City employees' insurance issue was the last straw
Did the mayor and city council really expect that a city employee could afford the outrageous insurance increase that was proposed?
The city employees have been preached to and told year after year the reason we have not received a raise that would cover the cost of living is the fact that we get to enjoy all of the benefits that the city has to offer.
In fact, it's mandatory that we must have health insurance and it's mandatory that we pay into the Kentucky Retirement System.
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We were reminded every year by past and present councils and mayors that our benefits were the reason we never receive a raise higher than 3 percent.
And for some reason every year the city council places the financial burden of the city on the city employees.
Since when is it the city employees' responsibility to bear the financial burden of the city?
You can ask any city employee and they will all tell you the same thing — we took the job for the benefits, not the salary. We took this job for the retirement, not the salary.
If you cut our benefits, you are going to pay more in salaries.
None of us want a union, but after 10 or 15 years of being told we will have to go another year without a raise and we have to pay more for insurance and we will get less when we retire, then we start looking real hard at those unions.
Lee A McKinney
Gray's true colors
As a prior supporter of Jim Gray I now see his true colors. During his campaign he was "all for fire and police" he was going to "stop brownouts," he was "the man to make things right."
The word sacrifice has been used numerous times when it comes to the Lexington fire department. How much more do they need to sacrifice before the government sees that there isn't anything more they can do?
They have taken over $10,000 per person pay cuts. They agreed to a pay freeze for two years, had vacation and holiday time taken away, accepted less money for benefits and uniforms, etc. They agreed to this to save the jobs of others in the department.
They wanted to help out in what the city called a financial crisis, all while they continued to respond to every emergency this city has without hesitation.
Then the city comes to all employees and tells them they are going to double, almost triple, their out-of-pocket health insurance costs.
Also, all of the rush to get the city ready for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and now everything that was done is being torn up to put more flower gardens and to plant more trees that were cut down before.
Gray's campaign talked about how Jim Newberry had spent $7,000 a foot to redo Limestone. How much money is the city spending now to redo Vine and Main again?
Pushing us out
Lexington employees, why cry about the insurance going up? What did you expect? A country based on greed must advance until extinction. Don't worry, it is right around the corner. Maybe the yellow tags at Kroger or the Prius hybrids can save us.
Now that you are through laughing, just enjoy the end. Wait until you lose your insurance, followed by the job, then all your possessions.
Extinction, plain and simple. Bye, America.
Gone too far
The infringers — the American Civil Liberties Union or "Anti-Christian Lunatics United" — struck again at religious freedom, this time imposing their judicial intimidation on the football fans in Bell County.
Once again, a small minority imposed their atheist views on the majority. Who are those who so boldly denigrate our traditions, beliefs and principles?
The federal courts have superseded the rights of individuals to practice religious freedom; the courts have trampled on the 10th Amendment, which grants states certain rights; they have defended criminals and undocumented immigrants against basic common laws; and they have exerted themselves in undermining fundamental rights that have long been held sacred by generations of loyal Americans.
At some point, a powerful group of citizens must rise and stand against the anti-God crowd and exert the same type of fortitude that brought full civil rights to our country. Submission and shrinking at the risk of court cases and potential fines is not the way to counter haters of God.
Americans need to stand up en masse and defend their inalienable rights granted to them by their creator, just like the Declaration of Independence states.
Let's hope at some point the ACLU will run into an opponent it can't badger into submission, and when that happens the United States will be a better place and God-fearing people can once again exercise their freedom of religion. I pray for that day.
It's a lie
Our great nation is going down fast for our politicians and our lawmakers have no backbone to stand for what is right and against sin.
Our little children have a right to pray in school and our government and the American Civil Liberties Union have no right to tell us that we can't. Our Constitution declares a one-way separation of church and state, and that is to keep our government from telling the church what it can and cannot do.
So our gullible lawmakers believe the ACLU. But what can you expect from people who don't know the truth? All they can comprehend is a lie. The word of God declares that the wicked shall be turned into hell, and that's the nations that forget God.
While largely ambivalent on the issue of public prayer before a football game, I am compelled to respond to the letter that said those who prohibit prayer before a mandatory audience hate Christians. This is an irrational leap of logic. More probably, they simply value liberty and the freedom from intrusion of religion more.
What disturbs me more than this type of prayer is disrespect or inattention during the National Anthem.The letter writer thinks the American Civil Liberties Union, etc., "are stepping on our rights." Really? Try living in Palestine, Iran, Iraq, the Sudan, etc. The list is long.
As far as prayer, Jesus himself said we should do so in private.
Robert M. Atkinson
No reason for pride
A letter writer recently proclaimed his pride in his former residence, Pulaski County.
Well, how about another proud moment to ponder? Pulaski County willingly risked thousands of dollars to continue appeals in a judgment against the posting of the Ten Commandments; yet, ironically, this same county had to be court-ordered in July to take the body of a Pulaski man who lay unclaimed in a Lexington morgue since March.
The county did not want to incur the expense of a final resting place of a man no one would claim, thus managing to make Christian charity an oxymoron.