Fix bridges before they become another Katrina
When you printed a column about insurance that said Hurricane Katrina was the cause of the flooding of New Orleans, a number of readers sent letters in response saying the flooding was not caused by the hurricane but by the incompetence of the Army Corps of Engineers in maintaining the levees around New Orleans.
A year before Katrina, the Corps knew the New Orleans levees could not withstand a Category 5 hurricane and had made an expenditure proposal to the Bush administration to make the necessary upgrades.
Unfortunately, the administration had already instituted the Bush tax cuts and had started two wars and did not have any money for the levee upgrades. The proposal was turned down.
Rather than spending $4 billion to fix the problem, the decision was made to wait until a disaster took place that cost $100 billion to fix.
This is an example of the small government the Republican Party keeps talking about.
Now with the three main bridges to Kentucky over the Ohio River all needing repairs or replacement, we can assume the same will happen here. The plans have already been made by the government engineers, but no funds have been appropriated.
Our Republican senators will keep talking about cutting taxes and making government smaller, until one of the bridges falls down.
Why help jerks?
Since when is it patriotic to be a jerk? It looks like average Americans are going to have to make big sacrifices to save our country, because our most fortunate citizens think that it's not their job.
We are in a bind; an attack on our country's financial center led to two wars, during which thousands of true patriots made the ultimate sacrifice. Those wars also cost hundreds of billions of dollars.
On top of that, the financiers who handle our wealth got victimized by their own shenanigans which threatened to ruin our country, unless we bailed them out and allowed them to continue their lavish compensation.
So why are the people who benefited the most from saving the wealth of America refusing to pick up their share of the tab and demanding special treatment?
What gives them the right to refuse to help heal our country until after we pull the plug on our social safety net?
It's as if they think that we enjoy the benefits of freedom, education, infrastructure, natural resources and military security because they got rich. What jerks.
There is a separate level of jerkdom that belongs to the so-called small businesses which wave the flag and demand special treatment. Do you really believe that their lobbyists are employed by guys who own local hot dog stands?
But the most disgusting deadbeats are those who lucked into their wealth by inheriting it and refuse to pay a penny more in taxes to help the United States out of this mess.
Douglas S. Andersen
Get tough on DUIs
There seem to be more and more drunken drivers on the roads in Fayette County after dark.
I feel sorry for the police officers who are putting their lives in harm's way trying to apprehend these dangerous people.
You see and hear that more DUI suspects run through fences, run into residences, run into the back of police cruisers and kill and injure innocent citizens, such as the two young ladies who were so badly injured on Leestown Road not long ago by a repeat DUI offender.
Come on Frankfort, pass stronger laws for DUI offenses. And judges, start throwing the book at drunken drivers.
Support for Obama
I am writing to voice my support for President Barack Obama. I believe he is sincere in everything he says. He knows in his heart that all these things will not get done, but he means well. I believe the presidents before him were also sincere in what they said they would do if elected.
I praise Obama for having God in his life and being a good family man.
I feel all the presidents before him in my lifetime did nothing to hurt me or my family. My wife and I had jobs and raised our kids to be great citizens who work hard and do what's right.
I have seen changes under a lot of presidents and just dealt with them.
The talk shows on TV and radio, our own WVLK in particular, seem to target this man personally.
I pray that he gets a second term to carry out his agenda and get jobs and the economy, in general, going again.
I cannot wait to put my yard signs out in support of him.
Ronald V. Henry
No more freebies
One young letter writer needs to understand that there are a lot bigger problems confronting this nation than his education subsidized by Pell Grants.
Free is good. The nation's solvency is better. The Constitution only guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — not a Pell Grant or even a chicken in every pot.
If citizens, including seniors (of which I am one), do not wake up and smell the red ink, there will be no more pie in the sky to slice.
Our great republic will have "banana" in front of it. And those 50 percent of workers who pay no income tax at all, yet receive refunds from the earned-income credit tax, and the millions who do not work enough to even get that credit, will find themselves — along with everyone else except the politically correct elite — on a re-education Chinese commune learning to say "Yes, master," in Mandarin.
If I sound angry, it's because I am. We have become a nation of freeloaders and "gimmes." It's heartbreaking.
Be true to beliefs
Homosexual behavior by those who do not believe the Bible is the inspired word of God is understandable. Individuals or groups making such choices have been around for thousands of years. While treated inhumanely in some nations, in the mostly Christian United States, they are treated with respect.
Every soul is precious in God's sight and he sent his son whose sacrifice purchased forgiveness for all who would follow his word.
But most Christian religious groups base their beliefs and practices on Biblical commandments and practices. So how can any Christian using the Bible as a guide embrace homosexuality as just an alternative lifestyle?
Homosexuality is prohibited in scripture and was a major cause of the divine judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah.
The apostle Paul (claiming to be writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) listed homosexuals among the "unrighteous" who would not inherit the kingdom of God and declared that God's wrath stands against such behavior, whether practiced by men or women.
Was Paul a bigot? And should we classify God's judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as reactionary homophobia?
Some may choose to be "politically correct" on this question. However, I believe the majority in this nation are Christians who will choose to stand up and be counted for the truth. Let's reject this political correctness that contributes to the destruction of our families and our nation.