Enjoy the view of an improved community
As a community, let us stop pointing fingers. Any mayor has the right to express an opinion on any issue; but in the end, the Urban County Council makes the final decisions, not just one person. These are the checks and balances of our Fayette County government.
We have been left with a beautiful vibrant city to enjoy for years to come thanks to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Many of the improvements have been sorely needed. We have proven we can join hands and create a community of which we can all be proud — from the Isaac Murphy Park to the Lyric Theatre to the Legacy Trail that is the ribbon which connects us to the Kentucky Horse Park.
With its new indoor facility and other improvements, the Horse Park will become a national venue for many of the equine disciplines and breed organizations in our country as well as other types of entertainment. We are the center of the wheel, and the spokes go out in all directions attracting event organizers in the future. This is evident by the influx of the quarter horse and the hunter-jumper communities moving to Lexington.
The sun does shine on our old Kentucky home, and we should appreciate what a blessing it is that we live here. It is truly God's country.
The Herald-Leader's deliberate and liberal-biased approach to journalism is more than obvious. Do you not think your readers are intelligent enough to see through the deliberate leftist slant on all you print?
The good news is that your editorials, cartoons and deliberate liberal outlooks are backfiring. You are actually giving more determination to the growing conservative movement.
Competing for jobs
I attended a reception given for Gov. Steve Beshear in Mumbai, India. My client, Chandra Proteco of India, sponsored the event in recognition of his assistance in selecting Morgantown as the home for a new factory, Kentucky Copper. Nearly 100 people representing Indian chambers of commerce, bank officials and industry leaders attended the dinner reception.
The governor spoke about the opportunities and benefits for companies locating in Kentucky, a productive labor force, education and easy access to a major portion of the U.S. population. Kudos to the governor and his team for promoting Kentucky.
However, I have visited factories in India and recognize it will be a daunting task for us to compete for jobs with our non-competitive wages and regulatory burdens and costs. We need to make some tough decisions to control and reduce these costs if we expect to compete in the future.
Here are some issues that concern me, and I am sure many of the local residents would be interested in answers to these subjects:
We have seen Kentucky Utilities request and receive a rate increase from the Public Service Commission to recover losses as the result of an ice storm. How much was its loss?
Is the PSC monitoring the books to see when the loss has been recovered so we can expect a decrease in our future utility rates?
Kentucky American Water recently asked for a 37.5 percent rate increase to construct a water treatment facility. Are construction costs being monitored by the PSC so customers can look forward to a 37.5 percent decrease in the water bill once the facility has been completed and paid for?
In recent years, LexTran received tax-dollar support in order to survive. What changes has management made to make LexTran self-sufficient?
I still see behemoth, fuel-guzzling buses carrying only a few passengers on many routes. Has any consideration been given to replacing some buses with smaller, more fuel-efficient buses? Perhaps with more efficient management, public tax support would no longer be needed.
GOP can't complain
Yes, people are still suffering, unemployment is still high, foreclosures are still taking place. We don't need the Republicans to tell us that, over and over.
Judging from what Republicans have been telling us, they would not have done anything to stimulate the economy, or address the problems that led to the banking breakdown, or worked to solve the foreclosure crisis — three major steps that had to be done to turn around the worst recession since the Great Depression.
If the GOP had been in power, they would have done nothing, just like the Republican President Herbert Hoover did back in the '30s, and the suffering, the unemployment and the foreclosures, would have been much worse.
Remember that the next time the GOP complains about the current economy.
No party for sheriff
When we vote for a sheriff, the race is partisan. I really don't care if he is a Democratic sheriff or a Republican sheriff.
How would it be if he were a Tea Party movement sheriff, and the Tea Party were to have a rally here in Boyle County? Would he show any favoritism to the rally because he would be, after all, a Tea Party sheriff?
What is the point of having a sheriff define himself, or herself for that matter, as belonging to a political party?
Jeffrey L. King
When Democrat Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933, he inherited the Great Depression from Republican President Herbert Hoover. Ask Mitch McConnell whether Roosevelt succeeded in ending that depression, and McConnell will tell you it was America's entry into World War II in 1941, not Roosevelt, that ended the depression.
Thus, McConnell knows the Great Depression was ended through massive federal expenditures and high deficit spending, both of which were necessary to fund the cost of fighting the war.
So McConnell purposefully advocates and supports low federal spending and balancing the federal budget at a time when he knows uplifting the economy requires the opposite.
McConnell knows with certainty his policies successfully prevented any meaningful economic recovery. It is difficult to imagine a worse senator than one who is willing to prolong the financial suffering of millions of Americans solely for the purpose of gaining a political advantage.
The irony of Kentucky having provided both the president of the United States and the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War is matched by the irony that Kentucky has produced both the greatest senator of all time in Henry Clay and America's all-time most despicable senator in Mitch McConnell.
William C. Jacobs