Knows his history
I have known Ben Chandler since he graduated from law school and started practicing law with me. Over the past three decades, Chandler has been deeply committed and consistent in three important areas: He is a man of faith. He loves Kentucky and cares for its land, air and water. He pays attention to history.
One history lesson is the importance of being part of the legislative process that writes laws affecting Kentucky, rather than simply being opposed.
In 1977, when Congress was writing surface mining regulations, many so-called friends of coal refused to participate, risking that the law would be written only by legislators opposed to coal use. However, Sen. Wendell Ford and Rep. Nick Rahall appreciated the necessity for Kentucky and West Virginia legislators to be part of the process.
Chandler understands this history. His inexperienced opponent and older sponsors of his opponent apparently don't.
Pratt's been active
Don Pratt deserves everyone's vote for council at-large.
Pratt has been active in local issues for decades and is well-versed in matters affecting Lexington. He truly wants to make Lexington a better place for all of us to live. If elected, he will work very hard to, as his campaign slogan says, "question what is wrong and advocate what is right." Please vote for Pratt and tell your friends to vote for him, too.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of Steve Kay for an at-large seat on the Urban County Council. I think his skills, knowledge and integrity would be of great value to guide the deliberations of the council and the direction of Lexington's future.
Through both his civic and professional life, Kay has gained extensive experience with the issues that face Lexington from now and into the future. He is on the LexTran board and serves on the board of his neighborhood association. In the past, Kay served the community as vice chairman of the planning commission.
He will be thoughtful and judicious as a council member while he is strongly committed to the facilitation of meaningful community participation.
Casting one of your votes for Kay would help make Lexington an even better place to live.
John Van Willigen
Council needs agitating
I will cast my vote for Don Pratt for council at-large. Not surprisingly, the Herald-Leader in its May endorsements gave its put-down critique, saying Pratt would be an "agitator in residence."
Agitator? Pratt advocates for democratic improvements including better methods of elections (voter guides mailed to all voters, vote-by-mail to increase participation, instant runoff voting and Web pages with answers from all candidates). We need to improve elections, not just selection of candidates.
Pratt has fought for justice and the rights of others for 50 years. He is a man willing to speak truth to power and isn't afraid to stand alone when needed. Lexington sorely needs an agitator on the council, not another milquetoast officeholder. We need someone, as his yard sign says, advocating for what is right and willing to question what is wrong.
No vote for Kerr
Alice Forgy Kerr will not get my vote. During her 10 years in office, she has missed over 140 votes on issues important to Fayette countians. However, when it was time to vote for a significant increase in her pension — one that benefits her for the rest of her life — she was present and voted in favor of the legislation.
A true conservative, as she proclaims to be, does not spend our tax dollars to increase a full-time pension for a part-time job. Greed is the worst sin of all.
Thomas L. Todd
In recent years, the Republican Party has been dominated by opposition to human rights and to any programs that might raise the quality of life. Evidence of its retrogression into the party of misanthropy is the flashing onto the scene of the Tea Party movement and the nomination of Rand Paul.
Paul is not easy to fathom, and he is forever backtracking and denying. If we take him at his word, though, Rosa Parks should have stood in the back of the bus, only the wealthy are entitled to health care, Medicare and Social Security should be abolished and BP should not be criticized for spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether Paul's statements are motivated by malice or originate in ignorance, his candidacy is an embarrassment to Kentucky, and his election would be tragic. Fortunately, in Jack Conway we have a sensible and compassionate alternative.
This year is the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show with all its favorite characters — Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Barney Fife and even Ernest T. Bass, who would come into town throwing rocks at all the houses on Main Street. Barney would say, "Andy, he's a nut!"
Now comes Rand Paul with some of the nuttiest ideas this side of Mayberry. He's throwing rocks at Medicare (but not the payments for himself), at farm subsidies (but not for his land in Western Kentucky), at miners for wanting safe working conditions and at law enforcement for wanting to enforce the laws against drug dealers who sell to our children.
I wouldn't vote for Ernest T. to be my United States senator, nor would I vote for Rand Paul.
Sanner would excel
Mike Sanner, one of the most distinguished collegiate student-athletes I've had the privilege to work with, is a candidate for Fayette County District Court judge. I have known and admired him since 1979 and wholeheartedly support his candidacy.
Sanner was such an inspirational and accomplished University of Kentucky student-athlete we have honored our most accomplished track and field student-athletes by recognizing their accomplishments athletically, academically and personally on the Michael R. Sanner Banner which hangs in our track facility.
As a student-athlete, Sanner demonstrated commitment, character and maturity far beyond his years. Those personally distinguishing qualities have only been enhanced as a husband, father and attorney.
Sanner will be an exceptional judge. He will bring unmatched work ethic, a comprehensive knowledge of the law and a steadfast commitment to fairness and accountability.
Don't elect O'Neill
David O'Neill has no experience or education to be Fayette County property valuation administrator. He shouldn't claim his work since being appointed as experience, since he has been campaigning the entire time. He can say he is doing good things, such as saving money on cars, but he doesn't tell you how much he pays his inexperienced employees.
The only employees left in the office who he has not fired or run off can tell you what a mess he has the office in. Make sure you check your real estate and vehicle records and assessments to make sure they correct any errors and don't vote for O'Neill or you will get what you ask for.