Inbox — March 4, 2009

Letters to the Editor

LEO Love Letter

When I heard about your new design on WFPL’s “State of Affairs,” my heart skipped a beat. I immediately put my errands on the backburner and drove to my nearest newsstand. I frantically dodged traffic to hold you in my arms. There you were, in all your glory. I stared in awe at your fresh new logo and flipped through your colorful, glossy pages. As I read the City Strobe and admired the superb photography, I remembered why I loved you all along.

When The Courier-Journal unveiled Velocity, at first I was miffed. How dare they ride your coattails! But then I started picking up copies occasionally with my weekly fix of you. I couldn’t help myself. They were so new and hip with their short, fluffy columns and Photos.com subscription. I have to come clean. I started seeing Velocity exclusively. It started as a cheap affair and escalated into a full-blown romance. I did you dirty, LEO, and for that I’m sorry. But your new design made me realize what we had together. I love your talented columnists and the fact that you have real photographers and not just an online membership. I love picking up a new copy and running my fingers through you every week. I keep you with me everywhere I go. I’m so sorry it took your flashy new design to make me realize what we had together.

Take me back?

Farrah Johnson, Sellersburg

Editor’s Note: Let’s start slow. Dinner and a movie?

Good Vibes

I realize your new magazine-like format is old news, but this week, I think it made all the difference with Static/Major on the cover. As I walked into the library, Static’s picture jumped out at me. It resembled something I would expect to see on the cover of Vibe Magazine. It captured Static/Major as the star he was becoming, and Phillip Bailey’s piece upheld the standard cover set. Your old newsprint would not have had the same effect.

Mariam Williams, St. Matthews

Back-Handed Love?

I love the new LEO. The back cover is conveniently located so close to the front cover.

Nicky Miller, Original Highlands

While We’re Talkin’

If the city of Louisville could somehow buy back LG&E, maybe we can also get the Binghams to take back The Courier-Journal. Those would be two fine days indeed.

Dan Rose, Highlands

Guantanamo in KY

I believe the state of Kentucky should offer to house the New Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. President Obama needs a place to hold about 200 men. Personally, I think this is a fabulous piece of pork that will actually do some good. It will create an opportunity for a major construction project that will stimulate Kentucky’s economy. The “per diem” cost for each of these men is and will continue to be enormous. Someone is going to get this … it might as well be Kentucky. If Kentucky doesn’t jump on this opportunity, Sen. Byrd from West Virginia will certainly move them into that Outlandish Hotel in the mountains that has the capacity to hold Congress.

I also think we should expand the La Grange Reformatory/Luther Luckett Prison to include the Kentucky Terrorist Museum, and have them displayed, charging admission. I guarantee the KTM will be second only to the Creation Museum. Oldham County will expand to become the Mecca of the West. My gods, can you imagine the economic impact this will have!?

And this would give Kentucky an opportunity to “walk the talk.” Kentucky for sure was completely behind the Bush policies. This will be a good way for us to work off a little karma by holding those no-goods, who we want held, and we can make sure they don’t escape. What a wonderful opportunity for Kentucky. And I promise you, the money will be real good. We might even finish a bridge.

Mark Abrams, Highlands

Take It Back

Should Kentucky turn down monies from the economic stimulus package? Money and jobs are always nice, but in November we spoke loud and clear. Kentucky voted McCain and McConnell, both of whom voted against Obama’s Main Street stimulus.

For years, Kentucky has fed at the federal teat. For every dollar we send the federal government, they send us $1.50 back. Nice return on our dollar, but it’s dirty money. It’s money from liberals in states like California, New York, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts.

Liberal handouts to conservative states like Kentucky, Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina and Arkansas are harmful. As conservatives have pointed out for years, welfare to the poor, unemployed, sick, elderly and infants destroys their motivation. The same goes for handouts to conservatives. Kentucky is in the top third of the 50 states in both rates of obesity and unemployment. While the correlation is not perfect, people in conservative states are more likely to be obese, out of work and living off the income redistribution from liberal states.

Kentucky must reject Obama’s socialist handout. Next we need to send back one-third of the money the federal government sends us. We don’t need dirty liberal commie money.

Sam Sloss, Highlands

Greed is Fuel

Republicans worship at the altar of the sacred marketplace. They evidently believe undisciplined, deregulated free enterprise is America’s salvation. If government will not interfere, the market, banks and Wall Street, with great integrity, will regulate themselves. Prosperity is guaranteed for the rich few.

Market excesses, greed and Wall Street are the main causes of our country’s current economic problems, and that is why politicians (government) are having to come up with a stimulus plan in an attempt to fix a broken economic system. Evil, runaway greed is the chief culprit. We can make tax cuts for the rich permanent forever, but permanent tax cuts will do nothing to address the ongoing greed that we are unwilling to address.

Insidious, pervasive greed is a moral, spiritual issue that affects all of us. When it comes to greed, we are in a state of denial. Our politicians in Washington should spend some time debating the greed issue and how it impacts the economy. A nation is morally and spiritually bankrupt whose economic engine’s power source is greed. By voicing almost total opposition to a stimulus package by House and Senate Republicans, the GOP is setting itself up to become a weak minority party for decades to come. All Republicans can do now is play the fear-of-socialism card.

If government can meet the needs of the middle class and poor majority better than the private sector, who cares if we call our economic system socialism? The rich we will have with us always; they will always have more than enough God-provided resources. Realistically, I believe we would be better off if our economic system were composed from the best ideas and practices of both capitalism and socialism.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr., St. Matthews