Inbox — March 28, 2012

It’s Called Sarcasm
I just finished Evan Hilbert’s March 14 “Get out of the way” article about John Calipari and this year’s Kentucky basketball team. Hilbert made it clear throughout his article that he doesn’t think Coach Calipari is a real or legitimate coach because his stable of phenomenal players are actually the ones who make the team and win the games. Unfortunately, Hilbert failed to note that a big part of coaching is getting players to work as a team, and Coach Cal has demonstrated year after year that he’s able to take young stars and make them gel into unselfish teammates. That’s something UConn’s Jim Calhoun clearly failed to do this year with a team that includes several future NBA picks, and Calhoun is in the Hall of Fame! You also can’t get Kentucky’s talent without great recruiting, and that’s a part of the job where many other coaches are clearly failing (or at least getting beat by the likes of Calipari).

It’s hard to believe that someone who can’t coach has been named the Naismith College Coach of the Year twice before and is included as one of the four finalists this year. Talent alone doesn’t make a team, and I’d ask that your future articles about basketball be written by people who actually know something about basketball.
David Pape, Highlands

Cat Fan Cries Foul
Regarding Evan Hilbert’s feature in the March 14 LEO: John Calipari can’t coach. John Calipari can’t teach. John Calipari lucked into his players and a 30-1 season. End of story.

As a UK alum, I don’t mind someone having an opinion about UK basketball. But I do mind amateurish writing on the subject.
Bill Howell, East End

Retire, Mitch
It’s no surprise that the shameless hypocrisy and lies of Republicans know no bounds. But there are times when they shock even the most jaded critic with the outrageous whoppers they tell. Consider the flat imbecility of Mitch McConnell’s recent response to a constituent’s letter urging him to legalize medical cannabis: “The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death.”

NORML has posted a $10 million reward to anyone who can show one death from an overdose of THC. Nobody has collected it and never will. He goes on: “Second, I am troubled by the manner in which many of the legalization proposals make marijuana available to the public without following the scientific processes of the FDA.”

If McConnell was an honest man, he would have said something like, “In the past, marijuana was illegal because it would interfere with the booze and paper lobby. Today, it’s illegal because it will interfere with the big pharmaceutical lobby.”

Change indeed is painful, yet ever needed. McConnell is full of sordid beliefs and superfluous platitudes that just might dislodge if the enema was forceful enough. The church of prohibition has been open since the 1920s and has afflicted each successive generation of police officer, prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, politician, prison guard and DEA agent since, and none of the congregants will admit that it is a total failure that has cost trillions of dollars and thousands of lives both here and abroad. They don’t care what the grizzly costs are, they only care that it’s paying their mortgage. There is no morality whatsoever in a government, which imprisons its citizens for consuming, growing or selling cannabis while at the same time operating the largest marijuana farm in the U.S. and dispenses cannabis to only certain medical patients.

Each and every single person who supports this asinine policy of the last 40 years is evil. We must have the courage to repeal laws that our grandparents foolishly enacted out of ignorance and fear. We must also apply a little intelligence to elect senators who will serve the people and not merely the corporations. The lying hypocrites like Mitch have had their reign of obstructionism and terror. You’ve done your damage and left your stain on politics. Now, for god’s sake, retire, old man, and get out of the way!
Thomas Clay Jr., Jeffersonville