More parental involvement can fix schools
There is one solution to saving education in America: Parents and grandparents need to go eyeball-to-eyeball with administrators 24/7. They need to be in the hallways and classrooms. Show me a bad school and I will show you parents who do not care.
Students are fine as individuals, but inside the school building some take on a gang mentality. They are obnoxious and mean-spirited. Parents can correct that behavior immediately. Teachers can then teach.
Wake up, people. If you care, get moving. The only thing at stake is our children.
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Count on Crews
I would like to share my strong support of Lyen Crews, who is running for the 56th House District seat. He is a family man who cares deeply about the good folks of Kentucky. I have known him since just after the day he was sitting at his kitchen table and decided that he wanted to make a difference in our kids' and grandkids' future.
Crews works at Midway College and is an accountant by trade. In fact, I believe his two greatest assets are the fact that he is a fresh voice for responsibility in Frankfort and that he is an accountant.
No offense to the lawyers, but I'd sure like to see some more accountants up there in Frankfort, especially when it comes to budget time. I hope everyone will join me and choose Crews.
Ky. needs moderate
As attorney general, Jack Conway has fought effectively against drug abuse, Medicaid fraud and elderly abuse. He has promoted mining safety and child protection. Under Gov. Paul Patton, he promoted economic development and improved education in Kentucky.
His opponent seems to think that not believing in politicians qualifies him somehow to become one. Rand Paul tries to disguise his inexperience under the cloak of an "outsider."
Conway understands Kentucky's problems, including the need for jobs, better education and the health of small businesses. Conway knows the federal deficit is a real problem, but unlike his opponent he would not go after federal programs just on principle, declawing federal protections against unsafe food, unsafe working conditions and fraudulent business practices.
Conway would provide a moderate Kentucky voice speaking with the authority of someone who has worked responsibly and effectively at the state level. Vote for experience and good governance.
Pratt helps people
My wife and I have known Don Pratt all his life. He is from a great family and has many outstanding qualities. He also has many opinions, several of which we disagree with, but he still will get our vote for council.
Pratt has been active in his community for over 40 years and has helped many people with their problems. He is not a self-serving person, but a genuine concerned citizen. He will be a voice for many underrepresented citizens. Please consider Don Pratt for council-at-large.
A quality candidate
Someone asked me to list the 10 qualities that most exemplify the type of person I would like to have represent me in government. I said: High moral principles, intelligent, leader, mature, articulate, good listener, energetic, able to hold their own when right, able to admit when they are wrong and open to suggestions.
I have just described Linda Gorton, candidate for Urban County Council at-large. Some people may not be aware of Gorton's work on the council these past 12 years, because she is not a self promoter. Her only agenda is the people's agenda. You may have seen Gorton at council meetings on government-access television as I often have.
I am always proud to have her represent me. Gorton studies the issues, works with other council members and, as the top vote getter Nov. 2, she would be our new vice mayor.
Local churches are promoting Chris Ford for 1st District council member although the gentleman has little understanding of the community or the agencies that serve it.
Ford says he wants to prioritize Workforce Investment Act funds for employment and training. WIA funds have been prioritized by federal laws and council members cannot change those priorities. Ford wants to find funds for small area plans for Central Sector and Eest End. Where was he eight years ago when neighborhood representatives worked hard to develop the Central Sector Small Area Plan?
I worked with Marty Clifford, neighborhood associations, police and council representatives to develop what was important to Central Sector residents and create the plan. Clifford has led the way with several neighborhood associations, cleaning up Al's Bar and working with police to reduce crime in the district. He understands the needs of the district through his 10 years of community service.
Robert B. Dalton
I noticed the story of Ryan Quarles, who is running for a state House seat. Usually one gets embroiled in controversy after being elected. All he allegedly did was drive recklessly through a closed parking lot, weaving in and out of cars at 3:10 a.m.
Since he was just this side of intoxicated (.067 out of .08) the police had the nerve to cite him and hold him accountable for his actions. Surely these pesky little laws apply only to the little people.
I confess I have become jaded when I see someone in political office treated differently from a regular working person. However, Quarles set the bar to a new level. Apparently, you just have to run for office to expect preferential treatment.
He states his lawyer informed him the arrest was highly unusual. If I'd been engaged in the same conduct my outcome would have been much worse.
Whitehead for PVA
I met Jay Whitehead after the 2010 primary. My first impression was that he is an intelligent, kind, personable and experienced person. I've had an opportunity to be around him since meeting him and see he is a hard and dedicated worker. Jay is an honest person and will be the conscientious property valuation administrator that we need and will treat us all fairly, regardless of political party affiliation. Please vote for "J."