The Trump campaign has proven one thing for sure: There is one party in America, and it’s the government party. It grows bigger and bigger and is composed of lobbyists, big media, big banks, Republican elites (Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Paul Ryan) and the Democratic elites (Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Barack Obama). They care for one thing only: their own power, money and influence. The American people are left out of the process.
I am deeply concerned about Donald Trump’s candidacy. On many counts, I find him totally unfit for the presidency. I am retired, a former pastor and seminary professor. Throughout my years, unlike many ministers, I have refused to endorse anyone for office. I still do not endorse anyone in this election, but I vehemently oppose Trump.
Strange how some things come back to kick you in the rear. Just weeks ago, six Baton Rouge policemen were shot and three died. Then some of the same Baton Rouge protesters were asking for help from first responders.
Shaking hands is a common experience that occurs for most of us regularly in the daily routine of life. When we meet a friend, or even a stranger, we greet that person warmly by extending “the right hand of fellowship” and clasping the other person’s right hand.
I know how the election is going to be rigged and how Hillary Clinton is going to cheat Donald Trump out of the presidency. You see, in fact, Clinton and Trump are good friends. (Such good friends that he donated money last year to the Clinton Foundation, and this deduction would show up on his tax return. That is why he won’t produce his last year’s tax returns, it would be, you might say, a conflict of their interests.)
As a retired news editor, I know that what is left out of a story can be as critical as what is eventually printed or broadcast. The principles of honesty, fairness and objectivity are paramount. There is also an element of interest. What is it about a story that would be of interest to the reader or viewer? Sadly, the Herald-Leader fails on so many fronts and so many times. The Aug. 13 article regarding Hillary Clinton’s release of her income tax return is the latest example.
Those involved in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry are desperate to prevent any crackdown on their illegal, inhumane training practices. That was made clear by comments made at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s listening session in Lexington on a proposed rule to end soring.
Lexington is the only city I have lived in where the homeowner is required to fix the sidewalks. Even though there is an allotted “reimbursement,” what are our taxes for? Our road has numerous potholes, cracks, drainage issues and resurfacing needs all along it, and it’s been like that since we moved in a year ago. Now, however, the city has decided to come out and spray-paint marks on the sidewalk sections in front of our house that it wants repaired.
Homelessness among Kentucky students and less opportunity for minority students are among the state’s largest issues. Yes, we may be fighting to keep jobs in certain industries, to keep our citizens away from heroin and other illegal drugs, and to keep a voice in our politics, but we need to focus on fighting for the students.
Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent payment of $500,000 to have the previous Kentucky administration probed for potential wrongdoing seems highly exorbitant. I’m certain I can give the governor exactly the answer he wants for half the price: Bevin, good; Beshear, bad. There. That should do it. Please make the check payable to:
Poor Joel Pett. In November, he drew a cartoon critical of Gov. Matt Bevin for not wanting Syrian refugees in Kentucky and had the poor judgment to use Bevin’s black Ethiopian-born children in the cartoon. Unfortunately, the editorial-page editor and publisher, both of whom are black, had the equally bad judgment to publish Pett’s cartoon. Shame on all of them.
I thought it was funny that the top ten list of non-fiction best sellers in the Aug.7 paper were No. 3 “Hillary’s America”; No. 2 “Crisis of Character”; No. 7. “Between the World and Me”; No. 1 “It Gets Worse”; No. 4 “Armageddon”; and to top it off, No. 9, “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies.”
Many thanks to congressional candidate Nancy Jo Kemper for shining needed light on banking reform. While the topic fails to make headlines in competition with the political season fireworks, it affects all of us when bubbles burst, as in 2008.