Letters to the Editor: Jan. 3

January 3, 2014 

Best way to aid E. Ky.: Give big-time tax breaks for jobs

Concern about the economy in Eastern Kentucky is on the action board again. As always, politicians are going to hire a firm at a big expense to do a study to determine what can be done to boost the economy of the area. Oh, hum.

Wrong approach based on wrong mind-set: that the government can create a viable economic landscape by planning.

The only known way for government to improve a local economy is by offering tax relief.

The government is very inefficient at developing or running businesses for the simple fact it is not held accountable by market forces. The post office is a great example of a former government operation unable to adapt to market conditions due to political hindrances.

Add recent debacles like Solyndra, Fisker, A123 batteries and all the other bankrupt electric vehicle activities backed by the government to the tune of $8.4 billion since 2009. Not one government official lost their job. No accountability.

So how do we help Eastern Kentucky develop a sustainable economic environment? Do what Puerto Rico did. Offer a 936-type tax break to any company relocating to the area. Also defer the health care law for 25 years.

Pick an industry that has left the U.S.A. for cheaper labor, like textiles, electronics or steel.

This will jumpstart the local economy and bring back factory jobs that offer both unskilled and skilled labor.

George Tomaich

Lexington


Hard question

I would like to ask the one question that Democrats are afraid to ask and Republicans would never.

With all the problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the fact that so many are so opposed to it, is it not possible that a lot if not most of the problems with the website could have been built in on purpose?

Tim Burton

Lexington


A fly on the wall

I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., realized that the Affordable Care Act was going to be pretty popular — despite Fox News, despite GOP obstructionism, despite the horrid debut of healthcare.gov.

Now the program is going to be called Obamacare into perpetuity, and where is that going to leave the Republicans?

After he calmed himself down, Johnson came up with what I'm sure he thought was a really slick plan: backtrack on calling the program Obamacare, citing some spurious excuse, to mitigate as much damage to Republicans as possible.

That way, years later, Republicans can pretend to have supported something they voted against in lockstep.

That would take a page from all the Republicans who voted against the stimulus and then took credit for the resulting projects.

It would also borrow a tactic from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who took credit for President Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, voted down by him and, due to his urging, by every last Republican in the House.

Ivonne Rovira

Louisville


Foreign aid works

An estimated 20,000 children die every day from preventable diseases and malnutrition across the globe.

As human beings, we cannot be silent about this.

It is essential to our American values and ideology that the United States continue to fund programs that combat preventable diseases and hunger for the world's most vulnerable.

Less than one percent of the federal budget is invested in foreign aid, but it has created significant progress and there's substantial evidence to prove it:

Through the implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and through the investment of the Global Fund, antiretroviral treatment has been available to an estimated 9 million people, which has prevented the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Thanks to the Global Fund, 360 million people were protected from malaria because bed nets were distributed within their communities.

Lastly, several countries in Africa have seen an 8 percent decline in child mortality.

We must urge Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to protect these life-saving programs.

We can't turn our backs now.

Deborah Charalambakis

Lexington

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