Few ways around UK's major building needs
To reduce the need for new buildings at the University of Kentucky, I have a few suggestions:
■ After one semester, allow students to stay in university-approved private homes. There may be plenty of retired persons who would like to rent out spare rooms to students, thus acquiring some extra income. The homeowner might enjoy the company and their presence would provide extra security.
■ To reduce the need for more classroom space, ban all live lectures. They would be filmed and offered on the Internet to those willing to pay the fees. Serious students will be attracted to the highest quality presentations.
■ Where onsite labs are necessary, they can be kept open 24/7 to provide access to students at their convenience.
■ UK should be keeping track of the professional careers of their graduates. Too often they are just dumped on the street with no follow-up or advice and their potential is never realized. But a record of successful placement and achievement will attract the highest quality students to UK.
As we watch people camping out in New York City, protesting the greed of Wall Street, perhaps we should look a little closer to home.
Let's look at Keeneland. Everyone loves Keeneland, right? What's not to like? Therefore, they have record attendance and record wagering, not to mention the concessions that are constantly as crowded as the wagering lines.
To enjoy Keeneland, it is as simple as parking and enjoying the park-like setting to tailgate and meet up with new friends as well as old. Then, inside the gates we go to spend, spend, spend.
Except, it now costs to park, and the parking attendants are beyond rude. Charging us to come enjoy ourselves before we get our pockets emptied inside is just plain wrong.
Record years and throw it up in our faces by jacking up parking fees, well it leaves a bad taste in the mouth and, frankly, the attendant needed his mouth washed out with soap for his language and attitude.
Come on Keeneland, that's not a class act. I remember days you all would send out gate passes for frequent guests.
Well, I guess greed swallowed that perk, also.
Unfortunately, Dante's Inferno is allegory, not history. Sen. Mitch McConnell has earned a place in the innermost circle: treachery.
For McConnell, the defeat of President Barack Obama overrides the need for jobs, the need for economic recovery, the need for safe roads and bridges (many in Kentucky) and the need for tax reform that wouldn't only protect his rich friends.
Why else would he and his House counterpart refuse to pass a jobs bill written almost entirely with Republican ideals, do their utmost to bring the economy to a halt or oppose a health care reform measure drawn with Republican Gov. Mitt Romney's staffs' active participation?
Debt ceiling bills have, until 2011, consisted of one page, have never authorized additional spending or been subject to much, if any, debate.
McConnell's minions churned out 74 pages of nonsense, deliberately trying to shut down the government over issues of which many were entirely ignorant.
Contract for America
First, bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq and put them on the Mexico border. Get serious about not letting people in this country. Barack Obama broke his oath to this country; he swore to protect this country from all invasions, foreign and domestic.
Arizona and Alabama tried to enforce the law and they get sued by the Justice Department.
Second, do away with Section 8 housing subsidies. There is no excuse for hard-working families trying to take care of their own to be saddled with taking care of deadbeats.
Third, take away the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce any ruling on energy, then drill, drill — even on the White House lawn. Saturate this country with oil and the economy will roll.
Social Security would have been self-sustaining had it not been robbed for all these other programs. It was proven years ago that seniors could have gotten a yearly raise and that there was so much money in the pot that it wouldn't touch the principle. But when you've got every Tom, Dick and Mary on Social Security, it cannot sustain itself.
There is no excuse for anybody getting Social Security if you are a drunk or "too nervous to work" or drug addict.
Then you have to elect leaders with some substance. Hope is not policy. When Obama makes a speech instead of getting invigorated, you get depressed.
When I saw the statement by Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, "that we have become a microwave society that wants results now," that struck the only nerve I have left regarding this football team.
What does he mean that "we want results now?" I have been an avid University of Kentucky football fan for most of my 75 years, along with many other long-suffering football fans around the state, and he says that we have to be patient.
To put it bluntly, my patience has reached the bottom.
I was under the impression when Joker Phillips was named the coach in waiting that this would ensure more continuity and the transition would be smooth.
It has been anything but smooth. It is getting worse by the year and the future looks anything but bright.
Barnhart mentions that these coaches have not forgotten how to coach, setting three school records in the past years. Some years we can get there but do not sustain our progress or improve.
True, we lost a lot of our offense, but isn't that part of the coaches' responsibility to stockpile recruits, develop them and improve instead of regressing to the John Ray years?
I am as hardheaded as Barnhart and will not waste any more money on season tickets to watch UK field a football team that plays very little resemblance to football.
Maybe I am a product of the microwave society.
Earl G. Dunn
The coaches are a joke who cannot motivate the players.
The offense, especially the line, is not offensive. They can barely get two first downs in succession, thus forcing the defense to play almost the entire game on the field.
The recruiters do not retain the better players within the state and the players from other states have been passed over by their home schools.
Thank you, Joker Phillips, for your 20-some years' dedication to UK football. Now, it is time to go.
He may be a good football coach but — and this is a big but — he is not a recruiter. And that is just as important if not more important than coaching.
There is no way a one- or two-star player is going to outplay a four- or five-star player consistently, and you never get four- and five-star players to come to Kentucky.
Thanks for everything, Coach Phillips, but you've got to go.