Would NOW have NFL commissioner chaperone couple?
Has anyone besides me grown sick and tired of the Ray and Janay Rice brouhaha? Apparently not the National Organization of Women, which has called for National Football League head honcho Roger Goodell to resign.
The couple got drunk and got into a fight with poor Janay probably hitting her head on an elevator rail after Ray backhanded her after she spit in his face.
What could Goodell have done to stop that, short of chaperoning them when they party?
Rice probably should have been arrested but he copped a plea with the condition that he participate in anger management. Goodell suspended him for two games, which meant forfeiting $500,000 of his $4 million contract. However, all the income is gone now with Rice's indefinite suspension.
It's not disputed that Janay was trying to beat on poor Ray, but somehow NOW considers that to be her right. Anyway, the president and Pentagon directed last year that women be placed in combat, saying that they are fair game for violence and should be able to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, the NFL and other sports conglomerates handle high-profile abuses just like the Catholic hierarchy: First, sweep them under the rug. If that fails, make a big deal of punishment — real or imagined.
James Lester Clark
Boycott NFL brutes
Why is anyone upset over some football player beating up a woman? Football is far more important than acting in a civilized manner.
Football players are heroes. How can you possibly hold them responsible for their actions off the playing field?
We pay them tons of money. Women are immaterial. Of course, women could boycott football games of players who behave like gods. Men who do not approve of football players acting like brutes could also boycott games.
Are fans willing to lose some games to protect women? Get rid of the brutes.
Joanne P. Smith
Unions get kickbacks too
I was struck by two points in the McClatchy investigation into worker misclassification published last Sunday.
Alfredo Barrerra, the individual described as having to pay kickbacks to his employer, was identified as an immigrant. Would that be a legal or illegal immigrant? Illegal immigrants are far more susceptible to corrupt practices such as wage kickbacks. Near the end of the article this fact is mentioned.
Also, the article decries the lack of labor unions in the industry. How are kickbacks to the employer or union dues dissimilar, especially in a state that mandates union membership? Seems to me the worker is extorted either way, but, of course, only the union makes political contributions.
Seems to me rather than supporting unions we should be protecting immigrants by enforcing immigration laws. But, silly me, enforcing laws is not the fashion for the last few years.
Frank St. Clair
Deadline was the thing
As a board member of Studio Players and a founding co-producer of the 10-Minute Play Festival at Studio Players (and previously at the Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway), I want to respond to a column by Bill McCann of Kentucky Playwrights Workshop.
Instead of hurling rotten tomatoes, I'll just stick to some cold hard facts.
As was indicated in the preview article, it is our intent, should the festival continue, to reserve one of the play slots for a Kentucky author.
However, it was not a viable option for the recent festival. When we pitched the festival to the Studio board, we hoped to produce it in 2015. When it was approved for this past summer, we had a narrow window of time to prepare.
This process included: soliciting plays, reading 150 submissions, winnowing to 15 finalists; arranging public readings with local actors to help narrow down to the final seven scripts; securing directors, designers, stage manager and crew; and numerous additional responsibilities. The resources and the time simply weren't there.
We've always intended for the festival to be a showcase of Lexington area talent. We will always tweak and improve on what we think is a very positive addition to the arts and entertainment landscape.
A year and half ago, Mitch McConnell asked the FBI to investigate me for making a recording of him, while standing in the hall outside his door, which I later released to Mother Jones.
To hear him and his former campaign manager Jesse Benton tell it, you'd think I committed the crime of the century. Yet I was never charged with a crime.
Now Benton and former McConnell campaign strategist Dimitri Kesari have both been subpoenaed as part of a bribery investigation in which a former Iowa state senator has already pleaded guilty, forcing Benton to resign. Yet McConnell still ducks reporter's questions.
McConnell's interest in justice stops at the door of his campaign HQ, literally. In the hallway outside the door, he demands complete accountability, but just inside he expects immunity from scrutiny.
He tells us he's moving on, like it's his decision? It is not.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Webb should man up
So Dudley Webb, backed by secretary of the Economic Development Cabinet Larry Hayes, believes that it is the city's responsibility to issue bonds for another of Webb's controversial projects.
