Parents beware of apartments aimed at UK students
As a parent of two recent University of Kentucky graduates, I have become aware of the lack of oversight and support of students renting apartments, particularly the new complexes popping up in the South Broadway area.
We all know that some students are not tidy and do not respect property. Therefore, they are subject to pay penalties for their actions. However, with the competition among these complexes for tenants and income, students and their cosigners are being targeted.
Several times people have arrived on move-in day to find the units were not cleaned properly or painted as stated by the complexes. One complex took advantage of students who had signed rental agreements then promoted a much cheaper monthly rate. When they asked for the better rate they were charged application fees again because they switched to the townhouse layout.
Just this summer, a mother received a letter with unbelievable charges stemming from an early move-in date, and management not having a record of items turned in on move-out day.
When trying to discuss the charges, she was referred to the new management company via e-mail in Texas which she never heard from. Mediation is not an option, according to management. They will turn you over to a collection agency.
Out-of-town parents have an even harder time getting management to correct problems when their student has not been successful. I recommend educating parents and students on their rights regarding renting apartments, possibly at campus orientations.
Tailgate without team
Kentucky fans like nothing better than gathering around Commonwealth Stadium on a nice Saturday. They love having a friendly drink or two, pitching the odd corn-hole game, and then going into the stadium to watch high-quality football.
Everything recently has worked, except the "quality football game" part. To give fans the kind of football they deserve, we are going to have to disband the team.
Once the troubles of recruiting and maintaining a team, not to mention propping up what laughingly passes for a coaching staff, are removed, we can have a successful program.
We have these big screen TVs in the stadium, why not show good college football games on them? An Internet poll could be held every week during the season and the fans could pick the game to watch. They could still have their parties, tourneys and drinking competitions in the parking lot.
Certain traditional aspects of the football program could remain. The band could perform and we could still pay Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart (and whatever family members he chooses to hire) an exorbitant salary and benefits.
Scholarship athletes can attend classes and, perhaps, even graduate. If they still would like to actually play football, they could play exhibition games against local teams. Lexington Traditional Middle might be an appropriate gridiron foe.
I think many would agree with me. The only thing standing between a successful, profitable and exciting season is the team.
Try the other football
It is apparent we are not getting much talent for our tremendous investment in out of state athletes and probably no academic returns either. It is time to shut down that cash pipeline to mediocre talented players and invest it in Kentucky students.
I suggest we convert Commonwealth Stadium to a soccer facility. Soccer can be fielded at much less expense than football and I am sure there is a lot of Kentucky male and female talent that could put quality performances on the field and get a subsidized education at the same time. It would be a win-win situation for Kentucky. We could even field a pro soccer team.
On the money
In sportswriter Jerry Tipton's Oct. 9 University of Kentucky basketball notebook he quoted UK trustee Bill Gatton about Rupp Arena.
Gatton, emphasizing that he was not speaking for the UK Board of Trustees, said in part, "It's a waste of resources to spend that kind of money to build a new arena."
Maybe he wasn't speaking for the board but he spoke for thousands of basketball fans, not many of whom are receiving money to consult with a task force looking at the arena.
Give that man a cigar.
After Kentucky's decisive defeat to South Carolina, football coach Joker Phillips took the heat. No excuses, no whining about the score. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, on the other hand, was very ungracious in victory. Moments of character await in ambush.
FDR came to rescue
The surest way to hurt my feelings is to speak ill of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
During the Great Depression — brought on by the same Wall Street greed that put us in the present Great Recession — FDR saved our farm and the lives of all my family when he created the Civilian Conservation Corp.
Because my father had fought in the trenches of WWI, Roosevelt put him as an officer in one of the thousands of CCC camps. I lived several of my early years in a camp. Campers reforested the mountains, built scenic highways (such as Skyline Drive and Rock Creek Park in Washington) worked on all the National Parks and built the beautiful stone bridges that once stretched across this great country.
Little known is the fact that after disciplined workdays and sports breaks, everyone went to school. There were illiterate farm boys learning to read and PhD's teaching the bright to be engineers.
I wonder why so few have ever wondered why the U.S. had such a fine army after Pearl Harbor. It's because the CCC boys went straight into the Army — already trained and disciplined.
JoAnn Bruce Wilkerson
A win-win on taxes
We, as a nation, have a great opportunity to have a win-win situation for both political parties. Now is the time to have major tax reform for all people.
If we could pass a new income tax that eliminated all deductions, we all could have a lower tax rate and the country would achieve revenue enhancement through a broader tax base. The loss of deductions could be phased in over time. People below a certain level of income would be exempt.
Democrats could claim they have increased revenue for our country, and Republicans can claim they lowered tax rates. The current income tax — with the many deductions, exemptions, etc. — is a nightmare and subject to abuse and cheating. The new income tax would be simple and fair for all. There could be two levels of income tax rates. Rates would be set, if they were too high or low, they could be reset.
Times are changing, the old tax code needs to change too.
Not warm and fuzzy
I agree with editorial writer Jacalyn Carfagno's column, "Just us 'folks' extolling friends who never were." The overuse of the word "folks" by politicians is an attempt to make citizens feel warm and fuzzy.
I am certain the use of this word increased while George W. Bush was president. Rarely did he address citizens in any other fashion.
When representatives of President Barack Obama began emailing me using the same term, I hastened to tell them I am not a "folk," I am a Democrat. Now when they email me, it is "Dear friend." This is certainly preferable, although "sir" or "madam" might be a better choice.
No one needs to put up with this "folksy" business politicians use to pretend they are just like you. Those in office are not like us at all. Indeed, some act like they are celebrities. If I want to feel warm and fuzzy, I'll get a blanket.
Motivated just fine
I was disappointed at the very negative article about the "Get Motivated" event. Why pick out one disgruntled individual who was foolish enough to pay $225 when tickets were available for $1.95?
For $1.95, I heard stories and messages from some of this country's heroes and inspirational speakers. I was amazed they were all there in person, not just on the big screen. Your article did not even mention all the major speakers present.
Sure, a couple of speakers were selling services, but so what? You didn't have to buy anything.
With the problems we face today, your reporters should be looking for some positives in stories and not always trying to tear things down. There are many good messages we all need to hear; "Do the right thing" being one of them.
Anyone who paid attention and followed directions should have experienced as good a day as I did at the "Get Motivated" seminar. Massive marketing told me I could get a ticket in advance online for $1.95.
The same marketing also told me exactly who the speakers were. I could sit through all of them or some of them. Coaches John Calipari and Lee Holtz were my favorites, but they all had something to contribute. Only two offered additional courses that cost extra. There was no disruption to the seminar and certainly no pressure to sign up.
Morning traffic could have been directed as it is for any event with that many attendees. But I paid attention to the instructions mailed to me and parked at Whitaker Bank field, rode the shuttle and was dropped off at the door for free.
It was much easier and cheaper than when I attend University of Kentucky basketball games.