Remembering the hungry as holidays near
As people of all faiths prepare for the holidays, God's Pantry Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, the country's leading domestic hunger-relief organization, is grateful for the tremendous effort of faith communities in reaching out to the more than 600,000 Kentuckians at risk of going hungry each year.
God's Pantry Food Bank works with hundreds of faith-based agencies year-round that distribute millions of pounds of food to more than 211,000 people in need in Central and Eastern Kentucky.
These soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, often staffed by volunteers and financed entirely by donations, are instrumental to our efforts to fight hunger in our community and nationwide.
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We are all united in our quest to make the world a better place by lending support to those who cannot provide for their families this holiday season and year-round. Together, we can provide hope to hungry families this holiday season.
Marian F. Guinn
CEO, God's Pantry Food Bank
Addicted to deficits
Imagine a drug addict being told he needs to go into rehab, with his response being: "Overcoming my addiction would be too difficult. I will just continue with the status quo and things will be fine."
The U.S. government is addicted to deficit spending, and I doubt continuing the status quo will work out.
I could be wrong. Perhaps President Barack Obama has arranged for rich foreign countries to provide the United States with $1 trillion in foreign aid annually for several decades. It is more likely that foreigners will cut off our credit or, at a minimum, form a cartel — the Organization of Loan-Making Countries? — to increase the cost of borrowed money.
Or Obama may have arranged for the Social Security Fairy and the Medicare Fairy to ensure payment of future benefits, so we will not have to be as dependent on foreigners to supply those funds as we are dependent on them to supply us with oil.
Or perhaps Obama can persuade Congress to increase the maximum income tax rate a hundredfold (from 35 percent to 3,500 percent), and thus increase income tax collections from the rich a hundredfold.
On the other hand, if Rand Paul is correct, none of the above scenarios will work out, and we will have to deal with reality.
Not my senator
Sen. Mitch McConnell stated he wants President Barack Obama to listen to the people. He must have forgotten that an overwhelming majority of voters elected Obama for his ideas. He was listening to us, and as president was trying to implement the ideas he promised during his campaign.
McConnell, like the proverbial 2-year-old, threw a temper tantrum and said "no" to everything proposed. McConnell should not state that he represents me and knows what I care about. He does not.
I care about the Earth that is being raped by coal companies that defy every law put in place for the well-being of the miners and the land.
I care about the oceans being destroyed by the oil and gas companies that have bribed their way to laws and inspections that work for their bottom line, not mine.
I care about children who do not have enough to eat. I care about our youth getting a good education. I care about clean air and water.
I care about everyone, not just elected officials, having access to affordable health care. I care about Social Security being there when I retire, not after I drop dead.
I care about a fair playing ground for all people, regardless of the color of their skin, abilities, disabilities or with whom they choose to sleep.
Contrary to McConnell's newest lackey, Rand Paul, I think the government's job is to protect them.
More of the same
Can anyone explain how tax cuts create jobs? If they do, how did we go from 5 percent unemployment to 9.6 percent?
After all, the tax cuts have been in place eight years, and the results appear to be large deficits ($5.5 trillion under George W. Bush) and more people not working.
Big business is sitting on $1.8 trillion. If the titans of industry are not willing to take on new hires, why should the small businessman who is much closer aligned to basic theories of supply and demand?
The $5,000 tax credit that has been offered by both Democrats and Republicans is extremely naive thinking.
Is a small business facing stalled or stagnant demand for the goods or services it offers going to hire someone and pay, say, $50,000 in wages and benefits to receive a $5,000 tax credit next year? This is simple math, but our Congress obviously doesn't get it.
Two more thoughts:
■ Sen. Mitch McConnell's No. 1 priority is to make sure President Barack Obama does not get re-elected. I thought No. 1 was the economy, jobs and the American people.
■ U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, in his humble victory speech, said Republicans are going (as in the future tense) to listen to the American people. Weren't they already supposed to be doing that?
Sounds to me like we are going to see politics as usual. Short-term, stopgap measures to ensure re-elections with no long-term solutions to attain prolonged and consistent economic stability.
Too big a conflict?
I was very disappointed to hear that Coach John Calipari would not be attending the Veterans Day Parade in Lexington. I can appreciate that he is busy during basketball season, but is he too busy to spend a couple of hours to support members of the armed services?
It doesn't hurt any of us to take a moment to acknowledge these men and women for their sacrifice and courage. I would assume many of our local veterans are University of Kentucky fans, but they will never see the head coach in the parade because the day designated to honor them will always be at the beginning of basketball season.
Students out of control
Over 15 years, I have walked my neighborhoods. When I first moved here, I could not get over how many students drank and acted so badly, and I mean badly. To this day, it never shocks me what I see or hear.
Why hasn't the University of Kentucky put more effort into removing some students who behave so badly? And why do we have a bus dropping them off at 3 in the morning in our neighborhoods drunk?
It worries me when I speak with residents about the students' mouths when they are drinking. One gentleman said he was on his porch and yelled for a group to quiet down, and he was told to "shut his mouth and go in the house."
He was going to call them out on the sidewalk and let one take the first swing. This is what is going to happen unless someone takes charge of out-of-control students.
What about the big frat house being built on Rose Street? And the plans for the 400 block of Transylvania Park? How can UK keep growing when it has no control of its student body?