What's so wrong about trying to create jobs?
It is a conundrum to me why the American Jobs Act became a controversial piece of legislation. It seems this bill would help people get jobs. Isn't that what everyone has been so anxious about lately? Isn't that the national fear in a recession?
If people don't have jobs, they can't eat, take care of their kids or live in a home. These are basic human rights and, by voting against job creation, members of Congress vote against their constituents' best interests. In fact, they vote against access to basic human rights.
Jobs not only get the economy on track, they also allow people to stay alive.
Why do Republicans vote against a law that is the epitome of Republican values? Isn't creating jobs at the heart of fiscal conservatism?
Republicans' efforts to block the Democrats and the president are hurting their own people.
Mary Clai Jones
Chandler sounds good
I just watched an interview with 6th District representative Ben Chandler. I am not sure how people in this district feel about him, but I wish him the best.
He is articulate, well-versed in the workings of Congress, and has shown a good grasp of the problems our country is facing and what to do about them. Sixth District, you are very lucky.
Let's be fair
Louisiana Rep. John Fleming's assertions that he cannot possibly live on his multimillion-dollar salary and investment returns if forced to pay the same tax rate as I pay on my $3,600-a-month salary are laughable, disgusting and immoral.
My employer has not given raises for three years, even though the cost of living continues to increase. And, don't get me wrong, I am grateful to have a job that pays a decent wage.
But Fleming can't feed his family of two on $200,000 a year, after taxes and expenses?
I have worked since I was 11 years old and have paid into Social Security and Medicare for over 40 years. These programs are now deemed "unsustainable" because Congress has robbed both to pay for pork projects in their districts to ensure re-election. Class warfare? Absolutely.
President Barack Obama is waging class warfare on the rich by proposing they pay the same as I do on every cent I earn? How is it fair that those enjoying capital gains pay only 15 percent (sometimes nothing) and I pay over 20 percent on everything I make? I wish I had some money to invest and have the opportunity to earn capital gains.
Republicans have waged class warfare on the middle class for decades. Hard-working people making far less than $250,000 a year have supported and continue to support this country.
It's about time the rich do their part and quit being so greedy.
Return to Depression
I have been doing a lot of research about the various views of the causes of the Great Depression, and there is no doubt in my mind that inequality in the distribution of money was the root cause.
And here we sit 80 years later and the exact thing is happening before our very eyes, mainly due to George W. Bush's tax cuts for his wealthy friends and donors, with very little going to those actually needing such money the most — the middle class and the poor.
But what really irks me the most is that President Barack Obama allowed Bush's failed economic policies to continue.
Why did Obama not immediately discontinue the tax cuts for the ultra wealthy and redistribute these tax cuts and credits to those who were most in need, who would spend it on necessary things like homes, food, gas, clothes and, perhaps, a new car?
Darrell G. Gross
Given the recent local interest in ovarian cancer screening, one should know of the screening trial of prostate, lung, colorectal and ovarian cancers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The basic conclusions in this trial of ovarian cancer screening of 78,216 women were:
■ Death from ovarian cancer was not decreased with screening,
■ Surgical intervention due to a false-positive cancer screening resulted in a major complication 15 percent of the time.
Further, the quality of life of women undergoing evaluation for ovarian masses should be closely evaluated. Repeat exams, ultrasounds and tests can create a large amount of anxiety in a patient's life.
The manner and timeliness of how the results are reported to the patient are very important.
In efforts to detect, fight and cure ovarian cancer I encourage patients and fellow physicians to pursue enrollment in research studies. However, it is important to differentiate between what is research and a standard of care.
At this point in time, ovarian cancer screening has not been shown to be an effective method of cancer screening in low-risk populations.
Women should focus on proven effective methods of cancer screening and risk reduction such as pap smears, colonoscopy, mammograms and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Hope M. Cottrill, M.D.
How is Sen. Mitch McConnell working out for you? McConnell is on the team that favors the rich paying less than the middle class
Just thought you should know.
Civil rights lesson
A recent column by Jesus Rivas stated that the United States would still be a segregated country if Democrats had not forced Republicans to filibuster before voting to make the Civil Rights Act the law.
It appears that this was in reference to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was supported by Republican members of Congress much more than by Democratic members.
Eighteen Democratic U.S. senators filibustered this bill, versus only one Republican senator joining the filibuster.
These Democrats included Al Gore Sr. from Tennessee and J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, idol of Bill Clinton as a young man.
The passage of this bill received 82 percent support by Republicans in the House versus only 66 percent support from the Democrats.
Republicans in the Senate voted 80 percent for the bill versus 69 percent from the Democrats.
"Progressives" commonly distort the support given by the two political parties to this bill.
Bruce K. Parsley
I find it absolutely appalling that some Lexington drivers have little regard for the lives of others.
One afternoon I observed four drivers texting, six more talking on cellphones, and five drivers who ran red lights. This was in the short drive from Beaumont Center Drive to downtown.
This happens every day on Lexington roads. It is no wonder that, every day, there are automobile accidents reported around town on the evening news.