Barack Obama isn't up to the job of being president
Barack Obama doesn't know how to be president.
He wants to emulate Abraham Lincoln, to obtain the past of Illinois politics and move away from the corruption and criminality of the present. He desires to emulate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but has too little experience and is constantly the victim of bad advice and even worse advisers.
He is president of only a portion of the American people and of the Democratic Party.
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Most recently, he attempted to emulate Ronald Reagan. But Obama has no concept of what that is, and he doesn't love America enough to see her exceptional role in the world in trying to free people everywhere. He cannot bring himself to speak for the downtrodden and has missed too many chances, especially in Iran and other Islamic countries, to be on the side of those yearning for freedom.
Two years of Obama seem like a lifetime, and we seem to be in system overload with no way forward.
Obama chastises Hosni Mubarak of Egypt for not listening to the Egyptian people, while Obama and his crew have not listened one time to the American people.
If you voted for Obama, then shame on him for letting all of us down. If you vote for him a second time, shame on you for letting the rest of the American people down.
David W. Masters
Pass immigrants bill
Senate Bill 6 should be passed.
It seems the holdup is the estimated $40 million presumed cost to taxpayers. The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital alone probably spends more than $40 million treating illegal immigrants.
That is just a drop in the bucket to what other costs there are. When they are in court, you have to pay a court-appointed attorney to defend them. Then, you have to pay a translator.
I'm sure the teachers in this state spend much of their time trying to teach these children English. The native children of Kentucky are getting shortchanged.
Another thing that should anger everybody, is having every sign, every item in Spanish. People from all over the world come here — Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, everywhere. No signs for them. Why not? Why are we catering to these people?
The arrogance of the people is unbelievable. They come in here waving their Mexican flags around. This angers me; it should anger everybody in Kentucky and America.
When and if SB 6 passes, most of these people will go home.
Wrestling with issues
Fox News is to "fair and balanced" programming as big-time professional wrestling is to Olympic wrestling.
The battle on illegal immigration resembles the battle on integration in the 1950s and '60s. History has not been kind to the segregationists of that era and will not be kind to those fighting rational immigration laws such as the DREAM Act.
The decline of the middle class in America parallels the decline of union workers. Wonder if there is a connection?
America has the ability and resources to be energy independent within 10 years, but it needs political backing to make it happen. Who do those people in Washington work for? The Arabs? Big Oil? Obtaining energy independence would be a Sputnik moment.
Ron and Rand Paul — the apple did not fall far from the tree. Too bad. Sarah Palin versus Michelle Bachman. That would be a wrestling match I would pay to see.
Bah, humbug. I am so tired of the Scrooge-like behaviors of our newly elected members of Congress. Repeal of health care reform will deprive millions of children access to much-needed health care.
One of these individuals' mantras is that we cannot afford it. However, they will continue to fund our losing proposition in Iraq.
Our troops are doing a good job, but the whole idea of occupying Iraq until they are ready for true democracy is absurd. We are considered to be foreign infidel invaders, and that sentiment will never die as long as we have troops on Iraqi soil.
Unfortunately, the George W. Bush regime also allowed Islam to be the constitutionally decreed religion of Iraq.
At a local level, the recently introduced legislation to deny food stamps and other benefits to individuals who fail random drug tests will also result in the unneeded suffering and hunger of small children. Drug addiction is a disease and the product of the poverty that the greatest country in the world allows to exist.
One of the saddest things about this situation is that most of the proponents of these legislative acts profess to be devout Christians. I ask them: What would Jesus do? Take care of the people in need or fund an unjust war in Iraq?
All of the people I have met who oppose universal health care have adequate health care.
Track writer praised
I want to praise one of your writers, Alicia Wincze Hughes. As a lifelong lover of all things equine, I appreciate her exceptional articles. They provide depth not often explored or expressed by other run-of-the mill sportswriters, and her articles following the Thoroughbred racing world are extraordinary.
She and I are apparently fellow fans and followers of the great Zenyatta and Goldikova, so I especially enjoy those features. However, there is nothing Hughes has written that I have not found appealing.
With the races leading up to the Triple Crown just beginning, I look forward to following her observations and stories, often behind the scenes in nature. They are always educational. While I enjoy most national and local articles about this subject, Hughes' are especially informative and enjoyable.
It is my hope more readers will recognize her significant contribution to the Herald-Leader sports pages. Hers is a refreshing and enlightening take on the sport.
Help's not coming
One night on a local TV station, there was a story about open manhole covers in Lexington and a women who actually totaled her SUV after hitting one. She tried to get answers about who would be responsible for damages to her SUV but, as usual, got the runaround.
The reporter then checked with the city to see who might be responsible, and the answer was that they are researching it. Although I am not a city employee, I researched this subject in a nanosecond and can say, "Not us."