Letters to editor: Nov. 15

November 15, 2013 

  • Special-election letters

    Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

Legalizing marijuana not the right cure

Most people who are for the legalization of marijuana are the ones who use the drug illegally.

Some do it to get high, others do it for "medicinal" purposes, but what they don't know may haunt them later on in life. One study shows that one joint is the equivalent to five cigarettes smoked back to back. For women, this may lead to birth defects for children.

Legalizing marijuana is not the cure for America. Encouraging drug use has never been the focus of America, and shouldn't be now.

If you legalize marijuana, what's next? Cocaine? Heroin? Marijuana is a gateway drug which could lead to the use of more dangerous and powerful substances.

Matt Agee

Lexington


Health law legal

A recent letter implied that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because of the reconciliation process used by the Senate.

There is nothing in the Constitution that commands super-majority approval. That is a Senate rule, as is reconciliation, which limits debate and permits majority vote.

If the law is unconstitutional, so is President George W. Bush's tax cut which was also passed through reconciliation. I'm willing to bet that no one is sending the IRS a check based on the pre-Bush tax rate. The writer's problem is not reconciliation but the law itself.

So, please stop the hypocrisy.

Damon Davis

Lexington


Good ole' time

It seems to me that the only way that the Republicans could be more overjoyed about the problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act would be if somehow they could blame it on Hillary Clinton.

Jack Brant

Lexington


List McConnell donors

Thanks to the Herald-Leader we know that Steven Spielberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito, Barbara Streisand and other Hollywood glitterati are major donors to the Senate campaign of Alison Lungeran Grimes.

Now let's get a list of major contributors to the Senate campaign of Mitch McConnell. Let me guess; various unnamed moguls, fat cats and astroturf organizations, etc.

Rhodes Johnston

Winchester


Send Thomas to Senate

I support the candidacy of Reggie Thomas to the Kentucky Senate.

Through the years, I have observed the knowledgeable, common sense and conscientious way in which Thomas approaches various issues, which would have direct impact on the 13th Senate District.

I have found him to be hard-working and dedicated in a way that is in the best interest and the greater good of the people of Fayette County. Any time I have approached him with a question or concern, he has always exhibited a willingness and desire to address the matter with great insight.

The citizens of the 13th District will be well served by the election of Thomas as state senator.

Patricia Hayden

Lexington


Expanding welfare state

A Richmond resident who identified herself as "just one of those liberals who Rand Paul says have big hearts and small brains" doesn't want Republican states "to stifle the voices of ordinary citizens likely to vote for a Democrat."

The letter writer therefore bemoans the prospect that "conservatives on the Supreme Court may agree with McConnell, so the billionaires will soon be pouring plenty of free speech (money) into elections. Chances are, they'll want something in return."

She need have no fear. Those billionaires' money cannot begin to offset the many more billions of dollars printed by the U.S. government to pay welfare benefits to those "ordinary citizens likely to vote for a Democrat," even as Obama's minions aggressively recruit more people onto the welfare rolls.

And chances are certain they'll get in return the votes of the overwhelming majority of those welfare recipients.

Obama's proficiency and fluency in lying with a straight face, posing as Jesus speaking to the 5,000 has enabled him to keep his promise to transform America and redistribute the wealth, simultaneously destroying the initiative and self-esteem of once proud hardworking Americans.

William A. Rice

Harlan


Special-election letters

Letters about candidates in the Dec. 10 special election for the 13th Senate District are limited to 150 words and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Letters from candidates, their campaign staffs and family members will not be published.

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