Wake up and sniff out a football coach
Whoever gave Mitch Barnhart his Billy Gillispie wake-up call — please, get him on the horn again.
What does it mean to "See Blue"? People in other states view my Kentucky shirt with pitying, "someday-death-will-erase-your-pain" looks. I'm done "trying to find the positives" in 40-point losses. I won't be renewing my tickets until a commitment like the one made to basketball is made to football.
This lack of commitment is symptomatic of a broader victim mentality. All the Octobers of my adult life I've heard Mr. Talk-Show-Caller say, "The good news is basketball practice starts on the 15th." Or "Be patient. It takes 15 years to build a program."
Well, I'm in my sixth decade on this planet and when lightning finally strikes, I could be in a coma and miss the whole thing.
I was driving back from Missouri during our annual Spurriectomy, and when I realized we were in grave danger of getting the ball back I switched to ESPN radio.
"Is Kentucky the worst team in the BCS?" the national announcer asked. The other guy's reply:
"Well, I think Kansas may be worse. They're only averaging 165 yards a game."
We gained 65 total yards.
Mercifully, my Sunday paper was not delivered. It probably would have contained a Sports section.
Drastic change needed
I have been a University of Kentucky season football ticket holder for almost 30 years, but I will not buy any more, until something changes.
We are in a conference that demands that we be able to compete and we do not. I honestly feel if we were not a powerhouse in basketball, the Southeastern Conference would get rid of us.
The athletics director has got to start responding to the fans. For him to say that ticket sales are down because of the economy means he is either misinformed or not smart enough to be the AD. I have several friends whom I have tailgated with for almost 30 years who have already given their tickets up.
UK has got to hire a coach whom good recruits want to play for. Then and only then will the tide turn.
For player La'Rod King: How dare you tell the fans that this is not their team? We have been behind the Cats for a lot of years and we are the faithful, but sadly even the faithful have come to the end of their ropes.
No more Band-Aids
Gov. Steve Beshear courts the military to score political points, but has been MIA in dealing with what plagues Kentucky.
Last year he balanced the budget with non-stimulus dollars that went to prop up unions which support him and President Barack Obama.
He paid for Medicaid this year with borrowed money from next year's budget and he balanced this year's budget by mortgaging Kentucky's future.
Kentucky is billions in debt and hurting with 10 percent unemployment. Kentucky needs public union benefit reform — taxpayers can no longer afford their benefits.
Kentucky needs tax reform to attract businesses to create jobs. And Kentucky needs education reform. Our schools are held captive by high costs and an unrelenting teachers union.
Beshear? No more Band-Aid fixes. Kentucky needs solutions.
Marilyn L. Parker
Barack Obama has played hardball with Congress. He passed a medical bill that is ruinous for senior citizens. Someone has to keep him in check.
And Joker, we waited long enough. You can stop waiting and start coaching.
Harley T. Emmonds
I hope that my fellow citizens recognize how vital it is that we vote for a state auditor who will continue the courageous leadership Crit Luallen has exemplified in that office. She will leave enormous shoes to fill.
Fortunately for Kentucky, one candidate has demonstrated the potential to do just that.
I've known Adam Edelen for many years and he has the talent, the will and the experience to fill those shoes.
I have witnessed his considerable success, both in business as a high-level executive and in the public sector as chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear.
In these tough economic times, we need an auditor with his courage and ability — someone who's not afraid to make enemies in order to protect taxpayers.
Vote for Edelen, Democratic candidate for state auditor, a leader who will be an effective successor to Luallen.
Kentucky Republican secretary of state nominee Bill Johnson is carrying on a fine tradition of exploiting the voter fraud issue in his push to require photo identification of voters.
Johnson's efforts are another example of the GOP voter suppression program.
Recently, I called in to KET's Kentucky Tonight program when Johnson appeared with his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
I asked a simple question, one even Johnson could understand — that he cite one example of fraud of the type he was trying to prevent by requiring photo IDs.
Johnson could not cite one example. Not one. His response? "Well, how do you know? How do you know if its happening?"
Based on Johnson's logic, and in light of Halloween coming, we should all be wearing garlic necklaces to ward off vampires because, after all, how do we know?
It's time to recognize Johnson and his type presume the voting public to be gullible and will say anything.
Prove Johnson wrong. Vote for Grimes for Kentucky secretary of state.