Ky. efforts to eradicate pot wasted money
On the same day I read that the state was running a $91 million budget deficit, I also read that our state is going to spend millions of dollars to fly helicopters to look for harmless marijuana plants, kill them and arrest the farmers who try to grow them.
This is a huge waste of tax dollars. The public no longer wants to see marijuana users go to jail. Police are addicted to the wild spending and power that come with the drug war.
The war against marijuana has failed. Marijuana won. Our police and politicians are like the Japanese soldiers who kept fighting years after they lost the war.
We can help to eliminate deficits by cutting spending for commando-style weed-pulling trips.
Get big government out of our lives. Let capitalism speak when it comes to marijuana; let the consumer decide if he wants to buy it or not. Artificial market restraints do not work.
Let the free market decide if marijuana should be legal, not politicians or police.
Lets face it, they are afraid of its popularity.
Put cops on streets
When our state doesn't have enough money, why are police gearing up to eradicate a weed other states are selling to make huge amounts of money? I do not want my tax dollars going toward this huge waste of money we don't have.
People would rather have police on our streets to take care of the violence and the murders going on instead of riding around in helicopters looking for weed that could help someone who is sick.
I want criminals, not people who smoke pot, filling up our jails.
Surprise, our state was $90 million short on tax revenues. This shortfall seems to blossom every year.
For 25 years, Frankfort has debated tax reform. We know the tax code is antiquated, inadequate and not fair to any particular class of taxpayer. But don't panic, this is manageable.
If this was the plot of a Broadway play, it might verge on the comical. As reality, it is tragic.
This is an election year. Voters must do their duty. They are responsible for this recurring nightmare.
End the blame game
On Dec. 23, 2008 George W. Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The intent was to stop human trafficking from South America into the U.S.
President Barack Obama, in following the 2008 law, is now criticized for not deporting the illegal alien minors flooding across the southwest border.
If he uses executive authority to skirt the edges of the law, we're sure he'll be criticized for exceeding his authority. It's a "damned if he does and damned if he doesn't" position.
We suggest the House (Andy Barr do your job) should propose and pass a bill on to the Senate (Mitch McConnell do your job) that would fix the immigration problem.
Impossible, you say? Well, it used to be that members of Congress actually did something called compromise that resulted in legislation that the president would sign into law. Expecting the president to run the country all by himself and then complaining about what he does isn't good for the country.
Joe and Kathy Crouch
Border security lies
Former president George W. Bush said we have an immigration-proof wall between the Mexico and the United States borders. There are many surveillance cameras, movement sensors, National Guard troops, border patrol and helicopters.
Yet, we now have unescorted minors coming across the border. Not to mention pregnant women with toddlers.
What gives? Is the government that incompetent or just lying? Where is the objective reporting, did the media believe government propaganda? Seems like more money down the drain.
Crime war continues
Heroin and gunfire in the streets of Lexington. Why, where and who?
According to a map on the front page of the Herald-Leader, the gunfire is happening north of Main Street.
A growing number of heroin fatalities are middle-class educated whites.
Where is the heroin coming from? The same place the gunfire is. It is a turf war.
This has been a 15-year cycle in Lexington. I was a probation-parole officer in Lexington for three years and a cop for 21 years. Police numbers are down due to attrition. Modern policing has been eradicated by political correctness.
Fewer cops and less aggressive policing create a vacuum in the north end of town, which is filled with villians unafraid of apprehension or punishment.
What can stop it? At this point, nothing. Citizens are terrified of being killed and will not testify in court, which leaves the cops without evidence.
Aggressive police work will have to be allowed and supported, or the alternative is a city like Chicago.
As Shakespeare said, "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" There is no doubt this is a war, not victimless crime.
Internet costs high
I have noticed the governor's initiative to secure high speed Internet for Eastern Kentucky. I commend him on his efforts. I him not to forget the rest of the commonwealth.
I live four miles outside of Harrodsburg and cannot get broadband Internet or cable TV. I did use a wireless company that offers a $40-a-month plan with a maximum download speed of .75 Mbps, which is hardly broadband speed.
The company offers speeds up to 3 Mbps for more money but you are still not to broadband speeds that allow you to stream Netflix or Hulu or update your GPS, or anything using large amounts of data.
Last winter I got 21 Mbps service in Florida for less than $20 per month. If they can do that in Florida, why can't we do it in Kentucky?
Garland Van Zant
Try this comparison
Want to hear something shocking?
Robertson is the smallest county in Kentucky with 2,282 people, Jefferson County is the biggest with about 750,000, or about 329 for each Robertson resident. Let's compare the Centers for Disease Control numbers for death:
■ Parkinson's disease: Robertson 1, Jefferson 21
■ Liver disease: Robertson 3, Jefferson 52
■ Blood poisoning: Robertson 1, Jefferson 35
■ Kidney disease: Robertson 31, Jefferson 59
Robertson is at the mouth of Licking River, which is dead water because of mining chemicals. Now the people of Robertson are the walking dead. How could this get by our government? Simple, they care more about coal than people. The proof is in the numbers. And this is not happening on Mars but in Kentucky.
Bradley S. Hayes
Invest in life
While The Hobby Lobby decision focused on companies being required to insure contraception, it also brought to mind again the question of whether or not tax money should be spent on reproductive issues.
There is the basic biological fact that babies are an absolute necessity. Without them we become extinct. That being the case, where should our tax dollars best be spent?
Viagra and products like that can help create new life by making a male human able to perform the deed of fertilizing the egg.
Contraceptive devices of any kind are designed to prevent new life. Abortion is a surgical procedure which kills new life.
That being the case, where should our tax dollars be spent? Creating new life, preventing new life or killing the new life before it can be born?
Kindness of strangers at Breyerfest
This was the first year that we attended Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park. We got in a line we thought was going to take us to an event and were confused and asked two girls and their mother what to do. They told us they were waiting in line to pick the model horse they give out when you buy a ticket. They had three-day tickets and were getting a large model horse. We had just entered for one day.
Out of the blue one of the girls gave my daughter her ticket to get a horse and we were so shocked that she would do that and said they didn't need it because they had the other tickets. They were just the most giving young ladies I have ever met. They made my daughter's day. Just true kindness from strangers who gave from the heart.
What we saw of Lexington was beautiful.