Letters to the Editor

Sports fans seeking a good winter’s read should hightail it to the Book Fair Saturday. Meanwhile, read these letters about politics.

Some 10,000 fans missed a night’s sleep to crowd into the terminal at Blue Grass Field in Lexington to greet the returning Kentucky Wildcats when they brought home a fifth NCAA championship trophy on March 28, 1978.
Some 10,000 fans missed a night’s sleep to crowd into the terminal at Blue Grass Field in Lexington to greet the returning Kentucky Wildcats when they brought home a fifth NCAA championship trophy on March 28, 1978. Herald-Leader

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Sports fans will discover much of interest at Saturday’s 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair.

Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore will be on the UK Main Stage at 2 p.m. with Kentucky basketball Hall of Famers Dan Issel and Mike Pratt, all teammates on the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels. Gilmore will be signing his autobiography, Here Comes the A Train.

Valerie Still, University of Kentucky basketball’s all-time scoring leader, will sign her memoir, “Playing Black & Blue: Still I Rise.”

Author Michael Sokolove will discuss his “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball” at noon with sports journalist Billy Reed, who will be signing his autobiography, “Last of a BReed: A Legendary Kentucky Writer’s Journey Through Six Decades of Sports and Journalism.”

You can also hear from Doug Brunk, author of “Forty Minutes to Glory: Inside the Kentucky Wildcats’ 1978 Championship Season.” Brunk will be joined by members of the 1978 team, including Jay Shidler, James Lee and Assistant Coach Dick Parsons. Rob Bromley will emcee.

The book fair lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Admission and parking are free.

Jim Host


Republicans duped

I feel so very sorry for Republicans. They have truly been gaslighted.

Truth has alternatives, repeated lies can be believed, hate is acceptable.

I sympathize with their desire for a strong leader but they have chosen one whose approach to life is to win by any means. His mentor, Roy Cohn, taught him to tell a lie and to keep on telling it because eventually it will be accepted as truth. Cohn recommended lawsuits rather than payment of honest debts. Still, Republicans say that this president will “drain the swamp” when, in fact, he is the swamp.

Previously we knew there was corruption and looked for it; now corruption is blatant. Presidents aren’t supposed to use the office to make money. This administration does so with no apologies. Certain government agencies were established to protect us from rapacious corporate greed and to advance the common good. Those are now in the charge of people who want to destroy them.

Every time a reporter repeats one of the leader’s lies, the lie grows. We should see brackets following the lie that state the truth. But this would not help those who have been sucked into President Donald Trump’s mindset. I pity them.

Sara M. Porter


Too many crises

The Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo School of Law and New York University School of Law, among others, walked out over the confirmation in October of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court..

“We are in the middle of a national emergency,” the group supporting the walkout said in a letter. “We do not recognize Kavanaugh as a legitimate member of the United States Supreme Court.”

I wonder why those who supported Kavanaugh did not anticipate this sort of reaction. We have too many national emergencies. Between Kavanaugh, net neutrality killed, tariff increases and environmental rollbacks, I feel like I’m living in a bad movie. Please help support good law.

James Risner


McConnell enables Trump

In 1924, Adolf Hitler was in prison for treason. In 1933, Hitler was named chancellor of Germany, appointed by President Paul von Hindenburg who believed he could control him just like Sen. Mitch McConnell thinks he can control President Donald Trump.

Hitler was to make Germany great again and he began rearming Germany. Hitler was a con artist and liar. In 1936, he sent his troops into the Rhineland. In 1938, Hitler was on the cover of Time magazine. In 1939, Hitler began World War II by invading Poland.

Dec. 11, 1941, the United States enters the war against Germany. April 30, 1945, Hitler dies by suicide. May 7, 1945, Germany surrenders. Sept. 2, 1945, World War II ends.

Trump is a con artist and liar, mentally unstable and dangerous to the world. McConnell is his enabler. McConnell put an unfit justice on the Supreme Court to support Trump in case he is prosecuted for crimes.

Robert Ray Lillie