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Letters to the editor: Aug. 18

August 18, 2014 

It's a bad time to change

I could only wish Alison Grimes well in her pursuit of improving the lot of Kentuckians, but now isn't the time that a freshman senator is going to effect any change.

If Republicans regain control of the Senate both Kentuckians and the nation would be better served to have Mitch McConnell as the majority leader rather than Harry Reid.

I know McConnell has been in Washington for a long time, as have many of his colleagues. However, considering the complete mess our country is in, now is the time to change what we have the power to change.

We seem to have been in complete gridlock with the president and the House at an impasse and the Senate not voting on anything, thanks to Reid.

So I would hope all Kentuckians who want something better for our nation and Kentucky would give serious thought to this suggestion.

Sue Nall Allen

Lexington


What has McConnell done?

I read a recent letter to the editor in which that writer stated that he believes Mitch McConnell is a proven leader.

But the letter failed to list any plans, advances or job development projects that could be attributed to McConnell.

Thirty years in Congress is a very long time for any representative, and Kentucky deserves to have an active, interested and enthusiastic senator.

It is time to Ditch Mitch and move on to a young, passionate, straightforward representative like Alison Lundergan Grimes.

LaVece Ganter Hughes

Nicholasville


Who will bow to Obama?

It seems that Alison Lundergan Grimes is very adroit at asking questions but quite reticent to answer them.

But here is one that she cannot avoid and that is the central question that will be decided in the November election: Which of the two candidates for the Senate from Kentucky is most likely to bow to the wishes of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?

(Insert lengthy period of deafening silence.)

The answer is a slam dunk.

That is the question every voter in Kentucky must answer. If a voter is among the large majority, based on recent polling, who disapprove of Obama's handling of everything, from the economy to foreign policy, then the decision is also a slam dunk.

Rick Music

Nicholasville


Grimes condones Clinton

I see where Alison Lundergan Grimes is proud to have former President Bill Clinton supporting her bid for U.S. senator.

Perhaps she has forgotten, or chooses to forget, that Clinton:

■ Engaged in a sexual encounter with a woman other than his wife in the Oval Office of the peoples' house, while his wife was upstairs in their living quarters.

■ Went on national television and lied to us that he "had not had sexual relations with that woman."

■ Was fined and lost his license to practice law by the Arkansas Bar.

■ Was impeached by the United States House of Representatives.

By having Clinton stump for her, Grimes is condoning his reprehensible conduct while president and she is, in my judgment, not fit to be our U.S. Senator.

Roger W. Parry

Lexington


McConnell's petty politics

A recent letter writer extolled Sen. Mitch McConnell as a proven leader. From my perspective, McConnell is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

I am upset by his frequent use of filibusters and other forms of obstructionism to block legislative productivity. Sometimes saying "no" is necessary, but not at every turn. Filibustering his own bill was an eye-opener for me.

I am upset by his voting record that repeatedly documents support for large corporations over the interests of people on issues that include jobs, access to health care, fair wages, educational debt and discrimination against women.

I am upset by his tendency to prioritize petty politics over working collaboratively.

I will not agree with Alison Lundergan Grimes on every issue, but I am convinced that her priorities are centered on problem solving and working for the people — all of us, not just a few highly privileged and well-connected individuals. She has my vote.

James MacLeod

Versailles


Vote Grimes for jobs

If the results of the Bluegrass Poll are accurate, Alison Lundergan Grimes should win the senatorial election with at least 56 percent of the vote.

That's because 56 percent of respondents felt that jobs and the economy were the most important issues facing our country.

Those respondents could not possibly vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell, who just recently said that jobs was not his responsibility.

McConnell was at the forefront of a Congress that provided the Bush administration everything it wanted, resulting in the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

For the past six years, McConnell has done everything in his power to stifle recovery.

He has defamed and demonized President Barack Obama and other Democrats for the sole purpose of allowing the Koch brothers to complete their hostile takeover of the federal government.

If the voters of Kentucky send McConnell back to Washington, we will deserve every dire consequence we receive.

Kenneth Freeman

Lexington

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