Expectations list for Kentucky's newest senator
Any Kentuckian naive enough to believe, based on the Rand Paul win, we still live in a democratically governed republic, needs to take a look at who is responsible for the win.
Where did all that campaign money come from? Thanks to the Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices, we don't know.
Over $123 million was donated anonymously, or about 42 percent of the campaign dollars. Corporations controlled by foreign companies likely have contributed to American politics.
Can our new senator truly believe he was chosen "by the people"?
But since he is now part of the institution he vociferously scorns, I would ask him for the following:
■ Salaries that match rises in the cost of living.
■ Hospitalization my children can afford. Insurance for automobiles, hospitals, homes, doctors and disaster is taking a huge chunk. Can that be fixed, too?
■ Jobs, jobs, jobs.
■ Safety. I want safe food, safe medicine and safe products, and even rivers I can swim in and air that's safe to breathe.
■ Education. There is no such thing as a "free" market. Most of us, except for ill-informed people in Kentucky, know markets are manipulated and controlled. With advertising, public relations, perception management, critically placed rich politicians, biased judges, strategically financed pundits and even a TV network, a few powerful people have made our own government into our enemy. I hope Paul wants to change this.
Sara M. Porter
Go pink, SEC
Breast cancer is something all women constantly fear. You know, men have it sometimes, too. Let's do something big to help everyone become involved in doing something about it. Let's get the Southeastern Conference involved.
My proposal: Ask the commissioner of the SEC to do this simple thing — provide a set of traveling pink jerseys for the men's and women's basketball teams.
Start the process in Kentucky. For one game, they will wear the pink jerseys, then the shirts go to another SEC school. Have the home school set aside places in its gym during this pink-jersey game for people to donate money for breast cancer research.
Breast cancer affects many families in America. If your family has not been affected, it will be.
The boys might have a hard time wearing the pink tops for one game. But if they think about it, they are doing this for their moms, sisters and future wives.
Willard Ashworth Jr.
Who says Zenyatta must go to the breeding shed? As a horse-racing icon involved in a mutual love affair with fans worldwide, why not extend this journey?
Let's arrange for her to achieve another milestone: a famous mare at the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions. Just imagine the astounding attendance and lovefest for Queen Z.
Are we the Horse Capital of the World? Kentucky Proud? Let's make this happen.
A happy meal
I was waiting in line at a McDonald's drive-through on Harrodsburg Road last month. When I got to the window, the young man told me the patrons in the car in front of me had paid for my food. I do not know who those people were but the gift I received from them was something I really needed: hope.
In the previous three months, I experienced the loss of my mother, found out I have lung cancer and began chemotherapy. I have taken so many things for granted in my 45 years of life and have been a pessimistic person. That one gesture, and a wave from the people in the car in front of me as they drove off, affected me in more ways than I can say.
To them, I say "thank you," because I needed that gesture probably more than any in my life.
There are good people in this world, and you do not have to know someone for them to impact your life.
Hope is what I needed, and a $4 gesture from the car in front of me, from people I did not know, instilled that hope in me.
Treasure all the people you know and the good people you may not know this season, and may God bless you.
Marcus Deaton II
False economic idols
We were told just a few years ago tax cuts would enable the rich to invest in job-creating enterprises. How come the opposite happened?
We've experienced "outsourcing," which employed workers in other countries while firing their American counterparts. As numerous American workers were fired, each announcement of "downsizing" was met with applause from Wall Street investors, as if firing workers and reducing opportunities for employment were signs of industrial progress.
We were told it was vile for workers on assembly lines to have decent salaries, as well as health care and retirement benefits. Those workers, we were told, were responsible for the collapse of our automobile industry.
Americans embraced these tax cuts (as they embraced the elimination of regulations on banks that protected depositors and home mortgages) because they bought the sweet assurances of pied pipers they thought would take us into a heavenly future.
It might have been heavenly for a few people; but for most of us it, was a disaster.
Free markets are not sacred. They are not idols we should worship and to which we should sacrifice so they may shower wealth, happiness and long life on us.
Nor are they sources of wisdom. Nor is money an idol we should worship.
Fellow Bible-Belters, which of the two masters shall we follow? The one from the Bible, or the one from the markets?
Ever wonder why most Americans are riled up about health care and insurance and medical costs in this country?
I recently had to have some medical care. My wife and I have no insurance coverage, and we have to pay for everything out of pocket. I scheduled a follow-up doctor's visit and was given a price for the visit. I paid up front. Now I am told the figure was only an "estimate."
During the visit, the doctor admitted the medicine he prescribed for me previously was the wrong medicine, and could cause serious side effects — and possibly kill me. He prescribed another medicine, at 10 times the cost of the previous medicine. I cannot afford that.
Later, I received a bill from the doctor's office informing me I owe him another $100 for the visit. This is for the same visit I paid him previously in cash, where he informed me he prescribed the wrong medicine to begin with.
In other words, he is sorry he tried to kill me, but please pay him more money for the visit for which he was already paid.
I am really tired of this.
I am not a fan of government control over anything, but socialized medicine is looking better every minute.
Archie W. Falin