Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21

Support Boy Scouts

I think the community of Lexington should be more involved with the local Boy Scouts of America.

A lot of the youth in Lexington are not involved with any activity outside of school and the local Boy Scout troops and Venturing Crews give opportunities to these youth that they may otherwise never have a chance to do.

What can we do to increase the involvement of the community with these organizations?

Todd Keller


Kudos for Keeneland

While enjoying the beauty that is Keeneland, it is important to remember that it is one of Central Kentucky's signature businesses.

Many have remarked on the upward tick in the friendliness and helpfulness of all employees during the recent meet. Being greeted, having doors held and consistent offers of service made for an even better experience than previous meets. Good service and customer appreciation seem to be disappearing virtues. Congratulations to Keeneland for bringing them back.

Graciousness and hospitality are hallmarks of a successful tourist destination. Keeneland's employees have offered a model of service that evidences both.

Lindy Kams


Cats times two

For some time I've been bugging Herald-Leader sportswriters with a modest proposal. Each time it comes with tongue less firmly in cheek. Here goes: The University of Kentucky should field two Division I hoops teams; one in the SEC, one in the ACC.

The justifications:

(1) Precedent: three cities have two teams in the same major sport; for decades Major League Baseball had 16 teams, 11 in five cities; owners enter multiple cars in Indy and NASCAR events; trainers enter two or more steeds in the same race.

(2) Fan and community benefit: twice as many games to enjoy, plus double Midnight Madness. Community and university would double revenue. (UK Blue versus Wildcat White in the Final Four?)

(3) Player morale and recruitment enhancement: double the number of McDonald's All-Americans get significant playing time and high draft status.

Don't snicker, don't cower; a state that can send two all-stars to the U.S. Senate can do anything.

Ernie Henninger


Fiscal facts

The federal fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 until the following Sept. 30. An incoming president is inaugurated at the end of January, so starts his term working under the final budget of the previous president. Fiscal year 2009 started Oct. 1, 2008 when George Bush was presiding over the 2008 economic recession triggered by the refusal of his administration to regulate the financial derivatives market. That led to a $1.4 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2009.

Conservatives like to alter facts to suit their opinions. They like to credit the balanced budget in fiscal year 2001, which was Clinton's last budget year, to Bush and blame the record deficit in fiscal year 2009, which was Bush's last budget year, on Obama.

Bush, with Sen. Mitch McConnell's assistance, cut taxes, started unfunded wars and increased the annual deficit from $0.00 to $1.4 billion over eight years. Obama, despite constant opposition from McConnell, has decreased the annual deficit from $1.4 billion to $485 million over six years. Obama has added nothing to the national debt. The entire increase in the last six years was carryover from the Bush fiscal policies kept in place by McConnell filibusters.

Kevin Kline


Outsourcing hurts

I have become an independent because of the nonsense I have seen from both parties.

I am not for the abolition of parties because I believe one reins in the other when out of line.

However, the problem today is that both parties need to go back to debating the actual issues, rather than character assassinations, digging up dirt and finding vulnerabilities to capitalize on in the hopes of distraction.

That's not exhibiting strong leadership, that's cheating by people who can't otherwise win based on their own merit.

As a home-based medical transcriptionist, I have watched our jobs repeatedly outsourced overseas or our benefits lost trying to compete.

Even as outsourcing displaced American workers, we now only make $12 an hour with no human resources to mediate and no regulation if not paid. Our only recourse is to get an attorney, which we can't afford.

So I want to know how any veteran transcriptionist could cheer on the re-election of the career politician who voted three times for tax breaks for companies outsourcing overseas, and himself a government pay raise six times.

Chrystal Smith