UK transients don't respect local history
Columnist Tom Eblen's plea for the University of Kentucky to save the historic Wenner-Gren building was a wonderful piece of writing. Factual. Well-reasoned. No hyperbole.
The building is a unique blend of cutting-edge architecture and history. It is unfortunate that the current UK administration and trustees will not recognize or show appreciation for this treasure or for the many other architectural gems on the UK campus.
But their lack of appreciation for history is not surprising, given the transient nature of most higher education officials and members of university governing bodies. Here today and gone tomorrow.
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The UK campus and Lexington are likely a temporary stop in their career paths or, in the case of trustees, a place where they attend a periodic meeting. Many of them have no true or deep roots in the Lexington community.
So, why should they be expected to respect UK's historic fabric? They want to make their mark and leave their legacy, not honor or retain their predecessors' accomplishments. It's a way to add to their resume. It's human nature.
But, hope springs eternal. Until the wrecking ball destroys Wenner-Gren, or the Hamilton House, or the Mathews House or the other Ernst Johnson buildings, the opportunity to save these historic structures still exists.
All it will take is for current UK officials to show a little respect for the university's and Lexington's history and recognize that there can and should be a reasonable balance of our past, present and future.
The GOP's five Rs
Sen. Rand Paul was right when he said the Republican Party needs to diversify, but it is so far to the right that it can't. The party today is made up of separate groups: the religious, the rich, the retired, the rednecks and the racists.
Republicans promise to put more of the Bible into our courtrooms and schools in order to appeal to the religious. I oppose this attempt because a merger of church and state is unconstitutional.
Republicans let the rich keep all of their money no matter how bad the deficit or the economy gets. I oppose allowing the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer because this leads to economic depressions.
Republicans appeal to the elderly and the retired because they promise to keep stuffing our prisons with young people by hanging on to outdated drug laws. The elderly are the last and only age group in America that thinks marijuana should be illegal.
Republicans appeal to rednecks with their stance on guns and war. They are always ready to start another war, even in places that some can't find on a map. They want a wildwest approach to guns where the fastest draw wins, and our schools, churches, grocery stores and even bars are open carry zones. Even people in Dodge City in 1850 knew not to allow guns in bars.
Republicans appeal to racists with their open contempt for Hispanics and blacks.
KHSAA, Rupp wrong
I am aghast that the Kentucky High School Athletic Association continues to make policies that have the potential to hurt children.
"One size fits all" is never appropriate when dealing with children. Such across-the-board rules, like taking away sports for children repeating a grade, are just expedient ways to avoid making correct, and often difficult, decisions.
Sports keep more kids who perform poorly in academics interested in school than KHSAA apparently understands. KHSAA admits repeating a grade for athletic advantage isn't prevalent, so why make the rule?
Here is a rule it should endorse: All actions that will affect children will be decided by people (teachers, counselors, psychologists) trained in child development to ensure an individual child is not harmed by rules put forth by bureaucrats.
On another issue, it seems the Herald-Leader is on board with the Rupp boondoggle, no longer questioning the need, but glowing with the "want" of the few bent on spending taxpayer money.
The makeover has never been supported by the majority of voters nor the majority of the Big Blue Nation. We do not prefer a new building that will make opposing teams giggle or think about jewelry when they see it.
Why we must follow the Yum Center mistake is a mystery to everyone except probably the few who will somehow make money off this Rupp makeover.
These complaints about underclassmen leaving is a yearly event now. Let's do the math.
The last pick in the first round will get a guaranteed three year deal for $2.6 million total. Average cost of a four year degree at the University of Kentucky is $92,600. He goes back and gets a degree. That leaves him $2.5 million ahead. Also he wouldn't be stretched thin with the traveling, practices and games if he'd stayed. So one could even argue the quality of his education would be higher because he could concentrate more on school.
UK is a way station for a lot of players and they aren't all going to be like Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes or Darius Miller — players who want to experience college and want to add to UK's legacy.
I love Kentucky basketball and wish they all would stay. Could you imagine DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis lining up together? UCLA's 88 games and seven championships would be in jeopardy.
This is Kentucky basketball unless the rules change, or Coach John Calipari leaves: get used to it. The last coach who had four-year players got run out of town for having only one championship in 10 years. That banner isn't coming down but I hope the ones hung recently were hung on Velcro.
Nitwits with guns
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's 15 minutes of fame faded with the revelation of remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
That was before two militia groups began feuding about money raised for Bundy. Just like the anti-government militants in Ukraine, these nitwits brandishing semi-automatic rifles have set up roadblocks and are scaring people.
National Rife Association wiz Wayne LaPierre knows the only way to stop a dumb guy with a gun is a dumb guy with a gun.
Bundy says he's not paying taxes owed from grazing cattle on federal land for 20 years. With agitator Sean Hannity's help, Bundy's been hailed as a hero. In Hannity's spotlight, cocky Bundy has shared these thoughts about "the Negro," and the Founding Fathers: "Are they better off as slaves and picking cotton? ... I guess maybe I'm a little bit like the Founding Fathers."
Hannity criticizes welfare recipients, but what about a freeloader, government subsidized, wealthy rancher? Numerous anti-government attacks since 1995 have killed many. Bundy said, "I don't recognize the existence of the federal government." Admiration from Hannity and other extremists helped galvanize anti-government radicals to Bundy's defense.
Praising Bundy and other anti-federal government misfits may eventually end in another tragedy. Congratulations to the Fox News personalities who criticized Fox News' coverage of Bundy.
Anti-government militia member Timothy McVeigh was at the disaster in Waco, Tx., which left 74 dead before his terrorist attack at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 179.