Issue February 14, 2006

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Keep ’Em Coming

 

Yet another well written article — “Save it for the morning after” (Jan. 18 LEO). Before I dig in to comments made, I ask myself, “What if Plan B had been available 20 or 30 years ago?” Maybe this close brush with their own existence fuels the fire of opposition! Just a thought.

 

I understand the argument, “Why don’t the women who do not want to become pregnant use the birth control that has been available (with a doctor’s prescription) to all women in the United States, for decades?” I really understand, but the FACT is THEY DON’T, and until I see adoption records by all who oppose Plan B showing that they are prepared to pick up the pieces of the numerous unexpected pregnancies in America today, I’m tired of hearing them bark against it.

 

Plan B offers the opportunity to interrupt cell division days after the “oops” — would you rather someone wait until they discovered they are one or two months along and then decide to abort, which is currently legal in the United States? What’s next? Outlawing spermicide because it kills a living cell before it reaches its target?

 

Once again, I’ll get off my soap box. Keep up the compelling articles …

 

Jayson Hornback

 

 

Joe Local

 

The Feb. 1 LEO played up Louisville’s disparate loyalties in Super Bowl XL. Pittsburgh is special to us, but, “then again, we do like our coffee,” claimed the cover. Fair enough, but we also like our human rights. Buying coffee from Starbucks supports the abusive buying practices and unfair trade leverage forced by a few corporate middlemen on coffee farmers around the world, keeping them impoverished and oppressed. I think Louisville understands this, which is why we continue to support our independently owned, fair trade shops, like Heine Brothers: fair trade purchases ensure that third-world laborers are paid fairly for their work.

 

Also, buying from a local alternative prevents the further corporatization of our good city. A frightening number of unique, spirited and locally owned businesses have already been crushed under the treads, replaced by slick and soulless multinationals (see Fourth Street Live’s effect on

Bardstown Road

). Ask any Seattleite — Starbucks is as bad for local culture as it is for human rights abroad.

 

Caul Aster

 

 

Whale of a Review

 

Attn: Jamie Peters:

 

I read your film review of “The Squid & the Whale” (Feb. 1 LEO). This is at least the second review I’ve seen that mentions humor/comedy, but neither mention the 12-year-old boy masturbating and drinking hard liquor. Maybe that’s the humor, and it just passed me by. This movie was painful to watch. You mentioned that not a minute was wasted, whereas I felt like 81 minutes were wasted, along with gas it took to get there.

 

While your review mentions Walt and his problems, again, we’re never given any answers about the 12-year-old. Your thoughts are appreciated, but not your humor.

 

Rick Coulter

 

 

Wait to the Midnight Hour

 

Mark Nickolas’ column about prospective Democrat candidates for governor was pretty interesting (Feb. 1 LEO), but he might have missed the most obvious choice — an outsider to politics who has not announced his or her intentions yet. Someone like John Y. Brown, Wallace Wilkinson or Brereton Jones, perhaps? An 11th-hour surprise candidate? I figure the prognosticators will just have to wait and see like the rest of us.

 

As for Gov. Fletcher, I think he should have followed the advice the Rev. Billy Graham once gave to President Nixon: “Be honest with the people and ask them to forgive your mistakes.” I’m still naïve enough to believe the voters might reward a little honestly. Fletcher has obviously decided to emulate President Bush, instead. He’s probably smarter about politics than me. Definitely slicker.

 

Tom Louderback

 

 

Cruising Options

 

It’s great to see that Mayor Abramson has finally found the intestinal fortitude to shut down the … The Derby Eve Cruise …

 

I have read and heard some of the comments concerning “lack of an alternative” and heard the Rev. Sutton lament that, “Black kids and poor kids don’t have no box seats at the Derby.” Reverend, I’ve lived and worked in Louisville 52 years and I don’t have no box seats, either — never have.

 

Since some people would have us believe “cruising” has become such a vital “tradition” for the black youths in the town, I’d like to make a few suggestions. On March 16, “cruise” out to the Speed Museum and watch or take part in the Derby Festival Student Awards Ceremony. If you’re not in class on April 14, “cruise” on over to Knights Hall at Bellarmine College and watch The Future Stars of Basketball. If that does not fill the bag with all your round-ball needs, on April 15, “cruise” out to Freedom Hall and take in the Kentucky Derby Classic.

 

On April 20, “cruise” to the Water Tower and participate in the $1 million Derby Festival Hole-in-One contest. On April 22, “cruise” on up to Waterfront Park and watch the Derby Festival Volleyball Classic, then hang around for Thunder Over Louisville. The Chow Wagon opens on April 27, that’s where a lot of people who can’t get or afford tickets to the race participate in Derby Week festivities — everybody is welcome. On May 3, “cruise” on downtown to watch the Great Steamboat Race.

 

There is plenty for everybody — rich and poor, black, white, red and yellow — to do in this town Derby week.

 

Dale Rhoades