Class-action suit could cut funding for public libraries
As a resident of Northern Kentucky, I am outraged that a group of citizens has filed suit against our public library system, alleging library boards have not properly followed state law when increasing property tax rates.
The group is seeking a large settlement which would in effect shut down most libraries statewide. Apparently, 77 counties in Kentucky could eventually be included in this class-action lawsuit.
I cannot think of any better value for our tax dollars than a library system which provides free services. We have a fine library system which should be a source of pride for our citizens.
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If we are to pursue liberty, freedom and opportunities for all, access to books and computers is certainly an important building block to that end.
It is incumbent upon all of us to stand up in support and defense of our libraries.
If you have memories of attending story hour, taking your children to the library, guiding your grandchildren through the stacks accessing materials or attending any of the wonderful programs provided free, you should be very concerned.
If it looks like a book burning, smells like a book burning, it is most certainly is a book burning.
Join me in supporting our libraries by speaking out against this attack on our liberty. Write letters to your state and local officials. Ask those seeking elective office if they support this attack. Stand up for the freedom to read.
These citizens do not represent me, do they represent you?
No Labels push change
You may not have heard of a new political group called No Labels. It is a group of Republicans, Democrats, independents, etc., dedicated to the simple proposition that we want our government to work again
Recently, No Labels persuaded a significant number of congressmen and women to sit with members of the other party during the president's State of the Union speech. You may have noticed that it changed the atmosphere.
Now, No Labels has backed Senate Bill 1981, which will have a hearing March 7. It is the No Budget, No Pay Act, which says members of Congress shouldn't be paid unless both houses pass the budget and appropriations bills by Sept. 30.
Later, No Labels plans to propose that all presidential appointments should be confirmed or rejected within 90 days. If no action is taken the nominee would be confirmed by default.
No Labels has other plans, including breaking filibusters, empowering majorities, establishing a five-day work week for Congress, limiting pledges other than the oath of office and monthly bipartisan meetings.
You can read about them all by going to Nolabels.org. They need your support and we need them to succeed.
Hail student discovery
Congratulations all around to: the two young women from Rowan County, Jessica Pal and Hannah Mabry, who, because of their tenacity and dedication to science, discovered pulsars in space; to their science teacher, Jennifer Carter, for seeing the possibilities in connecting her students with the Pulsar Search Collaboratory; and, especially, to the Herald-Leader for putting their story on the Feb. 6 front page above the fold.
Kentucky students are too often described as being at the bottom end of the scale, dismissed by many as being poor students with little ambition or incentive to do better.
But my experience has been the opposite — that a very large number of high school graduates and young college students are among the best of the best.
As a returning non-traditional student at Eastern Kentucky University, I am repeatedly impressed by the quality of students who bring vigorous and thoughtful debate to class and who are involved in an exchange of ideas that bodes well for all of us.
I am optimistic about the future of our society in the hands of this generation.
Marjorie F. Farris
Focus on common good
I call Kentucky the State of Indifference, and there is nothing common about the wealth. There are people who need help of all kinds all over this state.
And yet, higher-ups want to use millions of dollars to revamp Rupp Arena. There is the wealth talking without any consideration for the common. Use that money where it is needed: the homeless, the poor, the abused children and the elderly. Give smart kids who normally can't afford it an opportunity to go to college.
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.
Don't blame Obama
President Barack Obama might go down in history as the president who turned America upside down.
Republicans put the blame on him. No one can do such. Obama didn't cause people to be without jobs. He didn't cause the economy to fall. He didn't cause banks to fall under, he bailed them out. He didn't cause the industries and factories to go overseas. He's not getting a dime in his pocket.
If any Republican were in office now, America would still be in the shape we are in. It's all got to do with timing.
Blame our own apathy
Is the Democratic Party the enemy? It is easy to think so when they support such things as health care mandates and cap-and-trade legislation
Is the Republican Party the enemy? It is easy to believe so when they support things like unfair trade agreements and unjustified wars.
Both parties are full of corruption and need major overhauls, but our biggest enemies are not in Washington, D.C., or in any state capital. The biggest enemies are apathy and ignorance.
We don't bother to read or hear the news about what's going on, we hang up on those annoying political phone calls. We don't bother to contact our elected officials; we don't bother to vote.
We don't talk to our family, friends or neighbors about politics for fear they'll hate us or we'll hate them, or, worse, that we might be wrong.
We do whatever else we can do to shut it all out. So what if they raise the debt? So what if they move jobs overseas? Who cares about what they are doing next? Why should we put ourselves through the aggravation of caring?
Many don't care about politics because, they believe, "they're going to do what they want to do, so there is no point in me trying to change things."
Therefore, it is not President Barack Obama who enslaves them; they choose to let these elected officials do as they please. After all, things can't get any worse. Or can they?