Having known Judge John Schrader within the business community for almost 19 years, my faith in his judgment and expertise in the legal field is rock solid.
His experiences while on the bench continue to help our community by dealing with families with compassion and straightforwardness.
Schrader has worked diligently as a leader and advocate of Fayette County's Veterans Treatment Court. This program, opened last October, helps veterans get support and treatment for physical and psychological problems as an alternative to going to jail.
The support of and advocacy for this program is one of many ways Schrader is active in the lives of the people of Fayette County.
From a personal perspective, I can attest to his love for and heartfelt commitment to the wellbeing of a family, which would be the best attribute for a family court judge to have.
Please consider experienced, compassionate, straightforward Schrader on election Tuesday.
Angela Evans dedicated
Angela Evans will make an outstanding 6th District councilwoman. She will represent constituents with enthusiasm, honesty and vigor.
She exhibited leadership, integrity, trustworthiness and the ability to work for others when she was a student in my classroom.
These same attributes continue to be evident in her success as an attorney.
Evans' experiences working in former Secretary of State Trey Grayson's office have prepared her to be knowledgeable of government issues and needs of people in Kentucky and in her community.
Her background and expertise in government will enable her to serve citizens well and make fair, informed and wise decisions promoting the effectiveness of the council.
Vote for Evans, a dedicated, hardworking council candidate who will strive to make Lexington and Fayette County a safe, progressive, productive and appealing place to live.
Mining jobs and McConnell
When Mitch McConnell was first elected to represent us in the Senate, there were 37,876 coal mining jobs in Kentucky.
When he ran for re-election six years later (and with Republican presidents the entire time), there were 30,498 mining jobs — a drop of almost 20 percent.
Six years later, after 12 years on the job, we had lost half of our mining jobs, with only 18,826 remaining.
Today, we have approximately 7,300 mining jobs remaining. That's an astounding loss of 80 percent under McConnell's "leadership," yet he blames job losses on the current president and says only he can prevent further losses? What has he been doing for the past 30 years?
Kentucky can't afford another six years of McConnell catering to the Washington elite at the expense of our citizens.
Think we're stupid?
The Kentucky Republican Party must believe Kentucky Republicans are ignorant.
Its recent mailer propagates myths, lies and hysteria that are an insult to U.S. 6th Congressional District Republicans:
¦ Do they really expect us to believe anything originating from the Heritage Foundation? Obamacare was created by the Heritage Foundation.
¦ The guy who runs CNSNews.com was called a "hater" by Karl Rove's American Crossroads.
¦ That story on CN2 was actually explaining that 280,000 Kentuckians were being cheated by illegal health insurance scams.
¦ Townhall.com uses the FOX news model that fails to distinguish between pathetic attempts at legitimate journalism placed adjacent to blatant opinion.
But we are too smart to fall for that ruse.
Elisabeth Jensen has guts. She champions creative ideas that will only fail to benefit our state and our country if the likes of Andy Barr continue with their one word vocabulary — no.
Harry Clarke responsive
I have never met Harry Clarke in person, but I can say with great certainty that he's an outstanding representative on the Urban County Council.
Every time I've e-mailed him about an issue, I have received a prompt, personal and detailed reply. He understands the issues and clearly explains what the council is doing. Some other council members don't respond at all or have a staff person reply with a generic template.
Clarke is a very effective communicator and he listens to what his constituents have to say. I hope the voters of the 10th District return him to office for another term. We need public servants of his caliber.
Good move by White
Come Election Day, Fayette County voters will have two choices in the race for judge-executive. Only one, however, is committed to serving the office in the most professional and diligent manner.
Alayne White, with her many years of involvement in government and public advocacy, is the choice I encourage voters make.
I have only known her for a few short years, but in that time I've witnessed her tireless efforts to improve Fayette County as a volunteer. I was thrilled to see that she decided to take a further step in representing all of us and our great city.
Fayette County deserves a judge-executive who will take the role seriously and perform the prescribed duties with honor and integrity. White is the only real choice.
Help get rid of Reid
If you want Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid removed from his office, you must vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell, even if you don't like him. The result will be worth it if Republicans take back the Senate. McConnell will become majority leader, and Reid will be gone.
Don't vote with haters
The haters are winning because politicians without issues or commendable voting records know hating is the way to win national elections in Kentucky.
The haters want us to blame President Barack Obama for every bad thing and every good thing that they now say is bad, such as stopping wars and bringing troops home.
