Money seems to be out there unless you work for it
In early November, the Herald-Leader wrote about the coal billionaire who gave $6 million to help build the Joe Craft Center that carries his name and coordinated the $8 million gift to build the Wildcat Coal Lodge for the University of Kentucky basketball team, of which he donated $4.5 million.
On Jan. 9, we read that Craft will donate "the majority of the $2.5 million that has been raised to date for the 'Joe Craft Basketball Suite.'"
This is the same billionaire who gave $3.1 million to pro-Republican super political-action committees at a time when big politics talked of a "war on coal" while the Herald-Leader and other media were always talking about how the coal industry was killing not only men but the values of Kentucky.
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I guess we just forget about values, because it has to be gold standard for UK basketball
Just this month, the Herald-Leader was printing that:
1. Lexington's pension for the police and fire departments was millions underfunded.
2. Kentucky schools are underfunded.
3. State employees' retirement is short who-knows-how-many millions.
We do not have to worry about the General Assembly. Taxpayers will pay $65,676.69 a day for the special session.
How about a gold standard for the working citizens of Kentucky?
Ice rink closed too soon
When the ice rink in downtown Lexington was taken up and closed for the season, Major Jim Gray was on the radio taking calls from Lexington residents.
I called him and asked him why close the ice rink so early? His response was the children are back in school after the Christmas holiday.
Movies don't close just because children are back in school. The children were in school when the rink opened.
The rink could have been open during after-school hours and weekends. The rink was in place, the skates in place and the snack shop open. Why close it?
I passed by the rink a couple times and both times there were a good number of skaters enjoying the rink. The rink should have stayed open at least six more weeks.
Quit paying Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai comes to Washington to demand the United States give him full control to spend the few billion dollars it sends Afghanistan each year, and send more of it.
He also wants more advanced military gear to protect Afghanistan.
Our budget process has adopted critical increased tax income and now should avoid Barack Obama's cliff game.
A small start could, because of poverty, include stopping annual billions of dollars to Karzai. Many small expenses must be eliminated to start tax reform.
Rex J. Phillips
Walking in Horse Park
I noted the controversy related to the walking horse sale being held at the Kentucky Horse Park.
I would like to suggest that this question gives us the opportunity to better inform folks about the situation.
I personally purchased my trail horse, Blue, at this sale in 2005. Yes, he is a registered Tennessee walking horse. No, he is not a padded horse. He is in fact a very good trail horse that I have ridden all over the country.
It has been my experience that this sale is well managed and that the horses are predominantly flat shod. The padded horses are the vast minority.
I do not personally know any of the management related to this sale. I look forward to attending this sale every winter. I believe this is a means by which the state can support an industry that needs the help.
I would like to encourage this sale being held at the Horse Park. I believe that all the concerns of the activists will be unfounded. I personally am not a supporter of the padded horse industry.
Poverty of values
In the Jan. 6 Herald-Leader's opinion page (a day of maximum readership no doubt) we were presented with a full-court press on guns and NRA bashing and distortions. A coincidence? I think not.
In the same edition, attention is drawn to events in India surrounding the societal pandemic of rape in that country.
India may wish to address its problem with the same logic the gun-ban crowd here uses. All males should be castrated. They could have buyback programs.
At issue is not whether someone is equipped to commit a crime. The issue fundamentally is: why does someone want to commit the crime?
What our society is afflicted with is not access to guns but a poverty of values. Our society is ailing. To blame inanimate objects for our violence is simplistic, wrong-headed scapegoating.
Nihilism is our problem, not guns. Let's look at this and think about the implications.
Nihilism (from Webster's dictionary) — 1. A doctrine that all values are worthless and that nothing is knowable or can be communicated. 2. Rejection of all distinctions in moral value constituting a willingness to refute all previous theories of morality. 3. The belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement.
Let's not pull every dog's teeth, just because some dogs bite.
First, it was our slaves. Now, it is our AK-47s. Next, it will be Sen. Mitch McConnell. Things that are wrong need to change.
Douglas S. Andersen
Money in control
I wish to share some simple reasons why I believe there will be no reasonable controls on the indiscriminate use of guns in our lifetimes.
First, there is the enormous quantity of money flowing into the hands of the manufacturers of guns and ammunition.
This money is used to provide overwhelming power to the political action group that fronts for the manufacturers which we know as the National Rifle Association.
This organization can use the money to buy legislators and control the minds of its members
Second, there is the protection of the flow of money to the manufacturers. This is demonstrated by the statements of the NRA following the slaughter of children in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Putting guards in every school and arming all school personnel sell a multitude of guns. This is, of course, of no value to protect the children.
Third, there is the money that is used through the NRA to promote various fears that will cause otherwise rational people to buy weapons for which they have no need.
Since money is power, and the weapons and ammunition manufacturers have enormous supplies of money, their power will inevitably overcome the will of the people. Thus, no matter how we vote, no meaningful control of the means to slaughter innocents will be passed or enforced.
Charles M. Murray