ISIS not the real threat to America
ISIS terrorists and other like-minded groups have never been, and will never be, a threat to America. The real threat to our way of life is the gerrymandered, dysfunctional electorate coupled to the exaggerated threats hawked by our elected leaders.
Our elected leaders refuse to learn from lessons of history. ISIS terrorists would not be in Iraq today if Saddam Hussein was still in charge of that nation. True, he was an evil leader, but just look at the greater evils his absence has spawned, not counting the grievous blood-and-dollar cost to America.
We are more vulnerable to terrorists in 2014 than we were the day before 9/11/01. If there had been an ounce of uncontaminated intelligence among our leaders on 9/12/01, they would have sealed our borders so tight that a field mouse could not have crossed.
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The only real threat to our way of life will remain so as long as the electorate turns a blind eye to the lawless, irresponsible conduct of our elected leaders in Congress and the White House.
I am absolutely certain that the people who would say that Alison Lundergan Grimes is unfit to be our senator because she campaigns with President Bill Clinton and thereby condones his reprehensible acts are the same rabid supporters/deniers/condoners of the reprehensible acts of George W. Bush/Mitch McConnell, which include:
Failure to prevent 9/11.
Lying the United States' way into two unwinnable, ongoing wars which have cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
The worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.
Give us a break.
Work for wages
By increasing the minimum wage, who is that going to help? No one. If businesses are forced to pay more they charge customers more or keep the best workers and work them harder. So prices and unemployment go up.
If people want to earn more money, develop a trade or skill, take courses to get a degree, take additional part-time work or take more responsibility where they are. Most jobs that are minimum wage don't take much skill or training.
The ones who are pushing this are politicians who do it to get votes. Union leaders are pushing it so they can up their salaries. Other people pushing this are the uninformed who haven't thought about the long-term repercussions. How would you like to pay $3 for your $1 drink at the drive through?
If the entry level is not where someone wants to be they need to take responsibility to improve themselves. If not, it is not the middle class' responsibility to pay for their lack of drive.
Harry Van Epps
Focus on issues, not ads
Political reporter Sam Youngman gets it right that the majority of Kentuckians voted for Mitt Romney because he wasn't Barack Obama. Now Mitch McConnell is using the same twisted argument.
Demonizing President Obama may have worked in 2012, but I believe voters are catching on to tactics designed to divert attention from real issues.
Instead of listening to McConnell's promises to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, ask him how he plans to provide health care to those who are now covered for the first time in their lives.
Demand answers from McConnell about "Obama's war on coal." Why does the Environmental Protection Agency see a need for regulation? Why does McConnell see no need?
When McConnell argues that raising the minimum wage in Kentucky will cause businesses to close, ask him to tell us exactly how the higher hourly wage affected the 21 states with wages above the federal minimum.
There is an epic battle raging over whether America will be a democracy governed by the people or a plutocracy ruled by corporations and the ultra-rich. Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes sit on opposite sides of this debate. More than any lawmaker, McConnell is the face of eliminating campaign finance limits.
Grimes agrees with an overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose the toxic influence of money in politics and believe no one should be allowed to buy our elected officials by spending unlimited amounts influencing elections.
McConnell is the No. 1 recipient of contributions from lobbyists and his Karl Rove-affiliated super PACs are clogging airwaves with attack ads devoid of substance.
Grimes is a champion for real people and we can count on her to support us over special interests or corporations. Our democracy could depend on this election.
James E. Daniel