If we care about the people who now have health care for the first time, families who could be lifted from poverty if the minimum wage were raised, poor children who need school lunches, students who need help with college loans, teachers who shouldn't have to pay for educational supplies, veterans who need help, families who need protection from coal dust and contaminated water and women who need equal rights and freedom from violence, don't vote with the haters, some of whom may hate Obama simply because he is only half-white.
Vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Pragmatist for McConnell
It seems to me that the upcoming Senate election provides a more than reasonable chance for our commonwealth to elect a person who may very well end up serving as U.S. Senate majority leader if the Republican Party wins enough seats.
For a state the size of Kentucky, that would be quite the representation in Washington, D.C. For the pure partisan voters (on both sides), I am confident they will vote for their party candidate.
However, I would think a pragmatic voter would seriously consider the benefits of having a person in a powerful position representing Kentucky. They say sometimes timing is everything and maybe the Democratic candidate just ran up against bad timing.
David A Smith
Wake up, vote Grimes
Recent poll findings have alarmed me. It seems many foolish folks are so frightened of any change, they will stick with what they know regardless of the mess in Washington.
Alison Lundergan Grimes has proven she has the guts to take on Sen. Mitch McConnell and the corrupt GOP campaign machine. I find myself getting angry listening to the lies and false messages regarding her record, fearing that the general public will believe every bit of those misconceptions. Some of the polls indicate just that. I want to scream, "Wake up people."
This isn't just about Kentucky. If McConnell gets his relished sixth term and becomes the Senate majority leader, this whole country is in big trouble. We need a fresh voice in Washington, someone who has listened to Kentucky's concerns and needs. Grimes represents all of us everyday hardworking people who don't care for "bought and paid for" elected officials.
Debate the issues
This election campaign is largely missing the point.
We elect persons to the Congress as senators and representatives to guide our nation in the vital issues facing our country. They are supposedly the wisest and most cooperative people we can choose to represent us.
With all the big issues before us (including war, immigration, tax policy, environmental changes and their consequences, Ebola and other dangerous diseases and our part in the global economy) why are candidates spending their money on ads demeaning their opponents and avoiding most real debates on major issues?
Kentucky voters need better than what we're getting. Who can we send to Washington to work together with others from across our nation to find the wisest solutions to our critical national and world challenges?
Will be voice on school board for those who feel unheard
I would appreciate your vote for my re-election as the 4th District member of the Fayette County Board of Education.
As I have been for nearly eight years, I will remain an advocate for all of my constituents — representing the best interests of our students and the community, insisting on good governance and accountability, and seeking to ensure the wise use of district resources so that every student in our district will be able to succeed.
I promise to continue as a voice for those who feel they have not been heard — students, parents, teachers, support professionals, administrators or concerned citizens. I have lived within this district nearly my entire life, attending Maxwell, Morton, and Henry Clay. In addition to my service on the school board, I have been involved with the school system for more than 11 years as a PTA member and officer, volunteer and tutor, and my three children currently attend Ashland, Morton, and Henry Clay.
My parents instilled in me a lifelong love of education and learning, inspiring me to obtain a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University, and ultimately leading me to take on the challenging role of school board member.
Over the last several months, I have received tremendous support from our community and have been strongly encouraged to seek a third term.
I firmly believe that my work on the board is not yet complete and humbly ask for your vote.
Amanda Main Ferguson
Incumbent, school board District 4
Advocate for teachers, kids says employees should disclose wrongs
I am grateful for the editorial board's recognition of my service to the children of Lexington and am honored by its recognition of my questioning the wisdom of certain budget cuts championed by our superintendent.
I am dismayed by the criticism of my encouraging school employees to present allegations of mismanagement to the board.
Had the budget director not publicly disclosed her allegations, the community would have never known about material financial information being misrepresented to the school board, the lack of transparency in increasing administrative salaries, the misuse of the Mary Stoner Trust for bureaucratic travel rather than for directly benefiting our students, or the intentional circumvention of board policies to financially benefit certain vendors. As columnist Tom Eblen recognized, most "of the problems the auditor found related to finance and management."
Any type of "chronic mismanagement" of our kids' money is reprehensible, especially when teachers from high-poverty area schools are asking for money online to purchase basic supplies for classrooms. I will continue to seek accountability.
I am proud to have defeated devastating financial cuts to band, music, orchestra, the arts and special education. I am proud to support the establishment of a new elementary school for District 2, STEAM and Carter G. Woodson Academy.
I will work for the proper use of trust funds to enhance the educational experiences of all children, especially those schools which serve lower-income neighborhoods. I am a proven advocate for teachers and for all kids. I ask for your continued support on Nov. 4.
Incumbent, school board District 2