Even pro-casino voter didn't back amendment
I believe casinos will create jobs and produce needed tax revenue. But I was opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment, defeated in the Senate Thursday.
The amendment should have specified the number of casinos authorized; required public approval within a 50-mile radius of a site; and designated revenue for a single purpose, such as education or health care.
This might have allowed us to actually fix a problem.
And as for the horse industry, it can work hard for survival just like any other business.
At any rate, the people should have had the opportunity to vote on this issue. I would probably vote yes on something that was not "Kentuckyized" with little pork barrels for someone's political friends.
Jimmy D. Helton
More to dance at UK
I was disappointed in the Jan. 27 article "UK's fledgling dance program is ready to fly." Rich Copley failed to explain that an educational minor in dance did exist at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2010.
A little research reveals Kentucky Kernel articles of Nov. 15, 2009 and April 21, 2010, that discussed the minor at UK and the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department's controversial decision to suspend the program.
True, "dance was never part of the College of Fine Arts," as Copley writes, and had not been so since 1935, when UK hired King Kouns, the university's first dance teacher in the physical education department. UK Dance Ensemble's Web site explains the history and tradition of dance at UK.
Also, the description of modern dance rarely being seen in Lexington was inaccurate considering that modern dance performances have been at UK for 75 years.
I hope that in the future reporting will be more accurate.
Charter not the answer
Charter schools are not the answer for Kentucky. Excellent teachers pushing and leading their students to do their best is the answer to ensuring Kentucky students a quality education.
Putting our taxes to work to improve teacher education and then paying excellent teachers well is what is needed.
Also, ridding our schools of poor teachers needs to be part of the plan, and the Kentucky Education Association needs to be a leader in this plan. As a former high school teacher and counselor, I speak from experience.
Polly Jo Green
When I read professor Bob Martin's Jan. 18 opinion piece on venture capitalists, "'Vulture capitalists' have key role in economy," I thought it was a spoof.
Now I realize that he was serious and the joke was on us and the Herald-Leader. No credible professor at Centre College would spin out such drivel or gloss over the most important criticisms of these crooks.
Venture capitalist thieves take the capital from companies then leave them to file bankruptcy. That is only good for the thieves.
Everyone else connected with the company — workers, community and suppliers — cannot collect what they are owed from the damaged company and suffer the loss while the thieves get to keep their ill-gotten gains.
It has nothing to do with the natural evolution of the economic system.
This letter is in regard to a Feb. 8 letter, "What they say and what they really want are different."
Once again, someone has attributed all kinds of horrible attributes to the Republican Party with absolutely no proof of anything except articles she has read. She gives no context for her comments, no reasoning behind anything, just bold statements that are supposed to be irrefutable.
One of her points was that Republicans want to shrink regulatory agencies that assure safe food, clean water and access to electricity.
Too bad she couldn't have included Sen. Harry Reid's recent comment that Republicans want arsenic and mercury to be in our water, but he said it after her letter was written.
I guess Republicans are going to drink different water than the Democrats but, alas, we, too, would have to drink the arsenic and mercury.
It's amazing what one can do by simply putting out statements with no proof whatsoever. I know the background of all of her statements and none of them are as she states. Next time take a few objections and back them up with hard proof.