Warm thanks to this winter's unsung heroes
I moved to Lexington in 2000 and have never failed to see our road crews do their jobs well. They are unsung heroes. They have a job most of us wouldn't want, and they do it well. Thank you, all road crew staff and workers. You rock.
Also, thanks to the line mechanics who are out in all kinds of the worst weather you'll ever experience (cold or hot) doing their jobs to keep us supplied with power. Their jobs are some of the most grueling and dangerous anywhere, yet they keep an eye to safety — always. Like athletes, they must train and will retire with injuries, aches and pains for life.
We take these people for granted because we feel entitled. Walk a mile in their shoes — the road crews and line mechanics. Then you'll give thanks that we have people like them keeping everything running.
Punish at polls
What should we do when the president and his administration lie and abuse their power?
The attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30, was classified as "workplace violence." It wasn't. It was an attack by an Islamic radical, just like the attack on 9/11/2001. They lied.
The attack of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi in which our ambassador and three other Americans were slaughtered was said by the administration to have been mob violence caused by an Internet video. It wasn't. It was a planned military attack by Islamic radicals. They lied.
The president repeatedly said "if you like your health plan, you can keep it, period" even though he and his administration knew that was not true. They lied.
These lies and many others were spoken in order to win his re-election.
Now that he is re-elected and the negative consequences of Obamacare are surfacing, the president has made dozens of changes to the law in an attempt to fool voters in the 2014 election and keep his Democratic majority in the Senate.
Last week, he announced delaying costly Obamacare regulations for firms with 50 to 99 employees. Further, the owners of firms have to affirm to the Internal Revenue Service under penalty of perjury that they did not lay off workers to get their head-count to 99 or less. Constitutionally, the president has no power to rewrite laws, but he is doing it.
The answer? Punish the Democratic party. Vote out all Democrats.
Clintons are bullies
It was with great hilarity that I read a letter to the editor about Sen. Rand Paul's "bullying" of former President Bill Clinton. If Paul never makes another political move, he should be congratulated for trying to remind voters about the viciousness of the ultimate political bullies, Hillary and Bill Clinton.
What people feel about Bill Clinton's infidelities is their own business; in the end it is an issue between the Clintons. But the ferocious vindictiveness with which they attacked Clinton's stream of mistresses and their political enemies is not a matter of opinion. They spent two decades in Arkansas, followed by two more in Washington, savagely threatening, cajoling, bribing and denigrating anyone who tried to expose the truth about his recklessness, and their unscrupulousness.
Paul is absolutely right in trying to highlight not just that, but also that Hillary was the founder, director and lead attack dog of the damage control squad assembled to deal with Bill's "bimbo eruptions." She went on to up the ante by trying to squelch his seemingly endless episodes of corruption and campaign illegalities.
The Clintons have been despicable political actors for more than 40 years, subordinating duty, the people's needs and any sense of decency to their personal political fortunes.
Bill should never have been the leader of this country, and Hillary should never be considered as a potential successor.
Progress a longshot
While the bill for expanded gambling is destined to fail, a great many people might feel better toward it if we knew exactly what the money was going to be used for instead of being squandered by those in Frankfort.
Fifty percent of the money should go to the pension funds of Kentucky for the retirement of our state workers, teachers and public safety workers.
Ten percent would go to drug abuse and mental health programs.
Ten percent would go to Head Start programs to be used to start and maintain them in our poorest counties.
Twenty percent would go to the Thoroughbred industry to keep it competitive with other states.
Each county in which a casino is located would keep 10 percent of its county's casino proceeds, which would also include all forms of taxes spent in that casino. This would give each county a good incentive to support its hometown casino.
It would take an 80 percent vote in both houses to change the way money is spent once approved by the voters of Kentucky. But we all know none of this will ever happen and Kentuckians will continue to flock to the out-of-state casinos.
I would just like to add to the Feb. 9 letter from Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Co.'s marketing director, Monica Miller. I have found the Internet service provided by United Cable Systems Inc. (Thacker-Grigsby) to my (very) rural Eastern Kentucky residence far superior to that provided to our Frankfort residence by the Frankfort Plant Board.
Whenever I have connected to FPB Internet, it has been consistently and depressingly slow in the evenings and on weekends, to the point that playing online games was practically impossible, while the service from Thacker-Grigsby has been consistent and speedy, especially during the past couple of years.
I would add that any complaint to Thacker- Grigsby receives prompt attention, while repeated calls to FPB have resulted in monotonous requests for the same "disconnect/reconnect, tell me your modem model and number, reset this then that, etc.," all of which I have done multiple times. Never has a service technician from FPB visited our Frankfort home to find out what's really happening.
It's a shame that my Internet service on a remote mountaintop in Perry County gets better broadband than my other home in our state's capital.
Jonathan C Morris
AT&T calls shots
Our wonderful legislature is considering a new law (Senate Bill 99) that would allow a basic change in your phone service. It wasn't drafted by the members but by the wild and wonderful AT&T.
If it passes, phone exchanges like those in Lexington and Louisville would allow AT&T to discontinue stand-alone basic services. Want to complain about it? Forget it. The law would remove any regulation by the Public Service Commission. Grrrr.