Disappointed in EKU costs, results
My grandsons graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. I wish I could be proud of that.
I am considering using all my EKU shirts for rags. My guys have lived with me since they were small and the goal was higher education. They graduated owing huge debts and working in fast food, as there are no jobs. Tuition is still going skyward.
How do young people without wealthy parents afford cars, food, insurance, clothing and their own place? Heaven forbid if they want to marry.
EKU is raising tuition yet again and forcing students to pay for construction. Is it progress when a college consumes all around it, including historic buildings, and demolishes one of its most beautiful dorms?
This reminds me of the insect that lays an egg in the caterpillar and consumes it from within, yet the EKU president makes more than the leader of our country.
Add to this disinterested professors who would rather be playing golf. I thank heaven there is a sprinkling of the opposite. It is time the public stood up and declared, "That's it and no more."
Higher education is no longer about education but big business and greed. I am appalled and ashamed of the way EKU and others are treating our students.
LBJ was great
I loved the picture of Lyndon Johnson attending a funeral in Lexington in the June 22 paper. He is an underrated president but was one of the great ones.
Who would have thought that the Republicans could make such wonderful appointments to the Supreme Court? Two marvelous decisions in two days last week.
Now, if we could get rid of the Citizens United ruling, take the electoral process back from the very rich and return it to the people, we would be three-for-three. This is what we progressives do. We solidify the present and look toward building a better future world for all people.
John C. Wolff Jr.
We must keep water clean
Sen. Mitch McConnell says he isn't a climate scientist. It turns out that he isn't an ecologist, either. He can see that the Clean Water Act is bad for the coal business, but cannot see that dirty water is bad for people.
A river should not be a sewer, but the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife warns us not to eat more than one fish caught in Kentucky per month.
When the water supply for Charleston, W.V. was turned into licorice soup, the people there wished oversight had been better. Coal companies have lied about what they are putting into the rivers. Fertilizer from fields has made life impossible for fish in 5,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico.
Someone has to enforce common sense; the Clean Water Act put the Environmental Protection Agency in charge.
I think it is possible to mine coal responsibly. If the Kentucky Coal Association were to take the lead in making this happen, and the Kentucky Energy Cabinet were to go aggressively against the companies that don't, an important component of the "war on coal" would go away.
Railing against the EPA for doing its job is pointless.
Joseph P. Straley
Kudos for strong rebuttal
I loved every word of Catarine Hancock's June 25 commentary. I appreciate that this young lady stood up to the spurious, homophobic comments of Dr. A. Patrick Schneider II so eloquently.
The freedom of love and commitment between adults of any gender is a human-rights issue and equality will benefit us as a nation more than stale hatred and bigotry.
Discrimination has historically been a part of American culture, but it's a part that I and other forward-thinking individuals want to see discarded in favor of more love and stability in the community. Onward to the future with equal rights for all.