Many of my friends are liberal Democrats. They're always telling me that Republican voters must be misinformed, irrational or even crazy for voting against their own economic interests time after time.
Thomas Frank put it clearly in his book, What's the Matter with Kansas? Some voters naively want to make abortion illegal and end up voting for GOP politicians, who then slash their jobs and wages while abortion remains legal.
In the governor's contest this year, anyone who cares about the environment and votes for Steve Beshear is at least as irrational as any Republican voter.
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Beshear and David Williams both support mountaintop removal mining while Gatewood Galbraith opposes it. The choice couldn't be clearer.
If Kentucky's liberals give us four more years of Appalachian devastation by voting for Beshear, I won't be in the mood to hear any more snide comments about how irrational or crazy Republican voters are.
Geoffrey M. Young
Williams a hack
I would not vote for David Williams if he were running against my dogs. Could the Republicans find a more disagreeable, whiny, condescending candidate if they tried?
Williams' negative image in Kentucky is huge and also well-deserved. He didn't get the "Burkesville bully" nickname for nothing. He has not been below the use of ugly demagoguery against political opponents. Remember his "limp wrist" comments in the 2004 U.S. Senate race?
The extent of Williams' gambling habit is another issue. What is he hiding? Why doesn't he simply release his income tax returns and let conservative Kentuckians see what's going on? Regrettably, that's a bet even Williams won't take.
Williams is a career politician who privately thinks he now deserves to be governor. He's an abrasive, polarizing Republican Party hack. Do we really have the next four years to waste on Williams as our governor? Even the dogs are barking.
Beshear a hypocrite
I find it extremely ironic that Gov. Steve Beshear would dare to say "His father and grandfather, both Baptist ministers, instilled in him a responsibility to God and family" — the implication being that he himself holds such values. But how is it possible anyone would believe that about someone who is pro-abortion? Such positions are mutually exclusive. And don't further insult the public's intelligence with word games; if one is "pro-choice" then they are necessarily pro-abortion.
Why don't Beshear's advertisements boast of his pro-abortion stance instead of the lie that he is pro-family? Sadly, this is the kind of deception we've come to expect from Beshear in particular, and the Democratic Party in general.
I have some real concerns about what is actually going on in the governor's race on the Democratic side.
I like Gov. Steve Beshear, but I think he has made a very bad choice in his selection of former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson for lieutenant governor. If you've paid some attention to Louisville city government when Abramson was mayor perhaps you've picked up on the fact that he was a very arrogant administrator.
On a number of occasions when questions arose about important government matters, Abramson and his administration just refused to answer questions about their actions. Now, of course, the plan is to put Abramson up for governor in 2015. This is the last thing we need in Kentucky.
Grimes will protect vote
I'm writing to voice my support for secretary of state candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Grimes' and her opponent's ideas differ radically when it comes to voter empowerment. Grimes feels Kentucky's current law requiring a driver's license ID is sufficient method for providing proof of identity, whereas Bill Johnson wants to implement a government-sponsored photo ID, or in other words a "papers, please" law that would further disenfranchise voters in this state.
We need to tear down barriers for voters in Kentucky, not build more.
In my opinion, Christians should not vote for Gov. Steve Beshear.
He has stated, "When a woman considers the difficult decision of whether or not to have an abortion, this decision should be between her, her physician and her God." Has not the decision already been made by God? His name is Jesus. I'm convinced Jesus would choose life over choosing death for an unborn child.
Beshear says he is pro-choice. He has chosen death over life. Can a Christian in good faith vote in favor of a governor who is pro-choice? I'm writing this letter because I'm grieved in my spirit over the many sons, daughters and grandchildren who died in their mother's womb because no one spoke out on their choice.
Beshear gets 'r done
In this season of dwindling tax receipts and delayed projects (think basketball and CentrePointe), Gov. Steve Beshear has succeeded in business locally (coal), arrived with ideas (expanded gaming) and augmented our rainy day fund.
I look forward to four more years of get 'r done with Beshear.
I spent a lot of time legally registering voters in 2008. It was an amazing and empowering experience for me and my friends. My friend Joey wasn't able to join us, however. He couldn't vote because he was a former felon, and he felt that it would be disingenuous to help other folks vote when he couldn't himself.
Bill Johnson, a candidate for secretary of state, doesn't want Joey to vote even though he's paid his debt to society. Johnson doesn't want folks who are on the streets to vote, even though they are citizens like the rest of us. Johnson has run on a platform of anti-democracy and doesn't deserve to be secretary of state.
Greg J. Capillo
Voting rights threatened
Kentucky boasts over 180,000 disenfranchised voters. The question should be asked as to the characteristics of this demographic and why. More important, why do voting rights continue to be ignored amid serious political obstacles?
Every time the issue comes up in a legislative session, nondescript Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, blocks passage out of committee, apparently afraid it would mean more Democratic participation.
I can't help but think of Bill Johnson, the Republican running for secretary of state who wants to deprive the homeless or those without identification of the right to vote. I was under the impression that the Tea Party supported the right to vote, but I'd prefer not to get into history.
Lastly, if this is your first time reading anything about this issue, consider the nearly absent role of media in our democratic culture. Surely, Kentucky deserves better than this.
Farmer's the real thing
I voted for Bob Farmer in the Democratic primary. No, not because his last name is Farmer or because I thought I was voting for Richie Farmer. I voted for Bob Farmer because he is authentic and has the right kind of ideas to move Kentucky agriculture forward.
