Don't let the hotels gouge equestrian games visitors
What a great advertisement for the state of Kentucky. With the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games — the first time in the United States — we have hotels ripping off everyone.
It's an embarrassment for the state to permit hotels to double, triple and even quadruple room rates. The rates should be the same whether there is an event is going on or not. They shouldn't bleed our victims — I mean guests — dry.
When gas stations were changing their prices and gouging citizens, the states went after them. Why is it hands off the hotel industry?
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It's bad enough that cars at motels around Lexington are being broken into, as reported by WKYT-TV. But to be ripped off additionally on your room rate? What a great memory for our visitors to carry back home.
Remember, Jesse James carried a gun to rob people.
Excuses for prejudice
Talk about irony. The Board of Zoning Adjustment in Mayfield is worried about the liberty to park your car at the expense of the liberty to practice a religion. It seems like a bizarre order of priorities, or rather a sad excuse.
Let's be honest, intolerance against Islam has drastically increased since 9/11 and further worsened since the uproar of Park51 (the "Ground Zero mosque"). The underlying argument is that any support for a mosque is un-American.
But Kentucky has always been the spitting image of what is America, getting away with moonshine and marriage consent at the age of 16. However, reducing a 1,400-year-old religion down to a Kwik-E-Mart by relegating it to a shopping center is unacceptable.
9/11 caused a lot of grief and pain, but preventing anyone from practicing their faith, from praying (or not), from building a house of worship — whether it is a mosque or a church — is unconstitutional. It goes against the ingrained ideals of our country: religious freedom and tolerance. That is un-American.
So, Mayfield, are you sure it's not because you simply don't want a mosque in your backyard? If it's about excuses, the zoning board should come up with better ones.
Jawaharlal Nehru said, "The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds."
As Lexington receives visitors from all over the world for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky reflects well on the Bluegrass and the nation.
The museum's landmark exhibit, "Hoofbeats and Heartbeats: The Horse in American Art," shares not just the horse in American art but also offers the first comprehensive, historical perspective of the horse as a part of our unique national identity.
In spite of challenging times for museum funding, director Kathy-Walsh Piper and her tiny staff managed to procure many of our country's best works from dozens of museums and private collectors across the country.
Curator Ingrid Cartwright's thoughtful mounting takes us through themes of the American horse in battle, as a symbol of freedom, at work and in sport and leisure.
The show catalogue itself makes an important contribution to art history. In another stroke of brilliance, the Art Museum continues to exhibit "The Bluegrass Palette of Andre Pater," allowing our visitors to glimpse the power and presence of this renowned local artist's paintings of the horse and life in the Bluegrass.
This fall we can all point to The Art Museum and these two extraordinary exhibits with pride as we share our unique national and local heritage of the horse and some of the best American art with the world.
Sharon S. Ross
Beck a charlatan
Glenn Beck is probably one of the most gifted flimflam men of this century.
An ambitious, greedy man who has made millions shilling second-rate gold products claims to be a spokesperson for the common man. He has the gall to use the late great Martin Luther King Jr.'s platform to urge a restoration of honor.
Would this be the honor of the days before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. attorneys and the federal courts actually enforced the civil rights legislation when state and local courts refused to do so?
A demagogue who has insulted, vilified and spewed hate speech on his radio show has no honor. Maybe he is trying to locate some.
And while he is hunting up some honor, I suggest he also take a moment to read Article II of the Constitution.
The qualifications for president do not include being a Christian, any kind of Christian. In fact, religious qualifications are not mentioned because this country was founded on religious freedom.
Was it P.T. Barnum who said, "A sucker is born every minute"? A gifted charlatan like Beck is laughing all the way to the bank.
Reasoned voice on race
Paul Prather's Life + Faith Aug. 28 column on Dr. Laura Schlessinger's repetitive use of the n-word on her radio show was the most compelling and simple explanation of a very complicated issue. His reasoning was sound. The column should be used as a textbook on the subject of racial sensitivity. I'm reminded of what the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said: "Language and its intent is everything".
Louis Zoellar Bickett
Great guide to bars
I would say 97 percent of the time I just go straight to the comics in the Weekender. Never even glance at anything else in it.
The Aug. 27 Weekender was amazing. I saw the bar guide, and as a club-going guy, I am always looking for a good place to hang out. The guide was well written and informative. This is the very first weekender I read cover to cover. Thank you so much for the article.
Kris "Crickett" Fryman
Mute over rants
Tom Eblen's column on radio personality Jack Pattie made me wonder if my car could pick up AM stations. I tried it one morning and found someone talking to Ann Coulter on the phone.
I listened for a couple of minutes, then took my GPS off of mute and switched the radio off.
Robert P. Jones
Shake up education
Our public education system is the worst-organized program that has ever existed. It is run by the federal government, and that is what you get with anything run by it. We need to immediately do away with the Education Department and return control to the states and local communities.
The states need to take several actions:
■ Establish the school year as running from Labor Day to Memorial Day, without exception, to allow summer control of students by their parents.
■ Outlaw unions in all publicly operated systems.
■ Reduce administration and make ACT/SAT tests the sole indicators of a student's progress.
■ Allow an eight-hour school day.
■ Remove all disruptive students permanently and do not provide alternative programs for them.
■ Reduce sports to lesser importance by using stricter academic performance rules for all athletes and other activity participants.
■ Require one hour per day of physical training activities.
If this sounds familiar and you are over 65, it's the way school operated in our day and it made us very successful if we followed the plan. This would solve the hot weather problems and guarantee teachers a nine-month job.
Donald R. Fugette
Tacky waste of money
I do not like the newly painted storm drains downtown. I find them tacky, obnoxious and modern looking, and not in keeping with Lexington's historic surroundings.
They do not promote the equine, bourbon or any other industry of our commonwealth.
There are many ways our tax dollars could be better spent.
Unequal care of vets
I am a Vietnam veteran. In May, President Barack Obama signed a new law for veterans care. It will create an extensive program for caregivers of post 9/11 veterans injured in the line of duty. This includes money, health care, education and other benefits.
However, caring for veterans of previous wars like Vietnam or the Gulf War is not included in the new law. Congress debated equal treatment for all veterans but it determined it would cost too much. So it said no.
The inequity is angering many veterans. You don't set one generation of veterans against another. For Obama and Congress to leave the Persian Gulf kids and the older vets out is wrong.
Are they any less than the post-9/11 vets?
You have to run a nursing home for many of our veterans, and that costs a lot. Most veterans cannot afford it. When we challenge our young men and women to put on a uniform and risk their lives, we need to take care of those who answer the call.
I urge Congress to provide all veterans full caregiver services. If we can afford to send them to war, we can afford to take care of them.