Our public golf courses are part of Bluegrass splendor
There is again a rumor that some council members and their friends who own private golf courses would like to shut down Kearney Hill and other public courses. This is akin to shutting down Keeneland or Calumet. Both ideas are quite unthinkable.
We are truly blessed to have fine, old, walkable public courses with big trees and lovely vistas. It would take many generations to duplicate them (and that would never again happen if developers have their way).
We know two couples from Michigan who come down frequently because the golf here is so good and reasonable, and they get an early golf start in March. I am sure they aren't the only regional players who consider this a lovely and affordable golf destination.
We belong to a private golf club and have for at least 10 years. We want to see our club succeed and have tried to encourage memberships. However, we do not play it exclusively. We also play every one of the aforementioned public courses frequently. We especially love seeing the dads with two or three little kids walking and carrying their bags and learning the game.
What better way to enjoy this region? After all, most of the horse farms are closed to visitors. There has been virtually no safe biking until the Legacy Trail (love that, too, thank you).
This recession will end. Surely we don't need to cannibalize our best resources in order to save a little money in the short run.
Babies 'worth the wait'
More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. Prematurity Awareness Month has come to a close, but the March of Dimes is working to keep the issue alive throughout the year.
As a doctor who delivers babies in Kentucky, I know how important programs like our "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait" are. I see many women who are a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy and are feeling very uncomfortable. Some are ready to schedule a delivery by induction or Caesarean section before they have reached their 39th or 40th week. They know friends or family members whose doctors have agreed to schedule such a delivery.
But at least 39 weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby's health. Development of critical organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy. Research shows the risk of death doubles when a baby is born at 37 weeks as compared with 39 or 40 weeks.
I have been working with the March of Dimes and our local hospitals to eliminate medically unnecessary C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy because all babies deserve the best opportunity for a healthy start.
I applaud the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, which is changing its policies to eliminate early elective deliveries.
Michael S. Nethers, MD
Co-chair, Program Services Committee,Kentucky Chapter of the March of Dimes
Enjoy arts and sports
Congrats to Nikky Finney on her National Book Award, which brings at least a little glamour and prestige to her and to the state of Kentucky. She can enjoy here a lifestyle of culture in which she can find a lot going on without attending a single University of Kentucky basketball game, if she prefers not to do so.
By the way, Kentuckians are not hayseeds, as she would seem to suggest. Why is she trying to pit herself against the sport of basketball? She should not be setting up an either-or situation on this matter.
Kentucky can enjoy both athletics and the arts, as have great cultures all through time, going back to the Greeks and Romans. In fact, Kentucky is doing so.
Evidently, Finney knows nothing about, for example, School for the Creative and Performing Arts right here in Lexington, the Silver Creek Writers in Berea, the Star Theatre in Russell Springs and others which attract hundreds of schoolchildren on field trips to see plays, and the many sports now available to all students at every school in the state.
Kentuckians do both the arts and sports. We are still trying to decide whether all that intertextuality from Charleston in the title of her winning book is quite enough of a perspective for us.
Also, good luck if and when she does try to dribble a basketball at Rupp.
Tine S. Reynolds
Shake up Congress
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? It's a one-size-fits-all for Americans who have little left for Christmas cheer.
It is the congressional snow globe: 535 little people carrying "The 1 percent" suitcases. Shake it vigorously.
It will make you feel better and help you understand the meaning of being snowed.
To add to our financial joys of the season, our little congressional snow globe was made in China. But we already know that.
God bless us one and all. Oh, and Grover Norquist, too.
Cheryl Truman's column of Nov. 21, "Bah! Humbug!: Consumer frenzy sends me ducking for cover," was priceless. My thoughts exactly.
Mary S. Lawson
Keep on occupying
One thing for sure, the Occupy Wall Street Movement must stay alive, no matter how long it takes, until justice for the majority middle class and poor is done. The American economy must never go back to business as usual. The movement has gotten the attention of our financial and political power structures. Needed changes will only be made if occupiers non-violently keep the pressure on Wall Street and Washington D.C.
The growing number of occupiers should make sure they vote in every election. They could also deluge the nation's newspapers with letters to the editor and write all members of Congress. Occupy Media/Congress Mailboxes might become an offshoot of OWS.
The beauty of Occupy Wall Street is the way in which it is showing "occupation is speech" as opposed to the unjust Supreme Court rulings "money is speech" and "corporations are people."
It will be a nation-saving miracle if the OWS movement leads to taking money out of politics and greed out of capitalism.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.