Food summit addresses 'what's on our plate'
Make plans to attend the 2012 Bluegrass (meaning Kentucky) Local Food Summit on March 22-24 in Lexington.
This year we will be honoring Kentucky women in agriculture during lunch on that Thursday and Friday. One of the honorees is first lady Jane Beshear. For more information or to register, go to Sustainlex.org.
At the summit, farmers, elected officials, business leaders, educators, chefs, the faith community, community activists, youth and other Kentuckians will convene to create a local and regional food system.
This food system will help to revitalize our individual and collective health, our natural surroundings and, ultimately, our local economy, while creating an alternative to the industrial food system that leaves us asking, "What's on our plate?"
Most of the food in our stores has been chemically processed and refined with artificial additives to produce it in different shapes, sizes, tastes, colors and forms.
And since our government allows genetically modified organisms to be consumed by humans and farm animals, our food may contain foreign genes, which have been spliced together in laboratories.
Bring on the cuts
The Republican leadership claimed it would pass a payroll tax extension, unemployment extension and Medicare payments to doctors, if they are paid for through other cuts.
However, they haven't started by proposing in-house cuts.
What kind of cuts could this be? Sen. Rand Paul showed them they could spend at least $500,000 less a year in their office budgetary expenses when he returned that amount to the U.S. government on Jan. 11.
Multiply that by the 535 voting members, plus the six non-voting members. Then start cutting miscellaneous expenses like the nearly $1 million they spend a year on chaplains. The list goes on from there. Like many governors have done, reduce salaries, including the president's, by 20 percent. Then vote to pass the Buffett bill, to get more taxes from the super rich.
Wait a minute. This would pay for the package they're complaining isn't paid for. Remember the last budget that didn't get done until the last minute and that Sen. John McCain complained about was written by Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky.
It didn't get done until the automatic cuts kicked in by not meeting that super committee deadline. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and all the generals warned them about what would happen to the defense budget — now they're blaming Barack Obama for the defense cuts that their lack of action caused.
Who will really be to blame for additional debt increase?
One good guess. Those who talk about shared sacrifice but don't include themselves in it.
What is the role of government in marriages? I am not a supporter of the Tea Party movement, but I question the need for government to control marriages.
Under the U.S. Constitution, the role can't be to protect a sacred institution. If the role is to protect and provide for children, it's not doing the job very well.
If the role is to prevent the spread of STDs by requiring blood tests, HIV and AIDS aren't being stopped.
What's left except the enforcement of a contract, but divorce ends the contract about half of the time.
So, what is government's concern in marriage as long as it is two consenting adults? But why only two?
I'm back to my original question.
Longing for Ky. players
Every time I saw statistics on Louisiana State University basketball player Anthony Hickey and University of Louisville's Chane Behanan, I wondered why Coach John Calipari did not offer some sort of interest for them to attend the University of Kentucky.
Either Hickey or Behanan, or both, would have fit our UK team as valuable members and, perhaps, decide to stay for another year or so.
We all realize that Calipari knows what is needed and what is best for UK, but sometimes good players from Kentucky are overlooked. I think back to our great team of Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, John Pelphrey, Jamal Mashburn and Sean Woods with 60 percent of this team being from Kentucky.
Is Calipari overlooking the talent that Kentucky has?
Every day it seems you publish a letter bashing the Republican Party or former President George W. Bush.
On Feb. 29, a letter made accusations that everyone against President Barack Obama is racist and, of course, the writer ended up bashing Bush. This is the typical idiotic Obama voter. They are all so stupid and need to be locked up.
Gambling is any behavior involving the risk of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest or other event in which the outcome of that activity is partially or totally dependent upon chance.
Is bingo gambling? Of the 231 gambling halls in Kentucky, 40 are church-sponsored.
Of these 231, 231 always win. Thus, based on the definition above, the hall/church is not gambling as its odds are predetermined, i.e., the chance of losing is zero.
When playing poker, one must ante (wager) to enter the game. When playing the slots, one must put coins in the machine (your ante) to be able to play. When playing bingo one must pay for the bingo card in order to win. In each of these games you are playing against the "house" or your fellow players. By definition this is gambling.
Maybe Kentucky Baptist preachers and their congregations should do a peer review of their fellow churches and have them halt this insidious and sinful behavior.
No rush to drive
I just don't get it. Parents return home with a beautiful child whom they dote on: birthday parties, trick-or-treating, gifts for every holiday, beautiful clothes, all the latest toys.
And when they are age 16 parents hand them a stick of dynamite in the guise of a driver's license and permission to attempt to control a 5- to 6-ton automobile.
Isn't two more years the least a child can wait to get a license?
It seems a very short time given possible alternatives — death, wrecks that kill the driver and sometimes their friends, heartbreak and lives and friendships destroyed forever.
Add the increased distractions young drivers have, such as cellphones and stereos.
These two years of sacrifice might mean a lifetime to your child. Just say "no." Young people today have not had the benefit of driving tractors or trucks on farms. They are much more urbanized.
While I have no children, I do have nieces and nephews — all good kids. Every one of them has had wrecks, although not fatal ones.
Raise the age to get a driver's license to 18. If the state won't do it, parents, insist on it in your own home. You will be glad you did.