Barr for a strong Kentucky
I have known Andy Barr for five years now. I know him to be a person of honesty and integrity. With his wife, Carol, and their new baby, Eleanor, Andy has always been a shining example of what makes Kentucky great.
Barr takes the time to listen. He cares about what people are thinking and how they are impacted by what's happening in Washington. I have seen him on numerous occasions stay well after he was ready to leave because somebody had a concern. You know that kind of fellow, and what a refreshing change.
We have a real choice this year. Together we can change our future path and make Kentucky strong again. Barr will make Kentucky strong again by using common sense and protecting the jobs that are so vital to our state's economy. I'm voting for Barr, and Kentucky.
Lies can't help Barr
Ben Chandler is my choice for 6th District congressman, but about three times a week I receive a huge, colorful flier from Andy Barr portraying himself as my savior and featuring a blurry, gray ominous-looking shot of Chandler.
Spare me. More insulting than his amateurish "scare the old folks" visuals are the outright lies in each mailer — like repeating the false allegation that Chandler cut over $700 billion from Medicare. In fact, Chandler's plan will protect Medicare and Social Security for today's and tomorrow's seniors. Message to Barr: Repeating lies doesn't make them true. Stop it.
I intend to ignore the massive anti-Chandler mailings made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and will vote again for Ben Chandler. When we visited him in his Washington office last year I was impressed by the huge map of the world on the wall. We are very fortunate to have a representative knowledgeable about both domestic and international issues, who voted for equal pay for women and who has supported both veterans and the U.S. Peace Corps.
While the Herald-Leader has ably covered the upcoming election, I feel you should better highlight some important context. Four years ago, America faced its greatest economic crisis in generations. Employment was plummeting, and a second Great Depression appeared possible.
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America's middle class. This hasn't always been easy, but we are moving in the right direction. We now have steady job growth, and recovery is under way. Now Mitt Romney proposes a return to the Bush-era policies of cutting taxes for millionaires and giving freer reign to Wall Street, which led us into this mess. This didn't work before, and it won't work now. I urge readers to vote for Obama.
Neither deserves vote
Because the advertising by Andy Barr and Ben Chandler has been so acrimonious, neither of them is worthy of a single vote. People are sick of such negative ads that are filled with untruths and slanderous comments. We want to hear the issues and their stances on them. Neither will get my vote, and I have not missed voting since 1958. If needed, I will write in a name. Both of them should find another line of work. They are acting like children who do not get their way.