Progressives must educate voters on Obama benefits
The recent bad news about the stagnant economy and President Barack Obama's sluggish fund-raising may be the wake-up call progressives need to volunteer and open their wallets to ensure the president's re-election.
Obama needs another term to clean up the mess created by his predecessor. God help our country if Mitt Romney wins the presidency. He and GOP legislators would slash programs benefiting the poor and put our country on the same path to austerity that is causing a double-dip recession in Europe.
Under such policies, Americans would stand in soup kitchen lines and long for the days of the Obama economy. To avoid this calamity, we must elect Obama and a Democratic House to stimulate the economy through spending on infrastructure projects while it is still inexpensive to borrow money. Though the deficit is a concern, we should not focus on paying it down until our economy is stronger.
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Progressives must educate voters to see through GOP propaganda. Many of Obama policies that would expand employment and spur economic recovery have been blocked by Republicans in the House and Senate.
GOP obstructionism is the real cause of the stagnant economy; Republican antics are hurting our country solely for an improved chance for political gain. House Republicans refuse to pass a transportation bill that would create and save 3 million jobs.
The Wall Street Journal estimates that if the GOP had passed Obama's jobs plan, the unemployment rate would be 7.1 percent, not 8.2 percent.
If the Herald-Leader is on the lookout for unsung local heroes, it need look no further than its own backyard.
I refer to the gentleman who has created the beautiful flower garden in the unpromising 5-foot-wide, 175-yard-long median (yes, I stepped it off) that borders the upper end of Indiana Avenue, between Bell Court and the parking lot behind the Herald-Leader building.
I take a daily walk in and around Bell Court, and I often see the anonymous gardener tending his elongated floral farmstead. A few mornings back, I paused in my walk to tell him I admired his work, and to thank him for it.
"Well," he said cheerfully, mopping his brow with his shirtsleeve, "it's liable to give me a heart attack one of these days. But I have to do it. I have to do it."
Now that's dedication.
Calipari, the pitchman
No one can question University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's excellence in recruiting and judging basketball talent and potential.
Less certain is his judgment of car dealers, nursing services, pizza delivery or any other enterprise eager to turn a profit on his name and fame.
What's next, Dunkin' Donuts?
Of course, Calipari has every right to be a pitchman as long as we dribble fanatics fall for it. Still, isn't there something a bit unseemly in this?
We don't see UK president Eli Capilouto, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Queen Elizabeth or Pope Benedict doing it.
Paper a litterbug
Why isn't the Herald-Leader — which dumps pink plastic bags onto my lawn even when I have asked several times that this not happen — and other businesses that place fliers in my door that I have to pick up off my lawn later, not guilty of littering?
Perhaps a formal complaint is needed to stop this practice.
No sense to gas prices
Will someone help rescue us from this ridiculous gas price-fixing that is going on?
I recently drove back from Florida. Leaving Florida, the gas price was $3.25 a gallon. Along the way through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee the price varied from $3.15 to $2.95. That's right, $2.95.
I arrived in Lexington to find $3.52 greeting me. Wassup with this? This is totally unacceptable, especially so since the oil barrel price is well below $100.
Where is our state's attorney general during all of this?
Help for the stranded
Recently, I had a flat tire on Ky. 80 off of Interstate 75 going toward Somerset.
What a great surprise and pleasure it was that Jason Meece, an operator for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies Patrol, soon pulled up behind me and offered to change the tire for me.
This SAFE service provides free roadside assistance to stranded motorists. They can also be reached by dialing 511.
I am greatly appreciative for Meece and the Transportation Cabinet for providing this free service for stranded motorists, like me.
My first cousin died June 12 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital emergency room.
After his death I made a request to stay at the hospital until the funeral home came for his body. The girl in the ER did not understand why I was doing that. I was trying to show respect for my cousin by remaining at the hospital until his body had left.
Later, some chaplain told me my request was unusual for the ER. I guess showing respect is unusual, I thought later.
I just wanted to remain in the consultation room until his body had left. It left me with a bad impression about UK and I will never forget it.
Thoughts in time
Only people with time on their hands are able to think of time. High-level, scientific thinking about time takes time. And when the reflection is done all the thinking is in the past (including thoughts of the future).
The past, which is the time never to return, may leave you with a bittersweet yearning for things bygone. Entire industries are based on this feeling — country music, mountain craft shows, steam engine excursions, Renaissance festivals, monument buildings.
The name for this is Maintenance of Old Unforgotten Relic Notions (MOURN).
The label for far-future thinking, on the other hand, is Daring Reality Expectation Aimed at the Marvelous (DREAM). This, too, is profitable — science-fiction films, fairy tales and horoscopes.
Laboratory studies of time-thinking have shown many thoughts of the past are inaccurate, and of the future are speculative. These are mis-recollections and misapprehensions. Some people claim to foresee the future. These oracles are found in the most unlikely places — such as Kentucky. Hollywood also has a full complement of "seers."
Strong emotions have nothing to do with clock time. But efforts to prove this to people have been entirely unproductive. Future fear and past pride are necessary for mass consumption. People seem to need and demand feelings unfit for the present. This is known as "being lost in time."