UK's NBA farm team lacking in hometown pride
The tax-supported University of Kentucky was established by the Kentucky legislature to educate Kentucky students.
The president, the trustees and the athletics director failed to tell this to the UK basketball coaches when they were hired.
The 2011-12 UK basketball recruits do not list a single player from Kentucky.
The diehard UK basketball fans might be satisfied that the UK team has become an NBA farm team, and to heck with education. This is a crying shame to me, a Kentucky taxpayer.
Adolph Rupp had a winning record with UK teams that he recruited from Wickliffe, on the Mississippi River, to the Cumberland Mountains.
Our family have been loyal fans of UK sports since my father, who retired from the Kentucky Department of Highway Engineers, went from Bardwell to UK in 1918.
Four other members of our family have received their education at UK, so we know how education has benefited individuals and the state.
Mary Key Bodkin
Sucking our life
The people of America have been blessed with a bunch of lawmakers who helped the Bush and Cheney administration rape, rob, steal and kill, and now the same bunch is trying to take our Social Security away.
Most people have worked many long years plus paid taxes as they should. Our lawmakers want everybody to support their wants and pay the cost of their actions.
Come to think about it theft by deception and murder charges apparently have not been filed against any legislator as of yet.
These people ran their bluffs and WikiLeaks called them on it.
As of now only oil, insurance, electric and medical companies are showing much of a profit. Negotiators talk while these companies suck the life out of America. As usual, nobody knows what happened. Just looking out for America's interest. Who?
While I was writing this it was on the news that America was holding $800 million it had promised Pakistan. Who is going to pay taxes for this I wonder?
July 4 killjoys
The recent uproar in Lexington about fireworks in Fourth of July celebrations reminds me of an ancient Aesop fable, The Dog in a Manger.
The story tells about a hungry dog who came out of the cold to a manger. The dog could not eat the hay there but stayed in the manger and would not let the cattle eat and enjoy the hay.
It seems that some Lexingtonians who do not enjoy or participate in Fourth of July celebrations want to prohibit or limit their fellow citizens' celebration of our nation's birth and its attendant freedom and rights in a traditional manner.
Pick up the flags
Do I have to say it again?
Whoever sticks all those flags in the yards along Ashland Avenue and Tates Creek Road and everywhere else in town should be responsible for removing them after the Fourth of July festivities are over.
I am tired of seeing our American flag stomped on, soiled, rained on, broken, etc. It is a complete disgrace that could be easily avoided if the same people who put them out were to remove them.
Maybe they wouldn't put out so many in the first place.
Some people have written they were proud to have a flag in their yard. OK, then let them take care of it the way it should be taken care of — responsibly.
Miriam L. Woolfolk
As a longtime political junkie, I have been looking for an underlying cause for our current political divisiveness.
I believe I may have found one factor in what I am calling the misplacement of the ideological filter.
Each of us has a worldview, a way we make sense of the world around us. It is shaped by our experiences, faith (or lack thereof), and countless other aspects.
This is what I call an ideological filter. It is how we decide what we agree with, what we support and what we believe in.
Ideally, when we are faced with an issue, we collect some data, find out what is verifiably true, then examine the problem or issue.
If we have good information about the problem we will come up with multiple ways to address it. This is the point where we apply our ideological filter to determine which of the possible ways to address the issue fit our vision of what the outcome should be. Now we are well prepared to advocate for a position and, if needed, win converts.
If, as so often happens now, we choose to apply our filter at the very beginning and only consider the data that fit our worldview, we have blinded ourselves to reality.
We have refused to consider anything that we do not believe and cannot make a reasoned rational argument on our way to compromise and consensus.
We become part of the chorus that delights in displaying our ignorance.
Taking our jobs
I am more than just a little fed up with the excuse for hiring illegal immigrants being that Americans won't do the job and are not experienced. I know personally a young woman of 32 who has worked and owned horses all her life and with more than enough experience.
She was working at one of our local horse farms prepping sales horses, doing sales and shoveling as much manure as the immigrants.
She took maternity leave with the agreement that when her baby reached six weeks she would return. She and her husband had budgeted for the event.
When the six weeks were up, she called her boss to find out when to come back only to be told her position had been filled by another immigrant.
Americans are left wondering how to pay the bills while paychecks go to immigrants. When is someone going to put their foot down?
It's been over 10 years since I left Kentucky, and it still embarrasses me seeing pictures and quotes from Mitch McConnell putting out his usual blather.
This man would not agree with anything President Barack Obama would say or do, nor would he with any Democrat, even if it were for the good of the country.
He has become a mainstay of fodder for laughter with friends here in Missouri, who can see that it's obvious that it's politics and hatred as usual from the good ol' Southern Republican McConnell still running the show.
It makes me very sad to say I am a proud Southerner when this idiot speaks.
Saint Charles, Mo.