Thank you, Lexington, for supporting military
The dedicated men and women in all branches of the United States military are proud to serve and are overwhelmed by the tremendous support we receive in Lexington, in Kentucky, and across our great nation.
Our sense of duty drives us to serve. We are not owed, do not expect and do not seek special treatment but we are humbled and grateful when it happens and when our fellow Lexingtonians greet us with smiles and thank us for our service.
This outpouring of support happens every day. Thank you, we are proud to do it.
Lt. Col Greg Franklin
Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 290, University of Kentucky
I'm voting for John Kemper for auditor because Kentucky needs an independent person in this important job. Kemper has worked hard all his life in the construction business and knows how important it is to make sure our tax dollars are not wasted.
He is a former Kentucky Wildcat football player, from back in the days of Jerry Claiborne, and teamwork has always been important to him. In the position of auditor, Kemper will know when it's time to be on defense regarding the spending in Frankfort by the governor and legislature.
The person running against Kemper is Gov. Steve Beshear's former chief of staff. How can anyone expect someone like that to be without a conflict of interest? The whole idea of an independent auditor is someone who will safeguard our precious few tax dollars and prevent them from being misused. Please join me in voting for Kemper.
I received a call advertising David Williams' position on abortion. I'm tired of people using one issue to sway a vote. I'm against abortion 100 percent. But how about gambling, using taxpayer money for unnecessary fix-ups in a state office, cutting back Social Security checks that old people have to stretch for pills or food? Aren't these wrong?
His slate isn't clean either.
I really got aggravated when the caller finished with "God bless you," which was entirely political.
I'm not voting on this one, which is wrong. People say pick the least of the evils. Which is the least? God, send us someone honest if there is such a person. Greed and lies have just about done us all in.
James Comer, Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, campaigned at the Boyle County fairgrounds and put my questions to rest. I was impressed.
Like me, he is a farmer and comes from a long line of farmers. During high school he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. While attending Western Kentucky University, he majored in agriculture and was elected the state FFA president.
Upon graduation, Comer was presented the opportunity to further his education but he always had a passion for family farming and wanted to expand his operation.
Comer and his wife developed their small family farm to an efficient 2,000-acre beef cow and grain operation. Comer has served as a state representative for 11 years.
Comer demonstrates experience in agriculture. His platform includes opening and expanding new markets in agriculture and finding new, efficient ways of getting Kentucky-grown products to consumers.
Too many Obama ties
Why, after four years of poor leadership and failed performance, anyone would give Gov. Steve Beshear a second term is beyond me.
The lost jobs, financial mismanagement and Kentucky being rated by a business Web site in 2010 as the worst-managed state in the nation have been noted.
What should be of concern is how the results will be spun by the mainstream media. Because of their close relationship with President Barack Obama, victories by Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway will be hailed as a victory for Obama and a vote of support for his policies. Many would not agree, but when has the truth ever stopped mainstream media from reporting their agenda?
Very simply, a vote for Beshear, Conway or any other Democrat on Nov. 8 will be a vote for Obama in 2012. Let's send a clear message to Frankfort and Washington.
Beshear stood for choice
I applaud Gov. Steve Beshear's position supporting a woman's right to make reproductive choices free from government interference.
Americans revere personal freedoms, including the right to decide for ourselves where to live, our choice of friends and partners, our careers and countless other details of our daily existence. We live in a country that upholds the concept of individual liberty. It is hard to imagine a more precious or personal freedom than the right to control one's own body.
It is extremely demeaning to women to impose the beliefs and prejudices of others upon their right to decide whether to have children.
Given the regressive political climate, Beshear could have taken the easy path by being silent on this issue or by pandering to those who would deny women this right. Instead, he took a stand in favor of individual choice — a courageous act more politicians should emulate.
Can't get it done
David Williams — seriously? Richie Farmer — seriously?
Williams has been in the state legislature for how many years, and he just now thinks he can get-r-done? Don'tcha get it?
Only getting worse
In his new book, Pinched: How the Great Recession has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It, Don Peck details how our current economic woes have already wrought permanent damage to American society and culture.
This social and cultural cancer is only now starting to surface. And as long as massive human capital is wastefully unemployed in America the disease will worsen.
The recession did not start this degeneration, although the last 30 years of middle-class stagnation has been compounded by the recessionary devastation.
While the middle class is at a breaking point both economically and psycho-socially, the rich elite are flourishing. And many of them are at best indifferent to the plight of their fellow countrymen.
Regardless of whether they can survive without the rest of us, without new policies that benefit the middle class a viable middle class will vanish, replaced by a languishing under class.
From a longer viewpoint, addressing the debt is critical. That is why the Grand Bargain between Democrats and Republicans would have been laudable. Now we will either achieve the same thing through the 12-member supercommittee or the mandatory triggers will fire.
But our immediate problem remains unaddressed. We should be freely running deficit budgets for the next two or three years. Otherwise, we stand to repeat the mistake of 1937 that reversed economic progress accomplished with the New Deal. Ignoring immediate problems could negate the need for long-term solutions.