Constitution Day's teachable moment
A point was missed in the article about the racist candidate allowed to speak at Constitution Day at the University of Kentucky.
I certainly don't agree with the views of Robert Ransdell, who has declared himself a Kentucky write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate. However, he does have the right to state those views.
If the 14-to 18-year-olds are old enough to hear mainstream candidates, they are old enough to hear everyone who is running. According to the Herald-Leader article, all certified U.S. Senate candidates were invited to attend.
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Just about every day, candidates say things that offend me — especially in their ads.
Some of those students are old enough to vote now. The purpose of the event was to make students aware of the candidates' different views. The event should have been quite enlightening for them.
The students need to hear what every candidate has to say. Otherwise, they could just cast a vote for Ransdell without even knowing his "platform." I hope they were offended by what he said.
Talk about teachable moments. I would love to have been with the students on the ride home.
Annabel S. Girard
Coal miners betrayed
Mitch McConnell has missed another opportunity to represent the interests of Kentucky's coal miners. Recent reports by national health officials raised the alarm that coal miners are facing the highest rates of black lung disease since the 1970s. Black lung is preventable and incurable. Kentuckians applaud senators Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., for introducing legislation to give miners afflicted a fairer opportunity to compensation for medical costs by updating decades-old standards and requirements.
For too long McConnell has failed to support and protect miners while cozying up to mine-operator supporters. He has not added his name to this bill. Instead it is a virtual certainty he will block it from even getting a vote, just like he has done other bills that would help workers and move our country forward.
It is time to retire McConnell and stop his brand of cynical obstructionist politics once and for all.
President, Kentucky AFL-CIO
According to a Sept. 15 article, "the deadliest form of black lung disease is at 40-year high in Eastern Kentucky."
One would think Sen. "Friend of Coal" Mitch McConnell would be clamoring to sponsor legislation to ensure fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung.
No, that legislation is being sponsored by senators Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa. Let's see if McConnell will even support the bill when it's introduced.
Alison "Annie Oakley" Grimes, grab the gun and go after the medical field. The "I treat and not cure" plan is what is wrong with Medicare. Obamacare? Obamacure? Why would they want to cure anything if you still have a dollar in your pocket?
Our failed medical system has been spiraling to its extinction and Obamacare is just going to carry it on for a little longer. Wonder how many cures the pharmaceutical industry is sitting on?
Floyd C. Shipley
All need clean water
Kentucky is blessed with lots of freshwater. But a lot of that freshwater is at risk.
The Clean Water Act, intended to protect our waterways from pollution, is under attack from industry groups who desire to pollute, cover or destroy critical waterways.
Most everyone knows that we need clean water to live. We can't drink water polluted with toxic chemicals and heavy metals. We'd get sick, likely die, as would animals and aquatic life. Businesses don't want to locate somewhere with polluted water.
Over 40 years ago, after seeing rivers polluted with oil, gas, industrial chemicals and even catching fire, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to ensure our large rivers and small streams, as well as wetlands and lakes, were protected from the many pollution sources in our economy.
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects seasonally flowing waters, like small streams in the mountains or those that begin with springs throughout the Bluegrass. Join Kentucky Waterways Alliance and support EPA's efforts to monitor and reduce pollution in seasonally-flowing streams and wetlands so that downstream drinking and recreational waters are protected.
Visit KWAlliance.org/WOTUS where you can learn about EPA's effort and how to submit comments.