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Letters/unendorsed candidates respond: May 16

May 16, 2014 

End 30 years of failed leadership

America is in trouble. Anyone paying attention recognizes this. The decline is occurring on multiple fronts: financial, economic, educational, spiritual, moral. The question facing voters is this: What are we going to do about it?

Doubling down on the same failed leadership is not the answer. Career politicians have created the very mess that we are now in. Deep within us, we all know this to be true.

To assume that someone "who can work the levers of government" is the answer to what ails our nation, is something only ivory tower liberals could believe.

Thirty years of failing Kentuckians is enough.

With ballooning debt and out-of-control spending, it's time to choose a new path.

I am a firm believer in this country's founding ideals: individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. As a small business owner and job creator (the only candidate in this race who has created a job taxpayers didn't pay for), I believe American taxpayers deserve more than the failed policies of recent decades — more than the bailouts, tax increases, amnesty, automatic debt-limit increases, congressional pay raises, and back-door special-interest deals.

I grew up in a financially humble rural home, paid my own way through school, am a former active duty Army officer, a Christian, husband, father of nine (four of whom are adopted) and a small business owner who employs dozens of people.

On May 20, Republican primary voters will have a real choice for the first time in 30 years.

Matt Bevin

Republican candidate, U.S. Senate

Qualified to end business as usual

Of the three candidates vying to represent Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, I am by far the most qualified. I have 35 years of experience working on issues important to Kentuckians: energy policy, foreign policy, cutting middle-class taxes, cutting waste in the federal budget, protecting the environment and boosting the economy.

I have degrees from MIT, UMass and UK in economics, mechanical engineering and agricultural economics, respectively. More important, I'm able to demolish Andy Barr's deceptive political rhetoric. As journalist Hunter S. Thompson once said of Richard Nixon, "The truth is not in him."

Business as usual in Washington is leading our country toward disaster, and Barr exemplifies the problem. He used his first term to accomplish three things: enrich himself via his seat on the Financial Services Committee; join Rep. Paul Ryan's campaign of class warfare against 95 percent of the population; and vote twice to default on America's debt, which would've set off a financial collapse, making 2008 look like a small rockslide.

If Democrats vote for me next Tuesday, I will expose Barr and his society-damaging priorities. The Ryan-Barr federal budget would cut taxes on the super-rich by adding approximately $5,000 to the annual tax bill of the typical Kentucky household. Are you enthusiastic about paying that?

The Ryan-Barr budget is profoundly immoral because it would take food out of the mouths of children in need. Jesus would strongly condemn it. Barr practices class warfare, just like most Republican politicians.

I'm eager for the opportunity to retire that fraud.

Geoff Young

Democratic candidate, 6th U.S. House District

Committed to helping people

Michael Haskins has worked his entire life to help other people. Michael worked 30 years for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the area of mental health and mental retardation. He is a person who will work diligently for the people of the 77th Legislative District.

He listens well and works cooperatively with other people. He will be open to the ideas of his constituents. Haskins will work well with other legislators. He will value their ideas because that will improve proposed legislation.

Since retirement, he has been very active in the community. He has been a member of the Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee since 2008, chair of the 77th Legislative District since 2012, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

He is president of the Arbors Homeowners Association, has served as president of the Georgetown Street Area Neighborhood Association and is current 1st District magistrate. Michael Haskins is a hard worker who will commit the necessary time to fulfill the duties of a legislator.

Michael Haskins

Democratic candidate, House 77th District

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