Alzheimer's grant goes to right place in Sanders-Brown
Congratulations to the University of Kentucky, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and its director, Linda Van Eldik. And a big "thank you" to the National Institute on Aging for providing the center with a $7 million grant that will be used to advance research to discover a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It's the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without a treatment — or even a way to slow its progression.
Beating this devastating disease is an ongoing battle for researchers. Major grants like this one from NIA give me hope that we will soon see a treatment, and someday a cure. The 80,000 Kentuckians currently suffering from Alzheimer's and their 260,000 family caregivers have one more reason to hope today, thanks to the great reputation of Sanders-Brown and the forward thinking of the NIA.
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I'm confident the researchers at UK will use this funding efficiently and effectively to further our shared mission.
Teri J Shirk
President and CEO
Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana
On behalf of all the golfers in this city, it seems that our city officials have very little insight into why we have golf courses in the first place. I believe it is for the citizens of Lexington to be able to have a place to enjoy life and golf.
If the city wants to support recreation for the citizens of this area, it should make the fees reasonable enough that almost everyone could enjoy the outdoors on the golf courses.
In the past few years, fewer and fewer people have been enjoying golf on city courses.
Before, the fees were low enough that people of low income and on Social Security could afford to play at least two or three rounds every week. Now with the fees double that of past years or more, the courses are occupied by very few.
It costs the same to maintain a golf course whether many or few play. If 100 players pay $25 to play, that amounts to $2,500. If 200 players pay $20, that amounts to $4,000.
It has been reported that private-sector golf courses were saying that city courses were undercutting the fees and therefore hurting the private ones. If that is the reason for the increase in fees, then we as citizens are being harmed by the private sector and therefore maybe the city should just sell all its golf courses and let the private sector have all the golfers.
Walter C. Cox Jr.
Change pension system
Change must come to the commonwealth pension system. Instead of promising to pay specific benefits in the unpredictable financial future, the pension system could promise to pay specific proportions from funds bought with current tax income.
Such tax payments could be held in U.S. Treasury bills, notes and bonds, and with a proportion in a no-load mutual stock fund. At retirement, each retiree would receive a percentage of the entire fund.
Rex J. Phillips Jr.
In the spirit of the "Advice for paper" letter of Aug. 30, I ask you to please consider this question: Why do you provide your columnist's/commentator's email addresses when there is no chance in Hades that these scribes will acknowledge or even consider responses from us readers?
My apologies to Jerry Tipton and Scott Sloan, the only two exceptions to this foul abuse of your readers' trust.
Renters do pay
A recent letter suggested that the people who do not own homes do not pay property taxes. Landlords figure the property taxes and insurance into the rent, along with the upkeep on the property. If they pay the utilities, then they figure it into the rent.
If the renter tears up the property and the landlord has to repair it, the next renters pay more for the rent to cover the repair expenses.
Recant on no-tax pledge
Regarding the Aug. 12 editorial about U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers headlined "Sound bites trip over fiscal realities," Rogers has signed the infamous pledge of Grover G. Norquist for no new taxes.
My representative, Steve Austria, has also signed the pledge. Rogers and Austria may be comfortable with the fact that the rich pay only the 15 percent capital gains/dividends tax on most of their income, but I am not.
I'm working to get Austria inundated by constituents saying that unless he recants, he will be voted out next November. The non-rich constituents of Rogers should do the same. In this country, if we do nothing, we really do get the government we deserve.
Voting is just around the corner. I noticed there are three individuals running for governor, independent Gatewood Galbraith, Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican David Williams.
Now the fairest way to report to the people would be to do it equally. Leaving out any of their ideas is biased and stands true journalism. The voters have a right to read about all the politicians' insights and what they can do for Kentucky and our future generations.
Mark S. Gamble
Beshear falls short
Our governor talks about what he has cut and sold, but he still has not gotten rid of the double dippers. I wonder why. Sounds like the fox watching the henhouse to me.
Poor choice of words
I cannot think of a less respectful verb to describe the erection of the memorial to World War II veterans than "plunked," as used in a front-page story on Aug. 23: "After years of public squabbling over how many memorials is too many, a 7-acre homage to World War II was plunked in the middle of the National Mall in 2004."
The 16 million men and women who served in WW II and appropriately have been called "The Greatest Generation" deserve better reporting, just as they deserved this memorial long before it was built.
Attention to detail
The Aug. 31 political cartoon of Gen. Colin Powell by Joel Pett makes him look like a South American dictator with all the junk on his uniform besides the "fruit salad" pinned on his left breast.
And the most important thing, Powell was not a five-star general. The last living five-star general was Omar Bradley. No one since World War II was awarded the fifth star.
Joel, you boo-booed.
Robert E. Cooke