Letters to the editor: June 14

June 14, 2014 

Save yourself from liberals, save America

The primary cause of liberal talent running the red lights of Washington, D.C. without the restraint of common sense is that conservatives have forgotten that the most fundamental principle of all is to save themselves from liberals and to save liberals from liberals.

For example, in disdain for the inconvenience of political dissent this liberal administration unilaterally released from Gitmo dangerous Taliban operatives—Mullah Mohammed Fazl, Wali Khairkhwa, Mohammad Omari, Mullah Norullah Noori and Abdul Wasiq.

Liberal talent disregarded the seriousness of freeing them to fight again with other Americans to the death or capture on another bloody day.

That event was immediately followed by a presidential request for $1.4 billion tax dollars to incentivize the trek of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children to pass through Mexico on their way to Arizona. A liberal project to engineer American demographics?

Liberals are held fast by visions and are simply locked in and cannot be held responsible for America's currently deteriorating state.

This leaves the political party of Mitch McConnell to be blamed and held responsible. If conservatives are weak by the waning of conviction in the most fundamental principle, America is weak. That is what Americans are witnessing today.

All Americans can continue to enjoy high school graduations, college graduations, marriages, healthy firstborns, homes and households but can even one conservative stay away from the voting booths in 2014 and 2016?

Gary Ward


Wrong number

Before Congress's Easter break, in using the filibuster to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, Mitch McConnell's sound bite was that the Republicans had "good ideas" to improve pay equality for women, but the Democrats wouldn't listen to them.

I began calling the senator's Lexington office on April 9 to ask what these ideas are. I left my name and number for a callback, as I did when I called again and again that week and the next. One week I called every day. I have yet to have his office call me back for another try.

Perhaps McConnell or his aides read letters to the editor and perhaps he can tell me or your readers about his good ideas. Our state has many underemployed and poorly paid women and we would welcome good ideas to improve the lots of our families and help our state's economy to boot.

Barbara Hausman-Smith


Abuse of power

Has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid always had this much power or has he concocted something new and illegal for himself?

He takes potential laws that have already passed in the House and keeps them from reaching the Senate floor to be considered.

I'm retired and pay more attention to politics now than ever before, so maybe it's always been this way. But when I discovered what Reid does it blew me away.

What happened to the rule that every proposed law should be studied by both houses?

Helen Martin


Reeling in the years

I really enjoyed Rich Heldenfels' take on what years have the best output for movies. While I agree completely that 1939 was the best year for film in history, as a film buff I must make a few observations.

He listed 1974 as a great year, but omitted Texas Chain Saw Massacre —which happens to be my all-time favorite movie— and easily the scariest film ever made. He said There's Something About Mary was a 1999 movie but it was released in 1998.

The year I believe is among the greatest of all time is 1968. That year gave us Night of the Living Dead, Planet of the Apes, Bullitt, Once Upon a Time in the West, Romeo and Juliet and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Another year to consider is my birth year, 1978. Along with the best picture, The Deer Hunter, audiences were treated to Halloween, Animal House, Dawn of the Dead, Superman and a stellar remake with Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Luke Meighan


Your baby, you pay

I read the letter about child care aid being cut $58 million and the two ladies demanding that we vote out anyone who doesn't want to support generation after generation of children born in Kentucky.

I'm sure there are some cases that are truly reversal of fortune cases who need a temporary helping hand. But I do not think we need to be enablers.

When I was young, my husband and I had to wait until we could afford to feed, care and educate a child before we could have one.

We had no expectation that it was the government's place to take responsibility for our child. We knew that in order to give our child the life we wanted for him, one child was all we could afford.

Today the health department gives free contraceptives, but I don't see much evidence that they are being utilized.

Is there a magic government check hanging around every time a precious baby is born today? Isn't it time to take responsibility for ourselves?

Marie Roberts


Straight ticket vote

I have lived in Lexington since 1952 and voted every time after I turned 18. I am now 67 and have been in a wheelchair all my life.

I have never been to a University of Kentucky basketball game. I guess it's because I am not rich.

So, if Mayor Jim Gray wants my vote, he must take me to a UK basketball game.

Ronald T. Winkler


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