Freedom isn't smoke-free
With its shelves full of liquor, CVS is hypocritical to boast of no longer selling tobacco products. CVS sells prescription drugs and alcohol to customers in the same transaction even though the combination can cause adverse reactions.
The chances of an adverse reaction from combining tobacco and prescription medicines is .05 percent. Very few drugs are labeled with tobacco warnings unlike the 90 percent-plus that warn against alcohol use.
Our governor's ban on using tobacco on government sidewalks is beyond comprehension. Tobacco users have been compliant about going outdoors, where there is less likelihood of secondhand smoke exposure, to use their products.
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Kentuckians are outraged by the "war on coal," yet have nothing to say about the war on tobacco.
When we permit health care to dictate our lives there will be no freedom for anyone. If tobacco were as devastating to health as they claim, it would not be legal.
I hope Lexington does not follow our governor's lead and discriminate against law abiding citizens who have already been tossed out of the workplace, thrown to the curb, and now, by Kentucky government, are being denied their right to pursue what makes them happy.
It's incredible that any woman would even think of voting for Mitch McConnell. His record is blatantly anti-woman.
McConnell's "nay" votes include: Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, 2013; Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, 2012; Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, 2009; equal pay bill, 2008; Paycheck Fairness Act, 2012.
McConnell also voted "nay" on the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization and expansion, 2009; CHIP reauthorization, 2007; and Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment, 1996.
I also find it incredible that anyone who receives federal benefits would vote for members of the party that has consistently tried to take those benefits away. It is a classic example of voting against your own interest.
Conservatives have voted no on a great number of equal rights issues. Suffice it to say, conservatives have no concerns for those who are not wealthy or powerful.
Action on hunger challenge
Abundant thanks to the hundreds of caring, generous citizens who participated in the Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk Sept. 28.
The diligence, creativity and hard work of our team, recruiters, volunteers, Second Presbyterian Church and friends made for a resounding success.
Kudos to the Herald-Leader and WKYT staffs for our media blitz promoting the hunger-fighting mission of Church World Service and God's Pantry Food Bank.
We were honored to have the Rev. John McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, and John Dolon, its Kentucky-Indiana field director, walk with us. Thanks to councilman Steve Kay for presenting us Mayor Jim Gray's Walk Day Proclamation.
Sept. 30 was the end of Hunger Action Month but definitely not the end of hunger for our neighbors here and worldwide. Over half of God's Pantry clients are children and seniors struggling with hunger. More than 60 percent of the world's hungry are women.
I challenge every person with the means to dine at a restaurant, bar or brewery to match the amount spent with a donation to either www.crophungerwalk.org or www.godspantry.org. You will make a difference in the lives of all our brothers, sisters and children in need.
CROP Hunger Walk coordinator
Attack ads against Alison Lundergan Grimes say she is supported by President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as if that is a bad thing. They are Democrats, like Grimes, and elected officials accountable to voters.
Sen. Mitch McConnell is supported by unknown people making the attack ads. It is hard to tell who made which ad but the biggest purveyors of negative ads are the Koch brothers, Carl Rove and Grover Norquist. None of them has been elected to office; Rove and Norquist became wealthy by making campaign ads that deliberately distort the truth.
Who would you prefer as your elected representative? Someone like Grimes, supported by elected officials with public agendas who are accountable to voters? Or someone like McConnell, supported by anonymous billionaires and millionaires who are using their money to buy influence for an unknown private agenda?
'In your face' ad
The most impressive and my favorite ad on our local TV in the race for the Senate seat presently held by Mitch McConnell is the one in which a military veteran who suffered from Agent Orange says, in your face, "Senator, I did my job. Why don't you do yours?"
A tireless advocate with fresh ideas
Four generations of my family grew up in the 10th District, so I know its neighborhoods, parks and schools. I have a strong background in public policy relating to economic development, public safety and environmental protection.
As a leader in the nonprofit community, I will combine my policy knowledge with an "outside the bureaucratic box" thinking which will generate fresh solutions for our city, not the same old ideas of the past.
I will put our kids first by enhancing our neighborhood parks and increasing public safety. I am endorsed by our police and firefighters because of my experience and commitment to emergency management. We need presence in our neighborhoods to decrease speeding, reduce traffic congestion and prevent break-ins.
I will hold regular district office hours to create better access for our constituents. I will create a president's council with our neighborhood presidents to ensure all areas of the district have their voices heard.
While Harry Clarke pushed for higher taxes and more debt for Rupp Arena renovations, I will support alternative funding solutions. I will support a balanced approach to sustainable growth and believe the public must be included in an inclusive and transparent process.
I will be a tireless advocate for an open and accountable government, for resources devoted to the priorities of basic infrastructure, for our children's educational opportunities and for the best economic environment for job creation.
Leadership makes a difference and I invite you to learn more at amandaforlex.com.
Amanda Mays Bledsoe
Candidate, Council 10th District
Deadline for election letters is 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Letters are limited to 150 words. No letter writing campaigns.