Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 27

Farewell to an Eagle

Glenn Frey is dead, read the painful news. Thank you, brother, for some special songs, memories and concerts.

In 1972, several of us were gleefully singing, Take it easy at a gas station in Winslow, Ariz. At the postponed 10.10.10 Eagles’ grand-opening concert at Yum Center a young lady called it an “epic” event.

Then there was the Rupp concert, July 25, a stop in their tour ironically named “The history of the Eagles,” which closed a week later with a private party in St. Louis for a million dollars.

I was told secondhand that there were 18 semis of equipment, six miles of cables and 50 guitars. The band humbly told their story, despite their stunning talent. There were five guitar masters on stage, but their harmonies were to die for. When seven of them did a reverent piece without instruments, their voices were so beautiful that I thought the roof might just open to the heavens.

Walking to the concert I did not see a single ticket for sale, a Rupp first for me. The Eagles were that good.

Patrick Schneider II


Generation of whiners

This is a response to the extremely insightful letter about how misguided, apparently, baby boomers are.

Believe me, I wish I wasn’t here as much as the writer does. To see how stupidly he and his ilk have tried to transform my genuinely great country into such a mess, I have lived far too long.

As for voting, well, yes, I did. An employer must give an employee time off to vote; it is the law. So the writer shouldn’t blame his failure to vote on anyone but himself. Whine, whine, whine.

One thing I regret is that during my child-rearing years, I happened to listen to a whine promoter and produced people just like the letter writer.

By the way, it wasn’t, as the letter said, The Waltons we all wanted to be like; it was Leave It to Beaver. What a wonderful dream, then the likes of ungrateful whiny babies had to be born. I take all the blame, as I’m sure his parents must, for procreating. What a huge mistake.

Pat Nussbaum


Paul unpresidential

Two critical traits of any U.S. president should be that the person be of the highest integrity and dedicated to upholding the law of the land.

Sen. Rand Paul fails on both points. He engineered a caucus for the sole purpose of skirting state law so that he could have a fallback option to keep his Senate position, if his presidential bid failed. His actions disqualify him for either job.

Jim Kelly


Atheism not a belief system

I enjoy Paul Prather’s column. He reasonably addresses the pitfalls of organized religion. However, his Jan. 17 column, “Taking the Bible too literally might turn you into an atheist,” requires pushback.

It’s not only the literal biblical text that “turns” someone into an atheist. It’s precisely the conclusion that Prather reached that’s the problem. Prather says people don’t approach the biblical text the “right way.” This reconciliation is what many atheists use as the basis of their views.

Why is it that the Bible (a book) is the word of God, but you’re not supposed to interpret it literally? Prather counters that the Bible is not “God’s unalterable will.” It seems more important who is interpreting the Bible than what it actually says.

Insular groups interpret religious doctrine and make it their moral code. This is what atheists disagree with. The supernatural, sometimes violent passages in the Bible turn off many people but don’t turn them toward atheism. It’s just a poorly written book. It’s not atheists who cherry-pick the bizarre literal text; theists pick and choose what they interpret as moral code. Atheism is a conclusion that rejects the claim that God(s) exist, not a belief system.

Matt Crawford


Snowy peace

Maybe snow is a good thing. I didn’t hear about a robbery of a store or gas station or a shooting in Lexington. If this is a trend, let it snow.

Roy Branam


TV redundacies

Some local TV sportscasters knowingly use double prepositions when discussing the location of ballgames.

For example, they will tell us “UK will play down in Knoxville,” or “UK will play over in West Virginia,” “UK will play up in Indianapolis,” or “UK will play out in California.”

Such redundancy is bad usage. Why not a simple, “UK will play in Knoxville?”

Down, up, out and so forth are not necessary. They only tell us one thing, the announcer doesn’t do his homework.

Bill Hanna


Back to court?

In regard to Janet Patton’s Jan. 22 article, “Kentucky Bourbon Trail tourism surging”: I wonder if you think the University of Kentucky will also threaten to sue the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for using the word “Kentucky” on its “Kentucky Bourbon Trail” T-shirts, as pictured with the article?

Joan Tackett