Could it be palm trees for Christmas?
This year is the first in the past 19 when there was no short chilly period in September where I was tempted to turn on the heat in my house.
If this is not a manifestation of global warming, I don't know what is. Add to that the desert-like weather.
I guess we have to learn to enjoy it. Industries that offer water-conservation methods and irrigation for flowers and gardens will thrive in the near future. Restaurants may be able to have outdoor seating well through December. Entrepreneurs, get busy.
Lexington wants evergreens for Christmas decorations? Forget it. Let's use palm trees.
In short, this area could become the New Orleans of the North. Or the Phoenix of the East.
Don't buy into it
It is a sad commentary that the Republican "Pledge to America" is short on substance, short on serving the least among us and long on serving the most privileged among us.
It is even sadder that many who can least afford it will vote against their own best interests — or not even exercise that most precious right — consumed by well-calculated, meaningless fear and anger directed toward them about current governing.
This is financed by a power elite who know exactly what they are doing (see billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch) for their own best high-finance purposes.
This is an effort for GOP power for power's sake alone.
If they get that governing power, what will they do? Drive the government into the ground and exclaim, "See, government can do nothing right."
And the most damned will be those most in need who bought into the rhetoric in the first place.
How to be frugal
I challenge the paper to run some stories featuring actually frugal lifestyles, not the frugal lite column you currently run.
The Fru-Gal has been sucked into endless consumerism, chasing "free" cookies and ice cream cones which are not free when they are acquired by using an automobile.
She promotes eating in restaurants (where the family blows hard-earned money in order to get one "free" meal), using processed food products and acquiring needless junk which is ultimately going to end up in the landfill.
She should be advising people to: buy on the secondary market (Habitat, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Craigslist, yard sales, barter whenever possible); recycle; cooking at home from scratch using healthy, fresh ingredients, making soup from leftovers; and the most important principle of true frugality: simply doing without.
I shudder to think of the number of storage units her followers must have to rent to store all the "free" stuff she helps them accumulate. On the other hand, if viewed as a humorous column, it is very enjoyable.
Beware the fox
With Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning as our senators, and David Williams raging in Frankfort, Kentucky has remained at or near the bottom of every list that ranks health, education and quality of life.
Our state cannot afford to elect Rand Paul when many of our citizens rely on federal programs and resources, including: federal educational funding (which he rejects); Medicare and Medicaid (which he would like to defund); Social Security (which he has suggested privatizing or phasing out), and farming supports (which he would stop).
Most years Kentucky receives at least $1.50 in resources for each $1 we pay in federal taxes. As one of the nation's poorest states, we need those funds.
Jack Conway is a centrist Democrat who would work with both parties. Paul's ideology is even outside the mainstream Republican party. Sending him to the Senate would be like putting a crafty fox in the henhouse.
Say something useful
Thanks to Mayor Jim Newberry and mayoral hopeful Jim Gray for ensuring the content of their television advertising is about them and their platforms — what they are currently or will be doing post-election — versus meaningless negative insults about the other.
Ben Chandler, Andy Barr, Jack Conway, you are killing me. Is Rand Paul the only candidate who can produce an advertisement about himself?
I am not interested in slanted opinion of your opponent. What are you doing, or will you do to address issues?
I can follow online or watch debates to clarify. This kind of wasteful spending of your donors' contributions does not speak well for any of you relative to your use of taxpayer dollars.
There are some people who represent more than many others.
There are some people who do more than many others.
And there are some people who do more than those that do more and represent more than those people. My longtime friend Don Pratt does and has done such for many years.
Barr puts us first
Ben Chandler has repeatedly lied in his ads about Andy Barr. He is covering up his record of voting 94 percent of the time with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to kill Kentucky jobs and spend the nation into bankruptcy.
In reality, the Herald-Leader's primary endorsement said Barr was one of the voices who counseled against politicizing merit system jobs during the Fletcher administration.
Had his advice been heeded, the editorial said, the hiring scandal that ultimately proved to be former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's political undoing might have been avoided.
Barr is the candidate who will put Kentucky residents first.
Chandler too negative
Unfortunately, Ben Chandler has apparently decided to conduct a negative campaign against Andy Barr in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Recent TV ads by Chandler accusing Barr of misconduct during the Fletcher administration are untrue (see Herald-Leader, May 11) and his attack on Barr regarding Barr's position on Social Security was ruled "mostly false" (see Herald-Leader, Aug. 31).
Seems Chandler has little to say about himself in a positive way. Too bad.