No money? Don't expect attention from McConnell
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has long made it known that he operates on the premise that money equals speech. Then in January, a Supreme Court decision made that presumption into the law of the land.
At that moment, I knew that my letters to our representatives in Congress would have zero effect, unless accompanied by a large contribution.
I wrote McConnell to ask him to work to restore the democratic voice of money-less speech. Whom else should I write? He is our senator, our avatar. But now the coal miner cannot speak as loudly as the mine owner; the farmer cannot compete with the giant agriculture corporations; the plant worker can't be heard above the industrial giants; and the voice of the retiree (that's me) is a whisper in a windstorm.
Six months later, I received a reply from McConnell's office. It was a form letter saying "thank you for writing." No mention of the topic, of course. In other words, it was an acknowledgement that money-less speech gets no attention.
McConnell must respond to those generous contributors to the Republican campaign chests, the financial giants whose money speaks with authority. He no longer represents individual Kentuckians.
Let's work together
I am a political newcomer and I cherish traditional values. Although we have endured hardships, we must declare war against poverty and invest in modernization because this nation still has great potential.
In order to achieve this potential, we need and desire positive participation from veterans, coal miners and other patriots. Their contribution can lead to restoration and revitalization of the economy, better energy use and improved infrastructure.
All of this needs proper oversight. Unlimited opportunities are available for job creation and economic development. This can be done without jeopardizing the environment, and we don't have to halt coal production. Independent thinkers can discover suitable solutions.
We must form networks that make America stronger and better. In elections, voters must be aware that they have the ability to choose write-in candidates, and this right must be upheld by election officials.
I'll champion all our rights in all branches of our government. Together we can all help to accomplish the above missions. God bless America.
Tennis program faulty
Problems have existed with the Lexington-Fayette County parks and recreation adult tennis leagues for two years. Last year, the problems were such things as scheduling three players for a singles match. They flipped coins and the odd man went home. I tried to contact Jerry Hancock, the head of the parks and recreation division, who had Athletic Director Darliene Haley contact me. However, the season was near the end and nothing happened.
This year the city fixed four courts, bringing the total to five good courts at Shillito Park. Eight others are in bad condition. We pay $80 to play in the summer leagues. However, the parks and recreation division took two of the courts for public use and also permitted private instructors to use the courts for monetary gain during our two-hour league time.
All that I ask is that the city's recreation department let us use the five good courts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, as we have paid to do.
I have followed the chain of command. I contacted my councilman, Doug Martin, who did nothing.
The lack of action has taken a big toll on the league, as many have quit. I hope that Hancock will support a change to bring the league back to where it was.
Theater star shines
On July 18, I, along with a sold-out house at Ragged Edge Community Theater in Harrodsburg, had the extreme pleasure of seeing an outstanding theatrical event, Always ... Patsy Cline. While the supporting performer was excellent (Bonnie Feeback as best friend Louise Seger) the title character played by Natalie Berry was on a par with the best, past and present, in the show-biz world.
The show centered on Berry as Patsy Cline singing about 30 of Cline's songs in a manner that I believe would have impressed Cline herself. Further, I also remember her superb acting and singing performance as Eliza in Ragged Edge's production of My Fair Lady.
Berry does it all and possesses a natural talent that is rare in today's world. If you ever have the opportunity to see her perform, I'm sure you'll be impressed with this Kentucky-born-and-bred young country girl.
Tennessee has Dolly Parton, and maybe some day Natalie Berry will be Kentucky's answer to the Vols. She's that good.
Albert F. Kuhr
Ducks need ponds
Recently I was walking out of Kroger's on Nicholasville Road. In the distance, I saw a duck and its ducklings in the parking lot.
I called the Lexington Humane Society and asked if the city's animal control would come out and help them. I was told that since ducks were wildlife, they could not be moved.
I didn't realize a parking lot was considered a wildlife environment. Perhaps a better environment would be — oh, let's say — a local pond?
Well, the ducks were moved to a local pond that same day by some caring people.
While I'm on the subject of "do the right thing," some people should not consider having a pet if the animal is to live in solitary confinement the better part of its life. I see this every day, and it is heartbreaking. I suggest everyone read Not in Vain, a poem written by Emily Dickinson.
Seagal saw future
There was a 1994 Steven Seagal movie, On Deadly Ground that should have been dedicated to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The movie forecast the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; only it was in Alaska.
My hope for Palin is that she will never again hold public office. She has excellent training to hunt down and kill rats in the gutters and sewers of New York, but only if the city can afford her makeup and hair stylists.
If people want to know about the real Palin, they should go the Web sites for Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation.
If Seagal could have foreseen such an oil disaster in 1994, why couldn't preventive measures already have been in place to stop the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?
Sue H. Littral
What a shock it was for me to glance at a July 19 newspaper headline that read: "Budget needs: transparency, leadership."
I immediately concluded (sadly, incorrectly) the headline was referring to Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, it was referring to Frankfort, Ky.
One can dream, eh?
William B. Balyeat