Letters to the Editor: Feb. 5, 2014

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Welcome, Bobby

Wow, Bobby Petrino round two! I have faith in Tom Jurich, and he will make the best decision for every program at the UofL. When it comes to the football program, I believe our “growing pains” of becoming a perennial football power have reached unseen levels for the ‘Ville. This emotional roller coaster we’ve been riding since Tom’s arrival has had the high peaks and the low valleys. The coaching departures caused fans to become irate and the bowl victories caused us to be a little more boisterous and proud of the program.

I truly believe this is the correct and best decision for our football team because of Jurich’s track record on coaching hires across the board. As fans we have become spoiled by our successes and our climb to the ultimate goal of a national championship is getting closer. We are all too familiar with our coaches bolting for greener pastures and now we are in unchartered territory by a former coach wanting to retake the reigns of our football program. We all know people make mistakes and the right thing to do is forgive them, but it is left to our discretion to give a second chance.

I say to you, Coach Petrino, on your return to the ‘Ville: “Forgiveness is not a weakness, but forgetfulness is!” We can forgive and never forget your abrupt departure on our program. As Tom Jurich said, “We don’t need to rebuild. We are built!”

Things have changed over the past seven seasons, and this train is full speed ahead and ready roll over any opponent. We have accomplished many goals, but there are so many more there for the taking. Coach Petrino, this is my olive branch to you. Do the right thing, and the faithful will return!! We have grown since you last coached here. We hope you have, too.

Jason L Harper



Advice to farmers

This is coming from a guy who farmed through the triple whammy that hit farming in the ‘80s and ‘90s: low prices, low yields and high interest rates.

Young farmers, Interest rates are on the increase. The only thing that will push your corn and soybean prices up in the near future would be drought in one of the world’s large growing areas. Worldwide production of feed grains are on the increase. South America, China, India now South Africa are increasing grain production as fast as they can.

Farm economists are projecting 2014 net farm income to be significantly below 2010-2013 levels. Ag economists are saying some farmers will need to renegotiate their lease arrangements, reduce their capital expenditures and perhaps reevaluate whether it’s in their best interests to continue farming land at high lease rates. Some of you will need to lower cash rents and make other adjustment to avoid large losses in 2014.

One well-respected research information firm believes that 2014 will be at or below break-even for a lot of U.S. growers. But there are things you can’t cut back, such as crop insurance, fertilizer, lime, weed control, the best seeds and efficiency in your work.

Corn maybe will make it to $4.50 before fall. Hopefully soybeans will make it to $11.50 before harvest. Understand this and remember it’s unlikely you will have another 200-bushel corn, 60-bushel soybean year anytime soon. Spend some quality time getting ready for the 2014 crop. Be careful, there’s no room for mistakes.

One more thing: Stop competing with each other for marginal acres just to get bigger. In hard times you don’t need a bigger truck, you need a more efficient truck.

John Wills



What we need

Since the General Assembly is in session and legislatures are entering and voting on bills, I would like to mention a couple of things that need fixing along with a couple that don’t need fixing.  We don’t need more bills to regulate women’s personal lives and interfering with the rights they already have. 

We don’t need bills changing workers’ rights like trying to get a “right to work” law passed.  This is not a worker friendly law but a law allowing companies to work their employees for less. Workers need pay raises since these have been few and far between and some are even getting their pay cut.  Companies are making healthy profits but these profits are going to the top employees and not being shared with the middle class and below employees.

Raising the minimum wage is badly needed because companies are making adequate profits to more than compensate for this raise.  Some states have already raised their minimum wage above national level, and so can our state legislature. 

We need to screen nursing home employees to make sure the right people are taking care of our loved ones.  The ones who are selected should be paid a living wage to give them the incentive to do a good job.  In fact, all companies should pay a “living wage.”

We don’t need a bill taking away telephone landlines.  Landlines are needed by people who have medical-alert machines (including my mother-in-law) or burglar/fire alarm systems.  There are areas where cell phones don’t work, and if you moved in one of these areas, you would be out of luck all the way around. AT&T is making healthy profits and doesn’t need to cut their services. 

Owen D. Humphress