Keep Versailles history, say no to Wal-Mart
I read a letter to the editor on May 28 in the Herald-Leader about Wal-Mart coming into Versailles and the support it had from that writer and from the community at large. I wholeheartedly disagree.
Versailles has a lovely downtown area which is rich in history. In fact, according to the description of our town on www. versailles.kentucky.gov, "Versailles offers all the amenities associated with a small community: family values, friendly people, low crime rate, strong work ethic and involved leadership."
I would love to see this kind of small town pride continue, but I fear that Wal-Mart would lead to long-term negative effects. Sure they are convenient and cheap, but at what cost? The cost would be to our local family businesses, the future employees of Wal-Mart and the nature of our town as a whole.
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It has been reported from many sources that Wal-Mart does not pay its employees enough to provide for their families. There are numerous complaints about Wal-Mart's hiring practices, environmental impact and product outsourcing which I won't even get into.
The main issue is the economic problems it would cause for our small town in the long run. Our local businesses struggle already, so why put them out of business for child-labor-produced products at a slightly lesser cost? Ten years down the road, we would see our downtown as just a bunch of empty shops that could not survive under the reign of the Wal-Mart era and I want more for our town.Meagan Lederman
The public owes nothing
I would like to be of assistance to the letter writer who complains that he has never received a discount or rebate for the educational taxes he has paid while his own kids attend a private Catholic school.
This is what you deserve for the ill-used investment of your hard-earned educational tax dollars: Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. Use it or lose it.
Guess what else? Since you and your kids are too special, smart, or pious to attend a public school, you get to pay for my ordinary kids to receive their pedestrian, publicly-funded educational experience. But I really do have some advice for you and others like you, who call my attitude "Catholic-bashing." I would feel exactly the same if you sent your extraordinary offspring to Lutheran, Muslim or Martian schools.
Either quietly continue to pay your taxes as well as your private tuition and continue getting the nothing you deserve from the public sector, or stop paying your taxes.
In fact, I prefer the latter. That way, you also will have negated your argument that school buses and cars of us less-worthy citizens use the same roads you pay for and soon enough, you won't be using them. Darryl Halbrooks
McConnell, time to retire
When Mitch McConnell was first elected to Congress in 1984, there were 37,876 coal jobs reported in Kentucky.
The latest numbers indicate 12,589 coal jobs in Kentucky at the end of 2013.
In all fairness, we probably should not hold him responsible for the loss of all 25,287 Kentucky coal industry jobs, but how can we believe him when he says he will protect the coal industry in the future when he has such a lousy track record?
Time to stop running against President Barack Obama. McConnell should retire as gracefully as possible to a life of absolute luxury.
John C. Wolff Jr.
Clinton in the White House
These lines, "The whole country is talking about Hillary," would fit well in a song like the old Mills Brothers tune about, "The whole town is talking about the Jones boy." For sure, Hillary Clinton does not lack name recognition.
Republicans in the know are aware Clinton has proven she is qualified to be president. They know she will be very hard to beat should she be the Democratic nominee in 2016. That's why Karl Rove and the GOP have already begun attempting to portray Clinton in negative ways, even before she has officially announced she's running.
If Clinton runs and wins the Democratic nomination, the Republican nominee will have a difficult time matching her sound mind and big heart. If she wins the presidency, will the "not-so-Grand Obstruction Party" vow to do everything they can to make sure she's a one-term president?
Defeating incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November would significantly lessen future Republican obstructionism. That would be good for Kentucky and America.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
You vote, you get it
America has apparently decided that obeying the Constitution is extremist and would rather take the non-extremist position that America should officially become a fascist police state.
Recent headlines from various Internet sources say: "White House 'picking up the pace' on executive actions," "Judicial Watch's IRS Investigation Leads Directly to Washington," "Obama VA Scandal: Racehorse California Chrome Gets Faster Health Care Ruling Than Our Veterans Left to Die."
The American voters have decided that the events chronicled above are to become the new American norm.
Our president has become a dictator, and he wields unlimited and unchecked power to force his dictates on Americans through the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Justice Department and the federal SWAT teams.
Will Rogers once said, "It's a good thing the American people aren't getting all the government they're paying for." Well, today they are getting it and they have voted for it.
History leads to the truth
"Christian faith, free speech are roots of nation's founding ideals," a May 27 column by professor J. Larry Hood. fails to address religious subversion in the United States of America.
The framers of the U.S. Constitution knew the violent history of religion in Europe from their personal experiences. Religion's pursuit of power and greed are the reason there is no established religion for the U.S.
Over the centuries, concerns regarding religion by the framers, science and true world history have proven their vision correct. Of course, Hood and the majority will disagree with my statement.
However, to learn the truth one has to pursue international history, not the myths published by bishops at the behest of a Roman emperor.
The First Amendment dictates Americans have the right to worship or not. However, the amendment does not guarantee their beliefs to be incorporated into government laws and policies.
Moreover, the framers believed in the integrity of those they charged to represent the people in Congress. However, when Congress became a daily vocation, integrity became a memory and they instead pursued power and greed.
Billy Ray Wilson