Voters seemed at odds with themselves
Is it just me, or have others noticed the disconnect between the voters' apparent desire to punish the Democrats and the Obama administration for not providing jobs, jobs, jobs, and the Republicans' call for lower taxes and less government spending?
How can the party in power provide more jobs, jobs, jobs without spending money? Private businesses can't; why do we think government can?
Maybe a stern letter from Barack Obama to GM and Chrysler ordering them to hire all unemployed workers?
If we want the government to exercise its considerable powers to improve the economy, we have to elect people with the vision and political will to spend whatever it takes to expand the economy and help it create jobs.
The resultant increase in tax revenues can then be used to reduce the debt just as private business uses improved sales to pay off loans.
Our entry into World War II with the expansion of war production ended the Great Depression, and our robust post-war economy easily handled the debt. The template is there if we have the wit and will to use it.
H.L. Mencken once observed that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American electorate.
By punishing Democrats for not providing jobs and electing Republicans to cut taxes and eliminate government programs, we will simply have turned Mencken from a critic into a prophet.
Hard to believe paper
I, by no means, read the Herald-Leader from front to back; I generally just skim the headlines from the Web page. However, some things have caught my attention over the past few months.
For one, I have begun lovingly calling the newspaper the "Herald-Liberal." I cannot count the number of articles I have read where the paper appears to favor one party throughout the story — through its choice of tone or wording or in the depth with which one side is covered over another.
I find this particularly prevalent in articles concerning coal and environmental groups. It makes me wonder what pull or ties the paper has to these groups.
I was further disappointed to see the Herald-Leader endorse candidates for the election. Please report the truth, but I don't want to know the paper's personal preferences.
As a result, I had no faith in your articles that highlight candidates and where they stand on issues. I also question the integrity behind articles about candidates you did not endorse, such as Rand Paul.
I earned my undergraduate degree in journalism from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006.
I feel fairly confident that, had I penned many of the articles as you do, my professors would have told me to write them without appearing as though I already had a stance or opinion on the subject matter.
How typical of Sen. Mitch McConnell, now that the election is over, to say the GOP priority should be winning the 2012 election.
Wouldn't want the good ol' boys to risk losing their big salaries and great health and retirement benefits by working together with the opposition on such things as the economy, jobs, health care, education and social services to make sure the United States is the great country it can be.
IRS penalizes paper filer
One can only imagine my despair upon receiving Notice 1400 from the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax package information for individuals.
Briefly stated, IRS would no longer send me the information and forms needed to complete my required annual commitment to their coffers, as I have for the last 60-plus years.
Instead, I must learn at 75 how to use a computer, for which I have absolutely no desire, or must find and travel to a taxpayer assistance center, or find a post office or library that participates in the Federal Tax Products Program to obtain the necessary forms.
Or worse yet, I am forced to use a commercial tax preparer, at considerable additional expense against my Social Security income, for which I have not received a cost of living increase in the last two years, as mandated by law.
Why is it that everyone in the computer technology loop assumes we are all savvy to this tool, which can and has brought the world to its knees on numerous occasions?
"If it isn't broke, don't fix it." Simplification was to be the watchword, yet the tax rules become more complicated every year and, it seems, non-compliance becomes more assured. Frustration, frustration.
Bruce D. Harris
Note the positive
For the past few years, I've heard Bryan Station High School is a bad school and has had bad test scores. Every year, the public hears how Bryan Station, once again, didn't meet state standards for testing.
But is it ever in the headlines that the other high schools didn't either? Did the writer just happen to forget to mention that our seniors last year got the highest on-demand scores in the county?
How do the Herald-Leader and the public expect students at our school to try if everyone tears us down and points out everything we do wrong?
Other schools have similar problems. If the writers want to see change and improvement, how about they encourage our students? Congratulate us on what we've done well, like getting the highest on-demand scores and meeting our goals in English testing.
Some positive reinforcement can go a long way.
Bryan Station High School sophomore
I just wanted to comment on the hospitality we received from the residents of your beautiful city when we were there for the Georgia-Kentucky football game. We were extended courtesy and a friendly welcome throughout the entire weekend.
What a great city you have.
Shirley and Al Greenway
To my fellow citizens of Winchester and surrounding counties: This letter is to warn you of a person or persons going around and slashing the very symbol of America: the United States flag.
The perpetrators slashed my flag last month. In my view, if they would desecrate a flag, then they would not hesitate to desecrate a loved one's final resting place.
They may or may not have realized a veteran lived there, but that is beside the point. The point being that they don't respect their country, their flag or themselves.
Glenn A. Powell
Chalk one up
Last month, while my friend and I were walking on Saron Drive (behind Veterans Park Elementary School), we were pleasantly surprised by messages written on the sidewalk with chalk. They put a smile on our faces and made our day a little brighter.
What a great idea.