Money wasted imprisoning, not helping, people
Every time we are treated to a picture of a new graduating class of police or corrections employees in the paper, it makes me wonder how many tax dollars are being spent to arrest people and keep them in jail.
It seems that we don't have money for teachers, trash pickup or other city services, but there seems to be plenty of money to put people in jail.
Perhaps it is a matter of priorities. We cut aid to the poor, like meals on wheels, food stamps, heating assistance and school lunches, so that we can hire more cops and prison guards.
The Kentucky court system has imposed three furlough days per year to hold down costs, but this does not address the real problem, which is too many petty arrests.
There are far too many people arrested for minor vice "crimes" that are non-violent and victimless, and that lead to budget-busting spending for courts, probation, jails and all other government activities designed to control behavior.
The massive number of petty arrests are mainly driven by law-enforcement unions, the drug-testing industry and the prison industrial complex which is now being run on a for-profit basis.
Three day furloughs will only cause a backlog of cases that will have to be addressed on the other days that the courts operate.
Kudos to Jones
The University of Kentucky men's basketball Wildcats is the flagship entity of our state and is a sports entity that compares to the iconic New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Lakers.
Those latter franchises have their exclusive media outlets that keep their fan base informed. UK should follow suit, and it could easily look to use KSTV (cn|2).
Matt Jones is the brilliant mastermind behind the up-and-coming media group and has practically been exclusively covering UK basketball, keeping UK fans informed about new recruits and any breaking news regarding UK basketball.
Jones and KSTV recently held their annual casting call to find an avid UK fan to co-host with him on his show. These events drew hundreds of participants from surrounding cities while promoting UK basketball.
Jones and his media group exclusively covering UK basketball would be good for UK fans.
Transparency for KRS
Recent headlines on a hedging strategy gone bad at J.P. Morgan Chase have shaken the country as taxpayers realize that we may be on the hook for this $3 billion debacle, as the bank is too big to fail.
However, close to home no one seems to care that the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) lost over $100 million in a currency hedging strategy for fiscal 2011.
This currency manager (Record Currency Management) was never mentioned at any of the investment committee meetings I attended until I discovered their existence in August 2011. Record as a manager was not in investment reports from August 2009 to August 2011. It was even hidden from our auditors as the fiscal 2010 financials state that "KRS has no formal policy to limit currency risk."
And worst of all, this manager was paid $7 million in fees over a couple of years to lose over $100 million. All this while the state portion of KRS-KERS is nearing insolvency.
When I brought this up at the August 2011 board meeting it was dismissed. We spent less than 30 seconds on hundreds of millions in underperformance but spent nearly 30 minutes discussing getting iPads for the board.
Past board member
Kentucky Retirement Systems
May be good after all
Concerning the article on "Anti-gay, anti-abortion message stolen," the Kentucky Equality Federation spokesperson said he was glad the message was removed.
If I am not mistaken, stealing is a sin as well as a crime and it is not the first, nor will it be the last, law that is both.
He also said the KEF respected the right to free speech, but the billboard message was offensive and divisive. Of course, free speech is in the eye and ear of the agenda. Herein lies the problem.
I do not think KEF and the LGBT community understand that their message of same-sex marriages is offensive and divisive to a larger part of this community.
Just the idea of same-sex marriages conjures up images that we would rather not be exposed to. I do, however, get that two men or two women can love each other as more than just friends. I love my dad and my best friend in a way that I don't love my other friends.
The church teaches us to love the sinner and hate the sin, just as we would someone who murders, steals, commits adultery or any other sin. So maybe this billboard was put up not to offend or divide anyone, but only to save. May God bless you and keep you.
Tribute to caring doctor
When I read that Dr. James Stith had died, I felt compelled to share my personal experience.
My wife and I had moved to Lexington in 1969. Just three days prior to moving to Lexington, we found out my wife was going to have our first child.
We were very pleased that friends recommended Dr. Stith to us. Even though we were very young (19 and 21) and barely making ends meet, he treated us with respect and dignity.
We also had no health insurance and were very nervous about how we were going to pay for our soon-to-be-born son, Jeremy.
Dr. Stith took our situation into consideration and charged us a total of $600 to take care of my wife during her pregnancy and to deliver our baby.
Not only did he reduce his fee, but he also allowed us to give him $20 a month for the next 2½ years.
I wonder if that would happen today?
I'm writing to ask the thousands of you affected by Alzheimer's disease to use your license plates to send the message: "End Alzheimer's."
The state Department of Vehicle Regulation requires 900 applications before they will issue a specialty license plate. To date, the Kentucky Alzheimer's Association has received 267 from 53 counties.
We have one more year to meet the goal. You can go online to alz.org/Kentucky license plate for information on signing up. A $25 deposit will be applied to the cost of the plate. Or, call the Alzheimer's Association at 502-451-4266 for more information.
Please sign up soon for a "forget-me-not" plate and help raise awareness of this heartbreaking disease.
Thanks for stop signs
I am writing to thank the city government of Lexington for installing a four-way stop at the intersection of Old Park Avenue and Central Avene.
This intersection is near Woodland Pool and used to be extremely dangerous for pedestrians who were going to the pool.
The installation of a four-way stop makes this intersection much safer for everyone. Now, drivers will stop and look around for pedestrians, not speed across the intersection without even looking.