Let's save UK the $1.2 million consulting fee
Could someone please wake me from the nightmare I'm having in which the University of Kentucky is getting ready to hand over $1.2 million to Huron Consulting.
Where did Huron originate? It rose from the ashes of the Arthur Andersen/Enron debacle in which hundreds of people lost jobs, life savings and hope due to deception, theft, crooked accounting and cover-ups. Really?
Are there no august, educated employees of UK already on the payroll who could answer a question like "Does the university's budgeting and finance system work as well as it should," thus allowing that $1.2 million to be used for, oh let's say, maybe, education?
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Surely there is a bean counter or two who could fill in President Eli Capilouto on UK's total debt load. Can't the board answer questions about faculty tenure and such?
As far as administrative bloat being a serious problem, I, an average Kentuckian, feel confident in answering that question in the affirmative.
Now that we've answered those burning questions and saved the university over a million dollars, take that money and find fresh young minds and seasoned, experienced employees already available and use common sense in solving these problems. Or is that simply too practical and rational for the administrative bloat to consider?
Stay tuned, Kentucky.
Ditto on Luallen
Susan Neff was right on target in her Dec. 27 letter. Crit Luallen should run for the Senate. She has the qualities we need in that office.
We do not need someone who is for sale to the highest bidder. We need integrity and honest, good judgment. We need someone who will make decisions that are for the good of our nation, not self-serving decisions. And we need someone who will be willing to compromise for the common good.
We need Luallen.
Polly Jo Green
Breaking news: Republicans move to abolish Ten Commandments — finally realized they're regulations.
Gift of kindness
To Secret Santa: My aunt and I were talking about you on a recent morning as we were driving in from Frankfort. We had no idea we would actually meet you at the Wal-Mart on Richmond Road on Dec. 22, when you approached us and asked gently if you could pay my aunt's bill. She demurred at first, of course, but finally accepted.
I just want to thank you again for your kindness and to let you know that was the greatest gift you could give her.
To our health?
Government says you can't smoke a cigarette in a biker bar because it's hazardous to your health.
Government also approves a policy that says pizza is a fresh vegetable and can be served to captive schoolchildren, along with a large order of fries.
The money needed for hiring police officers could be obtained if they patrolled New Circle Road and Man o' War Boulevard. Crack down on speeding, running red lights, texting while driving. These areas are used as NASCAR racing. There is no law enforcement in these areas. Why not do something about it?
A jobs creator
Having watched my gregarious father suffer from Pick's Disease for almost five years, I am compelled to share the life lessons his living and dying taught me.
My father was the most optimistic, joyful person one could ever meet. He never complained or spoke ill of anyone. He loved life and loved to serve.
His business life mirrored his life's mission. He spent his entire career bringing jobs to other people. He believed helping someone get a job was a gift for a lifetime. His economic development initiatives taught me from a young girl riding around with him looking at "sites" that anything can happen.
I recall looking at empty fields in Central and Western Kentucky and thinking "how could a business possibly build a company here"? Well, look at Toyota and all the jobs it has brought. As the executive director of South Kentucky Industrial Development Association for almost 40 years, he touched and was touched by so many people.
My father taught me about relationships, their importance and how to nurture them. He taught me to always give even when it hurt. His strong ethical code will forever be instilled in my actions. He was honest and compassionate.
Every day should be lived as if it is the last because a simple touch can change a life.
James Taylor Catlett, 1936-2011 — may his life be a celebrated memory.
Amy Catlett Maquire