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Letters to the editor: Dec. 10

December 10, 2012 

'Tis the season for giving locally, too

Tom Eblen's Nov. 26 column was right on target: Local businesses are worthy of our patronage and thanks. Our unique local shops make our hometown a place like no other.

But our local businesses do more than just provide distinctive goods and services; they also provide much needed support for local non-profits, and more, encourage others to give as well. This is evident in the way local establishments have rallied in support of the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

The Challenge, a partnership between the Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is an online community-wide giving campaign to benefit 68 Central Kentucky non-profits during the holiday season. The Challenge runs through Dec. 31.

Local businesses are providing thousands of dollars in incentives and prizes for donors and charities alike. Scores of local businesses are providing donor prizes for those who give $50 or more. For a complete list of businesses and prizes or to make a donation of your own, visit the Challenge website,

Many thanks to our business community for all its contributions this holiday season. At Blue Grass Community Foundation, we believe that buying locally is just as important as giving locally.

Lisa Adkins

President/CEOBlue Grass Community Foundation

Headline nailed it

"McConnell keeps up the attack" (Dec. 1) is the most accurate lead headline I have read in the Herald-Leader in a long time. Sen. Mitch McConnell does not appear to have a positive or constructive bone in his body. All he seems to be able to do is attack.

And he is a loser. Remember, his No. 1 priority was to make President Barack Obama a one-term president? The American people have spoken. McConnell needs to start listening. Or I promise to make my No. 1 political priority to make this Mc Connell's last term as a U.S. senator.

John C. Wolff


Cut entitlements

Since the Herald-Leader is willing to print a political one-sided shot at U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on the front page, I will mention this: We all have to bear responsibility for the economy. The poor must pay, the middle class must pay and the very wealthy must pay.

My grandmother, who is well off, would probably say she shouldn't have to pay a penny more for her Medicare than the rest. Well, the rest should pay. Entitlements are definitely on the cutting block for this Democrat.

The Kentucky senator is willing to lead on this issue. Now is the time to cut a deal that would be set in stone. We are foolish to pass it up. Why not sweeten the pot and close some tax loopholes, too?

I think the speaker of the House just might lend his voice, and our senator would be wise to listen.

Dan Smathers


Democrats are nuts

Ashley Judd for U.S. senator? What a joke. Comparing Judd to President Ronald Reagan? What an insult.

Reagan was a successful actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild, a Democrat who wised up and became a Republican, was pro-abortion then saw the light and became pro-life, a two-term governor of California, a successful speech maker and spokesman for General Electric, and a two-term president of the United States.

Judd is a pro-abortion, anti-death penalty activist actress, and she is being seriously considered by statewide Democrats as a suitable candidate for the U.S. Senate. Any wonder why Democrats in Kentucky lose so many federal elections? They are nuts.

Ted Smith

Park Hills

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