Letters to the editor: Aug. 16

August 15, 2014 

If you want my answer, mail me a questionnaire

The closer we get to the November election, the more telephone surveys and polls will be coming my way. The $3.50 fee I pay every month to keep my phone number unlisted doesn't allow recorded messages with threats such as, "The FBI reports that 98 percent of elderly women living alone are victims of home invasion, rape and unspeakable torture."

Nor does it allow scams such as "This is important information about your credit card account. You now owe $14 million dollars."

It doesn't record political surveys with questions such as one I was asked before the primary election: "Do you believe our country is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?" the caller asked. I said, "In what capacity? Civil rights, international relations, the economy?"

"Just in general," said the caller, and when I said that I could not give an answer, she hung up.

If I'm going to respond to surveys and polls, I insist that the questions be sent through the mail and tailored to reveal our biases as well as our voting intentions.

I propose a question: "Do you believe that gays and lesbians have the same Constitutional rights as all citizens?" Check yes or no.

Shirley Baechtold

Richmond


Senate needs McConnell

The idea that politics are local applies to the Kentucky Senate race. Voters should put aside their personal dislikes and see the big picture.

I don't hold President Barack Obama solely responsible for what is happening, but his responses to problems have made things worse.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acts as an emperor and wields more power than Obama, giving a thumbs up or down to bills while accomplishing nothing. Divided government hasn't served us well.

The only way out is to turn the Senate to a Republican majority so that Reid will be removed.

Then House bills can at least be brought to the Senate for consideration. Alison Lundergan Grimes would probably be a fine Senator in less critical times, but we are in chaos. Keep Sen. Mitch McConnell, who could replace Reid and get things done.

Matilda Biesinger

Lexington


Israel is not to blame

A recent letter writer, of the opinion that Israel shares blame for the Gaza war, must be delusional.

There would be no more problems in the Middle East if the terrorist groups would leave Israel alone. Their stated goal is to destroy Israel as a nation and it's people.

It also shows the writer's lack of knowledge of the situation in Israel. Israel makes efforts to protect the innocent Palestinians.

Hamas uses the innocent civilians, including women and children, as human shields to hide behind. None of the blame should go to Israel. How would the writer feel if those rockets were hitting their community?

Chester Howard

Pineville


Ditch rich Mitch

I've been a voter in Clark County since 1951. I have read and studied politics all my 63 voting years.

We have Alison Lundergan Grimes, a nice young lady running for United States senator. I and my family support her.

Mitch McConnell has served for 29.5 years. We don't understand how he has become so wealthy with his salary being what it is.

Let's elect Grimes, who will be for the working people of Kentucky, not the rich people in Washington.

Lindsay Pasley

Winchester


Impeachment costly

One has to wonder if Republican harassment of former President Bill Clinton wasn't a factor in this country's failure to detect the plans for the 9/11 attacks.

Perhaps if Clinton had been able to pay more attention to the important duties of his position, rather than deal with an impeachment destined to go nowhere, things might have turned out differently.

Pointing out that the Republicans are trying to keep President Barack Obama off balance by filing a meritless lawsuit against him purely for political advantage, reducing the time he can spend on important matters, won't change the minds of the Republican leadership.

But, it might affect the electorate in their voting decisions, as they realize that Republican goals such as making Obama a one-term president and making rich people richer, are not good for the country, and might be disastrous.

Michael Kennedy

Lexington


Jensen, Ky., visionary

I want to express my support of congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen and The Race for Education's Starting Gate program.

The Paris Independent 21st Century Community Learning Center and Starting Gate began their collaboration in September of 2011. The program engages middle school students to pursue quality education through literacy, grade and study-skill improvement and post-secondary preparation.

We started with 12 sixth-grade students and each year we have added a class. They have set individual long-term goals and have experienced educational adventures through plays, museum visits and guest speakers.

This has been possible through Jensen's vision and her commitment to the program. She's demonstrated her dedication to young people and families. Many people have vision, but people who share a vision can build consensus and deliver results. I support Jensen for the U.S. Congress.

Leslie Hoffman Spears

Paris

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