Letters to editor: Oct. 4

October 4, 2013 

No added tax authority for Kentucky cities

I am adamantly opposed to our commonwealth granting temporary sales tax authority to local governments.

History will demonstrate that once a tax is enacted, government becomes dependent on its revenue, and future representatives will use any means necessary to preserve the source.

We already have a revenue source in tax increment financing to fund improvement projects. The taxes resulting from such projects are used to repay the initial government concessions and are carved from the general revenue stream.

Let's first see if this actually works as promised. I'm skeptical.

H. Brian Hershinow

Lexington


Politicking in tax bill

I recently received my property tax statement in the mail, and it reminded me that there must be an election for Fayette County sheriff in the near future. My tax statement included not one but two campaign-style advertisements for the Fayette County sheriff.

I have always wondered about the legality of these notices being placed in official government mailings. I will be notifying the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to see if I can file a formal complaint.

I hope other Fayette County property owners will take notice of this and file complaints as well. I don't want my tax dollars being used for political mailings for any candidate for public office.

Taxpayers of Fayette County must and need to stand up if we are going to stop the abuse by so many elected officials on the local, state and national levels.

If we don't, we have only ourselves to blame.

James Jeffrey Coleman

Lexington


U.S. must pay its bills

As Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said, "The Republican Party needs to stop being the party of stupid!"

Yet the Tea Party insists they're in favor of not raising the debt ceiling to pay for all of the debt incurred by the current and past U.S. government spending bills.

This is money already spent and owed to the people, companies and countries who have sold services and goods, and loaned money to the U.S. government.

Like a responsible citizen, I pay my bills. Why does the Tea Party think the U.S. government should not have to pay its bills?

Does the term "deadbeat" have any meaning to them?

Joe Crouch

Lexington


Keep eye on Iran

I wish the American people would wake up and see what's going on in this country. I am fortunate to travel across this ole U.S.A., from coast to coast. I see people from the Middle East buying all our convenience stores, and these stores are where we buy our gasoline.

Just like Middle East doctors, they get all the tax breaks and a lot of the money earned goes to the Middle East.

Syria is not the problem for us; it's Iran. If any military strikes are taken, it should be against Iran. Let the other Middle East countries continue their civil wars and get our troops home.

Pete Herrera

Van Lear


Surplus? Feed hungry

I have an idea what the city can spend all that extra money on. How about feeding the hungry? Give some to the Salvation Army, God's Pantry, Catholic Action Center, etc.

Show the world that this city has some class for a change. That would be a pleasant surprise.

Pete Horine

Lexington


Gun control losing

A recent headline, "Gun control advocates lose ground, despite mass shootings," is disingenuous.

They're losing ground because mass shootings are proving that gun-rights advocates have been right all along. Gun control helps mass shooters, not the rest of us, and the rest of us are catching on.

Where would you go if you wanted to shoot a bunch of people? Where you might be shot during the first second?

Or, in a gun-controlled zone where you'd be safe for minutes before police responded?

Five of the six most recent mass shooters chose gun-controlled zones. Criminals don't obey laws; the rest of us do. Gun control laws make the rest of us helpless.

Lee Crawfort

Lawrenceburg

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