Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 8

Did Operation Turnout really stay true to non-partisanship?

I found the article "Operation Turnout kicks off its drive to get minorities to vote" (Kentucky.com, Aug. 26) very interesting. It is legal to hold certain "voter education" activities as long as they are non-partisan. That begs the question of whether Rep. Ben Chandler was invited by the church for the service or did he simply show up without an invite? If he was invited, was an invitation extended to his opponent, Andy Barr?

Anyone reading the article could surmise the event was held to help the Democratic Party, as shown in this sentence in the article, "But several speakers mentioned President Barack Obama," and by Chandler's presence.

Perhaps the event should be reported to the IRS and let it determine whether it was legal or not. I wonder if self-serving Chandler would show up for the audit?

Ken Scott


Pep rally wasn't

Watching the news Wednesday night I saw Thursday Night Live being advertised as a pep rally I geared up, taking my folding chair and University of Kentucky gear (blue makeup, pompons, etc.) to work with me.

Seeing Downtown Lexington Corp.'s version of a pep rally was very disappointing. Not hearing "Go Big Blue" or "C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats" at least once was very upsetting. I asked several vendors if I missed the rally. A few said they had been there the whole time and hadn't heard anything related to the Cats.

Even not seeing my version of a pep rally hasn't turned me away from Thursday Night Live, I still love it. Thanks DLC and all the sponsors for the great time and relaxing atmosphere of Thursday Night Live.

Go Big Blue, we still love you.

Emma Dalton


Always rebuilding

Poor Joker Phillips is suffering from the same problem as his predecessors, saying about his players: "They are so young."

I've been hearing this excuse for many years and I've tried to figure out where juniors and seniors go. Is there a ravine behind the practice field they fall into?

Whenever there happens to be a good player graduate, he always leaves a big void. Why the void? Are there no upperclassmen coming up or do they just go from freshmen to seniors? Come on, guys, be realistic. At least come up with a new excuse for the 21st century.

Bob McCormick


Keep fireworks legal

Before the Urban County Council votes "yes" for the looming ban on aerial fireworks based on the number of complaint calls, keep in mind there was a burn ban in effect this Fourth of July. How many of the calls were based on violations of that rather than the fireworks' noise?

I have to say that my neighbors here in the 40514 area were very well-behaved this year. Please don't wreck a fun part of the Fourth of July based on a few phone calls if you aren't 100 percent sure of the reason the calls were made. If about 2,000 people complained, how many people didn't complain?

Don't lose sight of the forest for a few trees. Keep fireworks legal.

Ross Clements


Legalize marijuana

We find ourselves in an interesting situation, Kentuckians. In a debt crisis, we reject a solution that would reduce the amount of money needed in the prison system while yielding additional gain. This solution, marijuana, is a crop which, if legalized for medical and recreational purposes, would not only bring in untold revenue, but would free up already present funds.

Legalization would save Kentuckians the cost of housing and feeding over 20,000 inmates across the state convicted of marijuana-related crimes. These pardons would free up physical and economic resources in Kentucky jails for those who have committed more heinous and violent crimes. Like tobacco, marijuana could prove to be an economic advantage to Kentucky. Authorities estimate that nearly $1 billion worth is seized annually, and a comparable figure eludes law enforcement and is consumed. This nearly $2 billion industry is America's second largest, shown up only by California.

Kentucky's climate is more than adequate for large-scale cultivation of marijuana, just as it is for tobacco.

One legitimate concern from those who would disagree with this position is the availability to children. This argument is valid, but teens will indulge regardless of the legality, just as with alcohol and nicotine.

With an informed citizenry and appropriate age of indulgence, marijuana could prove to be a huge financial asset to the state.

Robert Edwards


Who's the flip-flopper?

I have read all your stories about Mitt Romney and the times he has changed his mind over the years and "flip-flopped".

I would like to see you reprint your Election Guide from Nov. 2, 2008, and comment on what went wrong with the promises of Barack Obama. One promise he kept: Change. Did it improve your life?

Allie Gammon


McConnell needs new goal

Here's a question.

If President Barack Obama is re-elected, will Sen. Mitch McConnell finally relinquish his stated goal of making the president a one-term president, and get back to actually doing his job and working in the Senate to do something for the American people?

Charles Witt