Judge worth keeping
I am a retired Court of Justice employee with over 30 years of service in the Fayette District and Circuit courts. I endorse Judge Maria Ransdell for re-election to the district court.
She has served as judge for 13 years and has the experience, integrity, dedication to fairness and energy required to serve the people of Fayette County in this important position.
Fayette District Court and this community need conscientious and qualified leaders. Please join me in keeping our District Court bench one of the best in the state by casting your vote for Ransdell.
I write this letter to support Chuck Ellinger for an Urban County Council at-large seat.
I have known Chuck and the Ellinger family for a long time. Chuck is highly qualified for the job. I watch the council meetings faithfully and he is regularly present. He is very interested in the workings of our city; police, fire, streets, sewers, finances, etc. He has a good relationship with business, the university and our tourism community. He is well educated and a perfect fit for the job of council at-large and vice mayor as well.
George L. Buchanan
I am writing to express my support for the re-election of Jesse Crenshaw as state representative of District 77.
Through the years, I have had the opportunity to work with Crenshaw on issues which have directly impacted his district. I have always found him to be extremely conscientious, hard-working and dedicated to the people of his district.
Any time that I have approached him with a question or concern, he has always exhibited a willingness and desire to address it.
The citizens of District 77 will be well-served by his re-election.
Back horse industry
Well, the WEG games have come and gone and our wonderful horse industry received some much-deserved national attention. But we Kentuckians have to ask ourselves how much longer Kentucky will be considered the horse capital of the world.
For years now our horse industry has been begging our legislature for help, but its pleas have not been heard by people in our legislature like Alice Forgy Kerr.
Kentuckians need someone like Don Blevins, who has promised to fight for our horse industry and to keep those jobs here in the Bluegrass State. I hope that on Nov. 2 you will vote for Blevins and help keep us as the horse capital of the world.
The Herald-Leader's reluctance to endorse Matthew Vanderpool is a grave disservice to the people in state House District 45.
The editorial board cites Vanderpool's inexperience for its hesitancy; however, they "reluctantly endorse" Lee, who "has done little focusing on Favette County" and "has limited success passing legislation."
Vanderpool, however, has identified many concerns of the 45th, including jobs, education and the state budget. He has spent hours talking with workers, management, teachers and administrators, and has reviewed the budget line by line in order to develop practical solutions.
It is unfortunate that Lee has refused to debate these issues with Vanderpool. If he had, perhaps the Herald-Leader would have had adequate information to make the better choice. We can rectify this error by electing a candidate who listens to our concerns and who will work for us. Nov. 2, we can vote for Vanderpool for our 45th District representative.
Maureen L. Tarpey
Chandler better choice
Ben Chandler is an exemplary citizen and public servant whom I often confront and disagree with. However, contrary to TV ads that portray Chandler as an advocate of foreign entities, I personally know how concerned he is about the outsourcing of thousands of Kentucky and American jobs.
I find he is articulate and, if one listens, one can come to better understand his reasoning on why he has voted a certain way in his down-to-earth Kentucky drawl.
I am impressed by how much knowledge and understanding he has on issues and I can assure you he is no puppet. He is fiscally conservative and cares deeply for all Kentuckians.
Chandler listens and his office is always open to the citizens in the 6th Congressional District. Chandler is the only real choice in this election who has the wisdom to pursue Kentucky's best interest.
Put Sanner to work
I would like to voice my support for Mike Sanner for District Court judge in the Fifth Division.
Over the years I have known him, he has proven to be an honest and trustworthy person. These attributes, along with his experience and knowledge of the community should serve him well as a judge.
Let's put him to work for us.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been one of our senators for 26 years. He has built his political career as the chief defender of "money is speech."
Our country is a pathetic example of a representative democracy when millionaires and billionaires can sway elections so that the results favor the contributors' selfish interests.
When those with the gold make the rules, we call that type of government a plutocracy. Plutocrats run roughshod over the majority, the middle class and poor.
Individual and corporate greed, and money in politics, are killing America. Two of the most absurd Supreme Court rulings are: money is speech and corporations are people. Both rulings favor wealthy self-interests at the expense of everyone else.
McConnell is no friend of the majority middle class and poor. That is one good reason to vote for Jack Conway and make sure "just say no" McConnell never becomes Senate majority leader.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
When a county judge-executive possesses the experience, competence and character that Sandra Varellas has exhibited during nearly 30 years in office, why would voters choose to elect a candidate with no experience to make decisions affecting all citizens of Fayette County?
As chairwoman of the Fayette County Fiscal Court, Varellas has implemented a plan to raise the shoulders of county roads in order to prevent accidents caused by unexpected drop-offs. This is just one example of her commitment to protect Fayette County citizens and her initiative in making necessary improvements.
Varellas' record also reflects her ability to make sound judgments in appointing county officials. Approval of her choices has been validated by voters who chose to elect her appointees to the same appointed offices.
Join me in voting for Varellas as judge-executive to keep the most qualified candidate working for us.
