Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 14

UK ticket prices pushing families, fans out of stands

It appears University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and President Lee T. Todd Jr. expect the basketball program to not only fund all athletics as it is doing now, but to add millions to UK's general fund.

If a family of four wants to attend a game (which they can't get tickets for), the cost will total $250 for food, gas and tickets.

There is apparently no amount of money that will satisfy the appetites of these UK officials. To ask anyone to pay an additional $5,000 for a seat is an insult.

I suggest that basketball tickets be called "the elite seats," because only the elite have enough money to be held hostage by Todd and Barnhart.

I love Kentucky basketball; I also love steak. In each case, there is a price which makes either one no longer worth it.

Charles A. Cable


A natural oasis

I found a great sanctuary recently with the kind of diversity many of us long for in our communities of faith: people of all ages — children, teens, young adults, mid-lifers and seniors, too; runners, walkers, sitters and riders and four-legged friends and even a cockatoo.

Different faiths were represented: Muslims, Christian and Jews, to name a few. Both Spanish and English were spoken.

The "text" for the day was the life of a fallen giant; the "preacher," the old burr oak. The anthem was the glorious chorus of the cicadas.

I leave this place of worship refreshed, refocused and grateful that this sanctuary in nature is available to us through a joint effort of the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Naturalist John Muir wrote, "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."

So whether you are looking for the beauty of a garden, a way of connecting with the creator and the rest of creation or just a great place to exercise, the Arboretum is ready to welcome you.

The Arboretum, Kentucky's botanical garden, is on the south side of Alumni Drive, between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads.

Carol Rawls


Rogers' record stellar

For the newspaper to give the impression that U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, has done little for the people of Kentucky or his district is just wrong.

After looking at the programs started by Rogers in his region, no one could question the positive impact he has made on southeastern Kentucky.

Rogers' support of the environmental cleanup PRIDE program has brought water and sewers to thousands of families throughout his district. This year alone, the PRIDE spring cleanup saw more than 31,200 people volunteering to clean up the roadsides and mountains of this region.

It was Rogers who decided to confront the drug problems in our area by organizing community leaders, elected officials and volunteers to form the anti-drug program Operation UNITE. This program is doing tremendous work throughout Kentucky to put drug dealers in jail, treat addicts and educate our children on the dangers of drugs.

Finally, there is no bigger supporter and promoter of tourism in southeastern Kentucky than Rogers. He has worked tirelessly on the issues confronting Lake Cumberland and began the tourism program Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky to create growth and opportunity in those areas.

Stop trying to bring down a good man whose tireless works have created opportunities in a long-forgotten region.

Jeff Hoover


True colors

For all those liberals out there who kneel at the altar of former President Bill Clinton, "I feel your pain." Regarding Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, recent events have showcased hypocrisy of these demagogues.

The leader of the downtrodden, Clinton, throws a $2 million-plus wedding for his daughter; and Kerry skates to Rhode Island to avoid $700,000 in taxes on his new yacht. Add New York Rep. Charles Rangel's laundry list of offenses to the list, and you have a snapshot of the leaders of a party that represents the common man.

Bill Grieme

Villa Hills

Combat troops need rest

Forcing troops to put in three and four combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq is cruel and inhumane treatment. The blame for this practice belongs to the U.S. Congress and the president. They could authorize the enlistment of more troops, thereby increasing troop strength and giving soldiers a break. This hasn't happened. And if the current troops were treated fairly and given the respect they deserve, it wouldn't be a problem to recruit more people.

Let's ask our Congress and the president to do the right thing and give these troops a break.

Lannie Ray


McConnell's mission

You have to wonder about the intelligence of Kentucky voters who keep sending Mitch McConnell back to the U.S. Senate to do his utmost to wreck this country's economy because he thinks that will bring Republicans back to power.

McConnell wants to extend former President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy while using his favorite weapon, the filibuster, to block Democratic efforts to extend unemployment benefits to jobless Americans, to kill a $30-billion fund for small-business loans and to hide the donors to political campaigns.

The Republicans' goal is to defeat anything President Barack Obama and the Democrats try to do so that voters will blame them for the slow recovery from the huge, GOP-created mess. Obama could not reverse the job loss that was occurring when he took office, but at least he has stopped the bleeding.

McConnell wants Kentucky voters to send Rand Paul to the Senate to help him continue to sabotage the progress made in solving our problems. The polls suggest he may be right in hoping voters won't be intelligent enough to figure out who is really to blame.

Fox News officials are doing their best to help Republicans with their hate speech. If they win, we may be seeing the end of the middle class and government of, by and for the rich.

Walt Dickenson