UK presidents receive too much from trustees
Here we go again. The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees allows $150,000 to be spent remodeling an office for the weak ego of Lee T. Todd Jr.
Now, a $285,000 study for a newly hired president?
These rubber stampers are selected by establishment conservatives in our state who are not interested in education.
Like other local former leaders, Otis Singletary and Charles Wethington, even Sylvia Lovely and Stu Silberman, they surround themselves with public-relations mealymouths in addition to rubber stamps.
These powerful simpletons turn UK into a business with major losses of educational opportunities and no show of significant principles.
Considering the sterile environment of so much of the university, like the UK Student Center cafeteria, I see where far less money could be easily and wisely spent to improve the image and comfort of UK for many more people.
I know of faculty, even students, who can make many wiser spending improvements.
How about relocating Todd's office to the Wildcat Coal Lodge?
Maybe the board could get the coal boys to renovate presidential offices and finance this new study? Or put a coal ad on the outside of the engineering building?
Face the truth: UK is a top university in displays of ignorance.
Don B. Pratt
Recently, the hosts of the CBS morning show The Talk made several jokes about the domestic violence case of Catherine Kieu, who, after learning that her husband wanted a divorce, drugged and bound him, severed his penis with a knife, and ground it in the garbage disposal.
Sharon Osbourne, one of The Talk's hosts, said she thought the event was "fabulous" and that she "lights a candle to Lorena Bobbitt (who severed her husband's penis in 1993) every night."
Osbourne and other hosts suggested that they didn't know enough facts of the situation to condemn it and that, under certain circumstances, severing a man's penis may be acceptable.
A couple of days later, the hosts attempted an apology, but descended into giggling and more jokes about this horrific crime.
Since this event, there has been no outcry from the public, or from organizations supposedly dedicated to stopping intimate partner violence.
In fact, it takes some Internet digging to find any discussion of these episodes of The Talk. The news media have ignored the story.
Sexism is clearly at play here. What would the media's and public's responses have been had this been a group of men on television joking about a husband who drugged and mutilated his wife simply because she asked for a divorce?
Would the hosts still be employed? Would we not let CBS know, loud and clear, that we find the behavior of these hosts reprehensible, and demand that they be fired? Why won't we do this when the victim is a man?
Please consider my proposal, which might immediately overcome the proclamation by Men's Health magazine that Lexington is the most sedentary and least active city in America.
Until we have a program that pulls the most sedentary of our citizens out of their easy chairs, we may continue to deserve that negative designation.
Now that 'baby boomers" have reached Social Security ages, I recollect President John Kennedy's call for my generation to emphasize physical fitness.
We need an organized competitive sports program for seniors. I see few resources (leagues and tournaments) available locally.
There are National Senior Games for ages 50 and up. It would take organized competitive activities to prepare us for the next Games in 2013.
In 2007 I organized (with others) two softball teams that qualified in the Kentucky State Games and played in the National Games in Louisville.
I also participated on basketball teams in 2001 in Baton Rouge, 2003 in Virginia Beach and 2007 in Louisville.
What little success we achieved was in spite of our almost complete lack of preparation. Most of our opponents were all-star teams from cities that have permanent competitive leagues.
Serious competition among sports participants can be among the greatest factors in securing health at any age. The thrill of competition is a positive driving factor children grow up on, and its benefits need not end.
Without organizing now to provide these obvious health benefits, we risk excessive medical problems and early loss of life quality.
I challenge Kentucky's Public Service Commission to:
1. Call the AT&T telephone service number and just once not be warned that the line is already experiencing an "unusually high call volume."
2. Get through on that line to a person with repeated calls and 20-plus-minutes-on-hold times during two days (or more, I'm still trying).
3. Succeed, in desperation, to make sense out of the AT&T Web page enough to cancel a phone service or reach a real person,
4. Do something about this level of non-service.
David O. Woolverton
Disparity isn't cool
Something's wrong with this picture. In the greatest country that's ever existed, our elders and other American citizens are dying from heat. Others — and I question their contribution to society — drive their luxury gas-hogging cars on air-conditioned seats.
Dunking booth bad idea
Not a real good day to be a proud Lexington Lions club member. Not a very classy act displayed at the fair with the Casey Anthony dunking booth.
Having approved the event under the assumption that it would bring more people into the fair is an "end justifies the means" mentality. Perhaps the Lion's Club should find a need to rearrange the administrative positions a bit.
I think I have finally figured it out. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. A panic is when your wife loses her job. And a recovery is when Barack Obama and Steve Beshear lose their jobs.