This time it's the three-story underground parking garage for the much debated CentrePointe scheme.
Webb lives a luxurious lifestyle while a good many regular citizens of Fayette County struggle day to day to put food on the table, clothing on their backs and provide education to better the lives of their children.
If the business community believed the project is a money maker, Webb could easily find investors.
He should "man up" and be responsible for his own actions. Anyone can dream, but he should start taking responsibility himself.
No pro-Farmer backlash
Regarding the Associated Press article on the possible backlash that Agriculture Commissioner James Comer could experience due to his investigation of Richie Farmer: How and from whom? Farmer's family? I have yet to hear anyone defend Farmer and his criminal behavior while agriculture commissioner.
Farmer was in over his head in that position, and simply not smart enough to know what he was doing was possibly illegal. He felt entitled, above the law and thankfully was found out and held responsible for his actions.
The report is biased and an early salvo against a Republican candidate, in what promises to be a bruising gubernatorial election.
William R. Elam
Keep Medicaid expansion
James Comer has announced his intentions to enter the race for governor. He certainly knows how to grab headlines and may be a smart fellow. But I was aghast at his professed desire to reverse Gov. Steve Beshear's expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky.
What? This program has been wildly successful in providing much-needed health care to the poverty stricken, and has literally saved hundreds of lives. The expansion has been an economic windfall for the commonwealth and will continue to provide a positive impact on our bottom line.
Comer would be well advised to re-evaluate his astonishing position. As a starter he could read Time Magazine's Aug. 14 article, "How Kentucky Got It Right."
Ewell Scott, M.D.
A couple of Sundays ago there was more liberal hogwash than usual in the editorial section.
Joel Pett's cartoon portraying Barack Obama and Eric Holder as demonized is laughable. They capitalized on race to get their jobs, yet scream racism every time they have a bad idea or are exposed for their anti-conservative agendas.
Pett ignores hard facts, tough questions and reality to receive the pat on the back he so desperately needs from his liberal groupies.
Geologist Daniel Phelps warned us about how the Ark Encounter may discriminate against non-Christians while simultaneously mocking their core values and belief system. This was followed by national columnist Eugene Robinson doing his best to blame Obama's foreign policy idiocy/lack of vision on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
The "smart people" got elected and our world is now on fire.
Rather than excuse Obama, blame Christians or Bush, how about a column, even a small paragraph on the dangers of ISIS, the hate-speech-spewing Black Panthers showing up in Missouri or Hamas rockets aimed at Israel that are hidden near schools and hospitals?
Make Ky. smoke free
We applaud Gov. Steve Beshear for his brave move to make virtually all state facilities smoke-free. We have practiced medicine in Kentucky for decades, and our experience is that most smokers want to quit. Smoke-free zones make quitting easier.
Smoking is responsible for about half of all premature deaths, including heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema and many other illnesses. This is particularly a problem for Kentucky, where 28 percent of adults still smoke, compared with 18 percent nationally.
In Kentucky, secondhand smoking causes about 800 needless deaths per year due to heart disease and cancer; more than all highway deaths. This is a medical tragedy. If 800 Kentuckians died per year in coal mines, we wouldn't stand for it. We would insist on tougher laws to protect them.
Let's do the same for involuntary smokers. Beshear has made a great contribution, but it is up to our elected representatives to pass the smoke-free Kentucky law to protect all Kentuckians from involuntary smoke. Let your representatives know how you feel about it.
Jeremiah Suhl, M.D.
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, M.D.
Board Trustee, Central Kentucky Division, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Thankful for Ferguson's 'disruption'
Joel Pett's mean-spirited cartoon about Amanda Ferguson was a shocker. I would think that he would support an elected official who fought to fund music education and was not afraid to speak truth to power concerning the $20 million budget irregularity.
A school board member should not just be a rubber stamp. She had little to gain by speaking her mind and focusing this attention on herself, but thank goodness she did. If this is "disrupting class," then we need more of it.
Charles G. Ison