Sacrifice not photo-ops
Watching the services of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and witnessing again the destruction and heartbreak our nation suffered, we are reminded over and over of the sacrifices and death toll of the first responders, the police and firefighters of New York City. When they left their homes for work that day, they thought it would be just another normal work day.
It is also important to remember there was not one politician in New York City who died on Sept. 11, 2001 in the service and sacrifice of his constituents. But politicians were tripping over each other at the memorial services on TV to express their personal sorrow to a captive audience.
The most odious had to be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who wasn't even in office at the time but had temper tantrums until he was given his mega photo-op time.
We need to remember the facts:
First responders, police and firefighters.
First photo-op responders, politicians.
They got it right, you didn't
The Opinions Sunday section on Sept. 11 featured a Herald-Leader editorial with the headline: "We were attacked, we survived, we're free."
Portions of what you wrote are correct. However, I would point you to two other items in the same edition and section.
The pieces by Kathleen Parker and Ruben Navarrette, Jr. are much more accurate in their portrayal of 9/11, the intervening years and the state of the United States of America in 2011.
I don't consider either of these two to be either radically conservative or liberal.
That means it is more likely they report the true feelings of middle class and middle of the country Americans.
Something to consider.
Jeffrey S. McBride
Paper destroying readership
Larry Webster's "Surveying GOP hopefuls" published Sept. 4 was neither news nor a decent report of news. It was tearing down every Republican running for president. I thought a newspaper reported news.
It looks like your reporters have nothing to report that Barack Obama has accomplished, so they try to keep the subject from being discussed.
Compared with your paper, our local paper is larger and still reports news. No wonder your gutter articles are destroying your readership.
Downtown deserves better
As a former, but still proud, resident of Columbus, Ind., renowned for its architectural excellence and design diversity with 55 buildings of national and international importance, I feel qualified to state that Lexington's historic and classical buildings deserve a better foil than what the current plan shows: a birthday cake-like centerpiece for CentrePointe. How pop, how unlike Lexington's good taste and class.
Are city officials so enamored with a trendy architect that they don't see this emperor really has on no clothes?
Address is not just a number
I recently attended a meeting with personnel from the city to discuss address changes on our block. We were informed that up to 11,000 city addresses either have been or will be changed to accommodate the E-911 program.
I went away from that meeting a little aggravated because there I learned that the reason for the changes was simply to accommodate a computer program's shortcomings.
I have lived in my house for over 30 years. I have had to call 911 three times and no one had any trouble finding my house. The 16-year-old pizza guy has found my house.
What really disturbed me was learning that this program has divided the city into sections and is doing one section at a time. That means they are inconveniencing and angering only small powerless groups at a time, which gives the appearance of making opposition manageable and minimal. This tactic smacks of "divide and conquer" and seems totally inappropriate for a government elected by the people.
A second fact I learned was that the city did no research at all to evaluate the cost to the individuals affected.
This tells me that there are those in power who are going to do what they are going to without regard to those affected.
I am fairly certain that my address will change and I must incur the cost to change all my legal documents, deeds, wills, driver's license, registration, etc. As one of the officials at the meeting pointed out, "It's just a number."
This is just a warning for those yet to be affected: Be ready, they are coming for your lettered or fractional addresses soon.
And to those who have already endured this arbitration: I understand and wish I had seen it coming. Perhaps a larger angry group could have stopped it.
Charles F. Zigmund
McConnell's very bad memory
It appears that Sen. Mitch McConnell is entering that stage of life when memory begins to fail.
I sometimes forget what day of the week it is, and this must have been the case with McConnell. He responded on Wednesday to a speech that was given by President Barack Obama on Thursday. Oops! But the words of his response indicate a bigger and more serious memory lapse. He said, "the historic run-up in debt that's occurred over the past two and a half years (is) a result of this president's unprecedented spending." I guess he has forgotten about the budget surplus left for President George W. Bush by President Bill Clinton and the catastrophic debt left by Bush for Obama. Gee, even my memory is not that bad!
Fans get cheated by UK football
Mitch Barnhart says the 6 percent drop in football season ticket sales this season is due to overall economic conditions. "People are making choices ... that may mean they can only go to two or three games rather than the whole season." I suppose since the economy is driving the drop in the demand there should be a drop of 6 percent for University of Kentucky basketball as well this year. Highly doubtful.
I gave up my season tickets because I am finished paying $40 and up to see Central Michigan, Charleston Southern and the like from the upper deck. I'd rather pay a premium on game day to a reseller to see Louisville, Florida and Tennessee from the lower deck. The rest of the schedule I can live without.
The real story will be the average per game UK attendance this year. Check the numbers from the NCAA. They show it has dropped each of the past two years. I find it disheartening that while we have supported the football team with top 25 attendance figures for years, we have been served a top 125 program. Credit for that goes to the excessive redistribution of football revenue to non-revenue sports, bleeding football dry. Even our coach is compensated poorly, ranking number 51 last year in salary.
Until UK quits treating the football program and its fans as cash cows, the drop in game day attendance, followed by drops in revenues, will continue. People won't pay for tickets they don't use.
Ahhh, Memorial Coliseum
The front page quote Sept. 8 by master planner Gary Bates on the atmosphere of Rupp Arena and how it must be preserved caused me to remember, and to disagree a bit with his words. As a basketball fan and UK graduate, I concur that when UK takes the floor at Rupp amid the blue and white it is electrifying and Kentucky special.
Times have changed and the amount of money now involved in college athletics is unbelievable. TV rights, sky boxes and uniform designs are all now overly important.
But to those of us who got the pleasure of attending UK basketball games in Memorial Coliseum, ahhh, there was the atmosphere. To be there in that crowd was an unexplainable experience that won't ever be found again.
Memorial Coliseum, thanks for the basketball memories.
Catholic Church shortsighted
Bravo to Deacon Donna Rougeux. Her courage to follow her call into the priesthood, eloquently expressed on the op-ed page of Sunday, Sept. 10, is an inspiration to all who have experienced the shortsighted sexism of the Vatican leadership. As a former Catholic woman called to the ministry in my late 20s, I found a welcoming, inclusive church community in Unitarian Universalism. But I respect those who choose to work from within for change as well. I can imagine the ministry of Rougeux will be one of compassion, tolerance and truth-telling. Just what our ailing world needs in religious, and public, servants!
State Rep. Kelly Flood
Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington