Politicians should level with voters
I have had many calls recently from politicians wanting support. I have asked certain questions. What is their stand on the war in the Middle East and on medical marijuana? How are they going to help the middle class for whom benefits are becoming non-existent? How about term limits?
I have been told "they" do not like to disclose such things until they have been elected as not to offend anyone and lose a vote.
For myself I would love to see a candidate have the guts to say how they feel about such issues and how they plan on addressing them, because that is the kind of person I want to vote for.
Please just tell people what you have done and what you plan on doing. Stop the negativity against your opponent. If you make a commitment, honor it. If you take on an obligation, fulfill it.
Your honesty and reliability should be evident to all. When you give your word, keep it.
Bledsoe in the 10th
I am proud to support Amanda Mays Bledsoe for the Lexington council's 10th District.
Bledsoe has the most relevant experience to lead our city. With most of our local budget spent on public safety, she has a master's degree in international affairs with an emphasis in national security and has taught college courses on homeland security. At the Council of State Governments, she worked on public safety, environmental protection and economic development.
Bledsoe has also served through several non-profit organizations. She chaired the board of a health clinic that provided quality care to at-risk women and helped found Her Knight, which has raised over $60,000 for parenting initiatives.
Bledsoe is fiscally responsible and would not have traveled to Frankfort lobbying in support of increasing taxes and debt to pay for Rupp Arena. She was the first candidate to commit to holding office hours in the district on a regular basis.
After reading the latest John Rosemond column, I am now very bitter that my parents deprived me of the good ol' days experience where children were so obedient and well behaved.
In spite of my public and private school education (I was born in 1947) in four states, in both rural and urban schools, I never got to experience the world that Rosemond describes — where strong, noble parents had well adjusted, obedient, respectful offspring — in the classroom and out.
I guess the "bad boys" — almost always unable to read, perhaps with what we softies now call "learning disorders" — must have dropped from another planet.
On the other hand, I am glad that I can distinguish fantasy from reality, and the reality I lived in was far more complex, nuanced and interesting than the simplistic world view of Rosemond.
When performance tapers off, even our most powerful Thoroughbreds are retired and turned out to pasture. So it is with professional politicians like Mitch McConnell.
The young senator we sent to Washington has morphed into a selfish power broker.
This year, McConnell broke his promise to Kentucky farmers and let the farm bill lapse while he raised money and played partisan politics. For five years, he has skipped most of his committee meetings, including the Agriculture Committee.
McConnell has led a record number of filibusters; voted to raise his salary six times; amassed millions in personal wealth, and just last month outlined his strategy of governing by threat, extortion and shut-down.
That's why I will vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes. She'll work to open up foreign markets for Kentucky farmers and make it easier for them to secure permits and loans. She will never let the farm bill lapse.
Stacy V. Bearse