What's good for the gander too good for the rest?
University of Kentucky basketball deserves the "gold standard." Unspoken but clear in UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart's recent statement before the mayor's task force studying Rupp Arena was this: It is the men's basketball program that deserves the gold standard.
Does UK women's basketball boast a fancy residence hall with a new one on the way?
Does Memorial Coliseum represent the gold standard? Does women's basketball have gold standard anything?
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I think the standard we are talking about here is a different one: the double standard. More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX, we think it is time for university leaders to think of women in the same breath as men when it comes to sports.
While they're at it, how about gold standard classrooms for the students?
Carolyn Bratt, Patricia Cooper,Ava Crow, Anne Flynn, Susan Scollay
A breath of fresh air
There are undoubtedly thousands of Kentucky Republicans who have decided that, in the gubernatorial primary May 17, they will have no choice but to hold their noses and vote for David Williams or not vote at all.
That was exactly what we thought until we recently heard Phil Moffett lay out his platform.
Moffett is a clean-cut, articulate proponent of constitutional conservatism who has achieved his education and success in business through honesty, ability and hard work. He is not merely an acceptable candidate. He is an outstanding candidate, one who can actually defeat the classic political hack who is an embarrassment to the party.
We encourage voters to check out Moffett's web page: Philmoffett.com
William A. Rice
PDR over police?
Pools closed, police cutbacks, fire-protection cutbacks, layoffs: Mayor Jim Gray has sure made some tough choices. Only the essential things remain. Right?
Well, the police might not respond as quickly and the fire department might not get to your burning house as rapidly, yet we are sinking another $1 million into the silly Purchase of Development Rights program.
It defies belief.
Perhaps I am wrong. Maybe it would be better if all the land were owned by government. Yeah, then government could decide how best to use the land. We might even have collectives and five-year plans.
I've gotta stop. My liberal friends are already warming to the thought of this Utopia.
Too bad the poor saps whose houses are converted to piles of ashes can't pitch a tent on the PDR land. Nope, can't use it, can't enter it, can't even see it if it's not visible from some truly public area.
Essential — you bet.
In defense of the cranes
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has proposed a hunting season on the eastern population of sandhill cranes, which were hunted to near extinction in the United States and have been protected since 1918.
Sandhill cranes have one of the lowest reproductive rates of any North American bird. It has taken nearly a century of protection for the eastern population to reach current numbers, and KDFWR wants Kentucky to be the first eastern state to hunt them.
The KDFWR says hunting cranes won't affect crane watching when the birds are here in greatest numbers. This is false as they will become unapproachable, negatively impacting public viewing and crane-watching events such as Barren River Lake State Park's crane weekends.
The KDFWR risks losing public support if a season is established and should instead develop and promote crane-watching events as in other states. The KDFWR commissioners will evaluate the proposal in May and decide in June if there will be a hunting season. Public input now will impact that decision.
Contact information for letters or emails to commissioners and others can be found at Kyc4sandhillcranes.wordpress.com/call-to-action.
I thank Loyd Ford for his defense of the sandhill cranes that migrate between Canada and Florida over Kentucky ("No good reason to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky," April 8).
I grew up and worked in Kentucky and am a true Kentuckian though I have lived in Florida for 30 years.
One of the strongest connections I have to the changing seasons of my home state are the migrating sandhills that arrive in my part of Florida around Thanksgiving.
My brother, a retired Kentucky Fish and Wildlife manager and Lexington resident, calls me in November to alert me to their movement south.
We in north Florida celebrate their return and enjoy the beauty of the flocks. My middle school students and I leave the classroom to see them circle when we hear their distinctive calls. We stop in the schoolyard to admire their circling formations and enjoy their arrival.
They are large and handsome birds who do not move quickly. There can be no sport in shooting such a slow-moving animal, no more sport than clubbing a porcupine or armadillo, also slow and harmless creatures that one would not eat.
Like Ford, my family supplemented its table from hunting and fishing. I am not protesting the practice of hunting for food, but rather the sport that would destroy creatures that are celebrated in Florida.
Nature gives us beauty to enjoy for free, and these days, we need to embrace all the bargains we can get.
Marihelen Haddock Wheeler
I am against making it legal to kill sandhill cranes.
Instead of allowing the killing of these beautiful birds, why not be proactive in their preservation by alerting the public to their presence during their Kentucky stopover, thereby encouraging residents and tourists to bring their binoculars and cameras, not their guns.
If you, too, are as enraged as I, please contact the Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes and express your objection to this ridiculous proposal.
Ullin W, Leavell
I appreciate the urgency of killing any wildlife species as soon as they attain a healthy, sustainable population, but I still protest the hunting of sandhill cranes.
These large, slow-flying, inoffensive birds should be allowed to migrate through Kentucky without getting pot-shotted by "sportsmen."
If the fish and wildlife agency needs to raise money, let it sell double licenses on the Canada geese that infest every neighborhood with a pond or swimming pool.
As far as people seeking "table fare" goes, here's an idea: Buy a Butterball, set it on a tree stump, and blast the daylights out of it.
Just as much sport; less gutting and plucking.