Remembering Big Red and racing's glory days
He was young once and perhaps it's the best way to remember him. But Big Red is gone now. With that said, I would like to thank Leonard Lusky of Secretariat.com for the work he puts in on the Secretariat Festival held at the fairgrounds in Paris.
For one day, those of us old enough get to relive those three marvelous weeks of 1973.
We also have the opportunity to meet exercise rider Charlie Davis, jockey Ron Turcotte and owner Penny Chenery among others.
It was a grand time for horse racing in 1973. The world had the chance to see what many believe was the greatest Thoroughbred of all.
We were fortunate enough to attend the University of Alabama vs. University of Kentucky game in your fine town. Being Alabama fans, we are never sure how we will be received by local residents and fans. Not only were we welcomed by residents, students and fans everywhere, but everyone was so pleasant and so kind to us.
Your city is beautiful, and we could tell you take pride in the beautiful horse farms but also in the entire area. We enjoyed Keeneland and were treated very special. We walked around the Arboretum and the campus, and everyone we met was open and kind.
Thank you for such a memorable experience. I hope the next time our teams play in Tuscaloosa, you will have the warm and welcoming experience your fans extended to us. Thank you again for your hospitality, and Roll Tide.
Altar of diversity
One of your recent editorials strongly implied to me that more women and blacks must be hired by Lexington's fire department, regardless of ability. All of this at the altar of diversity.
I will wager that no one who calls 911 to report a fire will insist that only white males be sent or ask for an ambulance with only black females.
We presently have outstanding emergency services, so let's not screw it up.
By the way, please stop calling the departed buildings at CentrePointe historic. They were old but not historic. Some were varmint-infested, the roofs leaked, the floors squeaked and the plumbing did not always work. I'm old but not historic.
Thomas for Senate
I encourage the residents of the 13th Senate District to elect Reggie Thomas.
Thomas is a practicing attorney and a professor at Kentucky State University. He has served on the board of Commerce Lexington, was a member and board chair of the Kentucky Conference of Community and Justice, and served on the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
All of this demonstrates that Thomas is focused on working hard for citizens within the district. He has the right agenda, the right ideas and the necessary experience to be an effective legislator.
Flora D. Mitchell
Health law appreciated
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we have joined Japan, France, Canada and the rest of the developed countries having good health care.
No thanks at all to Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, our two senators, who are more concerned about themselves than about Kentucky.
Alice Greer McNew
I used to be able to swat flies using just the editorial section of the Herald-Leader.
Nowadays, it takes the whole paper.
Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.