Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: March 1

Why would Paul block banning synthetic drugs?

I am so upset I can hardly write. However, I must voice my opinion regarding Sen. Rand Paul's blocking of legislation to ban synthetic drugs. How on earth can anyone not want these horrible drugs to be banned? They are killing our young people.

The youngsters who use this stuff become violent and have seizures, hallucinations and severe bleeding from the esophagus and stomach. They need hospital treatment sooner or later.

It not only hurts the children, the entire family suffers.

I challenge Paul to use a few packages of this drug and experience what the children go through. Some have died from using it.

I also challenge your readers to join me in urging the Senate to pass this bill. We don't need research on chemicals. We already know what they do.

Mayme McClure


Change arena, not name

The proposals being advanced for Rupp Arena and environs, although ambitious, are probably needed, especially fixing the roadblocks in the concourses. I hope the plans will come to fruition as soon as possible.

One change that should not be made is the name. Rupp Arena is iconic in the world of college basketball. It is named after a man who built a tradition and left us a legacy which should continue to be honored by leaving the name as is.

But for that tradition and legacy, we probably would not lead in total wins, have seven national championships or all those Southeastern Conference titles.

Without the tradition and legacy we probably would not have seen players like Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey, Vernon Hatton, Johnny Cox, Cotton Nash, Rupp's Runts, Dan Issel, Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, Sam Bowie, Kenny Walker, Jamal Mashburn, Tayshuan Prince, Jodie Meeks, John Wall, Patrick Patterson, Anthony Davis and a host of others.

Nor would we have had coaches like Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

Please continue to honor the man who started it all and made all that came after him possible. Can you imagine watching the Cats play in Wal-Mart or Best Buy Arena?

James B. Todd


First, vote out lawyers

It isn't hard to understand why there's gridlock in Washington and in the state capitals with our legislators.

In the good old days, not so long ago, business people were elected to these positions and they knew they must do a good job in order to get re-elected.

Today, nearly all legislators, cabinet members, presidents, governors and judges are attorneys. These people are trained to deceive.

All who read this should remember what you learned by debating in school. Consider this and compare our legislators with two attorneys in a courtroom.

Will they ever agree? Of course not. They are professionals at work. Their jobs are to try and make their opponents appear to be guilty of wrong. Therefore, they may be able to keep their jobs.

They have created an America where every citizen will most likely become dependent upon their help, because of too many written laws with too much difficult language.

So the answer to good government is to elect business professionals to these very important positions.

Scotty Gilliam


Like a natural woman

I don't understand all the fuss about birth control. Most women are quite fertile, and from puberty on could conceivably produce a baby every year.

That would, of course, be the "natural" thing to do. Any other course of action would be "unnatural."

Let's see. By the age of 42 the average married woman could have produced about 15 babies, assuming she hasn't gone insane or died from stress and overwork.

But not even the so-called primitive tribes engage in this type of foolish behavior.

Carol Adelsperger


Status preserved

Kentucky's sandhill crane slaughter — this was not a harvest — has ended,

Coming up is the Kentucky Department for Fish and Wildlife Resources vote to establish a proposed six-week season beginning in August for hunters to chase bears but not kill them and another season in December in which hunters could slaughter the bears that their dogs corner.

All this blatantly underscores the Animal Legal Defense Fund's ranking of Kentucky as the best state to live in if you are an animal abuser.

The Humane Society of the United States has criticized chasing bears with hounds as inhumane, considering the population is estimated at fewer than 500 animals.

Larry Cornett, vice president of the Kentucky Bear Hunters Association — what an honorable title that is — says it's not cruel. Not to be judgmental, but this is extremely weak.

Now on a brighter note. It was wonderful to see that a group of industry stakeholders has announced the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to provide better care for Thoroughbreds following their racing careers. To these individuals, I can only say thank you.

In closing, I offer the following: Unlike certain members of the human race, sandhill cranes mate for life.

Jack Taylor


Love-hate relationship

Remember that Elvis Presley song, "We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out because I love you too much baby?"

That is the feeling some of us have as fans of University of Kentucky basketball.

Each year we have to learn new names, faces, numbers and develop new favorite players who are part of the "one and done" era that is now UK basketball.

We have young players from all over the states and sometimes the world who want to mesh their skills with UK's world-class coach and the tradition of UK basketball.

I guess it depends on your perspective, but paying high prices for tickets to see "one and dones" play cupcake teams for half of the season is not my idea of good value entertainment.

I'm conflicted because as a UK graduate of more than 50 years ago, I have a loyalty to the school that put me on the right track and helped me to a successful life.

I do believe we can drift down the wrong direction with our basketball program and it can become like our national banking system — too big.

The Southeastern Conference, NCAA, TV networks, sports equipment manufacturers and the professional basketball teams all want their piece of the program. Is the program bigger than the university itself?

My hope is that someday the professional teams take over the preparation of these players and our basketball program will return to being just part of a student athlete's overall college experience.

Charles W. Adams