Politicians should focus on diversifying economy in Ky. coalfields
The various bumper stickers and slogans being bandied about in support of coal remind me of decades past when "Enjoy Smoking Tobacco" and "Tobacco Paid For This Truck" were slogans of the day.
Then, as now, it wasn't so much government regulations that changed an industry, but economic factors. Tobacco companies found they could produce their product cheaper overseas.
Likewise, coal companies first turned to strip mining and more recently mountaintop removal which require fewer miners than underground mining. Competition from cleaner and cheaper natural gas further contributes to the decline in mining jobs.
Rather than expending money and effort keeping the buggy whip factory open, let's put that effort into developing new industries in the coalfields. Tobacco farmers of yesterday diversified into a broad range of products that have kept Kentucky agriculture growing; our coal producing areas also need to diversify. Politicians of both parties take note: instead of railing at the Environmental Protection Agency to "Get off our backs" or trying to convince voters in the Bluegrass region that your coal executive campaign donor is a "real coal miner," work to develop alternative and sustainable industries in Eastern Kentucky.
Biden embarrassing in debate
Never have I witnessed such a blatant display of rude, ignorant and undignified behavior as exhibited by Vice President Joe Biden during the debate.
Regardless of who you support in this race one must concede that Biden lacked basic common courtesy. His laughing, smirking and constant interruptions of Paul Ryan were distracting and, quite frankly, embarrassing. This is not behavior complimentary to the office Biden represents nor should it be tolerated or promoted.
Christine J. McCabe
Servers deserve a raise
Two decades have passed without minimum wage increases. Hospitality industry workers have been kept at $2.13 per hour since 1991.
Why have Kentucky and other states allowed this to happen?
Tipped minimum wage should have increased at the same rate as the national minimum wage.
GOP also has flaws of faith
The "Christians should reject the Democratic Party" letter writer's efforts to get the specks out of the eyes of Christians was incomplete.
For reasons such as their determination to abolish social supports shown to cause women to choose life for their babies, determination to abolish life-saving health and safety regulations, policies favoring greed and promoting consumerism, and others, Christians should also reject the Republican Party. The party has been hijacked, even by some who vainly use the name of God.
Edmund Miller, Jr.
It works both ways
As for suggesting Christians reject the Democratic Party, does the letter writer really think Bill Clinton was the first president to lie? How about Richard Nixon?
They have all not spoken the whole truth at one time or another.
Abortions have been done for centuries, but instead of being performed in dirty alleys, where it was not uncommon for women to die, they can now be done in clean facilities.
I do have a personal problem with abortion, but it also says in the Bible that there is only one judge and jury, and it is not us.
On gay marriage, I can see both sides, but again it is not for us to judge.
How dare this letter writer say we need to change parties, repent and pray? Does he really think we have to pray for God's mercy and grace because I choose to be registered as a Democrat? All I can say to that is all Christian Republicans better pray and ask for God's mercy for being the biggest hypocrites on earth.
Romney didn't cross line
Apparently a recent letter writer misunderstood the entire purpose of the Dixie Chicks outrage. The indignation was not over the Dixie Chicks criticizing President George W. Bush but over them criticizing our president to citizens of another country in another country.
I don't think we would have seen much concern had Natalie Maines spoken the same words in the United States. However, she apparently didn't know her typical audience very well or she wouldn't have chosen to share those feelings with country music fans, who usually are very patriotic.
Hypocrisy or not, we like to keep our criticisms of our country and our officialsat home. I don't believe Mitt Romney crossed that line on the embassy attack.