Competitors reach out to girls' basketball team
While working for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association at the girls' state basketball tournament in Bowling Green, I was fortunate to work with the Magoffin County team.
That area was hard hit by the March 2 tornadoes the week before the tournament. The KHSAA had a memorial prior to Magoffin's game with Ashland, to honor those hardest hit by the tornado.
Magoffin managed to win. As the Ashland team left town it made a stop at the hotel where the Magoffin team was staying to leave cards and money for the team to take back home to the tornado victims.
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Logan County then set up for the Magoffin team to practice at their gym. The students at Logan realized that Magoffin didn't have many of their fans with the team, due to dealing with the tornado aftermath.
More than 150 Logan County students and adults traveled to Bowling Green to cheer Magoffin on in its game against Lincoln County.
Also, before the game, parents and fans from Louisville Manual purchased tournament T-shirts for each of the Magoffin players and cheerleaders.
At halftime, the Lincoln County school system presented the Magoffin team a check for over $2,000 to aid the storm victims.
I am thankful to have witnessed all this charity and compassion. In a time when most of the publicity that teenagers receive is negative, the events of that week make you proud to be a Kentuckian.
To donate to the tornado fund, send to: Magoffin County Tornado Relief, P.O. Box 430, Salyersville, Ky. 41465.
Downside to UK title
I kind of pride myself on being witty or entertaining. However, I can't think of anything to bring a smile to anyone's face right now.
The University of Kentucky basketball team has two games to go, if they beat Louisville, which I believe they will. Then comes the final game, which I also figure they're going to win.
Is my glass half full? No, it's half empty. A win for UK means a loss for my husband and me.
We live near UK. Last time we won an NCAA title, the "fans," if you can call them that, were on our roof shooting bottle rockets, on my prize iris outside our privacy fence and, finally, in our front yard when the pressure of the crowd pushed down our fence.
I know this will happen again this year, and I know the riot police will be guarding businesses rather than protecting homeowners. Of course, we are probably the only homeowners on our block, the rest being college student housing, which UK wants to get rid of anyway.
Things have gotten out of hand and I wish our police would admit it. State troopers should be called in to protect people's property and keep the crowd at bay.
I realize that most fans who read this will feel I'm just some silly old lady who is worried about her flowers, but I am worried about my house still standing after the riot begins.
With that, I close by saying, Go Big Blue!
Jane Ethel Johnson
U of L dissed
As a University of Louisville fan living in Richmond for the past 43 years, I have come to expect very little along the lines of praise or information about my team.
When I looked at the Herald-Leader on Sunday, even I was surprised to discover that I had to go to page 13 of a special 14-page section titled Big Blue Sunday to read anything about my Cards winning their way into the Final Four.
Thanks for help
Sheabel Pet Care Center would like to sincerely thank all of the wonderful people who partnered with us to provide donations for the families and pets in West Liberty.
We truly appreciate the kindness you have shown during this very difficult time
Racism writ large
Since Jesus was the only perfect person, everyone was, and is, imperfect and a racist to some extent: there are forward racists, reverse racists, sidewise racists who say, "I'm neutral," and upside down racists who say, "it's them, not me."
If a black man had shot the 6-foot-3, 17-year-old, the story would be over. If a black man had shot a white 16-year-old, the story would be over. If a Muslim had shot the 17-year-old, the story would be over.
The FBI reports thousands of black men killing each other in America every year, yet neither Jesse Jackson, nor Al Sharpton, nor Barack Obama mention it or help the situation.
J. B. Armstrong
In Wednesday's paper I found a picture of state Sens. Tom Buford and Kathy Stein posing with Hospice of the Bluegrass professionals during Hospice Day at the Capitol in Frankfort.
In another section of the same issue I found an article stating that Hospice of the Bluegrass Inc. must pay the federal government $685,000 for submitting numerous improper claims to Medicare.
I am confused by the message we send when we give special recognition in Frankfort to groups who get caught cheating the government.
Good luck, Shuck
I would like to compliment T.G. Shuck on his presentation of the weather for WKYT, and especially during the recent tornado. He did a magnificent job, as always.
He was always so upbeat and so enthusiastic about his work. I, along with many others, wish him the very best.
Thelma G. deBoer
Einstein's religion, redux
It was with much amusement that I read the March 9 "Einstein's religion" letter. I think the writer is a tad confused about what Albert Einstein actually meant. This confusion is understandable because Einstein used the word "religion" in an unconventional way.
I'll let him explain; "To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious."
He may have referred to himself as religious, or more accurately he called himself a "deeply religious non-believer" (if that makes any sense), but it would be intellectually dishonest to assume that Einstein accepted a personal God.
He refuted that many times. This is just one quote among many: "The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive."
Einstein's "religion" was simply the awe and humility he felt when science revealed structures of nature. It had nothing to do with morality or assigning a purpose to the existence of the universe. His writings clearly show that his beliefs leaned towards pantheism.
However, I am most indebted to the letter writer. The research yielded a treasure trove of quotes about God and science, and the next time I write about how religion has nothing to offer science, I will be sure to quote our good friend Einstein.