Letters to the Editor: June 26

June 26, 2014 

Smoking ban is a healthier choice for Ky.

This is in response to the June 10 letter against a statewide smoking ban. I am one of the 65 percent who wanted Kentucky to be smoke-free. I am not a member of the smoking police, but I do like to keep my lungs free of cancer-causing substances in cigarette smoke and feel that is my right to do so.

I can attest that secondhand smoke does have an effect on others, and we don't like being forced to breathe toxic air.

I have two mechanical heart valves and have undergone two open-heart surgeries. I also had a maze procedure for atrial fibrillation. Secondhand smoke blocks blood vessels. It causes me to cough, and makes my eyes water and my throat tingle.

The air in front of restaurants where people are trying to get one more puff makes me ill. The stench from cigarettes makes me sick to my stomach.

Kentuckians have a right to access public places without breathing and smelling toxins.

I have a right to go to work and not have to breathe smoke. It's unnatural to breathe in smoke and blow it out onto other people.

If it had not been for representatives seeking the monetary contributions of tobacco, the commonwealth would be smoke-free today.

I want my grandchildren to have the freedom to travel and shop without being choked to death.

Jim Marcum


Don't ask for money

I have a problem with politicians from both parties. I get letters, emails and phone calls all the time requesting money for one reason or another.

Comments are made such as, "Will you stand with me and contribute" to support or stop some action or event. They continue on to say a donation of cash can make that happen.

Well, excuse me, but isn't that what they were elected to do?

They are paid a very hefty salary and have expense accounts, secretaries, aides, and a platform to be heard from, and they need more money from me to get this done?

Give me a break.

There are all kinds of media out there just waiting for something to film or print, and the elected officials don't have to pay a penny for it. All they have to do is open their mouths and say what needs to be said.

Now, if they can't fulfill their responsibilities, then they need to step aside and let somebody who can do the job take over.

Do the job you were elected and are being paid to do.

J.D. Miniard


Happy days are back

Hot diggity dog, Kentucky is moving up in the world.

Sen. Mitch McConnell and boy wonders Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Andy Barr finally have the attention of the Koch brothers and Karl Rove.

They quickly attracted the attention of these moneyed organizations. Kentuckians can feel proud to be among the states benefiting from the super PAC American Crossroads and its new offspring.

Work can now begin by cutting back on the wasteful programs like Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, Planned Parenthood, education, transportation, Head Start and school lunches.

We can look forward to the days when we again have county bosses controlling assistance programs for the needy. It's back to the good old days.

McConnell is dependent on these folks. He can't function without his puppet masters. I am sure the boy wonders will follow him; he makes a great mentor. Happy days may be here again.

Dan Caudell


Advertising flaws

There are far too many advertisers in all forms of the media that now list only a website or an email address.

The lack of a street address or telephone number is a disservice to potential customers.

Believe it or not, not everyone has a computer or knows how to use one. Neither does everyone have a smartphone.

It is a serious matter to read or watch an ad for a product, service or business one would like to patronize and be deprived of at-hand contact information, leaving a choice of ignoring the ad or doing a research project for it.

Businesses are risking an unwanted loss of sales. Can't or won't they do better?

Bob G. Rogers


Goofy representation

Congratulations for the June 16 article on proposed legislation to ban abuse of horses by outlawing soring techniques used to train (torture) Tennessee walking horses to "step big."

Rep. Ed Whitfield's bill has wide bipartisan support in the House and the Senate. Unfortunately, other Kentucky colleagues, like Reps. Andy Barr and Hal Rogers and Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are opposed.

Their reasoning sounds very goofy to me. I hope their opponents in the upcoming election cycles will keep us reminded of their positions, and maybe find a better word than goofy to call such opinions.

John V. Payne


Unethical surveys

I recently participated in a 40-minute phone survey about the upcoming election. About halfway through, I realized this was a "push survey" favoring Rep. Andy Barr.

Questions touting Barr's accomplishments, political action or bills introduced: "Would you be more likely to vote for Andy Barr if you knew ..." blah, blah, blah.

How far are they going to go with this? There were an equal amount of negative, misleading and probably untrue statements about his opponent, Elisabeth Jensen.

This survey is an insidious form of campaigning disguised as a poll. It's unethical political telemarketing disguised as political research.

Our political process is important to the stability and progress of America. It's the politicians who reduce themselves to unethical political shenanigans.

Americans deserve honest answers to real questions. We must demand more from our representatives than these demeaning political dirty tricks. Shame on Barr.

Marianna McDonald


Options for marriage

I have a modest proposal about same-sex commitments. A marriage has been commonly understood to mean a committed and loyal relationship between one man and one woman.

This is not an appropriate solution for a same-sex couple; they are persons of dignity and worth and fellow citizens of our communities who seek an honorable and legally recognized union.

What we therefore need is a new solution, separate from marriage but with appropriate legal recognition and privileges.

Religious groups would have to decide whether to recognize and perform such unions. Some already do, others might choose not to.

I believe there will probably soon be more varieties of people seeking legal recognition of their relationships. We need to clarify what options they have, now and in the future.

Howard O. Reynolds


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