A primary primer: 1 person, 1 vote, 1 party
Two recent letter writers seem to have slept through their civics classes because they don't understand the function of primary elections.
One writer doesn't want to declare a party to be allowed to vote in the primaries. Another wants to vote in the other party's primary because no one in his party filed for the position of property valuation administrator.
Should that person be allowed to vote in both primaries, to get two votes? I don't think so. If, for example, I typically vote Democratic but my candidate has little or no opposition in the primary, should I be allowed to vote in the Republican primary for a candidate I think he/she can beat most easily?
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I don't think so; that is not fair. The primary's function is to give voters an opportunity to help select their party's best candidate.
Voting in a party's primary in no way obligates the voter to support that candidate in the general election. Many people split their ticket in the general election. In Kentucky, a large majority of voters are registered as Democrats, but in recent years they have elected more Republicans to state and national offices.
People don't give up their independence by voting in a party primary, but each person only gets one vote.
Given their unforgiveable cold-bloodedness toward the well-being of their species, that of their environment, and thus the unconscionable indifference toward their creator;
Given their lies, trysts, self-interest and corruption that permeates their very existence. Given those who have financed and commanded the massacre of hundreds of millions of civilians throughout history;
Given these serpentine excuses for humanity, the politicians, heads of state, financial and business magnates, religious heads and top military could very well have established the human race as the worst example of an intelligent life form in the entire universe.
'Man up,' colleges
Once again, "the best and the brightest" are in power and the failed results are the same for President Barack Obama. He is in a leaderless presidency, just like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. Again, academics are shoved forward and corrupt Chicago, New York and California politicians are put in positions beyond their knowledge, capabilities or skills. Lying, greed, deceit, criminality and a basic hatred of America are in abundance.
Obama has turned his presidency over to faceless college professors or bureaucrats accountable to no one. This is the same legacy of the 1960s radicals who seized our universities and destroyed our education system through political correctness, collectivism, socialism and communist tendencies. Our academic system is undemocratic, anemic and juvenile, with few presentations of scholarship and opposition to ideas and debate.
Our local universities need to "man up" and begin to produce courses with subtext about American history and Western civilization.
Transylvania University has a rare opportunity with the appointment of its new president to become significant by being open to contrary ideas and by refusing to continue a failed legacy of political correctness that deprives students of the education they deserve and are paying for.
How about some honesty on the great issues facing America?
David W. Masters
Romans had it right
A July 2 letter with the headline "A two-parent country" suggested that, using a family governed by a single parent as an analogy, our country needed not just one, but two "parents" to effectively run it.
In support of this proposition, the writer might well have cited the example of the Roman republic, where two consuls were elected annually to run the republic. This worked for Rome for more centuries than this country has yet endured. It might also serve as a historically successful example of term limits.
There is, indeed, notable historical precedent for this idea, lest it be curtly dismissed by others.
John W. Mann
Protect our land
When our state and nationally elected politicians practice bad or corrupt behavior, it affects all of us. It means our leaders aren't productive and that there have been poor oversight and failed systems in our state and federal governments.
We need our politicians to be more ethical and to follow core values. They need to use these guidelines to make good decisions and to balance the basic needs of this country and protect the environment.
For example, investing in infrastructure can lead to more jobs; better energy policies can make the country more secure. With increased employment, health care will become available to more people. Waterways need to be clean to provide more drinkable and usable water; plus it is the right thing to do and will promote tourism and provide jobs.
I am concerned about fiscal issues. I do not believe citizens should be overtaxed or ripped off by a corrupt system or private company. Overall, a flat tax is fairer. If existing checks and balances are not working, then modern reforms are necessary.
America and especially Kentucky's land and water are too beautiful to be spoiled by bad decisions. Politicians must adhere to good values in deciding important issues involving infrastructure and finances.
You don't have to take shortcuts to achieve the needs of the citizenry and sacrifice our beautiful land. Core values provide a balance that protects the land, government, infrastructure and fiscal policies.
Citizens of America, please help support this country and politicians so we together can accomplish this mission.
Too much grief
It seems Lexington is in a continuous state of mourning judged by the frequency of the state's and Urban County Government's displaying the American flag at half-staff countywide for prolonged periods of time.
There are specific standards and dates for flying the flag at half staff, yet I haven't seen the flag flown at full staff in front of our government buildings for a long time.
Are we a city in constant mourning? Are we a nation in constant mourning? I say no.
We grieve for our fallen troops, police and firefighters. We grieve for our fallen leaders. But to grieve indefinitely forsakes the sacrifices made so that Old Glory will fly proudly still. Judicious and appropriate use of the half-staff standards by the state and Urban County Government is urged.