War of the worldviews
I watched a documentary on KET about the 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Welles' War of the Worlds. Director Orson Welles formatted the play like a news broadcast to make it more dramatic. This also made it more believable and the broadcast caused many people to panic, thinking it was a live news report about an invasion from Mars.
That made me think, this explains the right-wing news phenomenon. The commentators are entertainers masquerading as news broadcasters. They make a lot of money by distorting facts to reinforce the opinions of their listeners. Since the listeners are hearing what they want to hear they never change the channel to listen to a real news broadcast stating the actual facts.
In 1938 every radio station told the truth the next day. Everyone who believed the broadcast the night before found out that a Martian invasion had not taken place. Unfortunately the right-wing news audience never changes the channel to find out that the liberal socialist invasion is a figment of the commentators' imagination.
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Obama not running
During every Kentucky election the "war on coal" is resurrected so politicians can capitalize on our emotional and cultural prejudices. Now that "war" has been elevated to an even greater status: "Obama's War on Kentucky." President Obama has become the whipping boy in the Republican gubernatorial campaign, even though he is not running.
A more dangerous war is the war against the U.S. president. It subjugates children's lives to the interests of powerful gun lobbyists, would deny health care to impoverished Americans, makes circumventing U.S. nuclear negotiations with a partisan letter acceptable, holds hostage the confirmation of a U.S. attorney general, and shuts down government.
Fought with political influence and money, the war bribes politicians with clandestine purchasing power to finance self-perpetuating elections. Though not a legitimate assault on our country, it is nonetheless war: a serious threat to our national well-being. It renders America ineffective and dysfunctional. What would our founding fathers think? Could a poor rail-splitting Abraham Lincoln, who many claim is our greatest president, be elected today? Could he raise enough money? Martyred because of his views concerning freedom and slavery, he did not compromise his moral convictions, ones that seem alien to the current political mindset.
Where are the jobs?
So Duke University researchers have found that 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation from 2008 to 2012, compared to an estimated 49,530 coal industry job losses. I seem to recall that President Barack Obama promoted renewable energy.
The saddest part of the Duke report is that almost all of those new jobs were created outside Kentucky. Many, if not most, of those jobs surely require minimal mechanical skills.
This raises a question as to why our politicians who whine so often about their imagined war on coal haven't been working to bring those jobs to Eastern Kentucky's displaced miners. I hear there's some flat land available for plants where mountaintops used to be.
William G. Hiles, Jr.
True hate crimes
A recent article covered the stabbing death of a young man with headlines indicating "shock" and that it might be a "hate crime." The shock associated with this or any such violent killing is understandable, but the speculation that this was a hate crime was premature. Yet, where is this community's shock at the global jihad against Christians, rounding up, assassinating and beheading groups at a time, and sending suicide bombers into large crowds? Now those are hate crimes.
James R. Jenkins
Good dyslexia article
My grandma showed me the article on dyslexia in the Sports section of the April 21 edition. The writer did a good job explaining Sofie Levin's life with dyslexia. I know, because I have dyslexia too, but I am only in the 7th grade. It must have been really hard for her to not understand until she was in college. I congratulate her for being where she is today without any help.
Travis Ford, UK coach
We have all been told that actions speak louder than words. Well, I want those words and actions put to the test for all Kentucky basketball fans. In the six years John Calipari has been head coach, he has said repeatedly that we have a "kids first" program. But it's actually Calipari's first program. I couldn't count the times I've seen Calipari scream and yell in the face of our "kids-first student-athletes." Just ask Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Harrison or any UK player.
I've been fortunate to see some of the best college coaches, especially Coach K from Duke, put an arm around a player's waist and point out his mistake. Then the player sat down and that was it.
I know wishes are for fools but I wish that Kentucky could get a coach like former UK standout Travis Ford at Oklahoma State.
Calipari has said that Kentucky is the greatest basketball program in the country. So, whoever follows him will also get the best players in the nation, but many will prefer to stay more than one year so the fans get to know them.
Let's all pool our money so we get Travis Ford. Please.
Darrell G. Gross