If his opponent, James Comer, really wants the 45,669 votes that Farmer got in the Democratic primary, he should start by not insulting the people who voted for Farmer to begin with.
My support for Farmer began when he visited my local Young Democrats club in Pulaski County to speak during the primaries.
There, he spoke about his support for making Kentucky more competitive in biofuel production, his support for industrial hemp, and his support for a more aggressive marketing strategy for Kentucky agriculture.
I urge my fellow Kentuckians to reject Comer's rhetoric and support an authentic candidate for commissioner of agriculture.
Veterans' rights at risk
Kentucky's secretary of state is charged with several duties, including the role of chief election officer. The winner of the election between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Bill Johnson will be responsible for protecting the voting rights of Kentucky citizens.
Johnson has proven himself an unacceptable candidate in this regard, as he seeks to ensure that neither reformed felons nor people experiencing homelessness can vote.
Moreover, Johnson proposes a photo ID voter law. In multiple states these laws have effectively disenfranchised citizens, often in the poorest districts. Voter ID laws are a throwback to a Jim Crow era that our nation must not repeat.
Johnson's harsh stance on the homeless is the most egregious. This position disenfranchises thousands of legal Kentucky citizens, including an estimated 1,000 homeless military veterans.
If Johnson, a Navy veteran, refuses to fight for the rights of his brothers and sisters in arms, then who will he represent?
Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker projects a "dismal" turnout for Tuesday's election. Additionally, political savants believe there is a strong probability of Democratic voters pulling straight-party tickets this year.
These events could have implications for Kentucky's rural economy, specifically with regard to one particular race: Kentucky commissioner of Agriculture. And there is inarguably only one qualified candidate: James Comer.
Comer believes viable agricultural operations such as food processing, can salvage Kentucky's struggling rural economy. Comer is a former state Future Farmers of America president, large cattle farm operator and 11-year state representative. He is running against dinner circuit humorist Robert Farmer. Farmer openly states he has no agriculture background.
It shouldn't matter if the election is for governor or local dog catcher, Kentuckians (Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike) should want highly qualified individuals at the helms. Hopefully, Kentuckians will remember this when (if) they go to the polls Tuesday.
Send a message
A vote for Gatewood Galbraith, who stands almost no chance of winning, would show our utter disrespect for the people who are bringing our great state into the sewer day by day.
Kentucky has so much more to offer. Think about it when you go to vote. We can take it back with this one election and let Frankfort know who runs Kentucky — the citizens, not the politicians.
Threat to voting rights
Bill Johnson is running to become Kentucky's chief elections officer, but he wants to take away voting rights from homeless people, wants to make it harder for Kentuckians without photo IDs to vote and wants to keep former felons who have served their debt to society from voting.
It seems to me that Johnson is so against voting that he doesn't want my vote either, or yours.
I want to use my vote to make democracy better, not weaker. I urge you to do as I will, and vote Alison Lundergan Grimes for the next secretary of state for Kentucky.
Based on his proven record of fighting child pornography, prescription drug abuse and Medicaid fraud, Jack Conway is the clear choice for attorney general over his Republican challenger Todd P'Pool, and deserves re-election.
P'Pool chiefly attacks Conway for not joining other states in a lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly mislabeled "Obamacare." In these lean times, it would be unwise to waste Kentucky funds on a protracted legal issue that will be ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court without our intervention.
He further attacks the attorney general for not more stridently fighting government regulations under the Environmental Protection Agency affecting Kentucky coal. As an electricity consumer, I value local coal, but all Kentuckians should support proper regulations to protect our pristine air and waterways. P'Pool would fight regulations that save our local environment. Coal can thrive in Kentucky, but as clean coal. Re-elect Conway.
Emery W. Caywood IV
Williams has solid plan
Kentucky suffers from an unemployment crisis, a pension system disaster and a looming debt catastrophe. Kentucky faces a multibillion-dollar unfunded pension liability for state workers, among the nation's worst, prompting rating agencies to downgrade Kentucky's bonds this year. Without pension reform for future state workers, the system is going to bankrupt the state. Gov. Steve Beshear constantly expands Kentucky's debt and vetoes cuts that would balance the budget. He has no tax plan, no pension plan, no jobs plan, and no accomplishments.
David Williams has an ambitious plan for Kentucky that eliminates personal and corporate income taxes and calls for a consumption tax, a moratorium on new regulations, medical malpractice reform and tax cuts for industries to increase jobs. Williams supports the right of individuals to join unions, but his economic plan allows local residents to make decisions through county elections on right-to-work ordinances and prevailing-wage laws.
Our founding fathers understood over 200 years ago that our freedoms must first include the right to life, then the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. After all, only those who are allowed passage into this world can enjoy liberty and pursue happiness.
Packaged to vulnerable women as a "choice," abortion is a bloodthirsty, big-money business that seeks to control those it purports to help. The Democrats claim they want to help the weak, yet they legislate to snuff them out under the guise of "choice."
Some argue we can't vote against pro-abortion politicians because abortion is a single issue. Abortion is the only issue for every pre-born child conceived in this era. When you and I were in the womb, it was the only issue for us as well.
Vote for the protection of the lives of our future doctors, teachers and neighbors. Vote pro-life.
Tired of attacks
I wish these people running for office would tell me why I should vote for them instead of why I should not vote for their opponent.
Unless I know what you are going to do differently. maybe neither one of you deserves my vote.