Letters to the editor: July 27

July 27, 2013 

Is everything in GOP political theater 'a show about nothing?'

The older I get, the more things remind me of Seinfeld episodes. Recently, it's the GOP.

One time Jerry wanted to return a jacket and told the store clerk he was returning it for spite. When told that spite was not an appropriate reason to return a jacket, Jerry said, OK, it was because it didn't fit. But the clerk said no...you already said spite and you can't change it.

The GOP has done everything in its power to defeat, defund and obstruct anything and everything the president does, from reforming a desperately ill health care system to reviving an economy dealt a near death blow by an out-of-control financial sector. At first, their candidly stated reason was spite, in the form of show me your birth certificate you illegitimate socialist muslim, you.

Since then, they have tried every noble-sounding excuse they can think of, from the Constitution to states' rights and religious freedom. But they already said spite, which is not an appropriate reason to put the party ahead of the nation and they can't change it.

Can you imagine what conservatives could accomplish if they ever directed their considerable power and influence to something positive? History has seen them fight desperately, time and again, defending causes like slavery, Jim Crow and the continued welfare of the richest and most powerful among us. We are now in the 21st century. It is well past time for them to put away their spite and finally get on the right side of history.

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground


No war on coal

War on coal? Here are some inconvenient facts taken directly from the National Mining Association's own website.

In 1923 there were 704,793 coal miners producing 564.6 million tons of coal in the US.

By 1953 it only took 293,106 miners to produce 457.3 million tons.

In 1993 the number of miners had dropped to 101,322 yet production more than doubled to 945.4 million tons and by 2011 just 88,000 miners were producing 1,094.3 million tons.

It should be obvious that environmental restrictions have not cut into coal production, but technological advances have eliminated hundreds of thousands of jobs. There simply is no war on coal. There may be a war on coal miners, but it isn't the EPA or the President that is leading it. Politicians can rail against the government all they want, but those jobs are not coming back. Candidates from both parties; please just shut up about a non-existent war on coal and do something toward developing new industries for the coal counties. To continue ranting about a phantom war on coal either shows your ignorance or shows you to be a liar. The citizens of Kenucky deserve better.

Howard Stovall

Lexington


Appreciation for cancer foes

This is an exciting time in the fight against cancer in Kentucky. With the recent announcement of the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center earning the commonwealth's first National Cancer Institute honor, our state continues to make strides toward finishing the fight against this disease that will claim nearly 10,000 Kentuckians this year.

As chair of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Fayette County, I am proud to be affiliated with volunteers and staffers dedicated to this fight.

In Kentucky, the American Cancer Society is providing, on average, more than 700 people a day with cancer information who call 1-800-227-2345, and giving nearly 130 people a day transportation to and from their treatments. Lexington is home to one of the society's Hope Lodges, which offer cancer patients free lodging when they are away from home and undergoing treatment, and Kentucky is also the recipient of 13 Society-funded research grants totaling more than $6.8 million.

I also wish to thank the countless people and volunteers who support the American Cancer Society's work through Relay For Life and our other events, as well as the numerous survivors we see and celebrate with those who are testimonies that cancer can be beaten. We still have work to do, but I believe Kentuckians will finish this fight.

Jessica Tretter

Lexington


Nation of believers

It has been said that the United States of America is a nation of believers. We should reflect on what it is that we actually believe in. Are the majority of the Americans so very weak-minded that we can be convinced to believe ourselves to be racist? Can we be dumbed down in our common sense so much that it results in abandoning what we know to be true? There is wickedness in the world and we are called to be the light.

We should not be surprised and act as if we do not know that evil is among us.

As a nation, we have seen lies and lawlessness abound within the highest levels of government. So far, to date, no one has been held accountable.

Consider this; if you choose to accept the role of victim, you receive a victim's reward. If you choose to believe lies, you will receive a reward set aside for the gullible. If you choose to believe that it is acceptable to abandon those that cry for help, from the land of Benghazi to the sacred womb of a woman, you will receive a coward's reward.

We are overcomers. We are not without resources to address this type of nonsense.

Richard Abraham

Paducah


Rand Paul disingenuous

Thank you for publishing Sen. Rand Paul's objections to President Barack Obama's plans to regulate coal-burning plants. They do seem to attack coal.

However, Paul's objections are disingenuous. He knows we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions for health reasons, to protect business infrastructure from severe weather and for safety and national security reasons.

And he knows Congress failed to pass climate change legislation, so the president must act alone. He also knows the president's best tool for reducing emissions is Environmental Protection Agency regulations targeting power plants.

Paul further knows Congress could enact a carbon tax that would not single out coal for attack. It would fairly impact all fuels from all sources, economy-wide and tax them based on the damage they cause to the environment. If Paul doesn't want coal to be singled out, he should sponsor carbon tax legislation.

In addition, if Paul wants to prevent damage to Kentucky's "tepid" economy, he could make sure that a carbon tax is revenue-neutral. By collecting a tax from fuel producers and returning it to households (via rebate or income tax reductions), he can shield constituents from price increases and stimulate the economy with this infusion of money.

Paul knows other countries and states with carbon taxes have experienced economic growth and job expansion because carbon taxes encourage private investors to invest in companies developing new greener technology.

I urge your readers to call Paul's office asking him to sponsor carbon tax legislation.

Judy Weiss

Brookline, Mass.

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