Obama using student loans as political football
President Barack Obama is playing politics with the issue of student loan rates.
For weeks, he has been running around ginning up college students and late-night television audiences over an impending interest rate increase for college loans, and pointing the finger at Republicans. But it is only Republicans who have passed legislation to keep student-loan interest rates low.
In addition, I and other Republican leaders in Congress recently sent the president a letter laying out two separate proposals to ensure those rates stay low.
Both proposals are common-sense, bipartisan solutions. They are both based on policies from the president's own budget proposals. These two solutions are in addition to an initial one Republicans passed in the House weeks ago.
It is particularly important we provide a fix for this problem in light of the poor economy. Unemployment in Kentucky is 8.3 percent — above the national average. And the rate for those under age 24 is 16.7 percent, more than double the national average.
The job market for recent graduates is daunting in the Obama economy. More than half of bachelor's degree holders under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed.
More new college graduates are moving back in with their parents. And the starting salary for those lucky enough to find a job has decreased 10 percent from what it was in 2007.
College graduates facing such an uphill climb don't need the added burden of increased interest rates on their student loans, too.
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Lawsuit ignored by TV
The Catholic Church filed a lawsuit over Obamacare a few weeks ago, yet among ABC, NBC and CBS, only CBS seemed to even touch this story, and I believe it was a 19-second piece.
This is a huge deal. One would wonder why they have limited the coverage on such a story. After all, Catholics make up around 25 percent of the voting base in this country.
We have in recent years seen media bias growing out of control with these three news organizations, covering only the stories that fall into their agenda and overlooking the ones that might tarnish their favorites' records.
Why have they not noticed the drop in their ratings to record lows? Do they think that the American people are so stupid that if they don't cover it we will not ever find out? Or do they think if they don't cover it, it will go away?
These biases have them looking pretty foolish, yet they continue to pick and choose stories that fall into their guidelines of what a perfect world should be.
For years they were fair, covering stories equally without leaning in any one particular direction.
We don't really care if those in the media are mostly Democrats. What we care about is that a world news organization would give equal coverage to all stories.
A June 1 letter from Joseph Fox expressed my sentiments perfectly. He demonstrates that one can be anti-abortion and pro-choice at the same time.
Can we all work together to help ensure that every child that is born is wanted, loved and cared for in an environment free from drugs and abuse?
Can we all work together to help women prevent unwanted pregnancies through birth control? Can we all work together to help pregnant women and young girls get the prenatal care necessary to ensure a healthy baby, regardless of the mom's ability to pay?
Reducing the number of abortions should be every person's goal, while allowing a woman to choose what she knows is best for her and her child.
Linda D. Hall
Summer care for pets
With the rise in temperatures comes much suffering for animals.
Dogs are descendents of the wolf, which spends its days in the cool forests or in rock shelters.
Just as the wolf seeks shelter from the sun, dogs need shade. Rather than providing shade, a doghouse sitting in the sun quickly becomes an oven.
Deprived of shade. a dog can die a slow and painful death from heatstroke. Doghouses need to be placed under a large tree, or a side porch needs to be built to provide shade.
Dogs need plenty of fresh, clean water every day. Water will stay cooler and cleaner if it is in a bucket, rather than a shallow bowl. Keep a small scrub brush by the water spigot as a reminder to keep the bucket clean.
It is also essential that cats have fresh water available at all times. The care of a pet ought not to be put entirely in the hands of a child — adult supervision is needed.
Many supposedly loving pet owners make the grave error of leaving pets in the car while they run errands during warm months. Animals and babies are found dead every year locked in cars with the windows cracked.
Even temperatures as low as 60 degrees outside can quickly soar to 120 degrees inside a car — resulting in agony and death. Please leave animals at home and save the car rides for cooler months.
Education and ideology
A letter writer recently complained that every time he sees in the Herald-Leader a political letter or column by a University of Kentucky history professor it seems to have a liberal flavor. "Lunatic liberal" is actually the term he used.
He has concluded, therefore, that men and women who have a broad education in history and politics are more likely to be liberal than conservative.
The corollary, of course, is that folks who are less educated are more likely to be conservatives.
In view of this, I would advise the writer to maintain his level of understanding of the world around him exactly where it is, if he wishes to remain a conservative in good standing.
There's no point in letting untidy facts spoil a perfectly good ideology.
Foolish waste of gas
In Frankfort on a Friday afternoon: Watching three state police in three different state cars racing away from a stoplight just to stop at the next light. I was amused but just as upset.
Not just at the stupidity of this act, but at the absolute waste that this entails.
They should not feel any more guilty, probably less guilty, than the massive numbers racing, even speeding, on Interstate 75.
This stupid behavior means they would have to take longer to wind down after their stupid game of no-contact bumper cars.
A meal, a date, a game to watch, a child to pick up, a place to plop down on their butts again?
The stupidity of the "hurry up to wait" speeding is nothing but gas-wasting, nothing that's important.
Let me remind all who read this, plus their friends they should share this thought with, that speed limits are not minimums.
Reducing speeds can save substantial amounts of gas — thus your own money — as well as benefiting our environment with its damnable weather changes.
Maybe a "Reduce to Save" campaign could become as big as stopping public smoking?
It is just as necessary.