Non-voters get the government they deserve
I see, read and hear lots about the status of our country. I do not see anything about voter turnout.
In the May 2011 primary, about 10 percent of registered voters went to the polls. We have been told to bring a book when we open the polls next week because the predicted turnout is expected to be less than it was for the primary.
Can a democracy survive when only 10 percent vote? If you want to do something for your country, vote.
It would be great to read a positive article about Jenny Wiley Theatre, such as how wonderful the fall show Dracula in Tombstone is and how it exposes students to the performing arts with its matinees.
Or maybe that the expansion will offer more opportunities for local area children seeking careers in performing arts.
Or that the theater is one of the top tourist destinations in all of Eastern Kentucky. I would hope that your paper would want to help tourism for all Kentucky and not allow a columnist to trash one of our most loved attractions.
Rule hurts Kentucky
A grave injustice was done to some elite Kentucky high school basketball players when the Kentucky High School Athletics Association turned down a request to allow them to participate in the John Lucas Select Camp in Louisville a few weeks ago.
We are one of only two states (Oklahoma is the other) that does not allow basketball players to participate in camps once football season starts, even if the athletes do not play football.
The KHSAA was invited last year to come and observe the camp, but no one showed up.
This camp is not a meat market but an invitation-only, skill-intense weekend for elite high school basketball players from all over the country. There were nine Kentucky kids invited, highlighted by a bumper crop of six nationally ranked kids from the class of 2014. Two of them are from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
It should be an embarrassment to the basketball community that none of our kids were allowed to compete in this prestigious event. Though too early to make an accurate assessment, the 2014 Kentucky class could potentially blossom into the greatest collection of homegrown talent in the past 25 years. Without the advanced skill development and exposure to the latest training techniques offered by those such as Lucas, it will never come to pass.
Johnathon T. Davis
The Exile concert Oct. 7 at Christ the King was phenomenal and left me homesick for the Lexington of 25 or 30 years ago. What other city had the back rooms of two bowling alleys as top entertainment venues?
When you look around today you see high crime, pay-by-the-week car lots, strip clubs, sex shops and pawn castles popping up all over the place. If none of that thrills you, also see the freestanding pharmacies and health clinics everywhere, leaving people to wonder if we are an area of sick, lazy sex addicts.
How sad. To the guys in the band, thanks for the memories.
Johnson wrong on IDs
In the upcoming secretary of state election, Kentuckians will have the choice to either break down the democratic process in our state or help improve it.
Republican Bill Johnson wants to require a picture ID at the polls, which could possibly disenfranchise thousands of Kentuckians in future elections. It will not "maintain the integrity of the election process," as Johnson claims it will do.
Disenfranchising those without an address or those without the means to obtain an ID will further weaken the democratic process in our state.
Hit two birds
Fayette County taxpayers currently subsidize the operation of the Fayette County Health Department and the newly retooled HealthFirstBluegrass (formerly the Primary Care Center of the Fayette County Health Department).
The city is now considering the establishment of a primary care facility for city employees and their families to reduce medical costs.
Since HealthFirstBluegrass is an operating primary care facility offering medical, dental and pharmacy services, why not establish this as the facility for city employees and their families by offering reduced out-of-pocket costs and/or increased benefits and well-care services rather than creating another taxpayer-supported facility?
It is my understanding that HealthFirstBluegrass, with an $11.9 million grant from the federal government, is looking to open additional facilities around Lexington to better serve the community. Merging the city employee health plan into these facilities would be an ideal situation for the city employees, their families and the taxpayers of Lexington.
Galbraith gets it right
To state that Gov. Steve Beshear's main challenger is state Sen. David Williams seems biased. We have a third challenger in the race: Gatewood Galbraith.
Further destruction awaits Kentucky if we do not realize that elected officials, who have been in office many years, have made little progress. With more money flowing into elections than ever, corporate and union treasuries are putting in big bucks to influence candidates.
Beshear's and Williams' campaigns benefit from these dramatic increases, but not Galbraith.
We all are striving for better lives for ourselves and our families, which can only be achieved by voting out those who have impeded progress for many years. Galbraith gets it right and we can all benefit by voting for him.
On Oct. 4, two people were nearly killed when a one-third-ton rock fell on U.S. 27 just inside the northern border of Garrard County.
Groups of students are often brought to this area to study the beautiful rock formations. On several occasions there have been rockfalls soon after these visits. The morning of Oct. 4, a large group of students was in the area. The rock the size of a car fell onto the road that night.
It may be coincidental, but I think it's something that someone needs to evaluate.
Kudos to the superb cast of Osage County, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre's local production at Downtown Arts Center this month.
This could well be the best local production in the history of Lexington theater. Seldom are we treated to such riveting performances. The Tony and Pulitzer award-winning script, with its unrelenting pace and intensity, demands the finest in ensemble acting. Each member of the cast rose to the occasion.
This fine production has certainly raised the bar, and hopefully we will be treated to more of the same in the future.