Experience, dependability for Council 3
I thank the Herald-Leader for giving me this opportunity to ask the voters of the 3rd District for their votes on Nov. 4
I thank the Herald-Leader editorial board for its endorsement in the May primary. The May 2 editorial said, "as chair of the budget and finance committee, he plays an important role in overseeing city finances. Ellinger would have no learning curve in understanding the inner workings of city government and his experience could benefit the district."
In the editorial on Sept. 30, the Herald-Leader editorial board said, "his experience, dependability and deep familiarity with the budget and city government's inner-workings would be assets."
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Although I was not endorsed by the five-person editorial board on Sept. 30, I am proudly endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors.
I thank the voters for giving me the opportunity to represent them on the council for the last 12 years as an at-large member. I want to take the experience and knowledge I have gained and apply it to the 3rd District. I will continue to be fiscally responsible, a watchdog for your tax dollars. I know it's your money we are spending and we have to be good stewards with it in providing basic services.
I ask the voters of the 3rd District for their votes on Nov. 4. For more information about my campaign, see www.ellingerforcouncil.com.
Candidate, 3rd Council District
Food stamps for candy OK for driver
Recently, I was at the Shell gas station on the corner of Edgewood Drive and U.S. 27. While I was paying for my purchase a cashier was talking to the cashier ringing up my purchase.
He was bragging about how members of his family had "a ton" of Halloween candy in their home. The cashier taking care of me asked "How do they have so much candy?" He replied, "Their food stamp card."
So, I'm standing there thinking about how my kids and I are barely making ends meet. I'm striving to keep a roof over our heads and doing it against great opposition.
We have nothing with which to celebrate my daughter's birthday. But I am so very grateful that the cashier's family has "a ton" of Halloween candy graciously provided by taxpayers.
Meanwhile I'm a criminal for riding my bike on the highway, shouldering the responsibility of my family and not making taxpayers support us.
P.S.: They drive a car so that must make it OK for them.
Flowers can wait
While coming down Richmond Road on my way to work at 7:45 a.m., I had the pleasure of sitting in heavy traffic for a ridiculously long time.
I had to wait for three cycles of the light to turn onto Martin Luther King because the traffic in front of me had nowhere to go, and no choice but to wait.
The culprit holding up the traffic even more than usual? A truck was crawling down the street while someone walking alongside it holding a hose watered the hanging baskets of flowers.
I'm not sure whose bright idea this was, but my suggestion is maybe this needs to happen at any other time besides rush hour on a Monday morning.
I'm pretty sure the flowers can wait, but my opinion is that the people on a schedule to get to work can't.
No fear, no Mitch
TeamMitch political ad you'll never see:
Sen Mitch McConnell one of the Founding Fathers of Citizens United: Corporations are people; people pay taxes, corporations pay politicians.
McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission: Buying elections isn't corruption, it's protection money with court retainers.
Elaine Chao, labor secretary for eight years, wasn't nepotism, simply rubber-stamping laws protecting the 1 percent.
TeamMitch guaranteed that minimum wage, equal pay, health care, worker safety, unemployment benefits, promised pensions would all die.
Billionaires and Wall Street want TeamMitch to make them richer by instilling fears about Alison Grimes into voters' hearts. Never mention McConnell's low poll numbers in Kentucky or his being the most disliked senator for his unprincipled "no" votes hurting people in every state.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, serving her first term, has earned national respect and McConnell's loathing. Warren knows Grimes will fight for Kentuckians, not billionaires.
No fears. "No" Mitch.
Coal and McConnell
Why is Alison Grimes not firing back at Mitch McConnell's phony war on coal?
McConnell knows, as well as any intelligent person does, that the decline in coal jobs in Kentucky is not due primarily to Environmental Protection Agency policies, but to the fact that depletion of coal deposits is making it more expensive to mine and consumers are switching to cheaper gas.
Instead of being a leader and finding alternatives to coal jobs, such as building factories to produce solar panels, McConnell demagogues about a war on coal.
Kentucky has lost thousands of coal jobs on McConnell's watch. Why would anyone think it will be any different if he's re-elected? Grimes needs to be asking Kentuckians that question.
If insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing expecting different results, then the election of McConnell to a sixth term would be insane.
I have to accept that there are people who share the same beliefs as a letter writer you published recently.
It is your publishing it that offends me.
Would you publish the rantings of an anti-Semite raving about how Henry Ford hated the Jews and we should too? Would you publish a racist letter about how the Bible is pro-slavery, so African-Americans should be put back in their places?
No of course you wouldn't.
There are standards of decency. Except, apparently, for the not-completely-evolved editor of this paper which promulgates other people's hate and ignorance and intolerance in the name of balance.
It seems the minimum standard for any letter you publish would be to fact-check it and not publish that which is not true.
Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality, for or against. The Bible is not any more anti-homosexuality than it is pro-murder or pro-incest. And anti-pornography? Why would you publish that?
I know why. Your standards are too low; your standards of decency in public discourse as well as of journalistic integrity.
The letter writer's attitude isn't Kentucky Proud, it is a Kentucky shame. Shame on you for giving it a wider voice.
Deadline for election letters is 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Letters limited to 150 words. No letter-writing campaigns or submissions from candidates' staffs or family members.