Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 4

Students should question what Obama has done

Barack Obama wants the vote of young people and college students. They helped him get elected on the slogan of "hope and change." What has he done for them and what is he doing to get their vote again?

He proposed a low interest rate on what they borrowed for college. Sounds great. What they would save in repayment of loans will be minuscule compared to what his presidency will cost them.

Consider the following: 53 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. They will pay Social Security taxes, but will receive none of it. Trillions of dollars will be their debt. Hyperinflation guaranteed with the devalued dollar.

Entitlements of Social Security and Medicare need modifications for viability. Rather than addressing the greatest treasury drain and jobs, he chose the takeover of health care.

It is an insult that the Democratic National Committee believes that a gimmick and a new slogan will get the youth vote.

Ken Whiteley


Talk back to Congress

How would you like to join a grass-roots movement? The national AARP is conducting a survey to discover what citizens think of Medicare and Social Security and then pass the results to Congress.

You don't have to be a member to fill out the survey. Go to the Earnedasay.org Web site.

If you do not have access to the Internet, use the computers in the public library. The good folks there will give you all the help you need. And you can invite them to take the survey, too.

Citizenship has privileges. Let them know what you think.

Joe Price

Crestview Hills

NASCAR on New Circle

I have good news for NASCAR racing fans. It is no longer necessary to drive to Gallatin County, fight the traffic on I-71, wait in line to park and pay to get in. Now you can watch car racing right here in Fayette County, and it's free.

Just park your car on the shoulder of New Circle Road from Richmond Road to Newtown Pike, set up your tailgating party and watch the cars fly by, cutting other cars off and riding the bumper of the cars in front of them who dare to drive less than 65 mph.

For those of you who think I am exaggerating, why did the driver of the car that just whizzed by me put his hand out his window while holding a checkered flag?

Roger W. Parry


Stop human trafficking

Since the beginning of time, our world has had the issue of slavery. Human trafficking, the illegal trade of human beings for forced labor and sexual exploitation, is a growing problem.

It is generating billions of dollars into the economy each year for the sale of innocent people. However, no amount of money is worth the pain and suffering of an individual.

Through organizations, education and stricter law enforcement, we need to put an end to slavery. Everyone can be a part of the fight against human trafficking.

I'm not suggesting we help; I'm insisting we help.

As citizens, we can be a part of the prevention process. Many organizations fight human trafficking with volunteer positions that we can be a part of. Even simple donations to these organizations will make a difference. We can educate others around the world about the issue and what they can do to prevent it.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery, the issue still prevails. Do something to give our generation freedom and put an end to slavery for further generations.

Envision a world where women and children are free; this is a vision that was supposed to become a reality several hundred years ago.

Stephanie Buzzard


Limit one-and-dones

Now that John Calipari has won a national championship with a team packed with one-and-done players and is sending five more underclassmen to the NBA Draft, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart should raise the bar on the coach.

They should challenge him by linking his compensation to winning games with student-athletes who will provide the Big Blue Nation with the enjoyment and pride of seeing a successful team develop season to season with a more balanced group of freshmen and upperclassmen. We all appreciated Darius Miller's dedication and success over four years, so just imagine several more like him every year.

And another benefit — doesn't "rebuild" sound better than "reload" when describing the transition from one season to another?

OK, I realize it's probably not realistic to go cold turkey on one-and-done players, but how about a limit of recruiting one per year? Think about it, Capilouto, Barnhart and Calipari. What do you want the legacy to be — NBA farm team or something bigger and more enduring?

Paul Mulhollem


Nuns know best

The Vatican's stunning recent report finds American nuns heavily committed to the poor but insufficiently militant in their support of the bishop's opposition to abortion, contraception, homosexuality and women's ordination.

In consequence, the Vatican appointed the bishop of Seattle to "oversee" the "reform" of the American nuns' umbrella organization, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Wow. Aren't nuns far more likely than bishops to listen and support the weeping teen-ager who is hard-wired homosexual and rejected by family and community? Aren't nuns most likely to accompany and serve unwed mothers and victims of domestic violence, rape and human trafficking?

Locally, the Catholic Diocese of Lexington campaigns vigorously against abortion and contraception. But does the diocese support services crucial to women vulnerable to violence and unwanted pregnancy?

Catholic Social Services does provide adoption services, but a check with Lexington's Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and Bluegrass Domestic Violence indicates they receive support from individual Catholics but no financial support from the diocese. Neither does the diocese operate comparable organizations.

The outcome of the Vatican's edict may not be all bad. If the venerable Seattle bishop's in-depth study helps him understand why nuns accept the biblical model of servant leadership; why nuns have poured out their lives for the ill, the poor and the marginalized, he may be transformed.

If this leads him to support the ordination of women or to seek a sex-change operation so that he too can become a nun, we understand.

Kerby Neill