Tea Party not sheep following any party's elites
Some questions about University of Kentucky history professor Ron Formisano's May 6 column, "Why do freedom lovers let big business intimidate?":
Why is he so quick to blame big business and Wall Street for the current recession but fail to question government economic policies or the motives and actions of the Federal Reserve?
Is it a coincidence that General Electric paid little to the IRS this year and its CEO serves on the president's Board of Economic Advisors? How did Ford report near-record profits last quarter without receiving a taxpayer bailout?
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How can he address the collapse of the housing market and not mention the roles Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or the Community Reinvestment Act played in the crisis?
What is fair about not allowing private industry to donate to political campaigns while unions give billions of their workers' dues almost exclusively to Democratic candidates?
The Tea Party believes the solutions to our country's problems lie within the Constitution and not partisan politics or corporate interests. We believe in the principles and values of philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville and founder Benjamin Franklin over those of historian Howard Zinn and economist Paul Krugman.
Despite what mainstream media and most Democrats in Washington may think, we are not radical, extreme or unreasonable. We aren't sheep who will blindly follow the elites on the right, nor will we be told who to vote for.
We're well-informed adults who can form our own opinions and are sick of the culture of greed and corruption that exists in both government and business.
Knowledge over tests
The real purpose of education is to learn how to learn. The more you learn should make you realize how little you really know. But I am afraid that today's education is aimed at how to take a test more than how to learn.
Genius Albert Einstein flunked a teacher's exam. I wonder how many high-school graduates today realize how Einstein changed the world.
Education and knowledge brought us out of the dark ages and into the 21st century. It was once reserved for the few. Today it is available for everyone. Knowledge is what is most needed when the situation calls for it. If you need a doctor, that is knowledge you need at that moment. If your car breaks down, a mechanic is what you need.
It seems for our young people today, if they can pass the test, that is all that matters. They will feel good about themselves and the school will be rewarded.
But for those who fail to score up to the mark, will this seriously affect their view of themselves and their future potential?
Let's get back to what education is all about: knowledge. Knowledge is knowing a little about everything, but not knowing everything about anything. Have you noticed, the dumbest person in the bar does the most talking and knows the most about everything?
Carl Sandberg once said, "The fog comes on little cat feet, it pauses, and then it's gone."
Knowledge comes on little cat's feet, and then it's gone. We sometimes call it common sense.
Willard Ashworth Jr.
Meadowbrook Golf Course has a sign facing Wilson Downing Road billing itself as Lexington's first municipal golf course. It is a well-kept 18-hole executive course that has offered quality recreation on 25 acres of much-needed green space for over 40 years.
Yet there are problems impeding the course and its mission.
Golf lessons are conducted by persons who are mediocre, at best, on a cash-only basis, There is no professional at the course; staff members conduct lessons at an exorbitant rate to beginning golfers who are not aware they are being taught by unqualified persons.
The management has turned away golfers who violated an outdated and archaic dress code. Customer service has been lacking by some of the staff, and management has discouraged players from patronizing the course even though it desperately needs the revenue.
At certain times, the course has been closed to the general public in order for leagues and clinics to be conducted, even though the course had plenty of room for everyone.
This creates a conflict of interest in that lesson-takers are given preference over the public who are the ones supporting the course. Numerous complaints have gone ignored by the upper echelon of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
Meadowbrook could easily be nurtured and be a self-supporting entity that loses little if any money for the taxpayers.
The management and the parks department should be concerned with the taxpayers and not a parallel business the taxpayers are subsidizing.
Donald B. Newman
On April 12, Camp Horsin' Around honored eight amazing citizens of Lexington. These individuals represent some of the finest volunteers in the Bluegrass.
They have dedicated a lifetime making our community a better place for all. They have served, sponsored, shared and solicited on behalf of non-profit organizations. They are true heroes for the many who benefit from their caring and sharing.
They are Ann Bakhaus McBrayer, Jack Pattie, Warren Rosenthal, Wayne Martin, Dr. Ardis Hoven, Coach Rich Brooks, Don Ball and Sam Barnes (posthumously).
It saddens us that the Herald-Leader did not cover the March announcement of the event nor the April 12 luncheon when the awards were presented. Media releases were sent for both occasions.
We at Camp Horsin' Around believe not only did these folks deserve coverage from the newspaper but that a camp for children whose health is compromised surely is a worthy cause.
Not what I'm hearing
President Barack Obama is American. What's next?
My children have told me I need a hearing aid. My wife says I can't hear and need a hearing aid.
I want to thank columnist Merlene Davis and the general media for providing it. I thought I was hearing all types of issues, comments and concerns of the general population. I thought I understood since I was listening to many varied views and opinions.
I was wrong, I was hearing a lot of racial overtones and undertones without knowing it.
Thanks for the hearing aid.