Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 11

Concert snarl preview of Thursday football?

Just because it's legal doesn't make it a good idea, as we learned last week from the disaster at a local winery.

They may have the right to hold events, but they obviously don't know how to hold large events that cause all sorts of chaos.

It would be interesting to know how many people living on either side of Tates Creek Road below Man o' War Boulevard were disrupted because they couldn't get on that road and how many ambulance runs were delayed.

So, what makes Thursday night football a good idea? Thousands are being displaced from normal parking, events have been canceled, rush-hour traffic on several major corridors will be frantic, etc. All to accommodate ESPN and the SEC.

Ridiculous. Something wrong with playing on Friday or Saturday?

Ken Kurtz


Money can't replace parents

Well, here we are with another superintendent taking control of the Fayette County Public Schools. I will wait and give him some time before I can make a judgment on how he is doing in his new job. One of the first items he has talked about is creating a fair judgment on all the schools. We are paying $600,000 for an outside firm to tell him what needs to be done.

He has talked about the teachers needing to meet the scores at all schools. At no time has he addressed the problems the teachers face. We can throw money at this agenda all we want, but if the parents do not help these children at home with work from school it will never change. It takes more than the teachers at school to help these children grow to be what they can in our public education system.

Without the parents helping out at home, we are just putting water on a house that has already burnt to the ground.

Pat Doyle


Carfagno wronged some coaches

I enjoyed Jacalyn Carfagno's Oct. 4 column on religious freedom. However, the problem with sweeping generalizations, like "... things I have long thought linked back to the practice of having coaches teach civics," is that there are exceptions.

My high-school civics teacher in the early 1960s was the school's football coach. He emphasized strongly the ideals in our country's foundation. My high-school physics teacher, one of the best I ever had, was assistant football coach.

I do appreciate her pointing out her bias because today many biases are presented to the public as news. Keep up the good writing.

Ji m Moses


Big Blue elicits blind loyalty

One of the great ironies of the University of Kentucky-Eastern Kentucky University football game was that people who graduated from Eastern were rooting for Kentucky to win. The blind allegiance of the average fan — who can find the parking lot at Commonwealth Stadium blindfolded, but couldn't locate the library or Patterson Office Tower with the help of GPS — is just a thing of wonder.

William R. Elam


Citation Boulevard disappoints

Like many others, I had looked forward to the opening of Citation Boulevard, since I work near the corner of Citation and Jaggie Fox. I had not anticipated how badly designed the new road would be.

The nightmare at the Greendale intersection took less than two hours to unfold after the road opened, to the extent that within a day Greendale was effectively closed to traffic and residents living north of Citation were stranded in their neighborhoods. I'm glad to hear that we are going to see a traffic signal added at Greendale.

At the other end of the bridge, the intersection at Jaggie Fox is no better; the only difference is that it doesn't have residential neighborhoods on one side. But it does have employers whose workers have to get across Citation, as well as semi trucks that find it impossible to make the left turns onto Citation.

Given that this road has been in planning since the 1990s, didn't it ever occur to anyone involved to consider the traffic patterns? With that amount of advance notice, at least someone might have driven a car down the new road with their eyes open before cutting the ribbon.

Richard Oleson


Curtis should have been in debate

That independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis was excluded from a debate based on polling numbers is ridiculous. The whole idea is to educate the voters by being as inclusive as possible with little to no restrictions.

Currently, the political system is dominated by two parties whose initial primary objective is to exclude competitors from third parties and to control the number and format of debates. Most new beneficial ideas, perspectives and solutions will likely come from those not already entrenched in the two-party monopoly.

If you are looking for a s formula for who should be included in any debate, here is one: If the total number of candidates is five or less, include all. If the number is greater than five, add Democratic and Republican poll numbers, subtract the total from 100 percent. Include all candidates who poll 5 percent or greater than the calculated number.

If no new polling data exist within three weeks of a debate, take all candidates.

We should not have to settle for the lesser of two evils.

Vincent C. Smith


Carson shoots holes in candidacy

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson announced his solution to reduce the number of deaths resulting from mass shootings which are occurring with ever-increasing regularity: Everybody rushes the shooter.

Oh sure, people will die under his plan, but after all no plan is perfect.

The criticism of Carson and his plan is unfair. Just stop and think how successful his solution would have been at Sandy Hook had those five and six year olds rushed their shooter. Oops, not all weapons are the same, neither are all victims or the mass shooting situations.

It is easy to be cavalier while sitting in the safety of a studio to portray yourself as a brave and heroic candidate for the campaign trail.

He should have taken a moment to reflect on the families of the victims, then think how he would feel if his loved one was killed.

The good doctor's solution forgets or just completely ignores victims. His solution: Sacrifice any number of victims to protect guns and gun rights.

The really frightening thing about Carson's naiveté comes when thinking about the prospect of that reasoning should he become commander-in-chief.

James F. Wisniewski