McConnell proven leader
With such a vital election facing us, as women we must not lose sight of the overall picture.
The U.S. Senate needs new majority leadership that will allow a vote on all issues, which means Kentucky's Senate race counts.
If we want good jobs, excellent health care, a sound education and cherished freedoms, we must elect someone positioned to lead us out of the present quagmire.
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Can we afford a neophyte who will occupy a back seat or will we vote for a proven leader, Mitch McConnell?
Can we afford someone with no Washington experience, no clout and no established relationships on either side of the aisle to represent Kentucky?
With record federal debt, a broken tax system, illegal immigration and America's weak global leadership position, this woman is going to vote for a proven leader positioned to be the next Senate majority leader.
Kynect can help economy
Gov. Steve Beshear predicted Kynect's creation would produce thousands of jobs in health care. With a half million new enrollees, there must be increases.
I am, therefore, confounded that Sen. Mitch McConnell keeps promising to take away this vital benefit.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) provides citizens the opportunity for healthier, longer lives. Capping at 20 percent what insurers can make on policies, investigating medical fraud, publishing medical fees and paying providers to keep people healthy rather than just treating symptoms are part of the law.
Most important, the law protects consumers from being denied coverage or dropped for serious illness.
Private enterprise plays a large role. Investors, such as I, have seen stock values climb. Health insurers, drug makers, pharmacies all benefit.
We in Eastern Kentucky regret the reductions in coal mining employment.
But we know that no substantial increases would happen even if the EPA rules were abolished. It is time to build our economy around something else. Health care is part of that something else.
Robert W. Vaughn
How ironic: The man who opposes all efforts to reform campaign finance laws is criticizing his opponent because her father may have given her a discount on renting a tour bus.
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell uses millions he has received from the wealthiest individuals and corporations to inflict upon us nearly nonstop TV commercials crying about Alison Grimes' campaign bus.
Lucky for him that he got to make the rules so that one candidate can't get a small break on a bus rental from her own daddy. But the other can get millions from his wealthy sugar daddies to ensure that he votes for them instead of average hard-working Kentuckians.
Voters should ask themselves: What, in 30-years as senator, has McConnell done to make my life better?
If you cannot answer, isn't it time to give someone else a try?
Democrats destroying U.S.
I read that some people are blaming the GOP for the problems of the country. Evidently they are not aware of who is running the show. The Democrats have been in charge for years. Most of the bills sent from the House to the Senate can't be heard because Senate Leader Harry Reid won't bring them up for a vote.
The country hasn't been in this bad shape since the British burned the White House: The world is in turmoil. ISIS is taking over Iraq, Americans are being beheaded and the Russians are invading Ukraine. Illegals are flooding our country, the debt is $18 trillion and 92 million people are out of work.
President Barack Obama's answer is fund-raising and playing golf. He has Reid and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi backing him up. A vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes will help Obama to continue his systematic destruction of the country.
No selling point
A current Mitch McConnell ad indicates that we have lost 7,000 coal-mining jobs on McConnell's watch.
What kind of a senator calls attention to Kentucky losing 7,000 coal-mining jobs on his watch?
John C. Wolff, Jr.
Mitch McConnell must have reasons for depending so heavily on negative advertising. Perhaps he believes that humans tend to be emotional, not rational. He could have a point.
McConnell blames President Barack Obama for any problem, a standard propaganda tool: Repeat a negative idea enough and people react, whether it is true or not.
He may want to incite so much anger and fear that voters will rise up to save the nation and elect him, whether he deserves such loyalty or not. Angry or fearful voting blocs tend to turn out in greater proportions.
McConnell must believe these techniques are signs of a competent successful politician. Here I disagree. When a politician supports policies void of relevant factual, historic or scientific support and attempts to hide this emptiness with cynical, negative inflammatory statements, he is no longer an effective representative of his constituents and should be removed from office.
Joseph P. Fox
Give Grimes a chance
A Mitch McConnell ad says we cannot trust Alison Grimes to do what is right for Kentucky. Well, we sure can trust McConnell to take care of the 1 percent.
McConnell's promise to do away with the "death tax" applies to inheritances exceeding $5 million. I know no one that helps. I know a lot of people who would gain from raising the minimum wage, which McConnell has voted against 13 times while voting himself a pay raise six times.
A lot of women would be helped by the equal pay law that McConnell voted against. Veterans would be better off if he had not blocked a vote on their benefits. Students would be better off if he had not voted against lower loan rates. McConnell voted for tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas and wants to take health insurance away from 500,000 Kentuckians.
Give Grimes a chance to make things better for everybody.
Deceit on 'death tax'
The implication in Sen. Mitch McConnell's ad that ending the "death tax" would benefit average farmers is blatantly false. The effort to repeal this tax is about advancing the wealth of the wealthy.
Since 2010, the gross assets of a deceased farmer or anyone else must exceed $5 million before an estate tax is assessed.
Only 1,928 of 77,064 Kentucky farms (or about 2.5 percent) would likely exceed this threshold, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Only farms larger than 500 acres have assets (land, buildings, equipment) that on average exceed even $1 million. The average Kentucky farm is less than 170 acres; most are less than 500 acres.
Nationally "million-dollar" farms comprise only 2 percent or about 47,600 farms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Although land, buildings and equipment are not the only assets to consider, few Kentuckians have to pay the estate tax.
This deceitful ploy shows McConnell needs Kentucky — not that Kentucky needs McConnell.