Give ride-share a chance in Ky.
Recently in Lexington I found transportation the same way hundreds of thousands of Americans in dozens of cities have: I opened my phone, tapped in a few details, and waited eight minutes for a personal driver to pick me up to take me to my destination.
Thanks to ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft, I can get convenient, affordable transportation with friendly drivers approved by former customers.
Ride-share is innovating personal transportation and creating tens of thousands of jobs. Uber alone is creating 20,000 jobs a month — people earning income using their personal vehicles to provide a needed service.
Ride-share is entrepreneurship at its best: developing new, better products and services and creating jobs. So what's not to like?
Lobbyists from the taxi industry are upset about the absurd regulations they face. But rather than open a dialogue about how our taxi rules are outdated, they are just asking for Uber and Lyft to get tied up with a new bundle of laws.
Let's remind legislators not to think short-term about our economy but to focus on the potential for new jobs, not the demands of special interests.
Regulation should be based on addressing clear public harms. Absent such harms, let's give a Kentucky welcome to ride-share.
The Sept. 1 poll results are quite informative but an important group is not mentioned. Sen. Mitch McConnell will get zero percent of the informed, rationally thoughtful, engaged and responsible voters.
Over the last few decades Republicans have adopted positions that are unconstitutional, anti-constitutional and bad for Americans. Their positions on abortion and non-heterosexual marriage are based on beliefs of particular religious groups and so conflict with the First Amendment.
They refuse to support effective regulation of gun access which results in over 100,000 tragic injuries and deaths annually.
They don't begin to face the health disaster caused by letting the tobacco industry continue to exist. Even Dr. Paul who became Sen. Paul has done nothing to reduce deaths from tobacco or guns.
Republicans continue policies that favor the wealthy and reduce benefits to the less well off. McConnell's and Republicans' refusal to increase the minimum wage is a glaring example.
White for judge-exec
I am proud to support Alayne White for Fayette County judge-executive. White has extensive experience at various levels of city, county and state government, and she has always served with diligence and integrity. With her hard work, intelligence, common sense and compassion, White embodies the term "good government." She will serve in this position with the same level of expertise and dedication she has shown in the past and deserves our support on Nov. 4.
Does not compute
A U.S. senator running for re-election openly opposes every major proposal that would benefit his state.
He promises a group of billionaire moguls to continue to oppose those proposals and continue obstructionist tactics that grind our government to a halt.
His former campaign manager is being investigated for bribery while working for Ron Paul's presidential campaign, and a principal in a firm employed by the senator's campaign delivered the bribe money.
The number of coal jobs in his state has declined by over two-thirds during his 30 years in office. He's gone to the coal regions once every six years and promised to work on legislation to save coal jobs. He doesn't return for six years and says creating jobs for his state isn't his job.
How can such a senator go up in the polls? Obviously, this state isn't getting its money's worth for the dollars it spends on education.
Refuse GOP handshake
Call Kentucky Republicans what they are, representatives for wealthy and corporate interests.
Informative examples are the Herald-Leader editorial about the confluence of Sen. Mitch McConnell and billionaire extremists Koch brothers. and the report about the 6th District's Tea Partier Congressman Andy Barr's legislation-for-money exchange with big banks and Wall Street.
If Republicans take over the state legislature, expect an avalanche of special interest bills, such as "right-to-work" that's more accurately described as "right-to-work-for-less."
GOP-controlled states show what Kentuckians will face if Republicans take over:
Tax cuts for the rich at the expense of taxpayers; gutting public education; assault on women's health and bodies; destroying unions; gerrymandering/redistricting/voter suppression; denying Medicaid expansion; appointing "emergency managers" to take over cities, school districts, property, water to sell to highest bidder.
On Nov. 4, Kentuckians should wash their hands of the GOP campaign "Handshake with Kentucky."