They Keep Callin

As you reported last week, the federal Do Not Call list can still be enforced, while the telemarketers still try to have it struck down in the higher courts. Their phony pretext for this is "free speech," based on the fact that the regulation doesn't restrict everybody. How can it be fair, if it exempts charities and politicians (which is how the hustlers will disguise themselves if they finally lose)?

Of course, "free speech" is totally irrelevant, absolute jive, unadulterated BS, here, because the real contest is over private property: Your phone, your home, your time. The hucksters may say anything they want in a public forum, but your house is not necessarily one of those. And the neighbors are probably glad if it isn't.

So why are 52 million of us having to petition the law to protect our own homes? Because those loudmouth intruders are trying to break down the door! "Screw your No-Call list," they're saying, "We're comin' in, and yer gonna listen!" Forget for a moment that most people are NOT on a No-Call list, and that the minority who are listed are not in a buying mood, nor a charitable one. So what is the point of harassing these people? It sure ain't salesmanship.

If it prevails, be advised that Kentucky's own No-Call statute doesn't restrict everybody, either. Those exemptions won't be listed here, for the pure spite of not assisting those telemarketing scum. Point is, No-Call is about privacy, not speech. If I ran around your house screaming prophesy or politics through a bullhorn, you could call the police and have it stopped. That's how No-Call legislation needs to be framed.

Otherwise, that phone-sewage will jump its banks again, and the people will be forced use defenses that are not polite. One of these is to make telemarketing a most unpleasant occupation. Already there is worry about thousands of job lost for the otherwise-unemployable. Not universal concern, of course. More like my parents' sympathy for all those unemployed thugs of the Reich and the Empire after Nagasaki.

Bruce Williams


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Guest Opinion


By Will Kirkland

I am a student at the University of Kentucky and a parishioner at St. Augustine's Chapel, the Episcopal Church on the UK campus. The last service at St. Augustine's was Sunday, October 12.

The accusations of misappropriation of funds by the chaplain of St. Augustine's, Fr. Christopher Platt, and the subsequent decision by the Rt. Rev. Stacey Sauls, Bishop of Lexington, to close the chapel have been reported in local and national news media. However, no paper but Ace that I know of has reported [the opinion of many congregants] that the decision to accuse Fr. Platt and to close the chapel can be seen as a willful effort to destroy the St. Augustine's congregation.

When I told Bishop Sauls that, since campus ministry is done in the name of UK (students like me) I deserved a decent explanation as to why my church is being taken away, he answered, "You're entitled to feel that way."

The only justification I have heard at all is that "the congregation and the student ministry need to be disentwined so that they can each grow." Even if that statement weren't blatantly meaningless, having the congregation call it quits and handing over student ministry to a separate denomination seems to me to be an odd definition of growth.

[These decisions have] destroyed us, along with any Episcopalian relevancy on the UK campus.

Though there are theories as to why the Bishop wants to shut down the Chapel, I will prove myself a better man and will not submit unverified accusations and speculations to a newspaper.

I simply demand a reasonable explanation on the Bishop's part. I also call on anyone who may read this to share my outrage.

This is not merely a problem of parishioners at the Chapel, or of Episcopalians. Anyone who loves justice must join us, because next time the bell may toll for you as well.

I beg anyone who may read this, help us!


Kids at Risk

Children's Environmental Health in Kentucky Public Forum and Workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission will be at the Founders Union Building, Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville on October 16th and 17th. The public forum on the 16th is free. There is a $12 registration fee for the workshop on the 17th. For more information, call Leslie Cole at 502/ 564-2150.

End of an Era

The Psychology of Retirement, Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor will speak at noon on Friday, October 17th at the Sanders-Brown Library on UK's campus. This is part of the Fall 2003 Sanders-Brown Center On Aging Friday Seminar Series Please call 859/ 257.5179 for more information.

Spring forward

Friends of McConnell Springs will be the featured charity at Keeneland on Saturday, October 18th. The races will be followed by a cocktail party and silent auction in the Keeneland Entertainment Center with proceeds from both going to McConnell Springs, a 26-acre historical and environmental education center and natural area close to downtown Lexington. $60 tickets include Grandstand Admission, reserved parking area, cocktail reception and silent auction. More info at www.mcconnellsprings.org.

Hug a Tree

Or maybe just trim one up. LFUCG Division of Parks and Recreation is looking for a few good volunteers to help clean up Preston Springs from 8:30am to 12pm on Saturday, October 18th. Volunteers should wear old clothes and bring work gloves. Tools such as handsaws, pruners, loppers and pitchforks are also needed-but no gas-powered equipment, please. Refreshments will be served to all participants at Noon in the McConnell Springs Education Center. For more information or to volunteer, contact McConnell Springs at 225-4073.

Election 2003

KET will air the second part of its two-part series Election 2003: Candidates for Governor on Monday, October 20th at 8:00pm.

Bluegrass Women's Political Caucus will hold a public forum of women candidates in the November election on Tuesday, October 21st from 7-8:30pm in the Lexington Fayette Government Center Ballroom at 200 East Main Street. On hand will be candidates for State Auditor, Linda Greenwell and Crit Luallan, candidate for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Alice Baesler and candidate for Fayette Circuit Court, Division 4, Pamela Goodwine. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Side by Side

Democrat Ben Chandler and Republican Ernie Fletcher, the two frontrunners for Kentucky Governor, will square off in a televised debate October 22nd at 8pm. Bill Bryant will moderate the one-hour event that will be aired on WKYT-TV as well as on public radio station WUKY.

Bugs in Lex

Radical B.U.G.S (Build Urban Garden Spaces) will hold their first planning meeting Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm in the Downtown Library, Conference Room B. Anyone with an interest in developing a community garden program in Lexington is encouraged to attend. To be discussed: organizational structure, proposed garden spaces, county agricultural fair, school partnerships, and more. Info, radicalbugs@yahoo.com

Stop the Violence

LFUCG Division of Community Development has been awarded a two-year $344, 070 grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The funds are to be used to increase safety and availability of supervised visitation and monitored exchange services for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, stalking and sexual assault.

A Trendsetter? Maybe Not

The Urban County Council voted this week to reject Mayor Teresa Isaac's policy that would make health insurance coverage available to domestic partners of government employees. Lexington was the first city in Kentucky to enact such a policy. The final council vote is scheduled for Nov. 6.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.

To submit an advocacy/activism activity or event for Quickies, email rkirkland@aceweekly.com, or editor@aceweekly.com.