If hawks want Iran war, pass the draft
With a September vote looming on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Americans need to remember the United States was not the only country that negotiated this agreement. Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China participated in the negotiations and accepted the terms with Iran.
Republican platitudes about negotiating a better deal and stiffer sanctions are fantasy because the world already accepted the deal. Any action, military or otherwise, will be unilateral.
Americans must ask themselves who are the people touting war over diplomacy. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and John Kasich — what do all these hawks have in common?
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They never served but are eager to send you or your children to war as long as they or their children never have to go. Every time a Republican presidential candidate talks about "boots on the ground" the consequence will be more bodies in the ground.
Republicans eager for another Middle East war should demonstrate their sincerity by introducing legislation reinstating the draft. Adopt the Israel model of their buddy Benjamin Netanyahu, requiring compulsory service for all males and females upon reaching 18 with no deferments.
War should be a shared sacrifice, not a shirked responsibility.
James F. Wisniewski
A sudden surge of wisdom would surprise people. Relatives will be astonished, friends amazed. However, nobody is really happy because the surprising development takes everybody's attention and the change seems uncertain. A wisdom surge is a marvelous development. It raises hopes for more of the same. It is a rarity. Disbelief and gasps are common responses. Everyone wonders how it came about. How it will end?
A wisdom surge is really an escape from ignorance, stupidity and blunders. It is such a huge change that thinking becomes realistic. What a breakthrough.
Imagine this happening throughout the public, around the country. Who could ask for more?
It is several months before the next governor assumes office. However, Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate, has accomplished one goal: He has suggested removing the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda.
One state official has implied that the Rotunda should contain only statues of persons connected with government or justice.
If that is the case, the statue of Dr. Ephraim McDowell should also be removed. I would suggest moving his statue to Danville or the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Thiswould leave two vacant spaces. I suggest filling them with Martha Layne Collins, the first woman elected Kentucky's governor, and Benjamin Helm Bristow, the first solicitor general of the United States. Collins also served as clerk of Kentucky's highest court; Bristow is credited with forming the American Bar Association. Collins of Shelby County and Bristow of Todd County are worthy native Kentuckians.
Two alternates: Emma Guy Cromwell, the first woman elected to statewide office in Kentucky, and Fred Vinson, a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Perhaps recognizing any two of these individuals would end the controversy of who should be recognized in the Capitol.
James M. Groves
Missing Democrat debates
At this point in the 2008 election cycle, the Democrats had already had nine of their total 26 debates. So far in the 2016 election cycle there have been zero. Out of six.
It is the voter's duty to be educated. And it is the duty of the government and the political parties to ensure that the voters can educate themselves.
And yet in this election cycle the Democratic National Committee is enforcing a debate schedule designed to limit the voter's knowledge of candidates, and that seems likely to minimize voter turnout.
New York, which once called Hillary Clinton its senator, requires anyone who would vote in a party's primary to be registered by a certain point ahead of the primary. That deadline is actually after the first Democratic debate.
So, if someone in New York watches the debates and sees a candidate they'd like to support, but hadn't yet registered, then they are out of luck.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is responsible for this schedule, who was a national campaign co-chair for Clinton in 2008, has ignored the nearly 75 percent of Democrats and independents (according to an April Bloomberg poll) who think more debates should take place.
All in the name
Soon coming to a venue near you, a third political party — the Trumpicans. The Donald names everything after himself so you know it's coming.