Letters to the Editor: Jan. 11

January 11, 2013 

Tea Party should target Democrats, not the GOP

I encourage Tea Party members to quit their vengeance against Republican office holders and instead spend their time on moving Democrats out of office.

So far, the Tea Party's efforts in U.S. Senate races have been of more help to Democrats than to Republicans. Tea Party actions narrow its base by its stridency when it should be broadening it to win general elections.

In 2010, the Tea Party injected candidates into Republican primaries in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada. The candidates won the primaries then lost the general elections, keeping the seats Democratic.

In New Hampshire, it was different. The Senate seat was held by Republican Judd Gregg, who was retiring. Kelly Ayotte, a GOP moderate, defeated Ovide Lamontagne (Tea Party) in the primary and then defeated Democrat Paul Hodes in the general election.

In the primary, Ayotte got 38 percent of the vote to Lamontagne's 37 percent. But in the general election, Ayotte got 60 percent.

Why did Ayotte do so well? Because, as a more moderate conservative, she appealed to a broader range of voters.

The problem continued in the 2012 Senate races. In Indiana, Richard Mourdock (Tea Party) beat incumbent Richard Lugar in the primary but lost the general election to his Democratic opponent.

It was Colorado, Delaware and Nevada all over again. Only this time, we lost a Republican seat.

To put it bluntly, Tea Party supporters look like closet Democrats. To change that image, I recommend the Tea Party change direction and focus on defeating Democrats, not Republicans.

Ted Smith

Park Hills


Pure poetry

In a Dec. 31 article by Herald-Leader writer Scott Sloan, "The ballad of the business page," he said he was no poet.

I read the entire article and found out some things I didn't know about the previous year. Therefore, Sloan may say he is not a poet, but after reading his article you would never know it.

Sloan's Dec. 24 article about Gilbert Scott of Scott's Roll-Arena also was a great one. Scott is a kind and loving man and I pray for him to have a complete recovery. He is a member of my church, Broadway Christian, and is missed each week in his usual seat, always ready to stand and give a hug to his friends.

Thank you, Scott Sloan, for your wonderful articles.

Joyce Gentry Davis

Lexington


Marxists after guns

Within minutes after the horrible murders in Newtown, Conn., the usual suspects were ranting about gun control.

I really believe these Marxist trolls can't wait for any atrocity so they can further their un-American, unconstitutional political goal of disarming Americans.

They claim they want commonsense gun control that won't take away your guns. What a pack of lies.

There are two types: the committed progressive Marxists and useful idiots. President Barack Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are committed progressive Marxists. The media and many of the letter writers to this paper are the useful idiots.

The Marxists know they can never control the population without disarming them, and that is exactly what they are trying to do.

The Second Amendment says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." What is it about that sentence that you don't understand?

The revolution started when the government tried to disarm citizens. If you think Americans are going to just turn over their firearms to the government you are stuck on stupid.

A national bloodbath on a scale you won't believe is in the making if the Marxists are successful in legislating away our constitutional rights.

Which do you support, the American dream or the Marxist dream? I would rather die a free man than live as a slave to the government.

Bill Leonard

Versailles


Wrong game featured

I am a subscriber to your paper and have been for years. But Saturday, when I opened the paper and saw the picture on the front page of the Sports section, I was stunned.

When the fourth- and fifth-ranked boys' basketball teams play in what was undoubtedly one of the best high school basketball games in a long time — and you had a picture of two Jessamine County teams?

I do not have a child that plays on either team, but Scott County beats Henry Clay in overtime and they get only a small paragraph.

I really just wonder if the outcome of the game had been reversed would you have a different picture on the front page?

Loraine Griffith

Georgetown

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