Letters to the Editor: March 13

March 13, 2014 

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Legislature should support tech upgrade

I'm frustrated with the stance the Lexington Herald-Leader has taken on Senate Bill 99.

Your recent editorial shows you would rather keep Kentucky tethered to a land-line focused world instead of enabling the telecom companies that invest in our state and employ our friends and neighbors to spend even more capital to provide the technology that Kentuckians demand.

I hope you rethink your position on this bill and encourage the General Assembly to support it.

Caelin Scott


Voting rights at risk

Republicans apparently do not believe that a citizen's right to vote has any meaning that they are bound to recognize.

They are closing voting locations wherever they can, especially in poorer parts of cities. They are also doing away with early voting everywhere they can.

They are reducing the number of voting machines wherever they can. They are making it harder for citizens to register to vote by restricting access to absentee ballots and by requiring specific photo IDs that have never been required before.

Basically the Republicans have decided that since they cannot win elections in the old-fashioned way, i.e. by having programs and initiatives that people want to vote for. So, they are trying to game the system by restricting citizens' access to the ballot box.

In other words,if you can't win the game by following the rules just change the rules by disenfranchising voters, especially voters of color who tend to vote Democratic.

This is a blatantly un-American strategy and I hope that there are enough teeth left in the Voting Rights Act to sue those states and municipalities that are trying to steal the vote from millions of otherwise qualified citizens.

Jim Porter


Freshen up Senate

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been in office for 30 years, and for 30 years the coal industry has been losing jobs — he doesn't seem to be much of a friend.

McConnell stood by George W. Bush as they put our economy into a state of collapse. McConnell helped lead us into the failed Iraq War based on lies about weapons of mass destruction.

McConnell has helped cut taxes for the rich so many times that we now have the widest gap between the rich and the poor since 1929, right before the Great Depression.

He is what is wrong with our government. He has only opposed the president out of spite and hatred. What if Hillary Clinton becomes the next president? Do you want McConnell to do nothing for the next 10 years?

Its time for a fresh face in the Senate with Alison Lundergan Grimes. Let's make it happen.

Tina Hoffman


Cost no excuse

I'm an avid cover-to-cover reader of the Herald-Leader and most everything online, and it blows my mind that so many very violent charges — including murder and attempted murder — are dropped to much lesser crimes simply because our local, state and federal governments are short of cash and it would cost more to prosecute in court.

Well, I hate to tell them that our citizens, especially families of the victims, deserve much better and are much shorter of cash than they are by a very wide margin.

Let's solve this very large human problem together.

Darrell G. Gross


Science, not emotion

Recently the Pew Research Center sent out the results of a science survey it conducted to get an indication of the American public's science literacy.

The test was only 13 questions long and was basic enough for an eighth grader to correctly answer all questions. Sadly, only 7 percent of the recipients got all 13 questions right.

It's this lack of a solid science background that allows environmental issues to be transformed from factual scientific inquiry into emotionally charged scenarios of flooding and mayhem. Computer-generated projections are offered to the public as surrogates for real science.

You cannot model what you don't understand. Climate science is in its infancy. It's akin to creating computer models for supersonic flight using the aeronautical information known to the Wright brothers.

Carbon dioxide is a trace gas measured in parts per million. The oceans cover 70 percent of the planet and the top 2.5 meters have a mass equal to the entire atmosphere. There is no way this miniscule amount of gas is going to heat the ocean. It's like heating your house this winter with a single hot brick.

That's foolish, right? So is the threat that CO2 will overheat the planet.

Remember CO2 acts as a thin wispy shawl which slows down the loss of heat, it doesn't create heat.

If you have been to the desert southwest, then you know how quickly things cool down when the sun sets. That shows how weak the greenhouse effect is.

George Tomaich


Hidden majority

I have long heard descriptions of Libertarianism as part of liberalism (incorrect) or somehow centrist between the left and the right (only partly correct).

Libertarianism is best portrayed as combining the support for social freedoms advocated by the left (not the same as social justice) and the support for economic freedom advocated by the right.

Those on the left pursue policies that generally increase government economic control (redistribution) at the cost of individual economic freedom (think about how much we disclose to the government about our finances just to pay our income taxes).

Those on the right seek to enact legislation that bans or discriminates against social behavior they deem unacceptable (marriage, drug policy, etc.). Other examples of this trade-off between social and economic freedoms abound in our current two-party system.

The Libertarian platform is based on the simple premise that we should have the right to do what we want, so long as we are not infringing on the rights of others.

Libertarians hold that the government has no role in telling us what we can and cannot do or say (protecting us from ourselves) or taking money from us under threat of force (theft via taxes). We challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

You owe it to yourself to learn more about true liberty and consider supporting the local, state and national Libertarian Party, the hidden majority in America.

Karl Pfeifer


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