Well-spent money? Fat chance
Since learning that the University of Kentucky received $11 million to study obesity, I've been thinking about how I might contribute to science. Now, I'm not a scientist, but for that kind of loot I can get some big-shot scientific type to endorse my experiments.
I hope to address problems even more worthy of free money than figuring out what makes people fat or why they have heart attacks. My hypothesis: They consume more calories than they expend.
With proper funding, I'm willing to tackle some age-old problems that have mystified more than just the high-falutin' university types.
For $5 million, I will provide a definitive answer to why the chicken crossed the road.
For $10 million, I will produce convincing evidence (and publish an accompanying scientific journal entry) as to whether a tree falling in the woods makes a sound when there's nobody around.
For $100 million, I will finally determine which came first, chicken or egg. No applause necessary.
And there's no risk. If taxpayers are not every bit as happy with my results as they are with the UK fat study, I will not seek, nor accept, any additional funding.
The two Kentucky senators who signed a bogus letter to the Iranian leadership should resign from the U.S. Senate.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, showed absolute incompetence as a leader for not putting a stop to this insanity. The person who authored this letter had served but two months in the Senate. McConnell has served over 30 years. Please, Mitch, resign.
Rand Paul has no excuse. This man is absolutely stupid. Somebody needs to investigate how he maintains a bank account while traveling continuously around this country. Please, Rand, resign.
A recent TV picture of Iran's leaders indicates that the majority of them have been educated in the United States with advanced degrees. In responding to the letter, they corrected the senators on their misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution. They also informed them of correct international law.
UK team classy
Since Saturday night, I have read much about what some people feel is a lack of sportsmanship and class exhibited by a couple of the Wildcats after the loss to Wisconsin, most of it focused on Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison. Some folks were also critical of John Calipari and implied that he lacked leadership.
Seriously? In the years these gentlemen have been here, they have exhibited exemplary behavior and represented UK and Lexington with dignity and class. Countless articles and posts on social media have shown these young men and this team performing charitable acts. Many of those photos and stories have run in this very paper. Not one of these young men has caused a peep of trouble in their years at UK, and with the microscope they're under, we'd know about it. I believe they have been taught well.
Yet some want to criticize these men based on one incident of what was arguably one of the lowest moments of their lives. It seems to me they have shown their true character many times before Saturday night, and I, for one, am proud they are Wildcats.
Duke? Get over it
I read the letter, "No Duke clips, please" with both sadness and amusement.
Part of me hopes this was tongue-in-cheek, because I don't think I've read anything so delusional. I wasn't aware our rights were "life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and to view the game we want."
Nor did I know that watching a clip of something 23 years ago would cause such trauma. To call this harassment does a disservice to all who have encountered it.
We were part of a game that some call the greatest college basketball game ever.
By making comments of this sort, no one should take anything the writer says seriously again.
Cover the whole team
So all the talk is about it being a team effort by Kentucky. How come the Herald-Leader didn't have pictures of the entire team in that Final Four special edition?
535 spoiled kids
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are comprised of 535 publicly elected people who continually argue that someone else is to blame for bad legislation.
They have always had the power to solve this problem. It can be resolved by a constitutional amendment for the line item vote. In this way, bad ideas die and the politicians that support them lose re-election. Lobbyists would be limited by the power of the vote just like the rest of us.
The whole problem is like having 535 spoiled children, going to the grocery, letting the children put anything they want in the shopping cart, then voting at the checkout to buy it all or starve. It has always sounded like a recipe for disaster. Maybe it is. Time will tell.
While I frequently agree with Paul Prather, he has seriously misrepresented the nature of the Christian faith in his glee to celebrate the "foolishness" and "irrationality" of that faith.
The Jews, I think, expected a messianic military leader like King David who would wage war on the oppressive Romans; the Greeks celebrated the human mind's rational abilities.
God in Jesus overturned both expectations. Instead of being a warrior, Jesus submitted to the brutality of the ruling Romans. Instead of presenting sound arguments and clever reasoning at his "trial," he stood mostly mute.
The apostle Paul's point is clear in 1 Corinthians: against the wisdom of the world which we all know too well (riches, honor, power), God revealed a divine wisdom (humility) and a divine power (resurrection).
To leave out that perspective is to distort the meaning of Christian faith which can come only as a gift from God.
That God has the power to resurrect Jesus is not folly or irrationality; understanding that is a mature grasp of the highest wisdom there is.
Christ does not reason with us; he is reason itself, and as such he indeed has the power to understand us and forgive us our sins.
L. Eugene Startzman