Inbox – December 10, 2014

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Obama-McConnell say cheers
If the Obama-McConnell bourbon summit ever takes place, they might find out how much they have in common. Both of them are much better at winning elections than governing effectively.
~ Vincent J. Callahan, 40205

We’re all colored
Lots written about the problems between police officers and blacks. I read a lot of it and grin when I see the terms “people of color” and “colored.”
We’re all colored. I’m colored white.
~ Bob Moore, 40242

Medical Marijuana for Veterans
Thomas Massie is a co-sponsor of common sense legislation to help our veterans.  Why is Congressman Yarmuth not sponsoring this bill?
What difference does it make if we have a new V.A. Hospital if we deny access to the safest, most therapeutic substance on the planet?
~ Tom Rector Jr, 40059

Facts to inform the ongoing debate over Louisville runners
Kentucky Revised Statutes  189
189.570 Pedestrians.
(11) Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.
(12) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(13) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(14) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking on or along a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway shall  walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(15) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
189.010 Definitions for chapter.
(8)   “Pedestrian” means any person afoot or in a wheelchair.
~ Robert Bottom, Highlands

Response to Editor’s Note on Shaqquan
I am a Louisville fan. I read the article regarding Shaq Aaron. Much of it seemed informative, but I must take a moment to point out a ridiculous statement.

At the end is the question, “Would this happen to a white athlete named Luke?” This point is nothing more than race baiting. To make this situation sound as though it is about race is totally without merit.
There is possibly no other area of collegiate sports that is more racially fair than college basketball. The NCAA clearing house approves black athletes to play at an overwhelming rate. Very few athletes fall into situations like this. There is not a problem of race in the NCAA clearing process.

It is infuriating to read garbage journalism from affluent white cultural elitists trying to play the race card where it is not justified. The journalistic community has an agenda to inflame racial tension and widen the racial divide at every twist and turn.
Hopefully you are intelligent enough to know that this is not a matter of race. It is a matter of the NCAA having rules as to who can pay tuition for an athlete to attend a private school. If a white athlete or a black athlete has had financial benefits derived from an unapproved source it is a violation.

I coach basketball. I deal with recruitment questions frequently. I have a son that is recruitable now. I work with under resourced athletes and I am constantly amazed by the number of parasites that try to involve themselves with kids. They mislead kids and cause them to be in violation all the time. Often times these kids are led into these troubles by unscrupulous people within their own communities. People that want to latch on and ride the athlete’s coat tails in hopes that the athlete will play in the NBA and that they can cash in when that happens.

As to why you chose a white kid named “Luke”, I certainly hope you weren’t referencing Luke Hancock as an example of “White Privilege.” Luke was a hard working athlete who played by the rules.

I hate that you cheapened your story by making it racially divisive. It came close to being an otherwise good article.
~ Drew P