No reason for coaches to get extra bonuses
I am angered and appalled by the bonuses received by the basketball coaches and the athletics director — all of whom are paid handsome salaries, certainly greater than most faculty and staff.
The awards are especially disturbing at a time when most students are paying dearly for substandard housing and experiencing ever-rising tuition costs. And when University of Kentucky faculty members have not had an increase in pay for three years.
Many fans believe that athletic profits are shared with the academic sector. But as I was told on several occasions during my years there, UK has three exclusive funds — one for athletics, one for the medical center and one for everybody else.
Thus, under that system, money cannot be moved from one to another.
If a music student wins a Metropolitan opera scholarship, her teacher "coach" gets no reward. If an English major is awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, his faculty "coach" receives no bonus. Yet both awards have given academic distinction to the university.
All of which begs the question: Should "Go Big Blue" be changed to "Come Big Money"?
Jean G. Pival
Health care equity
People say the government should not force individuals to purchase something they don't want like health insurance.
OK, but then why is it just fine that the government mandates that hospitals provide medical treatment to those who can't pay for it?
So you say, the first case applies to individuals while the other impacts corporations.
A fair argument, except that our Supreme Court rules that corporations are people.
And, by the way, I like the quip: "If corporations are people, I'm waiting for Texas to execute one."
In a word
A recent column by Herald-Leader editorial writer Jacalyn Carfagno criticized presidential candidate Rick Santorum and "his ilk" which caused me to wonder about her civility in public discourse.
As a supporter and admirer of Santorum, I was offended but decided to look up the word "ilk" in the Webster Dictionary. It turns out Webster defines the word as "a family; kind; sort; class; from a misunderstanding of the phrase of that ilk."
I am proud to be part of his "class" even though Carfagno apparently was using the word "ilk" in a derogatory manner.
Sad state of justice
The Trayvon Martin case is a sad commentary on the Florida legal system.
How is it that an armed adult can leave the safety of his vehicle to pursue a juvenile, shoot and kill him and then use the defense that he was defending himself because he was frightened?
This defies all logic and common sense. What we do know is that Trayvon himself was in fear for his safety and, rightfully so, as events have shown.
According to Florida law, Trayvon would have been justified in using lethal force to defend himself against this vigilante.
Unfortunately, he was unarmed and defenseless.
The nationwide outrage has been heartening but, in the end, an innocent life has been taken and justice must prevail.
The federal government needs to take appropriate action in this matter as the state of Florida is either unable or unwilling to do so.
The hoodie defense
There seems to be some speculation that hoodies cause crime, according to Geraldo Rivera on Fox News.
I'm a 69 year-old grandmother who wears one all the time and have no criminal record.
Imagine that. But wait, I'm white and don't live in a neighborhood that feels the necessity to have armed macho men wandering around to "protect" me from other hoodie wearers.
Get real. It's a simple case of profiling against young African-American men.