Risky school treats for allergic kids
Though I am the school wellness coordinator for the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, I am writing as the mother of three children in Fayette County Public Schools.
I strongly support ending the use of food as rewards in schools. This practice takes away our right as parents to feed our children according to our own families' dietary prerogatives.
We have no idea what any substitute teacher, volunteer or staff member is feeding our children outside of the cafeteria and planned school celebrations.
I and two of my children have unusual food allergies; it is stressful and often frightening to send children to schools without any rules or guidelines on who gives our kids what. FCPS is responsible for providing a safe environment for all.
Though commendable, the decision to put epinephrine pens at each school is not enough. The risk must be eliminated.
The national guideline for reducing the risk of exposure to allergens in schools recommends using "nonfood incentives for prizes, gifts and awards."
Food allergies might constitute a disability under the law. Children with food allergies are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in school programs and events, including extracurricular activities, rewards and incentives.
Michelle Davis Castro
Glad she didn't shoot
I have never killed anyone. At least I don't think so, although as a young wife and mother I cooked some pretty scary meals.
But 20 years ago, when two men broke into our house while I was home, the first thing I did was get our gun.
When the guys realized I was home and saw the gun, they ran. One glanced back at me. I looked him in the eye. To this day I am thankful I didn't shoot. But if I'd had to protect myself, I would have tried.
We got various opinions and comments on the situation from friends, family, attorneys and the police. No one agreed. I don't think there will ever be one right answer for all. I am just thankful all I have is a bad memory from that day and nothing worse.
Keep guns at home
With each letter or comment from a Second Amendment gun-rights activist, I become more convinced that some of these people have psychological problems that would disqualify them from obtaining a concealed carry permit.
An example is the fellow who suggested that women offended by men's catcalls should contact the National Rifle Association's Women On Target to learn how to shoot.
How many remember the incident when a woman got out of her car at a stoplight, ran to the car in front of her and shot and killed the woman driving that car? Or the retired police officer who shot and killed the cellphone user in the theater? Or the man who shot and killed the 17-year-old in the car out of which came loud music, then unloaded his gun at the fleeing teens?
How about the Georgia homeowner who fired into the car full of teens who had just toilet-papered his property, killing a 13-year-old girl?
Do you know what all these shooters had in common? Permits for their guns. They were all law-abiding citizens right up to the instant they killed their victims.
Guns belong in the home, not on your person.
On Pearl Harbor Day, the Red and Rover comics strip was a drawing of a burning ship with the caption: "Sunday, December 7, 1941. A Day When Many a Dog's Best Friend Would Never Come Home."
What a moving, yet simple, tribute.
William E. Ellis
So much for the "air raid." University of Kentucky football Coach Mark Stoops needs to look at Hal Mumme's air raid and learn something.
As I've always said, the best thing about UK football is that basketball follows it.