Tech hurting our ability to think
I'm not oblivious to the fact that computers have enhanced our lives. Technology has increased our lifespans as well as positively affecting us in many areas.
Having acknowledged this, I ponder the question: At what price?
Misguided beings now have the capacity to obliterate humanity using computers. One morning, at 5:54, as I waited in my car for breakfast at a drive-thru that opened 6 minutes later, I was asked not to do that in the future because it messed up the computer.
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I've noticed, on many other occasions, when the computers go down, good folks become helpless.
But then again, I'm a dinosaur who is surviving without ever owning, by choice, a computer. Nor have I ever purchased a cell phone, and haven't worn a watch in over 50 years.
I do own a radio, CD player and one of those newfangled TVs. I hold my head up, smile, and still say "hello" to folks, even those whose heads are buried in their computers.
Bevin wrong on pensions
For members of the Kentucky Retirement and Teachers Retirement Systems, this year's governors race and the 2016 legislative session will be defining events in determining their future solvency and economic security for retirees.
There is consensus that legislative funding of the full actuarially recommended contributions are mandatory.
Republicans have offered no solutions. They are paralyzed by their political agenda, which does not permit any type of revenue enhancement beyond the present budget structure.
Matt Bevin believes reducing taxes creates economic growth, which has been tried and failed in other states. Republican politics will not permit a thoughtful, fact-based discussion on the financial needs of the state.
The two systems have 350,000 retirees and active members and 110,000 inactive members. Our membership needs to send a message on Election Day to protect our future. Bevin does not have the experience, temperament or vision to lead our state at this crucial time.
Conway wrong on Davis
There is a lesson voters can take away from how our gubernatorial candidates handled the recent situation involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.
Jack Conway is the attorney general, the chief law-enforcement officer for the state. On this very sensitive matter, he was nowhere to be found.
I'm not a legal expert, but I've come to understand this was possibly neglecting his sworn duties to uphold the state constitution.
Matt Bevin is fully aware of how polarizing this issue has been and, on multiple occasions, stood with the clerk while openly sharing his faith and opinions on the matter.
I agree with Bevin and he has earned my respect as a man of principle and conviction because he unapologetically stands behind them.
It would seem that, all partisan issues aside, the contest for the governor's office offers a choice between the honorable and the cowardly.
U.S. compassionate nation
While parents try to protect children from the horrors of the world, truth has a way of intruding.
From my childhood, I remember searing photos in Look Magazine of the Hungarian revolution, of bloodied bodies hanging upside down. I realized adults did not have the ability to keep everyone safe.
A year later, we met a Hungarian family who had fled their homeland in the dead of night, to brave guard dogs, barbed wire and worse to reach freedom.
I know they would now be appalled to see their countrymen mistreating war-torn refugees suffering much as they suffered.
Could years of totalitarian regimes have left their mark? What kind of government shows a total lack of compassion and assistance to civilian victims of war?
Yet this country, too, has would-be leaders talking about rounding up immigrants, many of whom are greatly contributing to this nation's prosperity.
Is this the kind of nation we want to be — fearful, sneering, lacking in compassion, unwilling to share our ability to solve problems?
This is a nation of smart, hardworking people from everywhere willing to find solutions beneficial to all parties. We have done it for over 200 years. Let's not stop now.