Letters to editor: Jan. 16

January 16, 2014 

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Paul does little work, mostly grandstands

Am I the only one who sees Sen. Rand Paul for what he is?

He has not proposed any legislation that would benefit Kentucky residents or the people of the U.S.

He filibusters bills that he knows are going to be passed anyway, all the while collecting his pay to represent the people of our state.

Now he has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for the work it does keeping us safe. I have no problem with the NSA listening to my calls, emails and so forth because I have nothing to hide. The NSA data collection was started under President George W. Bush and I agreed with it when it was passed.

I ask anyone from the Tea Party to show me anything Paul has proposed to help our nation in these difficult times. He has done nothing except get his name out there in case he does decide to run for president.

I give Rep. Andy Barr props because he has actually written bills that might help our citizens. Paul needs to go back to treating people's eyes instead of running his mouth.If he does become the pick for the Republicans, he would have done nothing more than give Democrats the presidency for the next term.

Pat Doyle

Lexington


Wrong priority

I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association. I am also a graduate of Berea College and ex-president of the Bluegrass Berea Alumni Chapter.

Via email, Mayor Jim Gray has solicited my desires for the new Rupp Arena. My response: How can we consider spending hundreds of millions of dollars on adding luxurious amenities to Rupp Arena and the football stadium that will be available only to a few wealthy people and let the Florence Crittenden Home cease to exist because of a lack of funds?

Bob Edwards

Lexington


Give blood

When you are thinking of New Year's resolutions, consider donating blood at the Kentucky Blood Center. Challenge yourself to donate five times a year. All you have to do is give up a little of your time (and blood) to save the lives of people all over Kentucky.

Robert Bevins

Lexington


Two New Year's resolutions:

First, I will vote against Sen. Mitch McConnell at least once and maybe twice this year because I changed my voting registration from Democrat to Republican so I can vote against him in the primary.

If he is lucky and wins that race, then I will vote against him in the general election. Business owners, corporations and coal mine owners have made him a millionaire while holding office and he degrades the unfortunate.

Second, I will vote against May Jim Gray because of his firing of Fire Chief Robert Hendricks. The mayor said that if something is wrong in a department then it is the head guy who is at fault. It was the former mayor who was at fault for the brownouts, not the fire chief.

Gray has jerry-rigged the budget process so he can create budget surplus to brag about. Can you say Gray-Rupp Arena? I will not.

William Clemmons Jr.

Lexington


Poor word choice

In the fourth paragraph of Jim Hanna's otherwise fine Dec. 30 column, "Corporate influence hurts more than helps education" there is the phrase "niggardly attention." I am surprised it escaped your normal high level of editing. The writer seems to be unaware of current and past English language dynamics and sensitivities.

Although niggardly is a legitimate word, found in most dictionaries, so also are a multitude of other offensive, profane, sexually explicit and taboo words and terms that would never be printed in the paper, even as direct quotes, let alone as standard descriptors.

Obviously, it is too similar to the highly inflammatory racial slur. Certainly Hanna could have used a much better synonym, e.g., scant, inadequate, miserly, etc.

I don't mean to be overly academic or politically correct. The author is free to express his opinion in whatever manner he wishes, and editors are free (actually responsible) to edit in the public interest. However, this word is an insensitive grammatical bomb. It offends many people and it also abruptly halted my concentration on the essay's content, thereby defeating the purpose of effective presentation. It is an unnecessary and counterproductive word. I hope there will not be a repeat in the Herald-Leader.

Bruce E. Davis

Richmond


Progressive fantasy

A Jan. 2 column promoting progressivism was a sterling example of the fantasy of that political philosophy. Progressivism clothes itself in noble-sounding platitudes but is, at its foundation, the child's view of the world. It demands a mindless devotion to "fairness," but a fairness evolved from a hopelessly immature ability to see reality.

It is the political equivalent of the free lunch. Progressives really believe that the government can give all things to all people, without any cost to anyone.

Some have noble intentions, but the result of their policies is asphalt being laid on the road to perdition. Reasoning people can't understand their belief that demonstrably corrupt and inefficient government will make better choices for their lives they they can for themselves.

And the siren song of progressive ideology is the foundation for most of our nation's systemic ills. The belief that we can spend without cost, micro-regulate without consequence and nanny our people while still having an adult populace is why America is in such dire straits.

Michael Rose

Jackson


Raise the wage

A recent letter writer said we should not raise the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage has never been raised along with inflation since 1951 when the minimum wage was 75 cents. Has the writer ever tried supporting a family of five for 30 years on a horse farm doing real hard work?

If I could get a better-paying job, then I would have his job sitting and running my jaw over nothing. But there are not 46 million new better-paying jobs out there.

We don't know what $15 per hour would do to the economy. With the poor making more money and funneling it back into the system, it looks like it would help the economy more than it would hurt it.

One thing really hurting the economy is that the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes, which should be on the 42 percent level.

Victor Privett

Nicholasville


Bypass the blather

Sports personnel at all newspapers in Kentucky should list the starting times (kickoff and tipoff) for football and basketball games when mentioning the television and radio coverage. Simply say the game will start, for example, at 8:10 p.m. when the program actually starts at 8 p.m. That will save viewers and listeners from watching and listening to multi-minutes of bull from talking heads.

Bill Hanna

Lexington

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