Linda J. Thomas
Gorton is special
Uncivil, impolite, discourteous, inconsiderate, confrontational, controversial — all adjectives frequently used to describe many seeking public office in 2010. Additionally, we often hear the phrase, "less than truthful."
We shake our heads and wonder what has happened to our society. What kind of example are we setting for our young people?
I would like to recommend a candidate for re-election to the Urban County Council who is a good example to all — Linda Gorton, council member at-large. She is experienced, intelligent, kind, considerate, discerning and hard working. We need to make sure she is back on the council for another term.
Kay right for job
Count me among the stalwart supporters of Steve Kay for Urban County Council at-large.
As one who has devoted his professional career to strategic planning and facilitating dialogue, and who has ever-so-competently served in leadership positions within a range of civic institutions, Kay is the right person running at the right time.
The fact that he is mostly substance with little flash may have prevented him from winning the council position in the past. But in this polarized political climate, Kay's got exactly what it takes to ensure productivity in local government.
Western civilization was built on a respect for human life. Since the U.S. Supreme Court eroded that principle in 1973, over 50 million babies have died by "choice."
If you value human life, vote only for candidates who also value it. Rand Paul opposes abortion and opposes federal funding of abortions. Jack Conway supports current abortion on demand and supports federal funding.
Andy Barr opposes abortion, federal funding of abortion and allowing military facilities to perform abortion. Rep. Ben Chandler supports current abortion policy and voted to allow U.S. military facilities to perform abortion on demand. Vote only for pro-life candidates regardless of political party.
David O'Neill took over as our property valuation administrator 1½ years ago and has done a wonderful job. We need to keep him in that office. He's cut the budget voluntarily, has been responsive to the community he serves and is the most hard-working guy I have ever met. We would be foolish not to elect him to continue his great work — we have a proven good guy in O'Neill.
Debra Forman Winograd
Kerr's fresh ideas
We owe it to ourselves to elect Peter Kerr as our District 39 state representative. His honesty and integrity are of the highest caliber, and I believe no one is better-equipped to represent us in Frankfort.
An Air Force Academy graduate and highly decorated veteran from the gulf wars, he ended his service at the Pentagon where he helped organize the Ronald Reagan state funeral.
Kerr is currently a university professor, small-business owner, and volunteer ordained minister who has the necessary vision to improve our government and our lives in Fayette and Jessamine counties.
Check out his Web site, VoteForKerr.com, to see his many fresh ideas to harness government, balance the budget, resist raising taxes, implement 12-year term limits, improve education, care for veterans and the elderly, reform health care and work in a bipartisan manner to benefit all of Kentucky.
Barry R. May
An asset to city
I have known Don Pratt, running for council at-large, for over 30 years and believe he would be a great representative for the city and people of Lexington.
Pratt is honest and forthright, sincere in his beliefs and truly concerned about the citizens of this great city. He volunteers with several organizations in Lexington, has been a foster parent for many years and is concerned about the future of Lexington.
Pratt's concerns for the city and its needs will make him an asset on the council. I ask that you consider voting for him.
The voters of District 76 have an opportunity to return to office a fine legislator, Ruth Ann Palumbo.
She is independent, alert and responsive to her constituents' needs. She watches for legislation that lessens people's rights and works to correct the errors.
Her office displays important unknown women in Kentucky history and she is welcoming and helpful to visitors.
Return Palumbo to Frankfort. She works hard for jobs in Lexington and Kentucky.
Sheriff stands out
I was born and raised a Republican, but I always try to evaluate candidates individually. Since moving to Jessamine County a few years ago, I have come to know several local Democrats who serve their constituents very well. In particular, Sheriff Kevin Corman stands out.
His deputies and staff are well-trained, professional, friendly and helpful. Patrols increased more than 50 percent during his first term and he created a Bicycle Patrol to improve safety and security in our rural subdivisions. In response to serious speeding issues along Brannon Road, he increased patrols.
We have had several direct encounters with deputies, including a very fast response to a potential home invasion.
On a less dangerous matter, Corman was instrumental in helping us recover our treasured German shepherd when she was illegally taken to Houston two years ago.
Corman has proven that he is the right man for the job.
A calculated vote
Mid-term elections are days away and it's time to make a decision. TV ads of candidates from both parties are no help. They all lie or distort the truth to the point it's unrecognizable. Everything is the other party's fault. What's a voter to do?
All I need is one piece of valid, truthful data to help me make a decision. Wait, I might have the information I need in my file cabinet. Let me pull out the last 10 years of statements for the modest 401-k account I set up the last few years before I retired.
Since the investments and the percentage distribution of each investment in the account have remained the same over the last 10 years, this might give me one valid piece of data to use in making a decision.
I find that over the eight years the Bush Republicans were in power, the account increased 12.09 percent, for an average annual increase of 1.51 percent. In the 21 months the Obama Democrats have been in control, the account increased 27.6 percent, an average annual increase of 15.77 percent.
Not having other valid, factual data on which to base a decision, which undeserving candidates and political party should I support?