Letters to the Editor: Aug. 22

August 22, 2012 

McConnell needs to open his eyes to the future

When is Sen. Mitch McConnell going to have his eyes checked? Why can't he see the devastating consequences of his stubbornness, his myopic vision of Kentucky?

He supports King Coal, claims it gives us great jobs. The problem is, as mining gets more efficient (think mountaintop removal) it produces fewer jobs and more environmental destruction. What about the people whose lives are damaged by the deadly runoff into our streams and waterways or by the dirty air?

Those are our children who suffer poor health. Those are our children who grow up without hope because McConnell has helped hold back Kentucky from its real potential. A green, diversified economy is the future. The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to protect our beautiful commonwealth for future generations first, and future profits second.

McConnell lacks the vision Kentucky has needed and deserves. We would have been better off, and better prepared for our future, if he had been willing to compromise the last four years. Instead, he took a narrow view, bent on making Barack Obama a one-term president, ensuring that Kentucky takes a back seat to his ambitions.

A more honest, valuable path would have been to go forward with compromise that would have given the president's policies a chance to fail, as McConnell claimed they would have. Instead, he left us wondering, "What is McConnell afraid of?"

Charles A. Bowsher


Our soul on the line

The soul of America is on the line. The outcome of the November election will lay the course for the future of our beloved America. Will we remain a land under a free-enterprise system, with freedom to work and worship upholding our human dignity? Or will this administration be given another four years, with the cooperation of Congress, to force us to continue down a destructive path?

They are overriding our sacred Constitution, denying our freedom of religion and destroying our free-enterprise system, which has made the United States the most innovative, prosperous land of opportunity for all willing to work and become self-sufficient.

The ever-increasing number of our citizens depending on government welfare is absolutely unsustainable. Welfare is not free. The receivers of government payouts now rest on the shoulders of fewer and fewer workers.

"Obamacare" gives too much power to different cabinets. The Department of Health and Human Services has given us a taste of this, robbing us of our freedom of religion with the insurance birth-control mandate. In addition to raising our taxes, this only scratches the surface of this evil plan which makes major restrictions on many issues that are not even health-related.

When you vote in November, please remember, America's soul is at stake.

Hilda Pullen


Worse under Obama

For 3½ years, we have heard repeatedly how the state of affairs in the United States is the past administration's and Republicans' fault. Everything that has gone wrong, we can blame on them.

But I think it is high time for the present administration to stand up and take responsibility for its own mistakes. In a total of eight years that George W. Bush was our president, the deficit rose $4 trillion. In the 3½ years that Barack Obama has been our president, the deficit has risen $5 trillion. One trillion more in less than half the time.

Since Obama has been president, our unemployment has stayed above 8 percent. Now all you Republican haters can blame Congress but let us remember that the Democrats had control of the House and the Senate for two years and the economy got worse.

So before you vote for Obama again, please look into the facts and say no to the present administration. The American people cannot afford four more years of Obama.

Kim Palmer


The real royalty

Nation's poorest live as kings? In reading some letters to the editor, one would think the poorest citizens have all the power. In a world where money talks, however, this is plainly false and the author of one particular letter, "U.S. dream about to end," should be ashamed for making such an assertion.

Travel to Appalachia and ask its poorest residents how it feels to live as kings, having to rely on government benefits even to do those things most basic in life simply because of the lack of opportunities in their region. Or travel to our nation's capital and take a tally of all those poor people living high off the hog and pulling the strings of our nation's congressmen.

Unfortunately, all one would find are super-wealthy congressmen who cater only to those who are also super wealthy, while the other 99 percent of America is forced to figure out how they will get by in a country presently designed only to benefit the elites.

Brian Hultz


Play by the rules

Many recent letter writers seem to be more than a little bit bent out of shape concerning the flap about health care providers having to provide contraceptive care.

All cite attacks upon their "freedom of religion," with all having differing ideas of just what constitutes that freedom.

Apparently, the religious-based providers want to be handed government funds with intentions of supplying only the care that agrees with their religious beliefs.

They have not yet learned that to get government funding, you must play by government rules. These rules do not pander to religious tenets, nor are they supposed to. Two suggestions:

1. For those who want to gripe about attacks on their religious freedom: Give a definition of "religious freedom." Linda R. Monk's The Bill of Rights, A User's Guide, gives an excellent explanation of the First Amendment.

2. For the care providers with their hands out: If you don't want to play by the rules, don't try to get into the game.

James H. Hazlett


Comer wrong on chemist

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is a great man for exposing Richie Farmer's scandal. If he does nothing else during his term, he will probably be remembered as a pretty decent man.

But when I read in "A high-octane 'money pit'" of July 23 that he said, "They've never tested a single sample of pesticide, even though they had a full-time pesticide chemist working there, because they didn't have all the equipment to conduct the testing," and that he had removed the chemist from the job, I realized Comer is not much better than Farmer.

I am the wife of that pesticides chemist and I can tell you:

1) He had tested multiple samples because I got to hear how he spoke to upset customers whose results were not what they wanted to hear.

2) I know his tests were accurate because not only did he calibrate those instruments, but he wrote the procedure guide on how to do it, and tested the accuracy repeatedly.

3) Comer did not remove him. He applied to a job outside the government, interviewed and accepted the job offer; and never was his job threatened.

Comer is either misleading or horribly misinformed by people who don't know a thing that had gone on in that lab.

No votes are coming his way, and you can be sure I'm going to tell everyone I know not to vote for him either.

Rhea Campbell


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