Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 27

Rollergirls due appreciation for representing city

For the past three seasons, I've been the chairperson of the public-relations committee for the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky. I've completely appreciated the coverage the Weekender and entertainment sections of your paper have given us. But in all fairness, I'm somewhat dismayed by the lack of support and coverage given to us in the Sports section.

I've been told that there is a stigma that roller derby is not a real sport. This is understandable due to the derby of the 1970s and such, but modern derby is a different animal — just as hard hitting as football, with women who train very hard and dedicate all of their free time to playing by the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

We have drawn up to 800 people to our bouts at the Lexington Convention Center over the past two years, and we have diehard fans. These people know and follow us, they will tell you that it's not fake, it's as real as University of Kentucky basketball or Cincinnati Reds baseball.

We are finishing our fifth home season on Saturday at 7 p.m. I would love it if some of your readers and staff would come check us out. R.O.C.K. is just as much a part of Lexington's community as the Wildcats or the Legends. We've even had Mayor Jim Gray come out and blow the starting whistle at two of our bouts.

R.O.C.K. is proud to represent Lexington. Roller derby is a sport. Come see.

Kevin Martinez


Choice: truth or lies

Anyone who watched the conventions could see the clearly superior leadership of the president compared with Mitt Romney. This election boils down to a contest between the philosophy of the Big Lie — people would believe it if it's all they hear — and the Democrats' truths so eloquently presented in Charlotte, N.C.

In his acceptance speech, Romney said President Barack Obama had apologized for the United States all over the world, raised taxes on the middle class, cut defense spending, cut out the work requirement for welfare payments and cut $716 billion from Medicare benefits — all demonstrably false.

This shows contempt for the intelligence of voters. The GOP must believe it is necessary to confuse the issues enough to keep voters from voting their own interests instead of for the billionaires who want even lower taxes and freedom from regulations that keep our banking honest and our air and water clean.

Walt Dickenson


First lady in all ways

I am appalled and disgusted at the Sept. 7 Burgoo item by Slate's Emily Bazelon about "our" first lady Michelle Obama's comment that her daughters are "the heart of my heart and the center of my world."

Bazelon tried to say that Obama should not care about her children and her home. She should only care about her position as first lady. She should tout and brag that she worked and went to college and law school. That should come before her children and her home.

I, for one, am so proud that Obama loves her children, her husband and her home. She is not ashamed of that and I love her for that. Why don't we revere mothers who love staying home and being mothers?

I am so proud of her for getting her degree and that she is intelligent and honest enough to say how she feels. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for being an honest caring mother and a good human being.

Phyllis Crump


Poor pay double

Double portion of dung for the poor — that is what the emissions control people want.

Portion one is a carbon tax. They believe that gas prices should initially rise by about 13 cents per gallon and increase gradually from there. This they would do to those receiving minimum Social Security benefits and those trying to survive on minimum wage jobs.

Of course the tax is for everyone, but if you receive a small income you pay at a higher rate (percentage of income taken).

Cost for electricity from power plants would rise, also.

Portion two is that they would give as much as 50 percent of the revenue to lower corporate tax rates. In other words, give money to the rich from the poor through the carbon tax revenue.

The emissions-control people believe that to tax carbon would lower rising carbon-dioxide levels which they theorize is a heat-trapping gas causing rising temperatures. Yet, carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years and we had the hottest July. Go figure.

I have not seen one chemist say that a property of the gas is to trap heat; if the gas could form a barrier and keep heat on Earth, why wouldn't it form a barrier and keep all the heat from the sun away?

Al Brown


Thanks for the show

On Sept. 9 a large group of people met in the parking lot at Eastminster Presbyterian Church for an old fashioned Gospel sing.

Singers from Renfro Valley, Richmond, Winchester and Lexington did an excellent job singing.

Thanks to John White, pastor of the church, and the congregation for a very enjoyable late afternoon. I am looking forward to next year.

Mary Singleton


Creationism karma

The Aug. 28 Readers' Views was full of mockery and condescension toward any attempt whatsoever to create a more level playing field for those of us who question the sacred religion of Darwinism, the theory of evolution or any of its shaky tenets.

What infuriates the Ph.D.'s and oh-so self-righteous creation bashers is the persistence and calm among those of us who see a viable alternative to their gospel of evolution.

For them it is imperative to not just mock us, but extinguish this curriculum because any iota of truth to God's presence in this universe means their whole lives may need reexamining.

The majesty of a round earth (not flat) and the unexplainable DNA miracle and solar system puzzle for them has to he explained by vague explosions and almost impossible odds and ratios. This is what they believe in, this is what they trumpet, this is what they bow down to.

A lot of Christians — many who also have Ph.D.'s and scientific backgrounds — tend to veer toward the possibility that a creator created this masterpiece we call the universe. We do not come to the table wanting Darwin's expositions expunged, just opened to questions.

In my book, it takes a greater leap of faith to say the universe just "happened" than to see a God who was the originator.

Carter J. Ball

Russelville, Ark.