Democrats chatter too much to be conspirators
Recently, I have heard of several vast conspiracies regarding the Democratic Party. It seems, if the rumors are to be believed, Democrats are trying to grow the government to such a size it can control every aspect of our lives. I have also heard they are trying to "bring the country to its knees" somehow or other.
As a lifelong Democrat, I would assure everyone that all this is not true. Knowing, as I do, Democrats' ability to both keep a secret and organize anything, the best we could do would be a half-vast conspiracy.
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Thanks for business
I thank all of the candidates for helping the printing businesses and the recycling program, not forgetting the stupendous profits made by the radio and television stations for the constant repetitious commercials.
Think how many homeless people and hungry families this money could help.
Lillian S. Clark
A recent letter stated, "Seeing what Barack Obama and Congress are doing to our once-great nation, I view teleprompter mendacity as similar 'shiny structures.'"
I wonder, then, how would one view third-grade-level palm-note sophistry? Is that the level to which the right wing aspires nowadays? Setting the bar rather low there, I should think, although maybe even that's too high a goal.
The letter also asked, "When did America become so stupid that black is white, up is down and you can spend more than you make without going bankrupt?"
About the time the right-wing propaganda machine managed to manipulate the public into granting a second term for the previous Decider-In-Charge.
No one to talk to
I have been in war with my electric company for a couple of months, and I am losing the battle. It started in September when Kentucky Utilities replaced our meter. A few days later, we received a bill for $487.34. That was more than the three combined summer months of electricity.
I have called three times and e-mailed four times asking for help. I was told our account was being examined by a department that doesn't talk to anyone personally.
On Oct. 1, an automatic bank draft of $151.69 was deducted (still too high), and we received a "corrected" bill stating we had $16.82 of credit. What happened to the overcharge? Why can't we talk to a human? Are we just to accept the fact that KU is never wrong and we must accept its decisions without explanation? Have you checked your electric bill lately?
Thanks to Tom Weddle in Casey County for his diligent prosecution of Cheryl Turner, who hoarded over 100 animals at her residence. She pleaded guilty and received 30 days jail time and 250 hours community service. With so many stories of horrific animal cruelty surfacing recently, it is good to see a little good news.
Other ongoing cases include the dog dragging in Clark County, the hoarding and burning of dogs in Johnson County and the puppy killings in Anderson and Pulaski counties. Thank you to the local media, too, for keeping these cases in the limelight. The link is well-established between animal cruelty and human violence.
By continuing to work together, we can make Kentucky a little safer.
Be energy efficient
Let's get serious about tapping into Kentucky's cheapest and cleanest energy source: energy efficiency.
Kentucky's potential for energy-efficiency gains — using less electricity to get the same or better electrical services — is estimated to be 30 percent higher than any Midwestern state. Many corroborating studies conclude that we have unusual potential to help consumers lower bills, create thousands of new jobs, reduce pollution and waste and move away from harm caused by our near-total dependence on fossil fuels.
It was especially disappointing to see Kentucky's ranking in energy efficiency drop from 33rd to 36th (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard). Despite our greater potential and need, other states are moving forward faster than we are, and our household electric bills continue to be higher than in many other states. What Kentucky needs are well-informed, courageous leaders who make better energy choices.
That's one main reason I signed the New Power Pledge. If you want to urge elected officials to move toward a better, cleaner energy future, you can sign, too, at Newpowerky.org.
Term limits needed
The two-party system of representative government is dying. The only hope is to eliminate the stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have over the electorate.
We need term limits to eliminate career politicians whose only goals are to become wealthy and exercise power. For what other reasons would people be willing to spend so many millions of their own money and take many, many more millions from people who are simply driven by wanting all the breaks they can "mine" from Congress?
We need term limits to encourage more people to run for Congress and use their abilities to build a more diverse political system and governance.
The two parties have a stranglehold over who will be running next and whether they will get a chance to run for re-election. It won't be long now before we know who the electorate knows will be the best picks of a poor political litter.
Waste of tax dollars
When we start talking about reducing the deficit, be it on a state or federal level, it seems Social Security is always the first area they want to cut. Our seniors who have worked hard all their lives and are trying to enjoy the time they have left here are always the first to be cut or denied a raise.
Meanwhile, right here in Kentucky, we have a welfare program that pays many who have never contributed a dime to anything. I was in the store today and a woman at the counter bought five packs of cigarettes and paid for them with a food stamp card. When I got to the counter, I asked the cashier since when that can be done. She said it is the cash part of the food stamp card.
The what? I work hard every day to make ends meet and sometimes my money falls short, while my tax dollars are buying cigarettes for some who won't work.
If we focused our tax dollars in places to help the ones who actually paid into this state and federal government, that would not be a problem for most Americans, but to reward those for doing nothing is ridiculous. I say take the cards from those who are abusing the system and start passing them out to seniors.