Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 9

Racing Integrity Act can help save the sport

Wow! We finally are helping the premier signature industry of the Bluegrass, Thoroughbred racing, with Congressman Andy Barr's Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2015.

In the horse industry, timing is everything, but patience is a necessity. Now we have a bill that will help us have uniform standards for the proper use of medications throughout the United states and not eliminate the Horse Racing Act of 1978.

American Pharoah has brought new life into racing. We must bring credibility into our sport.

We have The Jockey Club and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders supporting this important legislation. Barr has done an outstanding job of collecting the information and rules that will make this law work and benefit the small participant as well as large stables.

Being a small breeder, I salute my neighbors, Arthur and Staci Hancock, in their determined effort to clean up the unpopular image of over-medication of the Thoroughbred. More testing, better laboratories, uniform rules and stiffer penalties are provided in this bill by an independent board of horsemen and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Let's get on board and save our industry from further embarrassment by supporting the Horse Integrity Act of 2015, the bill that will save racing.

Ted Kuster


Working in gulag at UK hospital

I worked at the University of Kentucky for over 20 years, and I was never more embarrassed for the state of the university than when I left the meeting of the three trustees who voted to revoke Dr. Paul Kearney's medical privileges. It was clear from the start that the decision was made long before the meeting commenced.

The only people allowed to speak were the lawyers. Following a short recess the trustees returned, and immediately one read from a typed affidavit the lengthy proclamation that the panel was siding with the university. They then quickly voted to end the meeting and left with security guards.

It was interesting that during the recess, phones of a number of clinicians there to show their support for Kearney began ringing. As it turns out, it was a message from the hospital administration informing these people that if they discussed this case at that meeting they could be subject to termination.

Some hospital employees were "advised" to remove the Herald-Leader article from their Facebook pages. It is clear hospital administration has created a gulag environment for employees. There is much more to this than Kearney using bad language, and I am looking forward to its exposure.

Daniel Noonan


UK's newfound sense of decorum

As a former professor of surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and colleague of Paul Kearney for 14 years, I have been following the events of this past week with considerable interest.

I find it remarkably disingenuous of the UK spokesman to indicate that the university is sending a clear message that it "will not tolerate a pattern of abusive behavior and verbal violence ... ."

The implication of that statement is that UK just recently discovered that only Kearney has a tendency to use profanity and hold other health care providers to higher standards, and that his approach now offends their sensibilities.

While I certainly do not in any way condone the reported verbiage, there are many more faculty, staff and trainees at UK who have used similar language and also acted out on a regular basis.

Interestingly, those individuals have not been and are not now being held accountable by UK HealthCare.

So why is Kearney being subjected to revocation of his privileges? Maybe there really is an ulterior motive. Otherwise, when is UK HealthCare going to prohibit use of profanity and demanding behavior? How else can they achieve their newfound sense of decorum?

Thomas Schwarcz, M.D.


H-L struck out on boys' baseball

I am writing to express my displeasure with the Herald-Leader's failure to name a 2015 All City Boys Baseball team. The paper announced in May the Girls Softball All City selections and, as I have been informed, due to retirements of sportswriters and the lack of replacement the paper chose not to name a boys' team.

This is unacceptable for many reasons. The young men who played their hearts out deserve this honor; in many cases being named All City can lead to scholarships and certainly recognition from their peers and family. I suspect the paper decided this would be too much trouble and will find excuses for not rewarding these outstanding young men. Thank goodness the players and their families choose to strive for excellence and did not follow the paper's example.

Bill Moloney


Fight bullying in schools

Good for the Fayette County mother fighting school bullying. Teachers have very few ways to enforce punishment.

The parents of the harassers should be contacted and required to attend a program designed to teach parents how to raise respectable citizens.

The harassing child should also be required to attend anti-harassing classes after school. Actually, the schools need to have an assembly at the beginning of each school year with videos explaining what will not be tolerated and the disciplinary actions that will be taken.

Robin Young


Babies matter as much as lions

I can't believe so many people are outraged because of a lion, yet they don't care that Planned Parenthood is eating lunch and discussing the best way to harvest baby parts. God help us as a nation.

Cathy Smith


Fix Distillery District moonscape

I have something to say about that lunar landscape that's presently being used as a parking lot for recently opened businesses off Manchester Street, especially where The Break Room, Crank & Boom, Ethereal Brewing and United Distilling Co., are located.

I have never in my adult life seen a parking lot in as bad a shape, and I live in what some people might term "the hood."

It reminds me of the parking lots of some of the neighborhood convenience stores you see in low-income neighborhoods, only shockingly worse.

Those owners don't care about the appearance of their stores and parking areas in these poor sections of town because they don't care about the people, who have no other alternative than to buy their often-outdated and overpriced merchandise.

What these store owners are nonverbally saying is, "We don't care about you!" This is exactly what the owners of the businesses I mentioned are saying. Pool your money, business owners, and fix the parking lot.

Yolanda Averrette


Cartoon appalling, disgusting

I literally was floored when I saw that the Herald-Leader published the "trophy hunter" cartoon by Joel Pett depicting a bloody sword-toting terrorist admiring his mounted human hunter head on the wall with the caption, "In a slightly more perfect world."

That cartoon may truly be the most appalling and disgusting image I've ever seen in a paper that purportedly holds itself out as a serious news publication.

Since beheaded sportsmen images are now acceptable fare and the paper is obviously no longer worried about offensive images, I look forward to the Herald-Leader's editorial board agreeing to publish Pett's cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

I'll be waiting with bated breath. No, I actually won't. Cowards.

Ballard Rogers

Harrods Creek