Letters to the Editor, April 18

April 18, 2014 

Court naive on motives for contributions

On the subject of the Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations, there are only two reasons for donating to a political campaign.

Small donations are made because the individual believes in the politician's position; large donations are made because corporations want the politician to believe in their position.

No one gives away large sums of money without expecting something in return. Don't be naive.

John Amshoff


Stuart for council

Michael Stuart will bring enthusiasm, passion and integrity to the Second District position on the council.

Unlike our present council member, Stuart will not run and hide after getting elected. He cares about everyone in the Second District not just a few

Stuart cares about our safety and fair housing for all. Please vote on May 20 for someone who cares about people and our neighborhoods. Vote for Michael Stuart.

Ronald T. Winkler


McConnell's cheap care

McConnell's signature campaign issue is repeal of Obamacare with competitive models that cost less.

Private health insurance brought us rescission of health-care coverage, denial of health insurance, capping of health-care coverage, record bankruptcies, high uninsured numbers, and a failing health-care outcome at a far higher cost than any nation on Earth.

McConnell says interstate competition will generate more creative health-care plans. Yes, private health insurers could be far more innovative in what they charge and how little they deliver.

Remember interstate credit card rates and indecipherable credit card contracts? Now imagine a similar type of health insurance system with health insurance rules set by the states with the lowest standards.

McConnell promises cheap health coverage. If re-elected he'll deliver Kentuckians cheap quality health care.

Our health-care outcomes are currently ranked near the bottom of all industrialized nations. McConnell's plan is to keep it that way.

Peter Wedlund


Tell us, Obamacare

One question for Obamacare:

How do you intend to make sure people have health insurance when the government can't even enforce auto insurance?

Thousands drive every day without, look at the license plates expired. You hit me with no insurance, I am out of luck.

Why aren't people losing their cars when stopped without insurance? A car is a loaded weapon.

You can get fines without health insurance. Maybe if you drive fast enough they won't catch you and if they don't its OK. You make others pay for the ones who don't carry insurance.

Lisa Johnson


Same-sex genes

A letter published April 3 stated, "a same-sex gene mutation ... cannot be reproduced in the human gene pool."

The author is wrong.

Consider a hypothetical gene that causes male infertility. If its effect in females causes a sufficient increase in their reproductive success, the gene can persist even though no male carrying it ever reproduces.

A hypothetical gene for same-sex preference in males (or females, with the genders reversed) could procreate in the same manner.

Jonathan Edwards


The takers

I commend the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof for his column, "We are a nation of takers," in the April 2 Herald-Leader.

The column's only shortcoming was that it limited the takers to five schemes. There are a lot more, such as millions in federal subsidies to oil corporations and agricultural subsidies to members of Congress. The principle of the takers is systemic to politics today.

On the same day that his column appeared, there was a report of a congressional investigation into the billion-dollar tax evasion of the Caterpillar Corp.

The debate of the matter prompted Kentucky's erudite Sen. Rand Paul to apologize to Caterpillar for the investigation and to say that it should be "praised" for its tax evasion practice.

The obscene part of this is that what Caterpillar is doing is legal because that is what our tax code — formulated by millionaires to benefit millionaires — allows.

We could go on, but the bottom line is that our system is rigged to benefit the wealthy. That is why there is the tremendous inequality between the top one percent and the rest of us. Until that is changed, the takers will continue to get richer, and the rest of us will continue to get poorer.

Lawrence E. Durr


Way to celebrate

For winning the NCAA basketball championship, the University of Connecticut Huskies will, no doubt, be invited to the White House and meet President Barack Obama.

For losing the title game, the University of Kentucky Wildcats should be compelled to meet Sen. Mitch McConnell though, admittedly, he'll be hard to find since he'll be tucked away in the back pocket of any number of big donors.

Arthur Wrobel


No eminent domain

Do Republican Senate leaders Robert Stivers and Damon Thayer believe eminent domain rights should be granted to private companies simply because they want to do business in Kentucky?

Their decision to not allow a vote on legislation clarifying eminent-domain law in response to the threat by the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline should signal to Kentuckians they support the taking of land if more money can be made from it.

As a Republican, I want leaders who support private-property rights.

This pipeline will transport natural gas liquids through Kentucky, not natural gas for Kentucky. It will not provide benefits to Kentucky customers, and can be built without invoking eminent domain, as in Ohio.

In the normal order of business, this private company should negotiate with interested property owners for an agreeable price — not invoke eminent domain, set up in the constitution for use by governments on public use projects.

The farm owned by my family for five generations is now threatened. However, every Kentuckian could be personally affected by how this is handled. We have the opportunity to reject this dangerous precedent legislatively, rather than rely on the courts.

In the end, this is not about pipelines, or even property — it's about our fellow Kentucky citizens.

Do we want our state, with My Old Kentucky Home as its anthem, to decide that outside private companies providing no public use have greater rights to our land than we do?

Joni Ransdell


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