Letters to the editor: Aug. 13

August 12, 2014 

U.S. drug war has bad consequences

The United States won't make a dedicated effort to help people with drug problems. It declares a war on drugs and locks offenders in prison (over 330,000 currently).

The bloodletting in this war occurs in countries with cartels fighting each other to cash in on the easy money to be made by shipping outlawed drugs to the U.S.

When children who are victims of this war seek refuge in the "land of the free and home of the brave," we are outraged and will spend billions to block their entry or send them back to the battlefields in their homeland. Pathetic.

We learned many years ago that prohibition does not work, it only raises the price and encourages sellers of the prohibited.

Let's spend the war money to help the addicts and children who are victims of yet another of our failed wars.

Dan Carey

Versailles


Wrong headline

Why in the world would anyone choose to waste space by re-printing a national column titled "Are black voters turning against Obama?" by Cal Thomas.

The opening sentence is "It may be too soon to label it a trend and there is insufficient data to confirm it, but President Barack Obama and his party may be losing their iron grip on their most loyal and ethusiastic voting bloc: African-Americans."

It should have been headlined, "Any rumor to create a storm will do."

John C. Wolff Jr.

Lexington


Hidden Grimes advertising

On July 24, I received a postcard from the Woodford County clerk's office advising me of the location for my voting precinct.

Etched onto the top left corner of the card was what I felt to be an advertisement for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a candidate for the U.S Senate.

I have voted in Woodford County elections for the past 30 years, and this card was the most blatant violation of voting laws I have seen.

The Democratic candidate's name is highlighted on the card by using white print on a black background, and is clearly an advertisement as opposed to a notice of the location of my voting precinct. The postmark indicates that taxpayer money was used by the candidate for this farce.

Carl Sumner

Versailles


Better off with Barr

Rep. Andy Barr has not only served Central and Eastern Kentucky with distinction, but has kept the promises of his campaign, unlike his predecessor.

He said he would listen to the people after he took office, hold town-hall meetings regularly, fight for Kentucky values and the issues that matter to us. He did that. He has stood strong for Kentucky while being the most receptive and accessible member of Congress that I can remember.

I saw opponent Elisabeth Jensen speak at a small event. There were lots of kids and flags waving, but she was lifeless in her speech, like she didn't want to be there. A candidate needs to have the fire in the belly. There's no doubt that Barr is energized and ready to continue fighting for us in Washington. We're in better shape with Barr as our congressman.

Bill Marshall

Midway


Just Google it

I am reminded often of the skit that comedian Jay Leno did where he interviewed people on the streets of Los Angeles.

While discussing the show with a 21-year-old as to how funny and sad it was that people in all walks of life, including teachers, didn't know basic history, I referenced the 16th president.

I said, "Can you believe anyone doesn't know that?" He just stared at me asking, "Who is it?"

I said, "You don't know?" His response, "Dude, if I need to know something from the past, I can Google it."

What's worse, I tell the story often and I'm met with acceptance of this statement, as if it isn't important to remember the past.

I recall a quote about failing to remember the past can lead to repeating it. I feel we are the next Roman Empire and we all know what happened to them.

And if you don't remember — Google it.

Jeffrey D. Moore

Lexington


Turning a blind eye

After reading Larry Dale Keeling's July 27 column about Rep. Andy Barr using his franking privilages, I had to write. Barr keeps in touch with the voters of his district, unlike former Rep. Ben Chandler who hid from us.

Keeling said no one should spend money doing this from any party.

Well, Rep. Sannie Overly, who is running for lieutenant governor with Jack Conway, sends the same questionaries to my home. I fill them out and put my stamp on there and mail them back.

It seems Keeling only cares if a Republican does it, but turns a blind eye to it when a Democrat does the same.

B. Joe Lucas

Paris

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