Music selections a bit lacking on the patriotic side
I attended the July 3 concert on the Transylvania University campus. I was impressed by the musicians and the singers but found the program disappointing as a patriotic concert.
I have a program from the 2004 concert performed by the same groups and compared the selections listed.
Six selections were identical, and in my opinion would be considered patriotic by most Lexingtonians. The remaining nine from 2004 would probably fit the patriotic category, such as Liberty Bell March, God Bless The USA and This Is My Country.
Some selections from 2011 — America The Beautiful, good choice; Stephen Foster Overture, selections from Apollo 13, Hymn To The Fallen from Saving Private Ryan and Take Me out to the Ball Game — might be considered acceptable.
Also celebrated were Mack the Knife, fictional career criminal; Superman Theme, fictional illegal alien; Harry's Wonderful World, fictional British youth; 76 Trombones, fictional con man; Send In The Clowns, politicians in Washington, D.C.?
Lastly we have Colonel Bogey March attributed in the program to Alford but according to Google written in 1914 by Lt. F.J. Ricketts, a British Army bandmaster.
At the concert, weren't we celebrating America's independence from the British crown and that same British army?
I have a suggestion; next year either change the title of the concert omitting the word patriotic, change the selections to all patriotic pieces, or change the person making the selections.
Really? You really think it's funny to speed down a 25 mph city street and throw firecrackers at someone walking their dog?
I guess you think it's funny, too, to throw your chicken bones out on the street where people walk their dogs.
(What kind of person eats chicken while driving their car anyway?)
If you think doing these things is funny, you are three levels below an idiot. Here is a word of advice ... don't breed. There are enough stupid people in the world.
Release the hounds
The article, "Bedbugs found at public library, but it's still safe for bookworms," scares the daylights out of me. I am questioning whether I should ever patronize public libraries anymore.
What I find most hilarious is the pair of bedbug-sniffing dogs that had no problem identifying the bedbugs' whereabouts. You have got to be joshing me.
I began to ponder the ever-increasing number of undocumented humans growing by leaps and bounds from coast to coast throughout our nation.
Then I ruminated over the past 15 to 20 years, and how our American work force began to falter because Mexicans can be hired at lower wages, how far too many establishments that used to be profitable are closing their doors and our nation's poverty level rises.
Take a tour of the coal mining towns and count the number of empty establishments that provided jobs for residents there.
In my estimation, these dogs are far superior to the human forces. They are well-trained, supposedly proficient in protecting Americans from invasion. If a couple of dogs can sniff an insect as tiny as a bedbug, every state should have a pack of hounds to rid our nation of those who are here illegally.
I am not opposed to people wanting to earn profitable wages to support their families. I am opposed to the spiraling-down of American jobs which wreaks havoc on families — financially, mentally, socially emotionally and educationally.
Gatewood Galbraith is the one whose plans would help Kentucky's economy, education and ecology, and will restore integrity to the office of governor.
He is right that hemp should be restored as an agricultural crop and would be an economic engine to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Kentucky was and should once again be the largest hemp producer in the United States.
Galbraith believes in a $5,000 voucher system for high school graduates to help pay for training or tuition, not in just putting all kids into higher education. This will help reduce welfare costs.
He opposes mountaintop removal because it destroys the land and takes away miners' jobs. He is against excessive fees that payday lenders pile onto the poor. He is against furloughing state workers, which has detrimental effects on the economy.
He believes state employees should do the work that is being done by independent contractors while the current governor's best idea for creating jobs is building an ark with a $42 million tax incentive.
Galbraith advocates the use of bio-fuels and other developing energy sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Kentucky is one of the few states that can accomplish energy independence.
These actions would save millions while creating hundreds of millions in revenue and thousands of jobs. So, this November, we finally have a choice — not from the corrupt two-party system but Galbraith/Riley. Vote smart. Vote independent.
Life without escort
The funeral for my mother-in-law was on July 2 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on East Main Street. Our trip to the Hillcrest Memorial Park on Versailles Road for her burial began around 11:40 a.m.
Thanks to the police officers who didn't show up, we found out what it would be like without a police escort to accompany a funeral.
Our funeral director from Milward's did a great job of trying to get drivers to have a little respect, to no avail. Cars zoomed past us and cut in front of us, and drivers flipped us off.
Thank God no one had a wreck. If we had, I am sure there would have been plenty of police available.
I have always admired our police department and acknowledge the job it does and the impact the economy has had, but please, before we consider not escorting funeral processions, educate the public and then cross your fingers that you don't have an increase in traffic accidents as a result
Patricia S. Johnson
Make it private
I wonder, as many Central Kentuckians do, why there isn't a private company to lead funeral processions instead of law enforcement?
Is there some city ordinance prohibiting this from happening? If so, change the ordinance. That simple.
The problem could be solved by hiring retired women or men to drive the cars. The cars could be police cruisers no longer serviceable but with lights and sirens still working and stating "Funeral Patrol" on the doors.
The money needed to operate this patrol should come from the city budget. They go all out for parks, playgrounds, ball parks, golf courses and many other "necessary" public needs. Why not money for a real necessity like the funeral patrol and let the police officers do the job they are supposed to do?
Or the money could come from a fee charged by the funeral home. Or the city and funeral homes could split the cost.