Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 10

You can move your money from the bailed-out banks

Many people in this country are uneasy with the financial practices of large national banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. A movement known as "move the money" encourages bank customers to move money out of large national banks and put them into local financial institutions.

Occupy Lexington recently gave an information session on an idea tailor-made for Kentucky (Investinky.org/chases-disgraceful-record). The state of Kentucky invests millions of dollars a year in pension funds in Chase Bank. Chase is one of the national banks that was so poorly managed it required a $25 billion bailout from taxpayers in 2008.

Proponents of "Invest in Kentucky" argue that money should be invested in local banks and credit unions, which are not only stable businesses but will loan that money out to local businesses and individuals to support the local economy.

Conservative or liberal, I hope we come together and agree to keep our own money local, where it will do all of us some good.

Francis Bailey


Rogers is wrong

I wish I lived in U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers' district so I could vote against him. He is so wrong on everything he votes on regarding our air, water and earth.

John V. Payne


McConnell an obstacle

Whoever the Republicans nominate for president, he or she will have to be a bully and stand up to Sen. Mitch McConnell. He does not represent the American people, only himself. Mitt Romney is like Barack Obama, an intellectual who tries to reason or compromise.

There is no compromise with some of the old boys in the Senate. They are out of touch with the U.S. citizens and today's economy. Rand Paul is the exception.

Romney or Obama will have to use the bully pulpit and the veto stamp in order to get things done.

Newt Gingrich is egotistical and a natural bully, and that will work here in the United States. But God help us when he has to deal with other nations. There would definitely be a war on U.S. soil.

U.S. citizens are all in the same boat, right? Wrong. The rich are in a yacht being pulled by the middle class in a rowboat.

Alberta Toomey


UK: Invest more in arts

John Clay got it right in his column by endorsing President Eli Capilouto's support for undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky, and especially for his intention to upgrade the infrastructure that has fallen into ruin while the sports venues rise like crystal cathedrals.

It is discouraging to think that for most UK graduates and fans, Rupp Arena is more important by far than the university's Fine Arts Building.

When I was an undergraduate at UK, the Fine Arts Building was new, and I spent hours there taking some of the best courses of my college experience. The required humanities course in music appreciation with Michael Rabin was the best experience of my college life.

Participation in the 1954 summer Mozart opera with professor James King as director and leading man was as memorable as any college event I experienced. And who can forget the energy and excitement of Lola Robinson's course in public speaking?

Those ghosts from the past have haunted me since the first time in over 50 years I entered the Fine Arts Building as a Donovan Scholar. I went there to take a course in art history only to discover that the building had fallen into a most dispiriting condition. It was so depressing that after two classes I dropped the course and have never gone back.

Sports trumps the arts and undergraduate education to such a degree that I feel there is little hope the contribution I intend for the university will be for anything I value.

Jack Nelson


Military tall tales routine

Man has always distorted his military feats. Why? Because man is a literate creature. In the Bible, Sampson slays a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass?

Leonidas and the 300 at the Battle of Thermopylae slay many. Both historical/mythical heroes; both debunkable.

American heroes: Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, John Paul Jones, General Custer, etc. All historical/mythical heroes, all debunkable, if you try hard enough.

Marine heroes: Presley O'Bannon, John Basilone "Chester" Puller, Ira Hayes and Dakota Meyer. Historical/mythical heroes, and debunkable if you try.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer was acclaimed by his comrades as heroic in action, even by the embedded reporter (you know, the one who was pinned down by enemy fire), who was also a target for salvation by Meyer.

Forget the Taliban; now the real snipers take aim. Ironically, those same who derided body counts in Vietnam now legitimize them in the Ganjgal Valley. Now a glyphically challenged cartoonist uses alleged distortions to tactically diminish Meyer by attacking a former president. Was Meyer deserving? Absolutely. Was politics involved? Of course. Why do you think it has been called the Congressional Medal of Honor?

John D. Hale


Political system works

It was interesting to read Tom Eblen's solutions to our current political and economic situation in the Jan. 1 edition of the Herald-Leader.

Most of the solutions he suggested come from a group called Nolabels.org, a group of discontented Democrats and Republicans who lost in the 2010 election.

Many of their solutions are designed to make Congress act more quickly (filibuster abuse, acting on presidential appointments and discharge petitions).

Eblen should study the Constitutional Convention and the Founding Fathers and their belief in separation of powers and checks and balances that were designed to slow the political process down, think things through and not overreact to the current political whim.

I like one idea though, bringing the president before Congress once a month for a question-and-answer session, as long as it doesn't lead toward parliamentary democracy.

The column points out that congressman John Yarmuth has co-sponsored a bill to strengthen campaign finance reform, which is not surprising considering that he is the richest of our six Kentucky congressmen. By pushing for campaign finance reform he is stacking the deck to benefit only the wealthiest who can afford to run for Congress. I doubt Eblen felt this way when the Democrats had a majority in both houses of Congress.

We have congressional elections every two years and one-third of the Senate is up for election every two years also. People have plenty of opportunities to change the makeup of Congress. The election of 2010 shows our system works.

Dudley Gaines