WEG, Horse Park finances warrant closer scrutiny
I read the two articles pertaining to the 2010 Alltech-FEI World Equestrian Games. Let me make sure I understand this: Last-minute loans, lower-than-expected ticket sales, ridiculously inaccurate economic impact projections and legacy expenditures for facilities no longer fully utilized?
The Kentucky Horse Park sacrificed its customer base for a temporary influx of the world's rich. And we, the taxpayers, are supposed to believe our millions were well spent?
If not for the generosity of Alltech founder Pearse Lyons, this would have been an immediate disaster, instead of the prolonged one we have today.
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"We have cut to the bare bone" says an official from the Horse Park. I'm sorry, but I am skeptical that many bones have been exposed at the park over the last five years.
I wonder if the Herald-Leader will scrutinize the park's books with the unmitigated fervor it demonstrated toward a former Republican agriculture commissioner.
Somehow, I doubt it.
Broken social contract
Regarding the Feb. 8 article, "Judge tosses new boundaries for state legislative districts:" The party games going on in Frankfort concerning redistricting are sad.
As a Kentuckian, I think the movement of one district across the entire state to better suit one party is unacceptable. It is unfair to the constituents of both districts to relocate the state senators they voted for to another area.
The world of politics and government affects almost every aspect of people's lives, and this act breaks the social contract citizens have with their government.
Imagine a world where, after every census, the U.S. Congress could take representatives from California and replace them with representatives from North Carolina. Not only is this round of redistricting unfair to the constituents, it also has kept our legislative body in Frankfort from tackling other important issues. Gov. Steve Beshear had to wait to unveil his gambling initiative.
Our legislators are currently failing us. Not only are they trying to rob Kentuckians of the representatives they voted for, but they are keeping the system gridlocked.
It's time for our leaders to take charge and do what's right for the commonwealth.
I live in west Jessamine County, only one mile from Woodford County and six miles from Fayette County. Imagine how frustrated I am that our friends in Frankfort have moved my vote from Ben Chandler's congressional district to District 2.
I hope that the high school civics teachers use this as an opportunity to explain gerrymandering to their students. The purpose of gerrymandering is to maximize the effect of supporters' votes and to lesson the impact of opponents' votes.
Well, it sure happened to the benefit of incumbent Chandler. By packing as many voters of one type into his district, the influence of others are minimized.
I hope that the new residents of the 6th District take time to review Chandler's record before the next election to determine if he is really the best choice.
GOP debates, in nutshell
I have watched 18 of the 20 debates among the Republican candidates for president. I have done this for my own entertainment. For those who either work for a living or have children who need attention, I'll summarize the two crucial debate themes:
■ President Barack Obama is a terrible person, the worst in American history. He is unable to stimulate the economy or, for that matter, do anything else. He is a socialist, maybe worse. He has pushed through, with only 60 out of 100 Senate votes, a mandate for health care. He has made promises, but not delivered anything. Any of the Republican candidates could do a better job.
■ The critical decision Republican voters have to make is electability. Though they could each do a better job than Obama, can they actually be elected? After all, Obama is a highly skilled debater, very informed on issues. He is a likable person, as shown by polls. He has a beautiful family, with no personal scandals. He inherited problems created by a president whose name has never been mentioned.
Many people now have health care, for the first time in their lives, because of something called a mandate. Though he is often criticized for being too mainstream, people simply don't realize how left-wing he is. The economy is improving. All of these things make it difficult to elect a Republican. Each candidate doubts the electability of the others, but is certain he can win.
Thomas M. Dicken