Save paper, cost and sanity
I wonder how many Fayette County residents pay their monthly sewer bill by automatic deduction from their checking accounts. I pay all my utilities this way.
There was a time when they all sent a return envelope with my bill for payment, but eventually, all but one figured out a way to not send an envelope for a payment they were never going to receive by mail. I still receive that useless envelope with my bill every month, and every time it makes me a little bit crazier.
It's not merely because it's a waste of money and not environmentally friendly. It's also because I know the county spends a lot of money on recycling efforts and yet creates hundreds of thousands of wasted, useless envelopes at taxpayer expense. That's just wrong.
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In the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal, but it is clearly fixable. I implore the powers that be to fix this. It'll save money, be better for the environment, and help save what's left of my sanity.
Will miss Davis
What sad news for the faithful readers of Merlene Davis' columns. She has informed, challenged and entertained us. We have learned about the many interesting people who live in our community.
She has given us a nudge when one was needed. And she has shown us how we are more alike than different. I will miss her insights and opinions and hope she will contribute additional columns on an irregular basis.
It has been a pleasure to be part of her journalistic life. May retirement be the best of times for her.
Mike Fields the best
As a former colleague of Mike Fields, I would like to congratulate him on his fabulous career with the Herald-Leader.
I had the pleasure of working with Fields through most of the 1980s, a wonderful time for print journalism. The sports department in those days was stocked with talent: Fields, the late John McGill (the incredibly gifted columnist), D.G. Fitzmaurice, Jerry Tipton, Mark Maloney, John Clay, Maryjean Wall, Rob Kandt, Franklin Renfro and many others made the sports department the only place I wanted to be. I couldn't wait to get to work and help produce a sports section with this all-star roster.
Fields, who for me is the best high school beat writer of his generation, did his job with superb talent, tireless enthusiasm and extreme grace. He loved what he did, and it showed.
Fields will be sorely missed on the pages of the Herald-Leader.
Christ Church gives
In response to the column, "Calling all churches, time to lift up poor families," it might be interesting to find out all churches do for those in need. For more than 20 years, Christ Church Cathedral has been helping people.
Last year, 8,601 people received personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, diapers, clothes and books through the generosity of the people of the church.
The Cupboard spends $15 per family, $27 if there is a child needing diapers. The people who come there include single working parents with several children, seniors with small or no incomes, domestic violence victims living in shelters, veterans, long-term unemployed, grandparents taking care of grandchildren, and young single girls living in shelters with their babies.
Coordinator Kathleen Imhoff works with volunteers, a dozen or more agencies and the public schools' family resource services to make this program work.
The church is also involved in the Emergency Assistance Fund, Room in the Inn, Church Under the Bridge, Habitat for Humanity, Moveable Feast, tutoring at Harrison Elementary, weekend backpacks for children and support of a refugee family, to name only a few.
Ruth E. Mark
UK's missed chance
Seven years ago, the University of Kentucky had a golden opportunity. It could have saved its basketball program millions and made it the most attractive and useful for the NBA-bound high school recruits.
It would have solved a problem facing the NCAA, universities, high school coaches and parents: How to help young basketball stars transition gracefully and productively into manhood, negotiating two years until draft time.
Had UK added a two-year, accredited college course, designed to give prospective NBA recruits the knowledge and skills they need to cope with the social, financial and developmental issues they face, UK would have looked like a top-20 university in action, preserved its own venerable coaching philosophy and traditions, and generated positive responses rather than negative commentary.
More importantly, it would have treated these super-talented young men with the respect due them. Most of them have been pushed, prodded, probed and promoted like circus freaks. They deserve better. UK could and should have been more responsive to their needs.
The team that approved self-serving contracts for UK's research, feeding, housing and building operations should have no difficulty approving this curriculum addition.