Inbox — May 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor

The “LEO’s Guide to Louisville” map in last week’s Nightlife Guide did not include the artist’s name, which is Carrie Neumayer.

Also, the bar listings left out three: The Corner Door (2222 Dundee Road, 708-2885), Drake’s St. Matthews (3939 Shelbyville Road, 614-7327) and Drake’s Summit (Summit Plaza, 384-3921). LEO apologizes for the omissions.

Buckle That Belt
Regarding Sara Havens’ article in the Nightlife Guide (LEO Weekly, May 2): I love the Seelbach. It is one of my favorite buildings in Louisville. The history and architecture of the building is really quite remarkable, and I usually venture inside about once a month. Being a Louisville native, I appreciate our city’s rich history — everything from the Derby to Prohibition in the 1920s. Your article probably captured some of the building’s glory, but I feel that it was not the place to insert your opinion of religion.

Your first sentence stating we have our “Bible Belt fasten(ed) too tightly, which makes us bulge with conservatism” was inappropriate and is not how the majority of us feel. The sentence was out of place and out of line. I’m sure the article would have been a great success if you would have left that out. After reading your intro, I was not compelled to finish reading. Please refrain from inserting your opinion into the history of Louisville in the future.
Jason Spencer, Lyndon

Check on Mitch
Hey, LEO — thanks for the ink provided to recent guest contributor Victoria Strange and her thorough piece debunking the “liberal media” charges by the right (April 4). Another media issue: What rates coverage when prominent policymakers parade opinion as fact and are busted? Does the bust rate coverage?

Earlier this month, Congressman John Yarmuth wrote an excellent piece in the ever-shrinking C-J taking Sen. Mitch McConnell to task for his latest, distortion-riddled tirade against the Affordable Care Act. Yarmuth’s fact-checked results: ObamaCare will not cost families more, will not cost jobs, will not raid Medicare.

McConnell has been mute since Yarmuth called him out and asked for a public discussion. Can LEO or Gannett please check on Mitch — is his laryngitis terminal? Will his taxpayer-funded healthcare plan cover the treatment? What’s the co-pay for (severe) chronic distortion syndrome? Whatever the co-pay, I’m sure there’s a Super PAC that’ll pony up. In the meantime, Kentuckians have to suffer the hemorrhoids of yet another McConnell term. No wonder we’ve got a pain pill problem.
Mark McKinley, Schnitzelburg

Wrong Way Politics
Watching the Republican presidential candidates the last year or so has given me the same feeling Georgia Tech’s football players must have had at one point in the first half of their 1929 Rose Bowl game against California. A Tech runner fumbled around his own team’s 20 yard line, but Yellow Jacket fans’ spirits did an about-face when Cal captain Roy Riegels scooped up the ball and ran with gusto 65 yards — the wrong way! The play led to a safety. That gave two points to Georgia Tech, who ended up winning the game 8-7; do the math to see why it was about 30 years before “Wrong Way Riegels” could finally end his stigma by laughing about the mistake.

The film of this sports miscue of the century shows Tech players instinctively taking off after Riegels, then realizing, one by one, why stop him? Nothing is supposed to come that easily in the gritty, rugged world of football, but the decisive play that bought the prestigious Rose Bowl trophy to Atlanta was a freebie.

Sports analogies are of limited value, but the spectacle of Riegels romping unchallenged, then realizing too late he had been helping the opposition, mirrors this sequence: Assault Planned Parenthood, rip up pay equity, trample legal abortion, and defend brutalizing a dog, then check the polls and see that you trail precisely because you have alienated women.

It’s still the first half, of course, but oh how one play in a close game can make the difference.
George Morrison, Cherokee Triangle