Inbox — May 29, 2013

Letters to the Editor

May 29, 2013 at 5:00 am

Last week’s Editor’s Note, “Cancer, Interrupted,” misstated the recommended amount of time a drug like Tamoxifen is taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer. In most cases, the regimen is five years. LEO regrets the error.

Breast in Show
I’ve been reading/enjoying LEO since it came out more than 20 years ago. The Editor’s Note on breast cancer in the last issue gets my nod for revealing the intriguing aspects of this subject in a manner of connecting her subject to “real people in everyday life.”

Well done, Sarah Kelley.
Bob Moore, East End

Bambi Walk Existed
Regarding last week’s Bar Belle: As a resident of Louisville on and off since the 1950s, I cannot remember exactly when The Bambi Bar came on the scene; seems like it’s always been there. I do, however, recall the evolution of the Highlands business district. “Back in the day” only a few bars existed along Bardstown Road, which was the shopping center for the neighborhood. You are quite likely correct that it may actually be impossible today, for the time constraint and sheer number of drinking establishments present having replaced hardware, clothing, ice cream, bicycle, grocery, record, five-and-dime, and drug stores, plus banks, insurance agencies and single-family homes. Those were the days when a Bambi Walk may have been not only possible, but a right of passage for some daring groups of revelers.
Anita Miles Cary, St. Matthews

Teach, Don’t Guide
In response to “Just another theory” (LEO Weekly, May 15): Buddhism, Mormonism and Christianity are a few of the many religions present in our society today. All of these religions have different histories and cultures that any student should be willing to learn about, although there is a way to educate students on different religions without shoving it down their throats. As a high school student myself, I have been exposed to different beliefs and cultures, and, aside from the fact that Christianity is a religion, there is also a history in the Bible that ties into the history students learn about on a daily basis.

LACES isn’t far off in wanting to start implementing the idea of creationism; after all, it is a sound theory, just like the theory of evolution, and if you are going to introduce one theory, you might as well talk about the others. Students can decide on what they believe and worry more about whether they can pass the test on the information given instead of if their beliefs are being attacked.

Nonetheless, LACES should let the students come to them if they have any further questions, because a teacher’s first job is to teach, not guide, unless the student has consented. So, if LACES can respect the fact that children are diverse and America is full of a multitude of different thoughts, cultures and beliefs, and if students can keep an open mind and feel informed instead of offended, then let us be educated.
Eboni Fuller, freshman, duPont Manual

Doctrine vs. Theory
Regarding “Just another theory”:

Dear Hibbard,

Please don’t confuse doctrine and theory. Doctrine is taught or advocated regardless of its validity. Theory is a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation. Key words: “subject to experimentation.”
James Sidell, Jeffersonville

Left Wing, Right Wing
Give McConnell credit for not throwing Obama and the left wing party under the bus. I read The Courier-Journal and LEO every day. The left wing always be throwing the conservatives under the bus. I even see it on social media, too — most of the time these left-wingers be attacking the right-wingers. I never see the conservative attacking the left (it’s rarely happened); conservatives on social media do tell me the news instead attacking the left. I am not for any party, but it would be great if both parties would work together on real issues and quit attacking each other. You can’t find the truth just watching one news station — you gotta watch all the news stations.
Jacob L. Schagene, East End