Letters to the Editor: July 8

July 8, 2014 

With a lot of debt, Clinton was broke

I would like to know when telling a half-truth became political fodder for the news media?

Fox "opinion news" and even CNN have recently attacked Hillary Clinton for her comment that she and former President Bill Clinton, were "dead broke" like the average American when they left the White House in 2001.

The "dead broke" comment is the half-truth. According to Bill Clinton, they were $2 million in debt.

Now, I am not a dictionary but I believe that being several million in debt satisfies the definition of the term dead broke. As to the one-half untruth, yes, they are not like the average citizen. The average American citizen is not $2 million in debt.

Aren't there more pressing issues for the news media to cover than this non-issue?

Robert Hoeller


Grimes a student ally

Recently, Sen. Mitch McConnell led a filibuster that blocked the chamber from voting on legislation that would help people refinance student loans at lower rates.

There are 360,000 Kentuckians with student debt. The government shouldn't be making money on student loans.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wanted to reduce interest rates for new undergraduate loans to 3.86 percent.

Because of McConnell, it didn't get a debate or a vote in the Senate. As usual, McConnell and the GOP senators offered no alternative.

The Buffett Rule, which would help subsidize the student loans, sets minimum tax rates for people making over $1 million a year. This is why McConnell is against it.

Alison Grimes will stand up for every Kentuckian who dreams of obtaining a college degree. When she is in the U.S. Senate, she will work with Warren to make college affordable for Kentuckians.

James E. Daniel


Help fight quarry plan

Clark County officials have gone back to the Stone Age — before planning and zoning commissions and before laws and regulations. After 15 hours of hearings before the planning commission, two votes of 6-1, the Allen Co.'s request to rezone land in southwest Clark County to heavy industrial near Hall's Restaurant was rejected.

But three commissioners decided to snub their noses at the planners and judge-executive in a blatant display of sellout to a deep-pocket corporation. Fiscal court commissioners approved first reading of the zone change, ignoring all work done in 2012, the Comprehensive Plan and their constituencies. Evidence overwhelmingly shows that placing heavy industry into this historic area would forever alter its character.

If Allen Co. gets its way, a conveyor belt will be built across busy Ky. 419 to Hall's Restaurant and across the Kentucky River to transport rock to its existing Madison County operation.

Imagine having to drive your vehicle, motorcycle or boat under a conveyor belt spewing water, gravel and rock. There are plenty of other places to develop quarries — not smack dab in the middle of residential community.

Help preserve this land in southwest Clark County. Please join us Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Clark Fiscal Court.

Deborah Garrison


One size no fit for all

If Common Core's purpose is to improve the education of our children, then it is doomed to failure. It will produce fewer innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and other standout creative people.

However, if its purpose is to create citizens who are more compliant, easier to manipulate and who share a common worldview, then it will likely succeed.

Federal money and control have infected our country's education systems. It is the farthest our students have fallen behind other countries.

A monopolistic, "one size fits all" planned education system dominated by labor unions has created inferior education outcomes. This is despite massive infusions of money.

More standardized education continues our descent while protecting lousy teachers and demotivating great ones.

Opening this bureaucratic mess to competition by empowering parents with vouchers and holding teachers and principals accountable for student learning are solutions that make sense.

Competition and choice have built this great country.

Ray Davis


U.S. no world police

What is the need of the U.N. if we are going to wars without even calling a meeting to see what all of the other nations want to do?

If they don't want to do anything about a war somewhere, then we should do the same.

In the latest conflict in Iraq, a meeting should have been called and the nations should stick together. We are not the world police alone. We cannot afford it.

Eugene Williams


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