Ethical lines blurred when it comes to money
An article in your paper indicated there is confusion on the part of the governor and some in the legislature regarding "conflict of interest" in legislative action they are considering.
I refer to Sen. Damon Thayer, who is sponsoring a casino bill that provides a huge benefit to the horse industry when he derives a lot of his income from this same horse industry.
His Senate salary is $35,000 per year and he earned over $200,000 in a year and a half from the horse industry and car racing.
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Now, the governor has stated that he saw nothing wrong or unethical about this. Clearly the governor has gone blind. The Legislative Ethics Commission states this is acceptable if his clients are not the only beneficiaries. So as long as there is a restaurant nearby or a parking lot outside a racetrack with some increase in business, then everything is just fine.
It appears special-interest groups have become even more blatant, especially since the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appears to have been coerced in their Citizens United decision.
The resulting super PACs and others have an even greater undue influence. Even in comedian Stephen Colbert's attempt to ridicule the Citizens United ruling, he has generated over a million dollars in his super PAC. Just wait until the coal industry gets rolling good.
Is there any wonder why the Occupy movement got started or that people have such low opinions of politicians?
Rhyme for the times
I was watching a TV game show and I got a good laugh at a poem quoted by comedian Nipsey Russell: "Election time is almost here, and wouldn't it be a ball, if instead of choosing a candidate we would vote against them all."
My sentiments exactly.
No air travel woes
I am not responding to Sen. Rand Paul's Nashville airport security experience — he has his own agenda.
My most recent flight was in September 2010 to my grandson's wedding in Utah. Lexington's security people were helpful and gracious as I explained using a cane and having had both knees replaced which would affect the scanner alarm.
Security had a woman use the wand and did the scanning in an adjoining cubicle. My shoes were slip-ons, jewelry was only a watch and wedding rings, and my carry-ons had no problems.
A friend was with me and helped with a wheelchair at each transfer and long walk to each flight.
The magic words are still "please" and "thank you."
I'm hoping to fly this year to New Mexico to see my brother. He is 82 and I am 84.
In need of health care
I have been a resident of Kentucky basically my whole life. I am one of many uninsured people in Kentucky. I've tried paying for my own health insurance but was turned down.
I thought Kentucky was the best place on Earth to live, but take away those luxuries and you're treated less than human.
My pets get better health care than I do. Tell me, Kentucky, what's wrong with that picture?
The doctors in this state can't do their jobs because the government has them in a choke hold, but who suffers for this? I do.
We can all agree that it's a mess in Frankfort. They need to resolve the issues they already have instead of creating new ones.
Kenneth M. Watson
Rosemond is right
A letter writer's assessment of the content of John Rosemond's columns deserves comment.
Just as firefighters keep telling us that it would be of great value to check the batteries on our smoke detectors hoping that people will eventually get the message, Rosemond continues to try to hammer home the messages about which he writes so well:
1. Stop trying to be your children's friend; let them be your disciples.
2. Puffing up children's self-esteem rather than teaching accountability sets them up for a rough road ahead.
3. A parent's job is not to cripple children by doing everything for them, but rather to make sure they become productive adults by letting them learn how to be responsible for their own actions.
Need I go on?
Even though all of these messages rely on common sense, they are messages that parents seem loath to receive.
We should be extremely thankful that Rosemond does not just throw up his hands in frustration and give up on trying to help people see the light.
Carole A. Boyd