Not even Rupp can hold animosity toward Laettner
Well, I open up my paper the other day and what do I see? A picture of Christian Laettner after making the shot to beat us in 1992.
My first thought was, why is this picture in my paper? On the front page, no less. My next thought was who was the wiseguy that made the decision to put a picture of the worst moment for Kentucky basketball fans on the front page? Boneheaded move.
I get to the Sports page and learn that Laettner will be the celebrity coach of the Villains Team vs. the Big Blue All-Stars in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena.
Bad decision. It's a well-documented fact from anybody and everybody that Laettner is a first-class jerk. To invite him to be a part of anything associated with Kentucky basketball really turns my stomach.
Invite all the other "enemies" you want for this exhibition. But the line is drawn with Laettner. I don't want to see him anywhere near Kentucky, much less in Rupp Arena.
He doesn't merit an invitation to anything — except for perhaps having Big Cuz pile-drive him into the Rupp Arena court repeatedly, continuously, and quite often.
I did not attend the Get Motivated seminar. Instead I met with community leaders in Clark County who are already motivated to improve care for nursing home residents.
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Call (859) 277-9215 to join the Friendly Visitor Volunteer program. Join the mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and learn how you can help make lasting improvements in your community's nursing homes.
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NHOA Executive Director
"If a woman can't represent Christ, how can a man represent Christ's bride? Are we fellows messing up the imagery by attending Mass?" Homer White's Oct. 3 letter was the most succinct, persuasive and gently humorous argument I've read in favor of the ordination of women priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
All of the writers responding to the commentary by Thomas Shaughnessy, spokesman for the local diocese, are to be commended for their eloquence and bravery.
Julie Kuzneski Wrinn
Tradition lacks reason
An instructive Sept. 26 commentary explained why women cannot enter the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.
Rather than cite a theological principle which underpinned this rule, tradition was the reason advanced by the author. Simply put, the 12 disciples of Jesus were men.
One wonders if Christ's gender bias in selecting his disciples was a product of social structures at the time and not a reflection of the spiritual contributions possible by the other half of humanity? Selecting men would not have been a mistake, but its purpose would not have established a gender principle.
If the church has it wrong, it is destined to become irrelevant. Will there be any vibrant institutions without women leaders 50 years from now? Can any institution undervalue half of humanity and be viable?
Pitts misses a point
Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. insists Martin L. King Jr. lived and died in support of organized labor. However, the recently erected monument to MLK was built in non-organized communist China.
It was shipped in a non-organized container, and even erected with the help of non-union Chinese labor. So much for supporting organized labor.
On another issue: Richmond now has an auditorium that may be larger than anything Lexington has. Taxpayers unite. If this kind of injustice continues, we may wake up someday and discover Louisville has a newer basketball court than we do.
We must nip this in the bud and replace our present taxpayer facility with a different taxpayer building.
Being a Democrat and a Christian, I watched the Republican debate mainly because my sister is a Republican and a Mormon.
When she married a Mormon years ago, my brother almost had a heart attack. Since then, we have learned more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The church here in Lexington is different from the fundamentalist Mormon groups out west. In her church, they only have one wife, believe in Jesus Christ as their savior, and take care of the needy people in their church.
As for the GOP debate, Mitt Romney looks and acts more presidential, but I liked Herman Cain's answers. He would certainly tone down Sen. Mitch McConnell and let him know that there is only one president.
Needless to say, my sister and I have very heated debates. Since she is older than I am, I accused her of calling me just to get jump-started for the day. We agree on one thing: It's time for McConnell to go.
This is a wonderful country we live in because it is the melting pot of the world. We have freedoms that other people only dream of having.
So, get off the couch and go vote for your choice.
Try juco players
I don't always think that sports columnist John Clay gets it right, but he certainly got my approval on "Grumbling grows louder for Barnhart," Sept. 26.
We don't need an athletics director who is willing to pay any coach the kind of money he has. This applies whether it is the University of Kentucky or any other school of higher learning.
Supposedly, education is what it is about. It seems that most large schools get carried away with spending and try to outdo each other. With the big bucks we pay, why didn't we hire a coach with a head coaching record of success?
The coach of Kansas State went to junior colleges for players and in two years they won their division title. He got the experience needed and with proven talent.
Why fool with a quarterback out of high school when building a team when there are about 2,600 junior colleges in the United States to draw from?
By observing talent at junior colleges, our coach could get a quarterback who has a proven record and other players that fit our style of play.
As a spectator, it doesn't seem to me that our offensive line is fast enough, tough enough or mean enough to block the defensive opponent. Football is a contact sport and the players need to be rough and tough. Tough when they play to take the punishment and rough when necessary if they want to win.