Party labels irrelevant, voters want integrity
I got a kick out of the Associated Press photo in the Dec. 1 Nation/World section. The photo was of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
On many occasions, I have been driving the rural roads of Kentucky and have a dog chase my truck. I have, on occasion, stopped suddenly, to watch the dog's reaction. The dog will stop and look very confused and embarrassed, as if to ask, "What happens now?"
This is what came to mind when I saw this photo. With the millions of dollars Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers of Texas and Karl Rove poured into political advertising, this serves them right. A group of leaders who can only ask, "What now?" Who would've thunk it.
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I guess this serves as an example of our economy. You can't buy quality products any more, only imported stuff cheaply put together.
These guys still don't get the message from the November election. They still don't realize the reason Republicans got voted in was to get rid of the cowardly Democrats who would not stand up for their ideas and traded away what little integrity they had for political deals.
Politicians should remember they are not elected to represent the Republican or Democratic parties; they are there to represent the people. The public doesn't care what the party affiliation is; it wants someone with integrity and character to represent its needs, act like adults and take care of business.
Low taxes mean jobs
Government cannot create jobs. It can only redistribute our money.If it "creates" government jobs, it takes away money from the private sector that would be providing jobs there.
And it is not a zero sum game. Due to its inefficiency and depressing effect on economic output, it actually kills more jobs than it creates.
It's only natural that anyone looking at our fiscal situation rationally would want government to keep taxes low and reduce spending to allow the economy to grow as robustly as possible. That is the only way in which more jobs, real jobs, can be created.
True, our national debt is a huge problem, but it is far better addressed by slashing government spending, not expanding it. And it simply defies explanation how, after the last two years, anyone could ever expect the Democratic Party to seriously address our deficits. Despite the rhetoric, it's unmistakably clear Democrats' priority is to spend more and enact ever more burdensome social welfare programs. It's only sane to want to punish that.
A new UK fan
I have lived in Kentucky all my life and have never been a University of Kentucky fan until now. Not because of any ball teams or athletic accomplishments, but because there are people there who care enough about our veterans and student veterans to make sure the veterans' voices and stories are heard, and who have even produced a play portraying some of the student veterans' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As the mother of one of the veterans, I sincerely thank everyone who made all this possible — Doug Boyd, Anthony Dotson, Herman Daniel Farrell III and Lt. Col. Jason Cummins, to name a few.
To the theater students, staff and crew of Bringing It Home, thank you so much for contributing your time and considerable talents. They are much appreciated.
An idea for BP
Having refilled our car with gas, my dad and I were grieving about the Gulf area's economy since the oil spill. We were discussing gasoline prices and how hard it is to justify paying for gas when BP's mistakes are the reason people are not visiting or investing in the Gulf Coast now.
It occurred to us that BP could give people an incentive to visit the Gulf Coast and help residents who are suffering economically from the spill if the company would subsidize gas prices in affected areas for the tourist season, or for some determined amount of time.
This would give people a better feeling about BP, it would be an immediate response to an expensive budget item for most local families and it could give people another reason to not cancel their Gulf Coast vacation reservations.
Good gasoline prices for the rest of the season would be a good draw for those who had decided to wait until future years to return.
Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed November as Radio Reading Service Month, and representatives of Central Kentucky Radio Eye received a copy of the proclamation in Frankfort on the 20th anniversary of service.
In Lexington, reading to the blind has developed to a high level. We have a radio service specifically tailored to serve blind and reading-disabled residents in the Central Kentucky area, and we create and broadcast a program from our studio at the Northside library.
The radio signal is broadcast on a subcarrier frequency of WUKY public radio station, and we have 3,000 listeners who tune in on special radio receivers, on our Web site at RadioEye.org, and on Insight Cable TV Library Channel 20.
Radio Eye broadcasts live every morning with a reading of local news from the Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal, and follows with recorded readings of other materials for a full 24/7 service.
The operation is run by about 100-plus volunteers who do all the live reading, run the control board for the live-reading sessions and record other materials for broadcast at a later time. Additionally, there is a small full-time staff of three people. Recently, our broadcast signal was extended to the Louisville area.
The actions of all concerned, from the originators who conceived the service and the donors who financed it to the management and volunteers who run it today, come together and represent a unique and worthwhile service.
This is surely Kentucky at its finest.
Breaking the code
The Dec. 4 "Climate model flaws" letter labeled scientists as "intelligentsia." To many, that label is very negative.
Vladimir Lenin is famous for his caustic remark that "[the] intelligentsia is not the 'brain of the nation,' it is the 'feces of the nation.'" Lenin and Joseph Stalin sent an untold number to the Gulag — if they were lucky enough not to be executed. Same with Adolph Hitler.
Be careful of the labels (or code words) you use; they make one question the validity of your message.
The writer's claims are similar to those made by a supposedly non-profit anti-global warming group, which may be partly funded by the oil industry. An example of the writer's claims is that climate stopped warming a decade ago.
But NASA (you know, the guys who went to the moon) says January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record and that throughout the past three decades the surface temperature record shows an upward trend.