Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 9

Rose Garden held a sign during an anti-coal rally in the free speech area behind the student center on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday.
Rose Garden held a sign during an anti-coal rally in the free speech area behind the student center on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday. Herald-Leader

Businesses don't have to cater to whims of younger generation

The Sept. 2 commentary by author Emily Matchar, "Gen Y won't change; the workplace will," is a powerless jab at American companies. American companies do not need to bow down to Gen Y, or anyone else.

Gen Y doesn't want to work as directed? That is fine, the talent pool is larger than ever and no one is irreplaceable. The column practically made the case for American companies with its pompous rant about how "pampered, over-praised" that generation has turned out.

The column included the difference in hours worked by American workers versus hours worked by Europeans. The diligent work ethic and commitment level of previous generations is what made this country great. We choose to work harder and longer. If Gen Y yearns for fewer hours and the right to waste time with Facebook during work hours, let them move to Europe.

Perhaps, if more articles/opinions were published praising hard work and dedication, America's young workers might learn a valuable lesson. The reason many Gen Y workers are able to return home once they have failed at employment is due largely to the hard work and dedication of their parents and grandparents.

Money is being passed down instead of morals and values; and this alone affords Gen Y the luxury of running home to avoid the cruel, cruel world in which we live. The fact that many look favorably to the act of running home after failure is cause for shame.

Joshua Linskey


Not hard to vote GOP

Merlene Davis' Sept. 2 column was interesting. She agreed with some of the points made in Mitt Romney's acceptance speech but isn't convinced he would make a good president. Maybe it is because she is a registered Democrat and it would be painful for her to vote for a Republican.

Let me assure her it isn't at all painful. I am also a registered Democrat and I have voted for Republicans before and felt no pain. I intend to vote for the Republican candidate this November. It is time for us to forget about the political parties and vote for the most-qualified candidates.

Romney is definitely the most qualified of the two candidates for president. President Barack Obama has proved that he is not the leader we need.

Barbara Coleman


Truth out of context

Recently, a letter writer submitted that President Barack Obama stated that "the government built" his business.

I would suggest that all visit that speech again. There are media outlets that selectively edit news clips in an effort to confirm prejudices that Obama doesn't understand the private sector. This falls in line with the standard GOP mantra that corporations are heroic job creators, if allowed to self regulate and not be burdened by taxes.

The president actually did say — "if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own." He pointed to federal and local government funding of roads and bridges that allow businesses to develop and succeed, and he followed with, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." The last part of this statement was the only thing that stuck.

A year ago, Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat running for Senate stated it much better: "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you all were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

I wonder if the truth is repeated over and over again, will people finally come to their senses? Seems to work just fine when it is a lie.

Michael Austin

Stamping Ground

Bad play-by-play

How can a major network announcer, Carter Blackburn, be so unprepared with no knowledge of the competing teams? He called Winston Guy, from last year's Kentucky team, Winston Gay. He argued that an incomplete pass was a fumble. It was overturned.

He also claimed there wasn't a Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry anymore because Kentucky could no longer compete. And these were just a few of his ridiculous comments. Somebody, please, inform this guy that the University of Kentucky won four of the last five games against the University of Louisville, before last week.

ESPN and UK must be using the same advisers. Kentucky hired Joker Phillips, who had no head-coaching experience, and kept raising prices and Blue-White Fund donations, and now, can't win games or sell tickets. Are you surprised?

Don't blame Joker, as he was put in a position to fail so Kentucky could pay basketball Coach John Calipari.

And for the Louisville game, ESPN expected us to listen to a commentator who babbled incoherent nonsense.

My partners and I have purchased 16 seats per season and been die-hard Kentucky fans for 50-plus years, but we refuse to keep being unappreciated and gouged to pay top dollar for the inferior teams that are put on the field. As for ESPN and Blackburn, I have no loyalty. Therefore, from now on, I can just turn them off.

Don Hughes


Drunk, rude Cardinal fans

I am writing about my first experience at Papa John's Stadium, for the University of Louisville vs. University of Kentucky game last week. I have traveled to away games at Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Georgia and Arkansas, and never have I been exposed to such rude, crude, drunk, obnoxious, low-class fans as the Cardinal fans.

I know every school has obnoxious fans, but normally, it's the minority. At this game it seemed to be the majority.

Walking to the stadium all I heard were obscene statements about UK. It got worse once I got to my seat.

I tried to ignore the insults about Kentucky and the SEC, but the three male Cardinal fans behind me continued their rants and got so drunk, one of them fell on top of me, injuring my back and neck.

I barely got an apology from him. Not 10 minutes later, Louisville scored and the same guy (notice I will not call him a gentleman because he was everything but that) poured a beer on my head and down my back, to which his response was, "You're at a college game, sh-- happens."

I am so glad the SEC does not allow alcohol to be sold at the games. I've never seen so many drunks, stumbling and falling down, as I did leaving the Louisville game. U of L fans should be ashamed for acting so classless.

Wendy Ham


No need for two-way streets

In the Aug. 24 Weekender, the paper devoted four pages to over a dozen recently opened bars and clubs, most of which are located in downtown Lexington.

It would appear that our downtown is thriving as it is, yet some people in city government insist that changing Main and Vine into two-way streets is desperately needed.

Somehow I don't see congestion and gridlock encouraging more people to come downtown.

Howard Stovall


Better uses for coal money

In reply to the Sept. 4 column, "UK should lead Ky's transition from coal:" The solution to your problem is very simple. Stop turning on the lights and air conditioners on campus. Open the windows, place a stack of fans in each classroom for students, put gas lights in all classrooms and build an outside basketball court so the University of Kentucky can play in the daylight.

Show the rest of the state you can get along without electricity. Now that would be a rallying point. Eastern Kentucky could hold a rally to stop all coal-related donations to the university. I wouldn't want the university to, as the writer stated, "actively lend support and credibility to the coal industry, allowing the continued association ... legitimizing the brazen exploitation of a wide swath of the state."

So people of Eastern Kentucky should send their financial support to Morehead State University or the University of Pikeville. They will appreciate it. Then, too, we should encourage our residents to not make that long drive to Lexington to shop or go to the doctor. Why not Morehead, Ashland or Pikeville?

Joe Craft and the coal industry have been good to UK, but there are places that would love to have a few million of those dollars the industry has given to the athletic programs.

Boy, what West Liberty could do with a few million to help our businesses get re-established and people to rebuild their homes and purchase belongings lost in the March 2 tornado.

Lynn Nickell

West Liberty