Historical amnesia affects letter writer
I chuckled at the recent letter saying this country hasn't been in such bad shape since the British burned the White House.
Really? Is it worse now than when 750,000 Americans died and the South was decimated during the Civil War? Or when millions — including 100,000 Americans — died in the first war to spread across the planet?
Is it worse than when America faced a depression so deep that people starved to death? How was our debt then?
Is it worse than when millions more were killed, including 600,000-plus Americans, and our most insidious weapon was deployed?
Or when wars in Asia killed millions more (150,000 Americans) and caused conflict around the globe?
Is it worse now than when citizens marched in the streets, kids were killed on campuses, presidents and other leaders were assassinated?
Is it worse than the early 1980s when you were lucky to have a job, and if you did you couldn't buy anything because interest rates were 15 percent?
Anyone who thinks things are worse now than the fall and winter of 2008, much less the history of the past 150 years, has a short memory or does not live in reality.
Stein pension hypocrisy
If you are retired and receive a monthly pension from the Kentucky Retirement Systems. look at Sen. Kathy Stein's voting record while a member of the Kentucky General Assembly.
She voted for a bill that Gov. Steve Beshear wanted passed in the 2013 General Assembly to cut future pension benefits. Now ask yourself why she received her appointment to the Fayette Circuit Court seat she now holds due to the appointment by Beshear.
With this appointment, she was able to increase her pension account from a senator to a circuit court judge because she voted to cut employee pensions.
Voters should now know how to vote in the 22nd judicial race for Fayette County family court judge. Don't vote for Stein; she didn't vote for state employees as a member of our General Assembly.
James Jeffrey Coleman
Witt for sheriff
As a former deputy sheriff, I know firsthand the hard work Kathy Witt has performed in the sheriff's office.
She is a true professional and has restored integrity to the office by being a Christian, helping victims of domestic violence and enforcing the sex offenders law.
I urge the citizens of Fayette County to vote for Witt.
Donald P. Highbarger
It's about waste
It's about kids, except in cases of big-time administrative costs, big-time travel costs and big-time superintendent costs. Grrrrr.
Build on campus
The big foul was committed by Mayor Jim Gray and company. The foul was the $5 million spent for plans to remodel Rupp Arena, which were rejected by the state Senate.
The citizens do not get any free throws, just the bill.
The University of Kentucky basketball team needs a new home:
Where should it be? By Commonwealth Stadium. There would be no land cost as UK owns the land. Parking problems would be solved by using the same parking used for football games.
How do we pay for it? Gov. Steve Beshear offered $80 million and Gray offered approximately $60 million that included remodeling the current arena. Surely they would make those commitments on a new Rupp Arena.
Possible private contributions might be available. A wealthy individual or a large corporation might pay a few million dollars to have their name on the arena. The remainder of the financing could be Kentucky basketball bonds or industrial revenue bonds.
Let's build it now.
Praise for Obama
Sen. Mitch McConnell's message has been: A vote for him is a vote against President Barack Obama.
Obama supported jobs, infrastructure investments, extending unemployment, increasing the minimum wage and retraining of workers for new jobs. McConnell opposed every one of those efforts.
Obama supported immigration reform. McConnell and the GOP blocked it.
Obama passed health care reform. McConnell wants to pull it out root and branch.
Obama supports deficit reductions by increasing revenue and reducing spending. McConnell wants deficit reductions by decreased social spending and tax cuts for the wealthy.
Obama supports equal pay for equal work and protection of women against violence. McConnell does not.
Obama wakes up every day asking, "What can I do to help make life better for Americans?" McConnell woke up asking, "How can I ensure Obama is a one-term president?"
McConnell supports more division, distrust and obstruction. Can Kentucky voters support more of that?
A better vision of Lexington's future
Why should we choose the three candidates most intimately connected to our past failures: losing a post office, national business headquarters gone with none replaced, our famous equine industry threatened by a lack of regional planning.
Have you noticed that decisions on homelessness, affordable housing and home fleet come up only during election years, which money-saving issues do not?
I have a better vision.
You elected me as your judge-executive to eliminate a wasteful and unnecessary office — mine — and I chose this opportunity to rally the city behind my constitutional quest.
While practicing law in criminal courts for 40 years, I recognized the PTSD and addictions my fellow veterans were suffering, so I initiated Lexington's Veterans Treatment Court.
Long have I advocated for prison and immigration reform, felon voting and hemp regionalization. Now I propose jail reform, which has the potential to save millions of dollars by reducing the time served by the mentally ill, addicts and minorities in "crime school" for lesser criminal offenses.
Our metropolis has grown beyond county boundaries. My work with other county officials has reinforced my conviction that we will never adequately control sprawl, attract industrial and job growth, protect our environment and save farmland without a regional planning authority (authorized by statute) like our planning commission.
A Sept. 14 editorial noted a lack of regional transportation planning but failed to recognize me for my signature issue.
Elect me to guide the Urban County Council to work with officials of surrounding counties, heeding their concerns and solving our mutual problems.
Jon S. Larson
Candidate, council at-large