Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 8

A new arena can't do any better than Rupp has done

Here we go again, Mitch Barnhart telling University of Kentucky fans how his job is to protect UK basketball. I think the record of Kentucky basketball was protected before he arrived on the job.

Now we must have a new arena to be the flagship of college basketball? He must have been out of town when the Kentucky pros played the Dominican team at outdated Rupp Arena.

Maybe he needs to be more concerned about improvement of the greatest basketball arena, even if it doesn't have suites.

Most fans of Kentucky come to see basketball games. Concerns should be to improve the seating and keep costs down for fans.

How could he make a statement that a historic building like Rupp does not impress recruits and a new arena would be a more effective recruiting tool? The newspapers, TV and radio stated that Kentucky had the No. 1 incoming freshman class.

Is the new arena for our fans or incoming players? Like Barnhart stated, generally players have a three- or four-year window. They don't look much past that.

It would be nice to see some players stay past one year, maybe four years. But we can't have them staying four years as Coach John Calipari stated that being around four years means playing NIT, not NCAA, tournaments.

Dave Wilhoit


Buffett to the rescue

Warren Buffett proposes he pay more taxes. Hey, Buffett, why not just omit the middle man?

Simply get the names and address of every freeloader in this country, legal and illegal, and send each one a monthly check.

Susan Washburn


We have a right to pray

I was so angry when I read an article in the Herald-Leader about an atheist group in Wisconsin stopping prayer before a football game in Bell County.

These groups are trying to take rights away from us Christians. When is enough? They forget they are stepping on our rights.

Nobody will tell me when or where I can pray to my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I stand up for the one who changed my life. I owe my savior Jesus Christ everything.

All people who hate God in our country and try to take him out of everything should leave America and move to a godless country. They would fit right in. Taking God out of everything is destroying America.

I'm asking everyone to join with me in praying for every atheist and the ACLU for God to give them a Saul (Paul) experience. Read about it in the Holy Bible, book of Acts, chapter 9.

Nancy Ulery

Mount Sterling

Enough, already

Really? Fayette County School District wants a tax increase. From what service, if any, does Fayette County Schools not receive taxes?

Let me see, we pay school taxes on Insight, Columbia Gas, Kentucky Utilities and Kentucky American water, which have increased charges. There are school taxes on business income and payroll income, on our cars and trucks and on our homes.

If they can't make it with all the above income they need a new person in charge of budgeting.

Before buying 25 new school buses, why not work out riding Lextran buses to school with monitors? We could save money and help keep Lextran out of the red.

I rode city buses to and from school for six years. The governments are breaking our backs.

People in charge of our money need bookkeeping and budgeting experience. Please.

Marcella Watts Anderson


Twisted ode to reason

The Los Angeles Times' column, "We have gods because we needed them," claimed that if we eliminate faith to free up more room for the wholesale use of reason, we improve ourselves as a species.

Apparently blinded by reverence for evolution and natural selection, the writers have forgotten an old painting by Goya that shows faceless soldiers, from a near empire enlightened by reason, coldly destroying a more vulnerable humanity with guns.

One soul with arms outstretched in a Christ-pose seems to be saying, "You do not know what you do."

Throughout their intelligible ode to reason, these authors depict religion and morality, as products of a natural selection that worked to achieve cooperation within our species as a survival strategy.

Cooperation is a strategic self-interest. However, awkwardly, they also cite research showing humans are born altruistic, meaning we have a keen interest in the welfare of others over and above ourselves at birth and that "we have to learn strategic self-interest."

In addition, these writers exhibit a poor use of reason, when they think an experiment that deprives a test subject of all sight and sound prior to stimulating the brain with magnetism, can possibly secure a link between an odd notion, epilepsy and a Pharisee, soon to become an Apostle, trekking onward to Damascus.

Therefore, bloated as they are through studies about god-helmets, they simply can't imagine that World War I was the end of pretense, believing that reason could craft a world.

Gary W. Ward


Where's public in NPR?

Why should NPR be allowed to call themselves a public radio system?

It has more corporate sponsorship than tax-based sponsorship.

One morning Congressman Barney Frank was cut off in mid sentence answering NPR's question concerning federal spending on entitlements.

When Frank stated that Social Security was self-supporting and shouldn't be part of the argument, our so-called public media system seemed to think three minutes of self-advertisement and five minutes on comic books' importance in Hollywood was the more important subject.

Mike Fisher


Stolen from workers

I commend the Herald-Leader's Aug. 14 editorial, "Pay back borrowed Social Security funds."

This reveals why Social Security may be in trouble. If it is not paid back, it would mean a default by the U.S. government.

There are a lot of people who didn't know that our leaders raided the Social Security fund to the tune of approximately $2.6 trillion and have tried to keep it hush-hush.

I have never heard Mitch McConnell or Rand Paul mention this. How can they say Social Security is a part of the deficit?

Also I don't understand how our leaders could steal workers' money without being charged with a felony.

There are enough people on Social Security that if they use their votes they can make sure that any politician who even mentions cutting Social Security will not be re-elected.

I will count on the Herald-Leader to expose these politicians. I worked and paid into Social Security 50 years. I feel that I deserve all I get.

By the way, I would like to hear McConnell or Paul say how they are going to sacrifice. Ha, ha.

William E. Bowman