GOP would drive economy out of ditch, over cliff
One common definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, expecting a different result. This definitely applies in this political season.
The economy is in terrible shape, due to many factors, most of which are the result of Republican control of the government. We elected Democrats to change things, but are outraged when the damage of the last two decades of reckless deregulation, tax cutting and disastrous wars of choice can't be put right in less than two years.
There are plenty of signs that voters are seriously considering putting the GOP back in charge. How can the party that got us into this mess get us out of it by using the same tired and discredited policies? It is absolutely insane to think this time will be any different.
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I voted for President Barack Obama, and while I have been disappointed at how often he has steered to the right and broken his promises for real change, I still think Obama and the Democrats deserve more time for their policies to take effect and help pull the economy back from the brink. Putting the Republicans back in charge is simply crazy and would let them take our economy out of the ditch and over a cliff.
If only ...
I can vividly remember watching the election results in November 2008 while talking with a close friend who lived in Massachusetts. We were both very excited about then-Sen. Barack Obama winning the presidential election. But I was more than embarrassed to see that Kentucky was the very first state emblazoned in bright red (aka Republican) instead of our beloved blue.
It was worse than embarrassing, and I told my friend that even if Obama won the election, his worst enemy wouldn't be from a country like Iran or North Korea but from Kentucky: Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Two years later, I feel like a prophet because McConnell has been the worst obstructionist minority Senate leader in the history of our great country. Worse yet, he got re-elected mostly because 98 percent of McConnell's election financing didn't come from the citizens of Kentucky but from corporations, lobbyists and a final-week $20 million "loan" from the Republican money bag. Even then, McConnell's victory was decided by 3 percent of the Kentucky voters.
I would love to see how well our country would be doing if Democratic candidate Bruce Lunsford had won that single Senate race.
Think about it. In my humble opinion, the only thing Obama has done wrong since election night was to believe that Republicans would actually cross the aisle and unite our country, which has been so divided since Bush, Cheney & Co. took office in 2001. What a shame.
Darrell G. Gross
Food for thought
I was appalled by the Fru-Gal column suggesting people can save money by purchasing food from Angel Food Ministry as a way to get $65 worth of food for only $30. Did the Fru-Gal not read the organization's history (posted on its Web site)? "With a heart to help others and a generous spirit, Joe and Linda Wingo founded Angel Food Ministries in 1994 to provide food for friends and neighbors who were struggling financially. Today the Angel Food program now is helping provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month."
To use this non-profit organization as a way to save money on groceries — and to recommend that others do the same — regardless of their financial status or need is unconscionable.
Worse, by encouraging people who are not struggling financially to take advantage of this offering, the Fru-Gal is likely ensuring that someone who has a true financial need will not have this service available when needed.
I hope I misunderstood what the Fru-Gal was suggesting. Maybe she could clarify her intentions in a future column by encouraging her frugal friends to part with some of the money they save through her advice and do something for someone else by donating to this worthwhile cause.
Gone to the dogs
I moved into my home in Cumberland Hill subdivision this spring and regret my decision to purchase property in Lexington.
If my dog is not in my fenced yard, she is on a leash. Loose dogs frequently come into my yard, chase my kids, come up on my porch, get into my garage and run off with my kids' toys and shoes. I have to keep my doors closed at all times so my dog does not go through the screen doors trying to get at the strays.
I carry Mace in my pocket when I work outside because vicious dogs have come after me. I must clean up dog feces on a daily basis, and my children cannot play in our yard because they've stepped in it too many times.
I e-mailed the Cumberland Hill Neighborhood Association in April and asked what it takes to get ordinances and rules on dog litter and leash laws enforced. I never received a response to my e-mail.
I spent a small fortune on signs in my front yard reminding people how rude they are when they don't clean up after their dogs. The signs get people's attention, but the dogs are still running loose. One neighbor told me she's been dealing with this issue for four years.
Please tell me what it will take for the Cumberland Hill Neighborhood Association to enforce its rules or if there are any other options I can pursue.
Interesting how those in the Tea Party movement feign surprise that their own petard, the Constitution, is used against them.
In fact, since the Constitution is "The Great Compromise," it can be used, and always has been used, however any party wishes. To paraphrase Robert Browning: "Or what is a Supreme Court for?"
We conservative Democrats, or citizens of any ilk, have the right and the duty to own the Constitution lest Tea Partiers claim it for sovereign use. It protects us all. This is not hypocrisy.
Abraham Lincoln said it best when, only 28 years old and speaking to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Ill.:
"Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense. Let those materials be molded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the Constitution and laws: and, that we improved to the last; that we remained free to the last."
He must have died a sad man that his warning was ignored. Must we ignore it still?
"Fear always springs from ignorance," as Ralph Waldo Emerson said. Tea Partiers offer only fear for liberties lost rather than using reason to preserve liberty.