Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Nov. 26

If nothing else, UK football fans are patient

After the University of Kentucky's dismal performance against Vanderbilt (they of the first-year coach and small stadium), I wondered how the UK football team, with the game being a must-win for bowl aspirations, could have played so poorly.

I could think of a few reasons: The coaches didn't get the players ready and/or had an awful game plan, or the players thought they could just go through the motions and win the game, or, most likely it seems to me, Vanderbilt's players and coaches are just that much better than Kentucky's, which brings me to my main point.

I believe it was after the South Carolina debacle that UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said Coach Joker Phillips was the man for the program and that fans needed to have patience. He lamented the "microwave" society we live in. Memo to Barnhart: If they ever chart the fans who have been patient, the long-suffering UK football fans have to be near the top of the list.

I cheer for UK and want them to do well. When they lose, I feel more badly for the players than for myself. I'm not the one who has to put in countless hours of conditioning, practice, film work, etc. It has to be discouraging. Sometimes the other teams are just plain better, and that's just the way it is. But the UK AD insults my intelligence (though it be average) when he speaks of "patience" from the fans. Just tell it like it is, or say nothing at all.

David A. Smith


Rights have limits

"Gone too far" (Nov. 8) would do well to remember the legal maxim "The right to swing your arms ends where my nose begins." I have every right to expect that a football game will not be turned into a quasi-religious service.

You have every right to pray; bow your head before kickoff or while waiting in line at the concession stand and pray. Just make it a silent prayer.

Your right to pray exists alongside my right not to pray or even listen to you pray. What makes you believe the manner in which you pray or your prayers are the same as mine?

Your rights do not supersede my rights. Your belief in God does not bestow on you the absolute right to proselytize when and wherever you please.

The Founding Fathers took great pains in drafting the Bill of Rights to establish rights for both our public and private lives.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the federal courts did not take away your right to pray; they are preserving your private rights by enforcing my public rights. The tradition of this nation is that we are a secular nation, not a theocracy.

You are free to attend the church of your choice as often as you like and pray for as long as you want. It is that same ACLU that would fight for you if someone tried to infringe on that right.

James F. Wisniewski


In the beginning

Before science could glimpse the magnitude of order within the human cell, evolution rang true to those who also held the universe to be eternal and at rest.

Preceded by chemistry and boasting materialism, evolution gained fame for the power to devalue the order of God as a needless folly by a doctrine powerless to correct the contradiction of slavery — a contradiction made evident by an openness of speech from God who said that all men are made of one blood.

To follow the Big Bang embarrasses evolution by its own rigid self-determinism that must include that false and impossible moment, when energy and light began to radiate without substance or cause.

Here on Earth, a political event did occur that also seemed a strict impossibility on the order of evolution being the answer to the existential question of mankind.

A certain forgotten and desolate land that caused Mark Twain to question the desirability of living there is once again Israel. A modern event foretold by God and found written in old manuscripts that are available for reference today.

The Bible's prophetical element fits today's political disorder like a glove and downgrades to sophistry all arguments by those in the know that would inform God he never existed. The prophecy Jerusalem is and will become a stumbling block to nations becomes its own truth when it happens before our eyes.

To respect God as truth does not require a subjectivity of faith, but the use of reason and common sense.

Gary Ward


Rude awakening

Still believe in the American dream? A recent study should be the final nail in that coffin.

Iswar Khatiwada, an economist at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, analyzed last year's census data and found that 37 percent of families with parents under the age of 30 were living in poverty. This is the highest the level has reached. A new low.

It gets worse. Institutional racism once again rears its ugly head as the study reveals that some of the highest rates are among black and Hispanic children, where close to two in five young families with children were living in poverty.

Yet the picture isn't complete. If such a large chunk of young American families are doing so poorly, surely most others must feel the financial onus of the recent recession.

Once more, think again. Corporate profits in the third fiscal quarter of the very same year were, according to the New York Times, "the highest figures recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or non-inflation-adjusted terms."

In 1976 the richest 1 percent of the population owned almost 9 percent of the wealth; now it owns almost 24 percent. Income inequality is worse in the United States than it is in almost all of West Africa, North Africa, Europe and Asia.

Still believe in liberty and justice for all? Keep on dreaming.

We have become a country run by the few for the few.

Benjamin Norton