-called drug lords and cartels would be out of business.
■ Drug use would be safer. Warnings like those with every tobacco and alcohol purchase would be given with every drug purchase, including information on how to get help. The drugs would be regulated as to purity, strength and additives, putting an end to bad drugs getting on the street and killing people.
■ The street violence in this country that is associated with drugs and gangs would almost disappear.
■ Drugs would be taxed just like tobacco and alcohol. The deficit would disappear in very short order.
■ Kentucky would be the frontrunner in growing marijuana. Think what our poor state could do with all that tax revenue.
■ Gone would be the meth labs that are a scourge to our state.
■ Penalties for illegal sale or use of drugs would be so harsh as to be unthinkable.
Lynn Fish Blacketer
Now that's funny
The Fort Myers, Fla., paper has a lot of comics that used to appear in the Herald-Leader: Classic Peanuts, Shoe, Donald Duck, Hi and Lois, Andy Capp, For Better or For Worse and Henry. Too bad you stopped carrying them. They were far funnier than what is in there now. Most of what you have now is senseless dribble.