Chia research beats blather about hemp
Many thanks for your fine article by Susan Smith-Durisek on developing the grain chia as an agricultural crop.
It demonstrates the important and central role the University of Kentucky, our land grant college, and those it educates play in Kentucky agriculture, supported by state and federal funding and private initiative.
Is chia economically viable now? Probably not.
Will it be? Perhaps, though one wonders what the overall demand will be.
Will it replace traditional grain crops? Probably not given current commodity prices.
Still the work these researchers are doing, in and outside the university and in partnership, will give farmers like myself the basis for making farming decisions down the road.
It is a good corrective to the mindless blather about how industrial hemp is going to save Kentucky agriculture that we have been getting from our clueless junior U.S. senator and our home-grown agriculture commissioner who, being a farm lad himself, should know better.
R. B. Clay
Jerry Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, Ben Affleck, Ted Danson, Nicholas Cage and Kirk Douglas — all of the Hollywood elite — have sent money to support Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. They seem to expect that people will vote for Grimes because they support her.
All of those Hollywood hotshots are prominent Democrats. They belong to the party that fought to continue slavery, created the chains of segregation and formed the Ku Klux Klan. They either don't know the history of their party or they are choosing to ignore it.
Those Hollywood Luddites help confirm that the greatest strength of the Democratic Party is people's ignorance. Democrats don't know they belong to the party of slavery, segregation and the KKK.
Because of that ignorance, the Hollywood elitists think the average Democrat will believe anything they say. But Hollywood may be wrong.
Last year the Hollywood elite threw their money behind Barack Obama, but it didn't work out too well for them here. Obama lost Kentucky resoundingly. He got less than 38 percent of the vote even though Democrats out-registered Republicans here three to two.
Perhaps Obama's loss says the people of Kentucky are too smart for the Hollywood elite and Grimes will lose big, too.
Edward L. Smith, Jr.
Support clean air
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the newly proposed federal clean air standards will significantly increase health care savings by reducing respiratory illness and promoting general human health.
The oil industry is fighting against these standards by spreading misleading claims. We can never go wrong by supporting standards that promote efficient use of fuel and favor the well-being of humans and the environment.
Burned by Boehner
I am frustrated about the government shutdown and the thing that burns me up the most is House Speaker John Boehner's complaints.
He was the one who changed the discharge rules in the House from Rule 22, Clause 4 which stated: When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.
Basically that meant any member of the House, Republican or Democrat, could call up legislation from the speaker's desk for consideration by the full House.
Late in the evening of Sept. 30, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the rules of the House so that the only member allowed to call up the Senate's clean continuing budget resolution for a vote was the speaker or his designee. That all but guaranteed that the government would shut down a few hours later.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, later admitted that Rule 22, Clause 4 was "the standing rule of the House," but that the House will not follow that rule because "the House has altered that operation of that standing rule."
I wonder if Boehner will want the new rule to remain in force if Rep. Nancy Pelosi returns as speaker in 2015?
Head in the game?
What can you say about the man who is our president?
He wasn't aware the Tea Party was being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, he knew nothing about the guns being sold to gangs in Mexico that were used to kill American agents. He wasn't aware of the happenings that were taking place in Benghazi or the National Security Agency spying on other countries' leaders.
But, thank goodness, he has time to spend on which basketball teams will win the NCAA championship this year. At least he is studying something.
U.S. gains from U.N.
A recent poll found that nearly nine in 10 voters believe it's important for the United States to maintain an active role in the United Nations. I'm one of them.
This new poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly support the UN's work, from overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons to building peace in countries emerging from conflict to improving access to vaccines globally. The findings were released by the Better World Campaign, an organization that works to strengthen the U.S.-UN relationship.
The UN serves our own national security and foreign policy interests in a big way. By taking an active role in the UN, U.S. leaders can ensure that American priorities are heard on the world's stage, including advancing democracy, human rights and emergency humanitarian aid in times of need. These findings should resonate with all of us, especially our elected officials.
Marian Judith Broadus
Bravo, UK Opera
On Oct. 13, my husband and I saw the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre's production of Les Miserables performed by the "black" ensemble. It was spectacular and deserved the standing ovations the audience enthusiastically gave.
It was so good, in fact, that we decided to go see it again and take a friend who was visiting from Washington, D.C. This production was performed by the "red" cast. It was phenomenal. After the play our friend said that she had seen Les Mis performed at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and thought UK's was better.
We are so very fortunate to have Everett McCorvey and so many brilliant and talented individuals right here in Lexington. Thanks to everyone involved for providing Central Kentucky with such wonderful theater.
David and Donna O'Bryan
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