Disappointed mom expected more from Cal's camp
My husband warned me that the John Calipari ProCamp would be a rip. "Not so," I said. "They are the national champs and our boys will remember this experience forever."
So, I signed them up and we drove home two days early from vacation for basketball camp.
"Marquis Teague and Cal are in the house," I texted my husband excitedly. Coach spoke for a short time, signed some autographs and left. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones got there. I eagerly waited for the pros to interact with the campers. I waited and waited. Instead, MKG, Jones and Teague walked around the gym, shooting layups, cutting up, sitting around and texting. At one point they did stop what they were doing to briefly answer questions.
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Day 2 was the same. There was very little interaction between Jones, Teague and the campers. And in fact, Teague wore flip-flops on Day 2. I finally got a little fed up and marched down to the gym floor. I politely asked Jones and Teague if they minded me taking a picture of them with my little boy. They reluctantly agreed.
At the end of Day 2, I was completely deflated. I thought these guys were good guys, not like the pompous superstar athletes at other schools. I thought my boys would get to meet them, shake Coach Cal's hand and tell them thanks for a great year.
Turns out I was wrong. What a shame, I really wanted these guys to be different.
Buy less gas
Returning from vacation we were shocked to see the price of gas in Lexington at $3.79 when gas on the beach in Panama City was $3.49. Gas in Enterprise, Ala., was only $3.29. Nashville's price was $3.49.
There is no explanation for the 50-cent difference other than price-gouging. Wake up, Kentuckians; boycott these high prices and buy only what you absolutely need, no more fill-ups.
Stop gun madness
In response to Shannon Mason Cobb's Kentucky Voices commentary, "Time for more sensible gun laws: Mothers should lead the way to stop the gun carnage," as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, where do I sign up? We mothers need to join together to stop this madness.
Improve nursing homes
House Bill 361 was wrong for Kentucky in the 2012 General Assembly and it's still wrong today.
AARP opposed the bill because it reduced the rights of nursing home residents and sought to limit medical liability awards by requiring any case of abuse or neglect to first go before a "medical review panel."
Had it passed, this panel, not a court, would have had first authority to determine if evidence supported the conclusion that a long-term care facility failed to act within the appropriate standards of care. Making it harder for nursing home residents or their families to seek justice through our court system does nothing to improve the quality of care. At a minimum, it discourages nursing home residents who have a legitimate claim of abuse or neglect from seeking justice.
It's unfair to force residents to face a "review panel" whose members would be appointed mostly from the nursing home industry and may have conflicts of interest. Placing extra fees, burdens and barriers in law for nursing home residents before having their day in court is wrong. Limiting nursing home residents' basic due process is worse especially since 40 percent of nursing home patients are 85 or older and 32 percent are between 75 and 84.
The solution is improving the quality of care within facilities, not taking away vulnerable people's rights. Kentucky's General Assembly did the right thing in not moving HB 361 forward in the 2012 session. We're hoping they stay the course in the 2013 session.
James T. Kimbrough
AARP Kentucky president
Kudos to police, fire
I would like to comment on the quick and professional response to an accident that happened at 1 a.m. July 30 on Vine Street. I was a witness to the crash and I must say the police and fire personnel were Johnny-on-the-spot as soon as I called. Both were super courteous and professional with everything they did.
All I can do is give praise and thanks to the men and women who watch over us as we go through life.