Letters to the Editor: June 24

June 24, 2014 

Hidden money in pockets of administrators

I think I just found some money for the Fayette County Public Schools' budget.

If we have both a school budget director and a finance director, and if the combined salaries are more than $100,000 a year; then — bingo — fire one of them.

Do you think there could be other duplications within the school administration?

You don't suspect that there is a director of high schools and local principals, do you? Maybe even a dean of students? Can't be!

By the way, why are the taxpayers sending a bonus to any Veteran Affairs administrator?

If you don't like your compensation, quit your $150,000 job and go somewhere else. Don't expect a bonus.

Stephen Stinson


Opinions oppressed

What has happened to the freedom of speech? For the past six years, you cannot express your opinion on anything that comes out of the White House.

I agree we have to be right, in our responses, well at least on 50 percent of them. A lot better than the White House.

The White House can and does put out a lot of statements that we the people do not agree with, but are afraid to express their opinions.

A good example in the past year or so is same-sex marriage, the Benghazi mess and the mistruths of Obamacare.

A lie is a lie. No matter who speaks it. President Barack Obama can break laws of our Constitution and it's OK.

Why have a Constitution if he is president and he makes his own laws?

David Willholt


ACA truly benefits Ky.

I'm glad the Herald-Leader continues to give the Affordable Health Care Act haters a forum because the contortions they preform to try to convince themselves and others that the ACA is a bust is enlightening.

Two letter writers on May 30 tried and failed to use numbers and deception to make their point.

Their foolishness should inform readers that it is difficult for some people to change their minds even when proven wrong.

Claiming that a 16 percent reduction in people without health insurance — 7 million people — was nothing to celebrate, is almost comical in its absurdity, as is the assertion that 103,000 Kentuckians were "forced into Obamacare."

They conveniently avoid the truth that all 4.4 million Kentuckians benefit from ACA by ending lifetime limits on coverage, ending arbitrary withdrawals of insurance coverage, ending pre-existing condition exclusions for children and to justify premium increases — just to name a few needed consumer protections.

Now that the act is fully in force and people are seeing its benefits firsthand, most of the ACA nay-sayers have stopped trying to spin falsehoods, but not these two. They are wasting their time.

Even business people are sharing that it has reduced overall costs. My insurance costs dropped by 7 percent for an improved policy.

Everyone I know now has better coverage for less cost. The ACA argument is over, and the majority of responsible Kentuckians know the truth.

Arlin Marsh


No gun permits in Ky.

A recent headline and first line on a May 27 article reprinted from the Courier-Journal about concealed-carry gun permits speak misleadingly of "gun permits."

This will lead readers to the misbelief that in Kentucky gun permits are:

■ Required for purchase, ownership, possession, carrying and lawful use of guns.

■ Extremely expensive, fees payable on application and non refundable if refused.

■ Usually refused with no explanation or appeal.

Though the article goes on to speak only of concealed-carry permits, it never corrects the misleading impression the headline leaves.

The misimpression could deter the victims from exercising their rights. Here's the correction: "Gun permits" are neither needed nor available in Kentucky.

Law-abiding adults in Kentucky do not need and cannot get gun permits to buy guns, own guns, possess guns, carry guns or use guns.

Kentucky is a free state; people in Kentucky are free. There are no gun permits in Kentucky.

Lee Crawfort


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