Good cop's kid defends first responders
I am responding to the, "Bad cops, bad cops" letter of Jan. 14. I agree that if police officers have been negligent orwrong, they and the procedure should be corrected.
While watching the response of the police in Paris and unlimited occasions on television when police are the first responders to help people, you realize they put their own lives on the line every day they show up for work.
My father was one of those first responders and was involved in some serious events, including the Southwest Bank robbery in St. Louis and a prison riot in Jefferson City, Mo., however, gratefully, he was not injured.
He was a policeman/detective for many years and I can tell you he and a great number of his associates were honest, dedicated protectors of the citizenry, so I must strongly disagree with you that all cops are bad cops. And out of respect, we referred to him as a policeman, not a cop.
Next time you call for help for any reason, see who arrives at your door first.
Rand, try thinking
Rand Paul has demonstrated the typical medical poor work attitude: "Everyone over 40 has back pain, therefore I am going to tune the patient out."
Any educated physician, with years of scientific training should not make such ludicrous categorical statements.
As a politician, he is on the same track: Using a stereotype to degrade and diminish those folks who have gone through the system and been deemed disabled. No, you do not fill out a card, mail it in, and get a check in the return mail.
Senator Dr. Paul: I am way over 40 and I have no back pain. Start showing some critical thinking skills and you may be taken seriously. Right now, you are not worthy of representing (or treating) me on any level.
Protest rate increase
Since December 2009, Kentucky Electric Power/American Electric Power has been granted rate increases of 15 percent (to pay for trimming trees and brush around rights-of-way) and 17 percent (to buy what it already owns, half-interest in the Moundsville, W. Va. power plant).
Now we find the company is asking for another 12 percent increase to trim trees and brush around rights-of-way and to help complete purchase of half-interest in the Moundsville power plant.
The previous rate increases, together with the current request add up to a hefty 44 percent over five years.
I've started an on-line petition that will let the Public Service Commission know how we feel about this request for a rate increase. Google "move on petition Kentucky public service commission."
We need to get as many signatures as we can if we are to have an impact on this decision. Acting together, we can mitigate this grab for cash by a company that has shown too many times its bottom line, not its customers' welfare, is its main concern.
Roy M. Phillips
Answer in elitism
Tom Eblen's Jan. 12 column against Answers In Genesis is not an answer found in either Genesis or the Prophets or the Gospels or the Book of Revelation.
It was an answer that could be given by any unbeliever of Christ, for it sounds much like the answer of a self-fulfilling arrogant elitist.
Orin M. Simmerman Jr.
While reading Tom Eblen's column on the Ark park, about midway through, I wanted to shout "Amen!"
Kentucky's economic development is sadly lacking. His next-to-last paragraph says it all: Our lawmakers need to do some strategic planning. Then his last paragraph was, "Everybody say amen."
I am saying amen!