Letters to the Editor: March 6

March 6, 2014 

Immigration policy destroying families, hurting our citizens

A Feb. 10 letter focused on undocumented immigrants, pleading for "policies that will promote the well-being of our fellow American citizens."

I'd like to confirm that plea — but with a very different slant.

The Pew Research Center estimates that in 2012 there were about 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. That's the same number they estimated in 2008. About two-thirds of them have been here more than 10 years. Of the 11.7 million, about one million are non-citizen children.

But I'd like to focus on the 4.5 million American citizen children living in these families, along with their American citizen mothers or fathers, in many cases.

Typically, that mixed-status family looks like this: an American citizen mother with an American citizen child married to an undocumented father with whom she has another American citizen child. Or, an American citizen father married to an undocumented mother and together they have one undocumented child and two American citizen children.

Families used to matter. Children used to matter. But families and children do not matter in our current immigration system — even American citizen husbands, wives and children.

The writer wants to deport the undocumented family members, and that's what we've been doing for years — destroying families. He did what he could to make you afraid of these folks. But before we decide to act out of fear, we really ought to be sure that that fear is based on truly fearsome facts.

Marilyn S. Daniel


Attacks off the mark

The writer of a Feb. 12 letter accused Rand Paul of being a bully and then turned right around and tried to bully him.

By the way, who ever said that Bill Clinton was forgiven? He is still the same scum he was when he was governor of Arkansas. Clinton will never be "a better man." Paul was not "snide" in his remarks. He just told the truth.

Another Feb. 12 writer, attacking Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator, was dead wrong in the supposition that mountaintop removal costs coal jobs.

Coal jobs were lost to the EPA, or "Enemies of the People of America." Big Oil and the EPA have joined forces to try to shut down all the coal-fired power plants in America. Big Oil right this minute is drilling natural gas wells all over southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.

When the plants are all shut down, Big Oil will say we have a solution: natural gas. Then they will control gas for our cars and our electrical power also. Stand by America, you think we are having it hard right now? Just wait.

Roy Seagrass


Maybe on-campus Rupp

Our mayor and a few other folks have a strong desire to ram this Rupp Arena renovation through at all cost.

I know that the financing plan for this are not yet complete, but I can guarantee you that the good ole taxpayers will be the ones footing the bill in the end.

If the powers that be get their way we will have some corporate-named Rupp that will seat fewer people, in more expensive seats that are closer to the food, for a game that is already priced just about out of reach for the real diehard University of Kentucky fan who works for a living.

No deal can, or should, be made without the support of UK. While we all understand that UK wants to be, and already is, a good partner in our community, we should remember that the Board of Trustees has a fiduciary duty to do what is in the best interest of UK.

That should certainly include looking at the possibility of constructing a facility on campus.

An on-campus arena could be built near Commonwealth Stadium and the current parking areas would serve the basketball games. This would be cheaper than making payments on a long-term lease. UK would be in control of events and scheduling and would never have to worry about a country-music concert or other event interfering with a game.

It would not, however, benefit the plan for the convention center nor help nudge the turtle-paced development of the Distillery District.

Troy Thompson


McConnell's agenda

What would Mitch McConnell do if he controlled the Senate? No need to speculate, he spelled it out in Senate Amendment 928, a bill co-sponsored with other GOP faithful. It is chock-full of special-interest legislation that comes long before the welfare of average Kentuckians.

Titled an American Jobs and Economic Growth bill, what it really would do is increase the number of low-paying jobs for Kentuckians while providing economic prosperity for the wealthiest.

That bill would repeal Wall Street regulations, end the Affordable Care Act, cap health-care lawsuit damages at $250,000, cut top corporate and individual taxes at 25 percent, and deal with the deficit by demanding a balanced budget achieved the only way possible, by reducing support of virtually all social programs.

With plans like this for jobs and the economy, do you really wonder what else we might expect were McConnell re-elected? Let's not find out, vote McConnell out.

Peter Wedlund


Get rid of incumbents

I had to laugh at the letter, "Punish at polls." I agree that there needs to be a turnaround within our government, but to vote out a particular party is ludicrous. There are Republicans out there with just as much blood on their hands as there are Democrats.

That's the problem with people being brainwashed into believing such nonsense. Come on, people, wake up. Throw out your thoughts of Democrats vs. Republicans. Listen to each person's views on all subjects and vote for the person, not their party affiliations.

We need to vote out all in the Senate and House and all other incumbents and start anew.

How many out there have the nerve to do so?

Sandy McCaslin


Odd turns, priorities

Pennsylvania State University's assistant football coach sexually abused children for decades at the university and at his home. Administrators covered it up, but when the truth came out the coach went to prison and the university president was fired.

The search committee then picked the president of the national football champions to head the university, but what can be done for the former coach's son and assistant who lost his coaching job? He now plans to run for lieutenant governor.

In 24 states, the highest publicly paid job is a football coach; in 12 states, it is a basketball coach. Minnesota, an equal-opportunity state, pays them equally; and in New Hampshire, the top job is hockey coach.

In the other states the top public salary goes to an educator, such as the head of one of the state's medical schools. In no state is the governor the top-paying public job. Governors are expected to get their pay by selling influence.

We all want the state to furnish us with a lot of services, but we hate taxes. For decades Bernie Madoff kept everyone happy with smoke and mirrors. Wouldn't he make a great president.

Gordon Liddle


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