Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Jan. 26

Rupp discussions seemed lacking in reality

A Rupp Arena renovation or a new facility should not be tied to a wish list for redevelopment of a segment of downtown that would take years to implement. The decision should be based on what is in the best interest and meets the needs of University of Kentucky basketball over the next 50 years.

Though this project is in its early stages, we've already been presented figures of $110 to $130 million for a renovation and $300 million to $325 million for a new facility. For comparison, the cost of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville was $267 million.

This leads one to strongly question the numbers that have been provided and suspect the release of preliminary numbers was intended to galvanize public support for renovation. The local government appears to be manipulating a process to achieve a predetermined agenda.

Also, any idea of renaming Rupp would also show a lack of contact with reality which probably extends to the entire project.

Danny Shearer


Almost a tribute

It was nice of Joel Pett to include images of some of the greatest comic strip characters of all time in his Dec. 2 editorial drawing. It was also nice of him to apologize to this creator for doing so. It would have been really nice had he shown him, his family, and his fans the respect he deserves and gotten his name correct. It's Charles M. Schulz, not Schultz. My apologies to Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

Linda Huff


Cal walks the talk

I went to meet a friend at Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. I came in late and my friend was sitting in the front row, so I took a seat in the back as not to disturb the Mass.

I noticed a man sitting three rows in front of me. There were only five or so people in the back five rows. At the time for offering a gesture of "peace be with you" to those close by, he turned to me and others and motioned a wave of "peace." The fellow worshiper was John Calipari, University of Kentucky's men's basketball coach.

Dressed in comfortable coaching attire, he had most likely come to noon mass between his team's morning workout and their game with Arkansas-Little Rock that night in Freedom Hall.

Coach Cal proceeded to stand, sit, kneel, speak the liturgical responses, receive the Eucharist, and quietly leave at the end of Mass. Amid all the often hectic, frantic and sometimes meaningless "stuff' of college sports, the coach's quiet reverence touched me in a way incomparable to anything I had ever seen in Rupp Arena.

The quiet strength and humility of the practice of his faith showed me much more than what happens on and around the basketball court.

Coach Cal often speaks to his players and fans about winning in life beyond the basketball court. I observed him reverently "walk the talk." I was moved by the inner man. Thanks for the coaching, Cal.

Joe Fischer


Lure for homeless

It's a good thing Lexington has five homeless shelters, as all those pardoned convicts in Mississippi will have a nice place to come to.

I tried in vain in 1991 to stop the first shelter from being built, but it fell on deaf ears and eyes and minds and hearts.

You can ask the residents at these shelters who draw big Social Security checks why they don't get an apartment. Their reply is, "Why pay rent when I can get it free?" There are a lot who also take advantage of the shelters that have homes to go to but say, "I don't want to fight with my old lady."

Also, remember some of those people who live in shelters are on America's Most Wanted, F.B.I. and U.S. Marshals' lists.

Yes, those pardoned Mississippi convicts will be here. Word travels fast. If Lexington's homeless shelters are church/religious organized and operated, then there is no need for Fayette County taxpayers to foot the bill. They should be solely church supported.

Janet Oldham Zarmbus


Step toward kingdom

Kings had the right to arrest and execute whomever they wanted. To oppose this summary power our founders added the Sixth Amendment, which provided the accused "a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury" and information on "the nature and cause of the accusation."

Last year, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the indefinite detention bill, was signed into law.

It gives the president the right to detain American citizens in military custody indefinitely if they "directly supported" "hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners."

President Barack Obama attached a statement to the bill, saying his administration "will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. ... My administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law."

The president, of course, does not ultimately interpret the law, the judiciary does. The fact Obama says he will not use these powers means nothing when future presidents are not bound by such a disclaimer.

Guantánamo has proven a dry run for taking steps in establishing a kingdom on our soil. Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley wrote that "Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country."

Of eight Kentucky congressmen, all but Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. John Yarmuth supported this right to imprison American citizens without charges or a trial. Think about that when you cast your ballot.

Richard Krause


Puzzled by GOP

Am I the only one who thinks the Republican presidential primary has taken us through the rabbit hole? For members of the Republican rabid right, the word "moderate" now draws the same degree of invective that "liberal" did in the past.

Soon "conservative" may meet the same ends as extremists push the party further right. I'm also puzzled by the attacks on Mitt Romney by those claiming to be the "true conservatives" for firing workers at companies he took over in order to improve corporate profits. I thought this was at the core of Republican philosophy: the rich get richer at the expense of the middle class.

Meanwhile, candidates continue to blindly sign pledges never to increase government revenue, no matter what the needs may be. This completely ignores that there are more people in this country every day, and more people means a need for more police, firefighters and physical infrastructure, much of which is outdated and near collapse.

All of this costs more today than yesterday and will cost still more tomorrow, unless we freeze wages on middle-class workers who provide those services so billionaires can add a few more zeros to their net worth. It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

Howard Stovall


Pipeline propaganda

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and the rest of the GOP would have you believe there is a shortage of oil in the United States and we must have the XL Pipeline. Nothing could be further from the truth. Right now our No. 1 export is oil.

Republicans would have you believe this pipeline is about jobs when in reality it's about making their oil friends richer. The environment should come first because you can't drink oil.

Lynn Congleton