Letters to the editor: July 21

July 21, 2014 

Ky. can create clean energy jobs

The July 13 editorial points to Sen. Brandon Smith's much-ridiculed climate change denial as proof that Kentucky needs smarter leadership.

The fledgling solar and wind industries now have as many jobs as the coal industry (Time, "The Green Revolution is Here"). Other states are profiting. In five years, Ohio has added more than 70,000 jobs in solar and wind manufacturing. North Carolina has grown 12,500 jobs, billions in investments and 715 new businesses.

By implementing similar policies, Kentucky could create at least 28,000 jobs. A report by Rural Economic Models Inc. shows that phasing out fossil fuels will not be a job killer but a job creator.

By transitioning to clean energy, the United States can create 2.8 million jobs and add $80 billion to $90 billion annually to GDP by 2025. Placing a carbon fee on fossil fuels and making it payable directly to consumers in a monthly rebate check would create demand for more clean energy jobs.

As the carbon fee increased, people would switch to renewables. A fee would force carbon polluters like China to go green to compete economically. That rebated money would allow Americans to buy U.S. products. Eight Nobel-winning economists support this plan. See Citizens Climate Lobby for details.

Lynn Goldfarb


Stone shows need for change

I want Kentuckians to lead the nation into the future, not regress to a past we've passed.

Former Jefferson County GOP chair Bill Stone's blast against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds us that it's a rare opportunity when our state has so much to give to the country in November elections — namely, female leadership.

But in giving, we are also taking away wannabe and elected self-centered, self-preserving GOP obstructionist demagogues. Kentucky and the nation are broke and dysfunctional because GOP hyper-partisans have nothing but a negative campaign playbook from which they sing anti-Obama, anti-Hillary and anti-government.

Strange, isn't it, that the first African-American president and possible first woman president, both American dreams, elicit so much fear and wrath from mostly good ol' boys used to having their way. From the conservative male majority of the Supreme Court to the wealthiest corporate person, males heading too-big-to-fail-or-jail organizations, the boys' exclusive worldview hasn't had to deal with any leadership culture other than their own power-over. Change? Climate, demographic, otherwise they just deny it.

Kentuckians deserve better than male non-representatives who want to take over by privatization of the one thing we the people share: our government.

Ramona Rush


Writer off-base on Warren

Former Ky. GOP official Bill Stone's diatribe on Sen. Elizabeth Warren is so off base it's laughable. Stone, president of a large company, is clearly the type of corporate constituent catered to Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Stone struggles to portray Warren as an "out-of-touch lady from Massachusetts." In reality, Warren was born in Oklahoma, a coal-producing state, to working-class parents.

Her father worked as a janitor to support four children until he suffered a heart attack, resulting in many medical bills, a pay cut because he could not do his previous work and the loss of their car due to foreclosure.

Warren waited tables and her mother worked at Sears to try to make ends meet. Many Kentucky families face similar hardships.

Stone says, "Warren embraces Obamacare taxes" (taxes affecting only individuals making over $200,000 and families and large businesses, like Stone's, making over $250,000). Sounds fair.

Stone accuses Warren of embracing mandates to "emasculate" the Second Amendment. Emasculate? How ridiculous is that statement given the numerous innocent lives lost because of inadequate gun control?

Stone's attempt to undermine Warren and Alison Lundergan Grimes emphasizes how desperate the corporate world is to hang onto McConnell. Don't fall for the lies.

Cathy Higginbotham


Old Glory disrespected

The July 4 sports section showed a large picture of United States fans in Redondo Beach, Calif., cheering the World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Belgium.

I couldn't believe the horrible condition of the American flag flying over the crowd. The article was written by Geoff Baker from the Seattle Times.

The disrespect for our flag infuriated me. I was raised to cherish our flag. Not only was the flag tattered, there were several holes in it. Isn't there someone at your newspaper who checks pictures? This is an insult to our country — and on July 4. Unbelievable. I have also written to the Seattle Times.

Kathie Ford

Mount Sterling

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