Final Four battle just a game, even in Kentucky
I grew up in Louisville. My father is a University of Kentucky graduate; my mother grew up just a few miles from Commonwealth Stadium. My childhood ambition was to be a UK cheerleader, but it's hard to root for Louisville to fail because I feel some sense of pride toward my hometown.
This game could be a shining moment for the state, but I'm concerned about the potential division and chaos it could cause. When the rivalry gets as heated as this, I fear that when the spotlight of the country is on our state, we will not display actions worthy of pride.
We've already seen the fight at a dialysis clinic. I fear that after an evening of drinking, the good-natured heckling can turn sour when at long last the game produces a loser. Just about every Kentucky fan I have spoken with has said losing to Baylor would have been hard, but losing to Louisville would be absolutely devastating. I'm sure Louisville fans would have similar opinions of losing to Kentucky. The last thing we need is an event that will overshadow the senseless brutality displayed at the Cincinnati-Xavier matchup earlier this season.
I just hope that we can come together and realize this is, after all, just a game. The biggest game of the season, year, decade and possibly even the history of the NCAA tournament, but it's still just a game.
That said, go Cats!
Educate for future
In light of the recent basketball bracket based on the graduation of basketball players, it is time for us to look at the purpose of an educational institution. Our children grow up with dreams of what they want to be. It is our purpose and responsibility to find a way for them to succeed. The University of Kentucky has that same responsibility. When a young person comes to UK and wants to be a teacher, doctor, research scientist or, yes, basketball or baseball professional, it is incumbent upon us to help them achieve that goal to the highest level possible.
Their personal achievement should make us all proud and fulfilled no matter what career path they choose, as long as it is a noble one and one that contributes to the world we love.
The path on which our coaches carefully put these young people is critical, not just for their personal achievement but also for our success as a preparatory institution for future careers.
Yes, graduation is and should be a goal for them, their families, the NCAA and UK. But let us not forget the purpose of sending our kids to college is to prepare them to meet the future they want, with the highest degree of excellence and integrity.
Marian Moore Sims
Pett unfair to priests
This is an expression of thanks and appreciation to the thousands of good, decent, caring priests laboring out of their love of God and mankind for the salvation of their fellow human beings. These men make sacrifices we cannot imagine, plenty enough without having to endure the much-too-frequent occurrence of insinuation and innuendo, including in this newspaper, that priests are evil and involved in the horrific pedophilic scourge that has occurred in the church.
My intent is in no way to minimize what has happened or to defend or justify those involved. It is just that I have known so many admirable, spiritual, good, godly, trustworthy priests that it hurts to my core when I see editorial cartoons that Joel Pett pretty regularly serves up in his subtle, perverse scheme that insinuates all priests are to be looked upon suspiciously and with distrust. Pett is very talented, clever, calculating and cunning in his work. This is how Pett described himself to NPR: "As a cartoonist, I completely understand and share the impulse to mock religion. In fact, I think mockery IS my religion. ... Recently, my main religious targets have been pedophile priests and fundamentalist Christians. They're perfect foils. The pedophile priests, because they're guilty as sin, and the Christian conservatives, because their faith obliges them to forgive me."
Pett's cartoons can certainly be stimulating, and fair game is fair game, but I only ask he be fairer, more respectful and less malicious to the good and innocent.
The waffling campaign
Hello? Is anyone listening hard and deeply to what the Republican presidential cartoon contenders are saying?
If you look into each of their backgrounds you can very easily see that they bounce back and forth with what they say and what their platforms are. Not a single one of them seems to hold on to a particular position. Depending on the state and depending on the voting public, they change their voices to accommodate the people of the day.
Just a way to get votes? It is far more serious than that. Can you imagine any one of the them being elected president and the chaos they would cause if they hold to what they claim they want to do?
Caution in parking lot
Before work one morning, I made a stop at the Tates Creek Kroger. As I approached the crosswalk, I watched a white-haired lady using a wheeled walker crossing with her groceries. She was in the middle of the crosswalk when two drivers just kept driving, causing the woman to stop and let them continue. The second driver was a young woman who turned and looked straight at me. It's my hope that she realized what she had done and won't do that in the future, but I'm cynical enough not to think so.
This grocery once had stop signs at the crosswalk which helped traffic there at least some of the time.
Quite a bit has been written about rude, risk-taking Lexington drivers, but sometimes I believe that parking lots are as dangerous, especially for pedestrians.
Paul should back act
In his short time in the U.S. Senate, Rand Paul has proven to be a strong and independent voice for fiscal responsibility. Now we need him to speak for us in favor of an important piece of legislation.
The No Budget, No Pay Act would hold members of Congress personally responsible for executing their most basic duty; passing an annual budget. Simply put, this bill would require both houses of Congress to annually pass a budget by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. If not, their pay would be suspended until a budget is passed.
You and I have to do our jobs, or we don't get paid. That's just how life works. Congress should be held to the same standard.
This reform legislation is building momentum in Congress, and we need Paul, as a member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that is reviewing the measure, to get on board and help push it forward. He needs to hear from Kentuckians that we support this bill .
In his victory speech in 2010, Paul famously said, "We've come to take our government back!" Join me in encouraging him to hold true to that vision of a responsible, accountable government by supposing the No Budget, No Pay Act. Log on to Nolabels.org for more information.