Letters to editor: Dec. 20

December 21, 2012 

GOP hurt not by moderates, but by appeals to extreme

I enjoy reading the editorial page, because I know that I will always get some good laughs as a warm up before reading the funny pages.

Take for instance the space you gave to Martin Cothran, the senior policy analyst with the The Family Foundation in Lexington.

He claims that putting forth a moderate as the Republican standard bearer in the presidential election led to the party's ignominious defeat.

True, both John McCain and Mitt Romney were moderates for most of their careers, but in order for each of them to get the Republican nomination they were forced to swing wildly to the right.

Both would have won if they had embraced their real philosophies, because the Democratic Party hasn't run a great candidate since John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

The people who run the Republican Party made their candidates defend those who think rape is a gift from God, global warming is all in Al Gore's head, that we can drill our way out of our energy crisis, and that if you give enough tax breaks to the rich, they may decide to spend some money on investment, generating low-paying jobs for those waiting patiently for the trickle down.

You don't have to be very smart to see that America doesn't believe the lies the Republican Party keeps telling because they used them when Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter.

In the 21st century, truth and centrism are gonna rally the troops, not hate and exclusion.

Dave Sawyer

Lexington


Get rid of the aisle

Our leaders in Washington, including Sen. Mitch McConnell, need to put the country first rather than fighting for political party advantage. The two parties share power in our government. Neither will be able to impose its will on the other.

A stalemate over taxes, which aren't even new taxes but just an expiration of a Bush-era tax cut, will hurt mostly the middle class.

I think it's time to eliminate the aisle between the two parties. Make them sit together and maybe they'll speak civilly to one another instead of like bullies on the playground.

McConnell is an embarrassment to our state, and he failed in his ludicrous No. 1 mission for this term.

A heartening movement is growing in Washington. It's called No Labels, and it's all about getting our government working again and governing for the future good, not just the next election. Get more information at Nolabels.org, and please let McConnell know if you think he is acting like a spoiled brat.

Leslie Bebensee

Corinth


No SS payroll tax cap

I'm sick of hearing that Social Security is such a hard thing to shore up. It's easy if you can get the GOP (Mitch McConnell) out of the way and just remove the cap on payroll taxes.

Allow me to make it simple. If you make less than $110,000 a year, then you pay tax on 100 percent of your pay, but if you make $1 million a year you pay taxes on just 11 percent of your income.

Doesn't seem fair to me, how about you?

So if McConnell wants to do something to help, remove the cap and let the high earners pay the same percent of their income as the 47 percent.

Lynn Congleton

Nicholasville


Miraculous story

After reading the Dec. 7 front-page article, "A dog, a dream lead to finding long-lost Dad," I suggest that you have reporter Jim Warren send this to Larry Levinson, who is the producer of most of the Hallmark movies shown on TV.

This is an incredible story and it all started with a little dog named Nubbins. Throw in a couple of compassionate firefighters, a caring neighbor and a veterinarian, and the rest is history.

To think of a young boy and his father finding each other after being apart for 30 years. This is an unbelievable story and it happened at Christmas — the season of miracles.

Terry Aldridge

Nicholasville


Thelin and Spivey

John Thelin's Feedback essay "NCAA conflicted from the start" should be assigned reading for Kentucky basketball adherents.

Thelin, a University of Kentucky professor, writes with unusual skill. His reasoning and conclusions are virtually impeccable.

The illustration chosen to accompany the article also is of some interest. It depicted Bill Spivey in his glory days at UK, superimposed leaning against a tall building.

Credit for the illustration is listed as Herald-Leader archives. That's technically correct, but in fact the photo did not originate with the Herald-Leader.

The idea of comparing Spivey to a tall building came from the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial-Appeal. It was printed in that paper's sports pages in advance of a UK game played in Memphis, if memory serves.

The late Billy Thompson of The Herald sports department got permission to reprint the photo. It has been used several times since.

Bill Hanna

Lexington

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