Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Oct. 13

Students second to football fans

If University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and his minions truly believed the often-repeated mantra "students come first," on Thursday it would be the football fans — not the students — who are directed to remote parking facilities and forced to use shuttle buses of unproven reliability.

Even if fans must park at the stadium, there is no reason that students and employees could not use the affected lots until 4 p.m. Who really needs to be at a game more than three hours early?

James C. Albisetti


Disparity in shuttle fees

I must be missing something. For University of Kentucky football fans, the round-trip fee for the shuttle from the Civic Center to Commonwealth Stadium is $15.

For Keeneland fans, the round-trip fee for a shuttle from the downtown transit center is $2.

An explanation for this disparity -— priceless.

Penelope J. Evans


Tuition hikes severe

The Aug. 23 editorial, "Coffee shop, enrollment, debt growing' stated that the University of Kentucky's tuition has risen 85 percent in the past 10 years.

My son's in-state tuition was $5,980 for 2005-06, his fourth year. Assuming your 2015-16 in-state tuition of $12,029 is correct, that computes to an increase of more than 100 percent for the past 10 years.

Am I missing something here?

For the four years my son was at UK, the tuition increased more than 50 percent. With increased enrollment creating additional revenue you would think increases would be less severe. This does not even consider room, board or books. I don't know many people who double their income every 10 years. Do you?

Fred Kerrick


A little decorum, please

The person who occupies the Oval Office of the White House is expected to appear, behave and speak in a presidential manner.

He (or she) must be diplomatic in dealing with leaders of other countries, in interacting with the news media and when addressing the public at large.

Being elected president is not the same as becoming an autocrat, an emperor or the Lord High Potentate. If not endowed with so much as a smidgen of humility beforehand, a few months in office will likely acquaint the newly elected president with this virtue.

The hopeful candidate should consider the campaign as a dress rehearsal.

Marilynn Bell


Iran kept its word

Republicans oppose President Barack Obama's anti-nuclear weapons deal with Iran. They argue that Iran cannot be trusted to keep its word.

Republicans do not remember recent history. It is the direct result of Iran keeping its word to Ronald Reagan on their "arms for hostages" deal that Jimmy Carter was denied a second term and Reagan was elected president.

Fearing an "October surprise" to Carter's benefit — the release by Iran of American hostages just before the 1980 presidential election — Reagan offered to (illegally) provide Iran with military missiles (secretly through Israel) if Iran would not release the American hostages until after the presidential election. Iran agreed and kept its word.

Iran released the hostages exactly 15 minutes after Reagan was administered the presidential oath of office.

What more proof do Republicans need that Iran keeps its word?

William Jacobs


Practice under lights

Now that most University of Kentucky football games are under the lights, perhaps changing practice schedules might be productive.

Practice may make perfect as the old adage says, but assuming every young quarterback and receiver has equally sharp night vision should be more than a passing untested possibility.

Bob Heidel