Wildcat players' autograph session poorly planned
"Go Blue. Go UK." This is what my grandson has been saying since he was big enough to talk.
He is 8 years old now and watches every University of Kentucky basketball game. Not only does he watch it, he calls every play.
He had been counting down the days until he could see his hero Darius Miller in Hazard, and when he heard that Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were going to be there he was super excited.
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He took his number and stood in line with all 2,000 of the other fans. The hours passed by and he didn't complain.
He knew he would get his turn to get an autograph and his picture with them. He had been there six or seven hours when he heard they were not seeing anyone else and the players were leaving.
It will take me a while to get over the look on his face. He didn't cry, but I was so upset for him and the other fans that I almost did. He just looked up at his dad and said, "Maybe they were very tired and needed to go home."
I don't know what happened at the event for it to end like this.
I ask that when something like this is planned again that it be better organized, so not only my grandson but all the other 1,200 fans that were left holding their numbers could get their chance, too.
Dorothy Combs Turner
Let's all recycle
It is important to save the Earth because it's the only one we have. Kids and adults should start recycling every day because it saves our resources.
Some of the things we are supposed to recycle are getting thrown away, and when they get thrown away they go to a landfill.
So you should make an article every week about how people could save the Earth. You could even ask readers what they do to save the Earth. Even a little article about a specific person might spark some interest in all of us.
Ella Young, age 9
Add pharmacies to list
Now that we have required that pain clinics to be owned by a physician, let's proceed with the next logical step: Only pharmacists can qualify for a permit to own a pharmacy.
Why should someone with no pharmaceutical knowledge be allowed to receive a permit to own a pharmacy, especially when it is a spouse of a physician or a grocery store/big-box chain? Only a pharmacist should own a pharmacy.
Bruce D. Polly
I saw a person driving a car talking on a cellphone, weaving in and out of the lane. Do people realize that they are behind the wheel of a lethal weapon — a car?
Yes, it is a weapon when drivers do not pay attention to their driving because they are too busy talking or texting about their date from the night before or where they are going to go have a drink or two before driving home, still talking or texting while behind the wheel of 2,000-plus pounds of steel.
Come on, people, start noticing, and stand up and complain for the government to stop this before we are dead.
Pay attention to USPS
It amazes me that it appears the most important thing for Kentucky is not the fact that the U.S. Postal Service is talking about closing offices and stations — not only here but all across the United States — but the fact that the men's basketball team is going pro.
On tax day, the USPS held an informational picket, meaning employees, family and friends stood outside post offices handing out fliers explaining what Congress and the postmaster want to do to the long-standing establishment.
Was the media present for this? No. Were they informed? Yes.
Why wasn't it covered then, you ask? Because University of Kentucky men's basketball was holding a news conference about who was going pro and who wasn't.
People, don't you realize that 300 employees and their families could be affected if the postmaster has his way, and he closes the Nandino plant? It was Congress that caused the financial crisis that we are in now, and only Congress can save us.
Let me put it to you in a way y'all might understand better: If the postmaster gets his way, those UK basketball tickets that you bought might not make it to your house until after the game has been played.
Please call your Congress members and tell them to do the right thing and save the post office.
Too good to be true
In today's economic uncertainty, when a tank of gas seems more like a car payment than a fuel stop, it is no wonder that we are looking for the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery was in town buying gold, silver and old jewelry, and like other folks there I thought I had found that rainbow.
They advertised "costume jewelry wanted" and that payment would be given at time of transaction. This was my chance to trade my high school prom rhinestones for cash.
I would have been happy with enough cash to buy a tank of gas. How could you lose?
To my amazement I was offered the grand sum of 60 cents for 15 pieces of rhinestone jewelry and another 60 cents for two collectible Eisenberg brooches.
I questioned the value put on these items but was told that there was not a market for costume jewelry so they donate them to high school drama departments.
I could do the same by contributing to a local high school, so I thanked them for the suggestion and turned down $1.20. How much gas would that buy?
So the next time you think you have found the answer to your cash flow problem remember, "If it sounds too good to be true, it is."
Brown out the greens
I think it is pretty pathetic when we compare the importance of golf courses to fire stations. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the article in the paper. What are our city officials thinking?
Yes, golf is a great sport, but letting it be as important or more so than keeping fire stations open is beyond reality.
If we are operating the courses at a $1.2 million loss, then I think it is time to start shutting some of them down.
The two most important areas for the budget are fire stations and police officers. To not be able to get to a burning building or attend to medical needs of an individual in a timely manner due to a brownout is not using good business acumen.
Is it more important to satisfy the three percent who are golfers or cover 100 percent of our population?
How would a golfer like it if his house burned down while he played golf, or they had a heart attack on the golf course and no one could get to him in time to save property or life?
I think it's time we stop thinking of sports all the time and focus on other essential areas of importance to the community that affect all of us and make better usage of our tax dollars.