Pay change hurts school workers
The Board of Education voted to take classified employees' pay periods from 21 to 24 a year. Transportation has 400-plus employees and this affects us.
We work 10 months and depend on our checks to pay rent, utilities, groceries, etc. With this change, an employee will lose $70 to $100 a pay period. This will make financial hardships on a lot of people, even though we will receive pay during the summer.
It's hard enough to keep up with the increases from our utility companies and taking these amounts out of our checks will make it even harder. The annual salaries for some drivers and driver assistants are what our government calls poverty level.
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Doing this will cause employees who have been there for several years to look elsewhere for employment, leading to safety issues. If we don't have quality drivers and monitors, safety issues for the children will become a big issue.
Less pay equals less loyalty to the organization. Central office should be more loyal to the employees. We will lose monitors and they are the backbone of the bus. I know this because I'm a driver.
Is it about kids?
UK silence on racism
Bravo to Richard Dawahare for his piece in the July 7 Herald-Leader. Dawahare questions why UK athletics should be broadcast on radio stations (WHAS and WLAP) that "are exclusive provinces of conservative ideology."
I can't speak with respect to WHAS, I almost never listen to it, but I have turned on my radio after it was most recently tuned to WLAP and been assaulted by the rants of Rush Limbaugh.
I sent letters to both President Lee T. Todd and his successor, President Eli Capilouto, documenting racist remarks of Limbaugh and questioning why a university that benefits so extraordinarily from the performance of its African-American athletes would tolerate contracts with stations where racist opinions are expressed. I also sent copies to UK's athletic director and basketball coach.
I probably should have sent the letter to the African-American athletes. It was college students who formed much of the grass-roots of the '60s civil rights movement.
T. Kerby Neill
The diatribe by Michael Dawahare condemning the program content of radio stations WHAS and WLAP for carrying popular talk show hosts should have been on the comics page.
Because his political bias is hammered by conservative hosts and callers who are concerned that the United States is facing collapse due to socialist policies of President Barack Obama, Dawahare chooses to condemn the messengers rather than discuss issues — a typical liberal maneuver.
His attempt to attack conservatism becomes clumsy by inexplicably bringing the popular University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball and football teams into the issue to support his tirade. It is not clear if he worries that the players will be influenced by conservative views or what danger lurks if games are broadcast on conservative radio.
UK and U of L contract with the stations which bring the highest revenues to the athletics programs. He accuses conservative radio of a "lack of regard for truth" but doesn't say who has committed a falsehood and what was said. He fails to explain what harm is suffered by listeners who hear the truth about the failed policies of the Obama administration and the resulting decline of the United States.
William H. Wheeler
End meat subsidy
More than 60 percent of U.S. agricultural subsidies pay for meat, dairy and egg production. Fresh fruit and vegetable farmers receive less than one percent of the total. It's time to declare our independence by stopping these subsidies.
Our annual medical care expenditures for diseases associated with consumption of animal products are estimated at $300 billion. Much of the cost is borne by our taxes through Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration and Obamacare. It's time to declare our independence by taxing animal products to recover these costs.
Currently, the meat industry is getting Congress to gut dietary recommendations by a government-appointed panel of our nation's top nutritionists. The panel recommended incorporating reduced meat consumption and sustainability of food sources in our dietary guidelines.
It's time to tell the meat industry to butt out of our dietary guidelines. In the meantime, each of us can declare our personal independence from the meat industry by refusing to subsidize it on our next trip to the supermarket.
Bankruptcy no surprise
I'm not surprised at the Nurses Registry filing for bankruptcy. We have used their service on two occasions. Both times the care was awful. The worst was when they called on a Monday telling us our 36-year-old son was well enough to be discharged from care. Our son had died three days earlier.