Yellow cardinal sighting redeems artist's early work
On the appearance of my first picture book, Dougal Looks for Birds, I was dismayed to see the artist had given the world what I supposed was its first and only yellow cardinal.
Not only had the charming young Israeli, newly arrived in New York City, never laid eyes on a cardinal, she had never laid eyes on any American birds besides pigeons, English sparrows and starlings.
I never reproached her for, as I thought, disgracing Dougal Looks for Birds, but I mentioned it to my editor. Now I must see if I can locate that long-retired lady.
Congratulations to David Gourley for his grand photograph of his beautiful visitor ("Rare yellow cardinal is a real head turner," Feb. 10), and thanks to Will Scott for his thorough, informative treatment of the subject.
Martha Bennett Stiles
Price of democracy?
Recently, The CBS Evening News reported that Congress authorized $32 million for Egyptian pro-democracy agitators in 2008.
President Barack Obama reduced the amount to $8 million.
The dollar amounts identified are not the only dollars authorized to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries — Cuba, Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, etc.
Our government doesn't have money for Americans but unlimited funds to demand democracies from foreign governments when Americans cannot be elected to any national office unless they support Israel.
Billy Ray Wilson
He tried his best
I want to put in a good word for Jack Kirn. He's not a crook ("Ex-operator of 2 Corky's is indicted," Feb. 10).
Your newspaper's headline is not fair. Making Kirn appear to be a thief was a disservice to him and our community.
Kirn operated Corky's, which was a great barbecue restaurant, and he was a fine Lexington business citizen for many years.
Kirn did exactly what a lot of us small-business people had to do during the recession to survive and be able to live with ourselves. Firing people early on would have been the easy solution. Like many of us, he just ran out of time.
We both found out that barbecue is not a necessity during bad economic times. The same can be said for many local businesses that had to close.
We both hung on as long as we could. We thought the economy would improve, as it's done in the past, and we tried to keep our businesses alive so we could eat, and so our employees could eat, too. If you were in our shoes, you would have done the same thing.
If we haven't learned from this recession that this country is dependent upon its businesses, big and small, we might as well give up now.
Our government bailed out the big guys who caused this disaster, and now it's putting the little guys who were victims in prison.
Prosecuting people like Kirn serves no useful purpose. We've all suffered enough.
Max H. Schwartz
Owner, Old Ky BBQ (closed)Lexington
30 years of support
Feb. 28 marks the 30th anniversary of the organizational charter for our Mended Hearts Bluegrass Chapter 115, which supports newly diagnosed heart patients and their families.
Over these years, our purpose has been to show that a rich, rewarding life is possible after heart disease.
We have all had a heart event ourselves, and in our encouraging visits each week to Lexington's three major hospitals where heart surgery is done, have shared our experiences relating to treatment, recovery, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.
Our Mended Hearts pillows to each patient are now being used by other MH chapters in many hospitals across the nation. The Mended Hearts motto is: "It's great to be alive, and to help others."
We thank the American Heart Association, Central Baptist, St. Joseph and University of Kentucky Chandler hospitals and the expert cardiovascular disease physicians, nurses and support specialists for their interest and assistance over these 30 years.
Carl J. Peter
President, Mended Hearts Bluegrass Chapter 115 Lexington
Republicans want to kill almost everything public, like National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System, health care and public financing of presidential campaigns.
They want to privatize most everything (Social Security for example) so the rich can greatly increase their wealth.
It is always at the expense of the majority middle class and poor. Eliminating public-sector roles promotes a "survival of the fittest" mind-set that is detrimental to our country's well-being.
As important as business is, Republicans seem to imply that everything we are, have been and ever hope to be we owe to the private sector.
Politics in America is broken; the brokenness will only increase as unlimited amounts of dollars will be allowed to go into political campaigning.
Politicians will be beholden to their wealthy donors- — corporations and individuals — to provide special favors. Money in politics and greed are killing America.
The Supreme Court's "money is speech" and "corporations are people" rulings were two unwise decisions.
Unless we come to our senses, the love of money will be at the root of our country's undoing.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.