Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Sept. 24

A Cuban Missiles team a sure hit

I have been watching with great interest and amusement the process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. There is a very ugly history on both sides.

I think both want to get this process completed. Cuba has been trapped in a time warp for years and there is a ton of money to be made on both sides.

I also was thinking about the future baseball aspect of this reunion. I've read Fidel Castro was a pretty decent baseball player. Furthermore, I think everyone knows how much Latin Americans love baseball.

Sooner or later, there is going to be a pro baseball team in Cuba. People could go to Cuba, watch their favorite team play and then take a Caribbean vacation. It would be a win-win for everyone.

What name to call this future team? My first thought was the Cuban Cigars. Then, the Havana Castros. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. The best name would be the Havana Cuban Missiles.

Now wouldn't that be special and totally un-politically correct.

Jerry Johnson


Put an end to spam

A good way to deal with harassing and threatening communications by debt collectors using a public utility is by contacting the Better Business Bureau and asking them to ask the company to correct the file if it's in error.

Another thing to note is that Voice Over Internet Protocol numbers can travel to different locations and show different locations and different carriers when you do online searches. Use a site like Stump The Monkey to show the correct search information of the carrier. You can report the violator to the carrier for the abuse at the carrier's site.

America must hammer these carriers until it's not cost effective for them to carry their spam. Ask your phone carrier to block the number and to provide you with the carrier's information so you can report the utility abuse.

And last, file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau every time they call and be sure to mention that you want their carrier service terminated. The more people who complain, the more they get tired of answering the complaints.

If millions do this every time they get a call it would help to send a message to our legislators, the companies and the spammers.

Richard Hellstrom


Town Branch a waste

Let's be honest, especially you, the editorial writers.

This Town Branch expense, regardless of the sources, is an insane waste of money. There are places, even downtown, that could use financial resources and create park facilities.

The funds could even be used to make Thoroughbred Park and Triangle Park more visitor- friendly, functional and less sterile.

There are other county watersheds that need attention. We need far better thinkers to use the big budgeted project money city fathers take from us.

You, other rubber-stampers and city government wished the wasted $5.5 million expense on the unnecessary, stupid Rupp Arena "glassification" idea. And allocating $180,000 already to Bluegrass Community Foundation is no different.

Now you brag about $10 million from the city, plus $13 million from the feds and $1 million from rubber-stamping cronies at LexTran. It's a you-scratch-my-back, I'll-scratch-yours scheme.

Stop using terms like "ambitious" and "complex."

I can, too. This project is ambitious and complex stupidity.

Don Pratt


Politics and money

Money in politics is destroying democracy, crippling the middle class, and creating more poor people. In the recent Fox News Republican debate in Cleveland, Donald Trump did the country a big service by explaining, or exposing, how big-money campaign donors buy politicians and get a favorable return on their investments.

I didn't see anyone on the two stages in Cleveland who wants to mend our broken politics.

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is the only candidate in the 2016 presidential race who consistently addresses the serious big-money-in-politics issue. The chances of Sanders becoming president might be rather slim but he has the integrity, courage and determination to wage peace and to fight for the 99 percent, for justice, for democracy.

Each succeeding presidential election cycle, campaign spending increases by millions of dollars. What a waste of money that could be better spent.

Now more than ever America needs to go to public financing of political campaigns. Sanders would like to go the public financing route which, if adopted, would help lessen corruption in government and the unjust influence of big-money donors who give for selfish self-interest reasons.

Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.