Preserve our D.C. clout
Kentuckians are so fortunate to have a senator in Washington with the power and prestige of Sen. Mitch McConnell.
He is a gentleman who has represented our commonwealth for 30 years and has been re-elected because he has worked for the citizens of Kentucky.
Never since Sen. Alben Barkley have we had that much influence and prestige in the Senate.
We have had outstanding senators such as Wendell Ford, John Sherman Cooper and Jim Bunning, but not a leader of the majority. We must keep our seniority in the Senate. McConnell is a fighter for all Kentucky and for a strong United States.
The Nov. 4 election is the day Kentuckians will show that we want McConnell to keep speaking out against an administration that has ignored our commonwealth and resources. Vote McConnell.
Discuss green energy
For months, we've heard Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell boast about how much they love the coal industry and how they pledge to protect coal jobs. No one is talking about renewable energy jobs or about the lack of long-term sustainability in the coal industry.
We need forward-thinking candidates who realize that, while we can't get rid of coal immediately and we need to protect the livelihoods of coal workers, we need to start investing in green jobs if we want to increase energy efficiency and have any hope of competing in the national economy long term.
We at the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition are also concerned that people still in school might not have the chance at meaningful employment if there is nothing sustainable to take coal's place.
We call on Grimes, McConnell or Libertarian David Patterson to come out in support of green jobs.
McConnell's wrong agenda
If he becomes Senate majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell promises to prevent an increase in the minimum wage (even though raises have improved the economy) and to shut down the government to prevent funding for health care.
He repeatedly has filibustered or voted against bills to create jobs and to continue unemployment benefits and food assistance.
Even though many corporations pay no net income taxes (while earning billions) and the wealthiest citizens continue to pay taxes at a lower rate than the rest of us, he vows never to raise these taxes but wants to reduce Social Security benefits.
McConnell voted against a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, which allows corporations and individuals to pour billions into campaigns.
In so doing, he ignored 80 percent of all voters. McConnell even called the bipartisan McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill, which restricted these monies, "the worst day of my political life."
Obama-Grimes bad choice
Kentucky has lost 7,000 to 8,000 coal-mining jobs because of the war on coal. For every coal mining job lost, three non-coal jobs are lost.
This will affect coal mining communities like Harlan, Hazard, Pineville, Pikeville, Manchester and many more communities in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. It will affect coal mining communities in Western Kentucky, too.
It will affect large metropolitan areas like Louisville, Lexington and Covington because coal miners travel to big cities to buy boats, automobiles, clothes and various other items. Every city and county will have their revenues cut due to loss of coal-severance tax.
If people are concerned about Kentucky's economy or how much 0bamacare will raise your premiums and deductibles, re-elect Sen. Mitch McConnell.
President Barack 0bama needs Alison Grimes. Kentucky needs McConnell.
McConnell hasn't delivered
Though a registered Democrat, I vote for the person, not the party.
Since 1984 (I loved that hound-dog commercial), I have voted for Sen. Mitch McConnell five times.
The past two elections, I did not support him for his efforts as much as for his rank. It seems the power he craves should do something for Kentucky.
I was wrong. His public service appears more in support of corporations. His wife, Elaine Chao, serves on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which abhors coal and large soft drinks. McConnell filed with the Supreme Court to make large contributions a matter of free speech. Possibly, McConnell dislikes coal and loves large contributors.
He also hates President Barack Obama. But McConnell's next term would be six years and the president departs in two.
I will vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes. I wish McConnell well in another career, most likely one he knows well: fund-raising.
Robert D. Hall
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