Honesty, integrity and ethics are the soul of public service. We have two candidates for mayor who, by their public actions, meet these criteria — Teresa Isaac and Jim Gray.
In three instances (involving the Blue Grass Airport, CentrePointe and the Kentucky League of Cities), Mayor Jim Newberry seemed to become "ethical" only after problems became public and he would face certain criticism. Kudos to Gray for staying on top of those situations.
Former Mayor Isaac should feel vindicated concerning the water issue. Remember, Newberry and some council members ran and were elected, at least partially, on the water control and eminent domain issues. Kentucky American Water came out on top and it has raised rates and used "eminent domain" to secure land for a pipeline.
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We need every one of our representatives to be honest, have integrity, be ethical and have the ability to do the job. It is our job to elect the right people.
Grayson the man
The primary election is just around the corner and Republican candidates Trey Grayson and Rand Paul are semmingly head-to-head in the U.S. Senate race. Here are a few more reasons to vote for Grayson:
■ He has a history of solving problems in Kentucky. He will do the same in Washington. Grayson has endorsements from politicians including former Vice President Dick Cheney.
■ His record of cutting spending in his office by 15 percent. He also fought for fair elections and to eliminate voter fraud.
■ Grayson has family values and is committed to keeping our country and our families safe, along with protecting those values. Kentucky Right to Life endorses Grayson and called him the only 100-percent pro-life Republican in the race.
May 18 is an important date that will reflect Kentucky's future. Let us send Grayson, a true conservative, to Washington.
Pratt for council
The same group of candidates says the same thing every Lexington government election, and nothing ever changes.
I support Don Pratt for council at-large because he is the one candidate in the race who will make a difference. He is an independent thinker, not bound to the wishes of his campaign contributors (he has raised no money), and brings new ideas to government.
Pratt is a fiscal conservative who supports the election of an independent auditor for Fayette County, and who will work to trim all fat from local government.
He went to prison rather than support an unjust war, and his sense of ethics and responsibility will make him an excellent council member.
Plomin for council
I am writing to share my endorsement of Kathy Plomin for at-large council member of Lexington's Urban County Council.
I worked with Plomin for more than four years as executive vice president of the United Way of the Bluegrass when she served as president. I know firsthand that she is a very efficient, informed and caring person.
In her 10 years as president of United Way, she established programs that were of great benefit to this community. She has given, and continues to give, many volunteer hours on local community boards. She has been a member of the Lexington community for more than 30 years and is passionate about making our community a better place to live and work.
Plomin's experience with the United Way in nine counties has provided her with an excellent perspective on the region and how we can work together.
I am sure that I and many, many others in Fayette County would like to hear more from the mayoral candidates about illegal immigrants in this county.
Mayor Jim Newberry elected to bypass a chance to act early in his administration when he would not allow the police to join the federal training program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants.
I urge all my fellow citizens to force the candidates to speak up on this subject.
Keep O'Neill as PVA
It never ceases to amaze me how many times politicians fail to ask the question: "How does this look?"
Such is the case with Renee True's effort to regain the property valuation administrator position in Fayette County. She "retired" in December of 2008 to take advantage of pending changes in state retirement benefits. In January 2009, she had the gall to ask Gov. Steve Beshear to reappoint her. He rightfully said "no."
The double-dipping, combined with her propensity for employing family members, should make this an easy choice for Democrats. Current PVA David O'Neill has the brains and integrity to run the PVA office and has done a superb job in the last year. He deserves the vote on May 18.
Witt keeps us safe
Sheriff Kathy Witt has led her superb team of deputies and support staff for more than 12 years, keeping us safe in more ways than we will ever know.
Witt's leadership has helped Fayette County reach a 98-percent conviction rate for sexual-predator cases. She serves on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's advisory board and the U.S. Department of Justice's committee on missing persons.
She serves as chair of the National Sheriffs Association's domestic violence committee and is on the group's ethics committee.
From Fayette County's life-saving domestic violence protection programs to her common-sense use of non-violent inmates to remove neighborhood graffiti, Witt continues to think of innovative ways to protect our citizens and our property.
I have had the privilege of knowing Witt and of praying with her for many years. Her prayers are always so tender and only for others' needs. I urge voters to re-elect Witt.
Witt's focus local
I am a major and a 20-year veteran of the Fayette County sheriff's office. I have had the opportunity to tour many sheriff offices and detention facilities as I have traveled across the country in my role of returning fugitives from justice.
Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt's leadership, particularly in this area, has ensured that victims' voices are being heard. Not only is she committed to justice, she is also committed to her employees' safety.
Our office and our team are truly recognized nationally in so many areas, but Witt has ensured that we have never lost our focus locally.
I am honored to be a member of such a truly dynamic and diverse team whose focus and commitment are clear. I ask you to join me in re-electing Witt on May 18.
She can do what?
Did I miss the letter to the editor that tells how Sheriff Kathy Witt can walk on water?