Those 'curly fry bulbs' come with mercury warnings
I received in the mail from Kentucky Utilities a box containing two compact fluorescent light bulbs (aka "curly fry bulbs") which contain poisonous mercury. The box was sealed by a sticker with instructions for cleaning up broken bulbs. There are five steps, actually eight depending upon circumstances. Materials needed include rubber gloves, sealable bags or jars, paper towels and tape. Unless you take the time to carefully peel and retain the sticker, you will destroy and dispose of it with the box.
First, shouldn't the sticker have been a flier inside the box? Second, would not a haz-mat (hazardous material) suit be simpler? Best yet, wouldn't cheaper, safer and more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs be a better solution?
Don't hunt cranes
Hunting animals should be for food consumption. Or for the purpose of culling overpopulation of a certain animal for the danger they pose to humans.
I see no benefit to shooting migratory cranes that stop in Kentucky. It's strictly for sport to take potshots at a helpless bird. That's a crime against nature. I have not seen any logical explanation from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for this decision. Maybe they want to teach the cranes to beware of Kentucky and not stop here anymore.
If the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has no more respect for wildlife than this, then maybe they need a little more oversight by the government.
As far as hunters who want to take potshots at these birds, they should not be respected by the hunting community. And the hunting community certainly doesn't need to be seen in a negative way by the general public.
I am requesting that KDFWR reconsider this policy.
Blame's within border
In response to a July 22 letter to the editor: Immigrants are not the reason our country's economy is in the shape it is in. We are in this situation because of myriad factors over the past 20 years. There are several examples such as legislation like NAFTA, American companies who send jobs overseas, foreign tax shelters, the rise of other world economies, our banking sector recklessly trading the welfare of millions for profit, etc. These just scratch the surface.
The reason we have the economy we do in Eastern Kentucky is because we rely on a boom-and-bust mono-industrial economic environment. Actually, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy has recently released findings outlining how the boom-and-bust nature has hurt the economic prospects of the region.
It is much easier however for people to pick a scapegoat for their problems, comparing other human beings to parasites while ignoring their plight, rather than trying to understand the complex issues that surround economics.
A recent letter writer's cheeky comparison of undocumented workers to bedbugs represents a new low in the fear-mongering arena. Really, how hateful can you get? These are human beings.
Later in the letter this person claims to be greatly concerned about American jobs. I'd like to know how much she spends per month at Walmart on cheap goods made overseas.
Recruit to win
Regarding the letter about the 2011-12 basketball recruits: Coaches are hired to field the best possible players they can put on the floor. John Calipari seems to be doing an excellent job in this regard.
During Coach Adolph Rupp's era it was possible to find national-caliber players in Kentucky. Unfortunately, for the most part this is no longer true.
I am sure that most fans would like to see five Kentucky boys on the floor at all times, if they could still win games at Calipari's current pace. Since that is not possible, most of us True Blue fans would rather see out-of-state players that can still win.
Theresa R. Salyer
Heard the news?
The story that got the most space on the Aug. 1 front page and the entire second page was not about the U.S. debt crisis, but about a former University of Kentucky athlete who repeatedly abused drugs and alcohol at colleges in three states, was imprisoned many times and fathered children he did not support with at least two girlfriends.
He smiled a lot and was funny, but since he didn't have a job he couldn't do a lot for his children except wrestle with them when he saw them once or twice a year.
His mother was mad at Tubby Smith, who tried to help him become law-abiding and responsible. The article said that he might not have been dropped from the team had not UK briefly enforced its zero-tolerance policy.
If only one girlfriend hadn't knocked off the cap given him by another girlfriend, he might have continued fathering but not supporting children, and finding ways to drink and do drugs without working.
But, he played basketball at UK, had a nice smile and never met a girl he didn't like.
No wonder most Americans want lower taxes and a balanced budget but no cuts to the armed forces, Medicare, Social Security or farm subsidies. They also want better monitoring of food and drugs, clean air and water, faster access to new wonder drugs, etc., and they haven't a clue that the services they want cost money that has to come from somewhere.