New building not best way to health
I appreciate University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto's ambition to make "death a beggar in Kentucky," and the state government's subsequent economic support of his plan for reducing the rates of cancer, heart disease and stroke in the commonwealth.
However, does it really require a new $265 million multidisciplinary research building on campus to figure out that Kentuckians need to stop smoking, eat a healthier diet and get regular exercise?
Wouldn't this money be better spent funding health and dietary education programs, improving the access to healthy food and constructing walkable communities throughout the state?
I understand that those tasks aren't nearly as glamorous as a new research center, but working to prevent root causes of these maladies would seem to be the more ethical and economically beneficial solution to these pervasive problems.
Seat belts in parking lot?
I am a firm believer in the safety of seat belts, however recently I was cited for not wearing one. Was I driving on New Circle Road or Nicholasville Road or in a subdivision?
No, I was parking my car at Wal-Mart after leaving the mall. I was told by the officer: "Don't worry it won't go on your driving record and the fine is only $25."
The court date and time are during my work hours, so taking off to fight this would cost me even more. Ticketing drivers in a parking lot is a money-making scheme and entrapment. The next time I'm asked to donate to the Fraternal Order of Police, I'll be sure to tell them I already gave my $25.
Too easy on animal abuse
Pathetically, again, no jail time for the intentional slaughter of a defenseless animal that stood no chance of escape or survival.
Regarding the planned raccoon mauling at the Boyle County Fair, County Attorney Richard Campbell said, "Neither man had a significant record." If animal mutilation is your aim, past behavior becomes moot.
The penalty involved $250 fines, court costs, 100 hours community service at local animal shelter, one year suspended hunting licenses and probated jail time. Seriously? How does intentionally planned torture not deserve time behind bars, just as they caged the raccoon before releasing their dogs to inflict such suffering?
The good ol' boy network is alive and well in the county attorney's office, but, thankfully, common sense and morality manage the local animal shelter, refusing these men's service in their facility. Anybody really think the same Fish and Wildlife agency that killed an innocent treed mountain lion will truly enforce a suspended hunting license?
Any doubts why Kentucky still ranks No. 1 in animal cruelty cases? How many more animals must suffer before state legislators realize torture and death are acts of felonious behavior? Sadly, too many.
Heiner's questionable ad
Almost immediately after the November elections, Hal Heiner began inflicting upon us a constant barrage of TV ads aimed at promoting his candidacy for governor.
Those ads, and subsequent ones, stressed that he is a Christian. When someone feels the need to tell me what a good Christian they are, a warning sign in my head flashes, " Hypocrite alert."
So it is with Heiner.
In one ad, he claims Kentucky has lost 20,000 jobs over the past two years. That is absolutely not true. Rather, the commonwealth has gained jobs during that time.
The last time I checked, there was still a commandment that forbids lying.
If discrimination was not the intent of the original Indiana Freedom of Religion Restoration Act, then what was? And why did they have to clarify that it was not?
John C. Wolff Jr.
Reading the signs
I couldn't help but notice that on the very day Sen. Rand Paul announced he is running for president, a major power outage hit Washington (including the White House).
Was this bad luck or an omen?
Laguna Beach, Calif.