Letters to the Editor: SNL, RSV, UK Coach and more


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“Saturday Night Live” opened its show with a choir performing “Prayer for Ukraine” as the Russian invasion of the country continues.

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Not funny!

I was very offended by the The Saturday Night Sketch Live which aired on October 29, 2022 representing “Lexington Baptist Church” in Lexington, Kentucky. Although I am not a Baptist (I am actually Jewish), I am outraged by the portrayal of the characters as backward, drawling and uneducated. This portrayal does a disservice to the many educated and intelligent people of Lexington, home to the state’s flagship institution, the University of Kentucky.

In fact, among cities with more than 300,000 residents, the US Census Bureau ranks Lexington as the 11th most educated city in the nation. Even more impressive, 19.3% of the population has a college or professional degree, which ranks Lexington 10th among those with advanced degrees. Our workforce is educated, there are 10 colleges and universities within 40 miles of Lexington. In addition, Lexington has four other vocational and technical colleges. In total, nearly 70,000 students are enrolled in Bluegrass institutions of higher education.

I am proud that my daughters, who were educated in Lexington, KY., graduated from Columbia University in New York and went on to careers as lawyers and doctors.

Simply put, the skit was derogatory and frankly, NOT humorous.

Jann Geddes, Lexington

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Hospitals across the country are seeing more cases of infants with RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, who need hydration or oxygen therapy. Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention

RSV Precautions

I recently read an article from the Mayo Clinic about RSV and ways to reduce the risk to your baby. Deb Balzar mentioned hand washing and not smoking among several ways to reduce the risk. There was one very important one that had been omitted – breastfeed your baby.

I have known for years that breastfeeding reduces the risk of respiratory diseases. From the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding has been shown to have a protective effect on infants with RSV bronchiolitis. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding for maximum immune protection against viral infections in infants.

Roberta P. Newell, Winchester

Offensive Coach

Stoops took on the University of Kentucky football team as much as he can. Pay off his contract and bring in an offensive coach. It’s now or never.

Roy Wilson, Lexington

Investment of coaches

After almost 80 years of following University of Kentucky football, I got it.

The problem with British football is that the UK doesn’t have, and is unlikely to hire, a tier one coach. Until that changes, the UK will not successfully recruit against the SEC’s top teams.

For the most part, the Wildcats have had top quality basketball coaches. They won’t bite the bullet for a football manager, and the longer they continue with mediocrity, the harder it will be to change direction.

I’m not holding my breath.

Lou Browning, Maysville

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops enters the field before the game with the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Silas Walker [email protected]

Leaf collection

As I alternate my free time between wrapping leaves in tidy paper bags and placing them next to my overloaded garden bin, driving around town in search of elusive lawn bags, and slipping and sliding over the clutter of leaves on the roads, I wonder if our city leadership could have done a better job regarding leaf collection (or lack thereof) This year. The condescending local television marketing campaign informing our citizens of the city’s lack of leaf vacuums this year is not helping to quell this growing frustration.

Why can’t our city (with a budget surplus of tens of millions of dollars) provide this very tangible and useful benefit? A shortage of available labor is surely a real problem, but I have to think that better planning could have prevented this problem.

John Faace, Lexington

RATP problems

I don’t know what other companies have offered on the contract to handle Paratransit wheels for LexTran, but the decision makers created a remarkable disaster by awarding the contract to RATP-Dev. The RATP arrived with stunning arrogance about their beauty. Ha!

When the paratransit disaster struck on October 1 and many of us were outraged by the incredible mess, LexTran and RATPDev said, “Give us a month to iron out the issues.”

There was no ironing on the pleats. I could tell you horror stories of what I’ve been through and multiply my experience across the county. I had to take Lyft multiple times to get to work or class. I was afraid of losing my job. LexTran refuses to reimburse me. My budget is broken because I have to pay Lyft! I’m seriously considering small claims court because I’ve spent over $200 on Lyft since October 1. Yesterday my routes were reversed. They made me go home from work in the morning and go to work in the afternoon. Yes!

Fix it!

Betsy Packard, Lexington

Abortion Risks

Amendment 2, rejected in our state of Kentucky is a travesty for women and babies. Some of the physical risks of abortion include infection, perforation of the uterus, hemorrhage, cervical incompetence, and even death. Psychological risks include depression, nervous disorders, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunctions, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, child neglect or abuse, divorce or chronic relationship problems and suicide.

Jim Magditch, Versailles

Correct pronunciation

As I listened to some of the election coverage last night, it was like nails on a blackboard for me to hear someone, with their supposed pulse on the political climate of Kentucky and Lexington, mispronounce the name of a winning candidate. He was not alone. Let’s hope that Bill Bryant and others can learn to pronounce my friend Tayna Fogle’s name correctly.

Her name is pronounced Tawn-nuh. Some people mispronounce her name since they went to high school with her. I had this discussion with several people. One even insisted they had misspelled his name on the ballot on Tuesday! It wasn’t “Tawn-ya” or “Tae-nah” that I first heard Tuesday night.

According to another friend, it has happened to her and a handful of other Lexington-based black women on several occasions. They are often confused with each other, even if they don’t look alike, or are called by the wrong name.

I’m thrilled to have Tayna represent me in the 1st District. We are going to hear a lot about her and her. Say his name. Respect black women.

Perhaps a public apology is appropriate and would probably be graciously accepted.

Diane Cahill, Lexington

cultural humility

As a Christian, I am concerned about all expressions of anti-Semitism. Our Christian Bible contains the history of the ancient Jews’ relationship with God in what is also our history. Recently, I was lucky enough to discover an interview with Dr. Willie James Jennings, a theologian from Yale University, on a podcast by “The Unfinished Church. I discovered there a thoughtful explanation for rejecting anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the Twitter feed that led to Kyrie Irving being suspended by the Brooklyn Nets.

In the interview, Jennings calls on Christians to humbly acknowledge that we are Gentiles who have entered from the margins into a history of Jewish experiences that were not ours originally. Thus, rather than arrogantly assuming a central place in Judeo-Christian history, he asserts that Gentiles should assume a place of cultural humility. The Hebrew scriptures of Jewish experiences of God form the foundation of the Christian faith, and I am deeply grateful that through the life and teachings of Jesus revealed in the gospels and other biblical writings, I have been brought into history of Israel of God’s love, justice and hope. From the perspective of cultural humility, there is no room for anti-Semitism, arrogance and hatred.

Anne BrooksRichmond

This story was originally published November 11, 2022 10:02 a.m.