Be careful how you use political labels
In this campaign season that could prove to be a true watershed, I request that no one equate conservative with Republican.
It is offensive to conservatives to be considered equivalent to Republicans, as it implies that true conservatives lack the intelligence to see the bigger picture and avoid short-term shallow gains at the expense of individual freedoms.
Likewise, equating the word "liberal" with Democrat must be avoided, as that offends traditional liberals.
True conservatives and liberals, in the traditional sense, will defend basic freedoms and oppose authoritarian means to deny those freedoms, even if they do not personally care for the affected parties.
However, Republicans and Democrats are each willing to suppress basic freedoms if it furthers partisan interests, even if it will work to their disadvantage when the opposing party inevitably regains power.
Whereas, true conservatives and traditional liberals, and maybe some truly principled Republicans or Democrats, would be repelled by such a prospect.
By using "right" and "left" exclusively, the general intent of the media to accurately describe a party's fascist positions will be conveyed without unnecessarily offending conservatives, traditional liberals or Republicans and Democrats who do not subscribe to their respective party's right and left wings.
William F. Doyle
Recently I sent an e-mail to all our city council members. The subject was the current state of the CentrePointe project and concern our tax dollars would be used to complete the project. I feel there are many needs in Lexington that are more important, such as the up keep of our roads and the completion of the sewer updates.
I'm very disappointed in the little response from the council. Within 24 hours, Bill Farmer responded "Regards."
Ten days later, Steve Kay sent a two paragraph response stating he is watching the situation. That has been it. My own council person did not respond.
I taught 27 years in Fayette County Public Schools. I made every effort to respond to notes, emails and phone calls within 24 hours. It wasn't easy, it was time consuming, it was often frustrating and it was time away from my husband and children. But each parent needed to know I had received and read the correspondences.
I hope each council member will do better in the future to responding in a timely fashion to all communication.
Questions for a challenger
I have known Sheriff Kathy Witt since she was first elected in 1998. She has proven to our community the reasons she should be re-elected.
Although Witt's opponent would like the voters to believe he is more qualified, there are questions he must answer regarding his qualifications.
Where was he employed after graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center? How long was he employed as a federal law enforcement officer and why he is no longer employed? What training and experience does he have to manage $270 million a year in tax collections when he couldn't even keep his own finances in order, necessitating his filing of bankruptcy in 2013?
Finally, what allows him to claim he is a "true law enforcement professional?" I can assure voters that there is only one in this election. As an old Reagan Republican, the vote I cast will be to keep Witt as sheriff.
Mark A. Wohlander
Cost of Tea Party loyalty
Congressmen Andy Barr boasts he saved the taxpayers money by returning $50,000 to the Treasury, by spending $300,000 less on personnel and $20,000 less in office rent."
What Barr omitted from this boasting is his support for the 16-day government shutdown which accomplished nothing and cost $300 million per day, or $4.8 billion.
Barr's savings come from not spending money in his district and is dwarfed by his support of the Tea Party shutdown.
A congress member should possess a rudimentary understanding of mathematics, but Barr doesn't because he is a Tea Party ideologue.
Elisabeth Jensen understands the complexities of economics and will represent the district by doing more than posing for pictures. Voters, stop complaining and vote.
Having it both ways
Mitch McConnell says he will defeat the Bloomberg-Obama gun control initiative.
Sounds good — until you know his wife, Elaine Chao, serves on Bloomberg Philanthropies, which is anti-gun, and anti-coal fired power plants with an initiative titled "Beyond Coal."
Chao received only $9,600 for serving on the board, so she must be dedicated to its programs.
This works well for McConnell. He can tell conservatives that they are with them, and his wife can tell liberals that they are with them.
When she was secretary of labor, they said she was tough on unions when talking to coal operators.
However, she was in charge of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and her inspectors were aggressive in issuing citations to union and non-union mines.
Consider this: Are McConnell's programs winning in Kentucky> No. Are his wife's programs winning? Yes. If you elect McConnell, whose programs are going to be put in place?
David O. Smith