Census shows senators out of touch with Ky.
As taxes and deficits are discussed it is worth looking at the 2010 Kentucky Census Data (Uscensus2010data.com/21-kentucky-employment-statistics-and-income-demographics).
Our U.S. senators believe taxes on the wealthiest Americans should not serve to help reduce the deficit. Both claim (inaccurately) that higher taxes decrease jobs and economic growth and that the way to decrease the deficit is to lower spending for social programs, especially Social Security and Medicare.
Does that position reflect the broader interests of Kentucky, or the narrow interest of our senators in Washington?
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First, only 1.9 percent of Kentuckians make more than $200,000 year — 98.1 percent fall below the level considered for higher tax rates. Social Security income of Kentuckians averages $14,304 a year and the mean retirement income of Kentuckians is $18,096 a year.
Sound like retired Kentuckians and those who will retire are well off and ought to do with less so the richest 1.9 percent of Kentuckians can have more?
Meanwhile, 31.8 percent of Kentuckians depend on public health coverage that our senators wish to reduce, while 14.5 percent of Kentuckians have no health coverage at all. One of our senators wants to keep it that way.
Millions in this state depend on social programs our senators prefer to reduce, so that 32,000 Kentuckians making over $200,000 a year would be sheltered from any further obligation or responsibility to help reduce our deficit.
It seems our U.S. senators represent the special interests of their well-heeled backers, not average working Kentuckians. Isn't it time we replace them?
A penny saved
University of Kentucky, let me save you 285 grand (what you will pay a Chicago consulting firm to re-examine the school's long-term goals).
The country is folding. The money system has hit its extinction point. This country will be lucky to last another 20 years..
We cannot be saved by lying politicians or by the press hiding the facts. We have sold the future of America for the dollar bill. It is plain and simple. The world will follow.
There, send me 284 grand, Sorry, you've only saved a grand. I'm as greedy as any other American.
Floyd C. Shipley
Justice for Caylee
I agree with everything Merlene Davis said in her column regarding the Casey Anthony case.
I would add that there was justice for Caylee because had she grown up and been accused of a crime she would have been allowed due process under the law and not judged by the talking heads on TV who made a lot of money, what I would call, "blood money," due to her demise.
I would also echo the words of Jose Baez, the primary attorney for the defense, about capital punishment in this country, "we should not kill our own people."
Like so many others, I watched Nancy Grace until I caught her telling a lie, then I realized the only person she is really concerned about is Nancy Grace, "friend."
Parents with children who have autism are struggling to make ends meet.
Government programs such as the Michelle P. waiver with Medicaid are cutting funding that can help parents with respite care for children and allow them to continue working.
I was a substitute teacher until 2009 when my autistic son was in and out of the hospital and school for his various needs.
Due to the lack of respite care and funding I was forced to be an on-call full-time respite care provider, with no income.
Applying for programs and looking for caregivers is a real challenge as many people are looking for full-time employment.
After applying for government funding to offer respite for my son so that I may return to work, it has been a waiting game to see if funds will be available.
Bluegrass Mental Health and many other local programs are depleted of resources. So where does this leave single mothers with no family to help? Unemployed.
In place of crane hunt
For all of us who would like to stop this sandhill crane hunt in Kentucky before it becomes a reality (and we have to listen to more late-night TV mockery of our state) could we not have a "save the cranes" license plate?
All proceeds could go to replace any anticipated crane-hunting license dollars earned.
Whoever knows how to make this happen, please do so and I'll gladly buy a plate and proudly display it on my car.
Preserve the legacy
My husband and I recently experienced the magnificent migration of the sandhill cranes. We have never seen anything quite as spectacular as the sight of thousands of these beautiful birds lifting off in unison into the blue skies.
We were horrified to learn that they have been targeted to be hunted and killed for sport. Instead, they are a treasure that should be protected as a legacy for our children and grandchildren.
Please do whatever it takes to prevent the unnecessary slaughter of one of nature's most glorious birds.