A singer would inspire the home crowd
I would offer a suggestion regarding the singing of My Old Kentucky Home at our home football games.
We could have someone stand on the field and sing the song along with the words and images being presented on the big screens in the end zones.
I think we could potentially instill this as a nice tradition of University of Kentucky pride that stirs the hearts of not only Wildcat fans, but also visitors in attendance at our games.
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We have a proud tradition of excellence here in Kentucky and letting that song fall flat before each home football game does nothing to remind us of that fact.
I recognize that the words on the screen are there to encourage crowd participation, but I also know most people will not go out of their way unless led (and in this case led by someone singing on key).
I think a simple adjustment as I've proposed could pick up that song and the fans, and one day lead to a scene respected and talked about throughout the Southeastern Conference.
What an experience that could be.
It's only a game
What kind of a person writes a letter to the editor saying "I hate the Wildcats?"
How can someone hate a bunch of kids playing a game?
If the writer is over the age of 35, I am sorry to say, she/he is an idiot.
Lynn Fish Blacketer
Ben Chandler wasted no time going negative against Andy Barr in the 6th District congressional race on TV.
Chandler is wasting our time and his supporters' money with misinformation about Barr's position on Social Security.
Barr's position has always been to protect Social Security without a tax increase
Chandler has been quoted as supporting a Social Security tax increase to go along with the tax-and-spend policies he has consistently voted for in Washington.
What voters want is for Chandler to respond to Barr's numerous requests to debate in all 16 counties of the 6th District.
Where is Chandler these days? He needs to speak the truth and do it in person.
As a former Department of Veterans Affairs counselor who retired due to a disability, I fear a disabled veteran could be denied services or access to a restaurant or bathroom if Rand Paul is elected.
Paul has advocated that businesses be allowed to refuse services to anyone due to race, disability or for any other reason.
He also proposes that business retreat from accommodations for disabled persons.
Paul also wishes to return the safety of coal miners to mine owners and local control, saying "accidents happen."
He accused President Barack Obama of "stepping on the throat" of BP for pushing the oil giant to be more responsive to the devastated citizens and environment of the Gulf Coast.
If you wish to turn the calendar back more than 100 years, then Paul is your fellow time traveler. If not, stand up now or lose what you have fought for.
While Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin and their cohorts exhort us to wholeheartedly embrace capitalism and its concomitant "mainstream American values," I would share another perspective of American capitalism as presented by Malcom Shabazz, or Malcolm X, one of our truly great analytical minds produced by "mainstream American values."
He said: "It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless.
"As the nations of the world free themselves, capitalism has fewer victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It is only a matter of time, in my opinion, before it will collapse completely."
Lest we dismiss his almost prophetic insights as simply misplaced anger from a bygone era, it is noteworthy to compare his assessment with that of the late Pope John Paul, who characterized American capitalism as a "vicious unbridled capitalism" which has spawned "a culture of death."
Shahied S. Rashid
All not aboard
If you are planning to take a trip on the "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train," beware.
For several weeks, the Russell Senior Center had been planning a trip to Bardstown for the lunch train ride to take place on Oct. 8.
It is a three-hour drive from our town and we had the motor coach lined up for the trip. We also had 52 people signed up with a waiting list of several more.
Everyone was given a menu and had chosen their meal. We had made the initial down payment. The balance was due the last of August.
The week before the payment was due, we were notified that our trip had been canceled. We were told the owner is taking the train out of town on that date.
Well, whoever the owner is, you disappointed 52 senior citizens. We were really looking forward to the trip.
Granted the contract says you can cancel any time, and you did. We think that is a poor way of doing business since we had been planning this for so long.