Letters to the editor: July 15

July 15, 2014 

Freedom of honesty for all

I'm responding to a letter by state Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, "Sworn testimony for laws."

We do not need to clone the Kentucky legislative body into the image of Rep. Darrell Issa.

People have a right to say what they want. It is known as freedom of speech. Any oath of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth should be taken by the committee at the same time each witness takes the oath. The same consequences of not telling the truth now apply to the committee. Contempt and perjury.

Thomas campaigned for office by telling the people of Kentucky that he was a good and honest person. Now, why is it he doesn't think the same of us?

James Rodgers


Invest in Ky. veterans

When the GI Bill of Rights was created after World War II, it was an investment that made it possible for many veterans, like my father, to get an education to be prepared for a good job.

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been in office for 30 years and has consistently ignored the needs of Kentucky's 340,000 veterans.

He has blocked legislation that would increase opportunities for veterans to get the same chance for education that my father got. He even voted against job training programs for veterans.

Kentucky's veterans deserve better. Alison Grimes is fighting to extend the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Veterans Act, a bill that encourages businesses to hire veterans and that McConnell let expire last year.

Grimes has a plan to create job opportunities and training programs for veterans. A vote for Grimes is a vote to give veterans the chance they deserve.

Robert Jett


Shootings routine

According to Mayor Jim Gray and the FBI, Lexington is one of the safest cities in America.

Who are they kidding? There seems to be a shooting and killing almost every night. Lexington is slowly becoming another Chicago.

Where were the Lexington police when there was a killing in Woodhill? Can't the police check these bars and parking lots?

It's getting out of hand, and the mayor should control his police department and stop the killing.

Also, what did former Chief Anthany Beatty do that was so great to control crime?

I don't think he would be a better manager of city government than Gray. All Beatty can say is add more police, but what needs to be done is make the police we already have do a better job.

Ronald T. Winkler


Compassion is what?

My Republican friends say it's not fair to characterize their political party as racist, and I think they're probably right. On the other hand, I think it might be fair to say their party is indifferent to racial inequality.

Racism and racial inequality are closely related problems. But it's possible for each problem to exist without the other.

One is sustained by hatred and fear; the other by apathy and impassiveness.

Here's an example of what I mean. Mention the word "compassion" to a Republican, and he or she will likely reply with the expression of "tough love." There's the rub.

It seems these folks can never speak of the C-word without immediately qualifying it.

The compassion of Exodus, Isaiah, Hosea, Luke and Matthew is unthinkable. They are constantly worried that it might be too expensive.

Tom Louderback


Laugh no more, Mitch

Sen. Mitch McConnell is so out of touch that he thinks Kentuckians do not deserve a pay raise.

He called it a terrible idea and has voted against it over 15 times. He is worth more than $25 million and supports increasing his taxpayer funded government salary, yet he laughs off the idea of raising the pay of his own constituents who work hard every day.

After nearly 30 years of leadership in Washington, D.C., our senior senator is out of touch.

Wake up Kentucky, and elect someone who will finally represent the state. Alison Lundergan Grimes for U.S. Senate.

Ronald D. Gosses


In response to Tyler J. Offerman's Feedback column:

"The cynical coal-subsidized legislators in Frankfort are forcing Kentucky to fall further behind the rest of the country (and world) to squeeze a few more coal dollars out of the economy. So short-sighted. Their talking points are absurd; the effect will be a brain drain for the state." — John Whitney Jr., Louisville

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