Letters to the Editor, May 2

May 2, 2014 

  • Election letters

    Letters about candidates running in the May 20 primary are limited to 150 words and must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. May 12.

McConnell, Paul, Barr line up with horse torturers

I have contacted Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Andy Barr several times to co-sponsor and support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. If I heard back from them at all, it was with nothing more than a pat letter. I would like to know why each refuses to support the bill which would eradicate the torture of Tennessee walking horses?

Despite majority support in both houses, support from every major veterinary and farrier association, the American Horse Council and every sensible person, they choose not to support this legislation.

Are they so dependent upon the big lick lobby's money that they refuse to do the right thing?

Paul wants to run for president, McConnell wants to be Senate majority leader, and who knows what Barr wants. The PAST Act will pass and the torture will cease. And you can bet your last dollar that folks will remember which side they chose.

Penny Austin



A letter writer's modest proposal to convert herbivorous cows into carnivores makes perfect sense and, therefore, like Jonathan Swift's proposal in 1729, is undoubtedly doomed to failure.

I, for one, look forward to watching fastidiously grazing cows replacing finger-licking, chin-dripping humans in Hardee's commercials. Of course, my role in the commercial would be a little hard to swallow.

Shirley Baechtold


Only then

When right-wing talkers Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones volunteer to stand in front of the women and children in any confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management or any other agents of the federal government; when they stand on their principles instead of cowering behind their microphones, letting others take up their cause; when they quit whining incessantly about the federal government collecting fees owed by these deadbeat "patriots;" when they are arrested for the free speech they use openly and freely to whip up a range war, perhaps then they can be taken seriously.

Norman E. Goldie Jr.

Mount Sterling

Orwell was right

"Campaign '14" news informs us that Sen. Mitch McConnell has spent over half of the $22.3 million that he had accumulated in his war chest. I guess he is worried about Matt Bevin, who we are told raised a paltry $1.1 million in the first quarter.

Elsewhere, we read that Rep. Andy Barr took in $361,000 during the same period. But not to worry, the recent Supreme Court ruling in the McCutcheon case concerning aggregate limits on campaign contributions should really get the money flowing.

McConnell tells us, with a straight face, that this is all about free speech. I know I'm feeling good. George Orwell in his 1945 Animal Farm had it right, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Check it out at your local library.

Vincent C. Smith


Man up

In the March 26 paper, a letter writer asked if we should give voting rights back to someone who beat to a pulp a teenager who worked at a store, implying it happened during a robbery.

My answer would be no, if this had actually happened.

The world of the Internet is a bad place for haters, liars and Republicans, because anyone who actually wants to know the truth can find it out.

If you don't like an idea, man up and say so. Don't take away from those people to whom something like this may have actually happened.

Tim Burton


Fire McConnell

Our 2009 letter to the editor said:

"Something is seriously wrong when worldwide we have the most expensive health care other than the Marshall Islands, yet rank 37th in health care, 24th in life expectancy. If these were the stats for a basketball coach or a football coach they would have long since been fired.

"We're not getting our money's worth if we're 37th in health care and 24th in life expectancy.

"Please write or call your elected leaders in Washington to complain. If they don't do anything, then they need to be fired like a basketball coach or a football coach."

Sen. Mitch McConnell has complained for the last five years about Obamacare, but has not put forth a single plan to address health care other than to gut what the Democrats passed. It's well past time he was fired.

Joe and Kathy Crouch


Corporate journalism

The following is from "Nation" Page 11 on April 20:

World News: Drone strike kills militants in Yemen; bombings kill 16 across Iraq; Four French journalists freed in Syria; Islamic extremists claim responsibility for blast in rush hour in Nigeria.

National News: A teen gets yelled at for asking Miss America to a prom and a computer glitch causes someone to be billed over $4,000 at a fast food restaurant.

I suggest alternative items.

An article describing the findings of the study done by the academic journal "Perspectives on Politics" which shows the minuscule effect ordinary citizens have on public policy.

Or, an article giving details of The New York Times study that shows American CEOs increase their salaries by 9 percent.

The majority of us, left or right, agree that something is drastically wrong. Yet too many remain apathetic. There is a reason. Corporate news is designed to keep us that way.

Sara Porter


Simple arithmetic

Is the national debt a pseudo-crisis?

The top 25 percent of the population has a net worth of $70 trillion. The national debt is $17.5 trillion and 17.5 divided by 70 gives a percent of 25. Twenty-five divided by five years yields 5 percent. If the top 25 percent had its net worth reduced by 5 percent for five years, the debt would be paid.

Am I doing something wrong? If not, the national debt does not appear to be a problem.

Leon Creek


Wow, a great idea

After reading the Herald-Leader's story on the reconditioned Sharpsburg gym, I was prompted to do some research on the Works Progress Administration, a Depression-era program that provided work for the long-term unemployed or difficult to employ U.S. citizen.

Wow, paying people to work. What a great concept.

Andy Votaw


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