GOP missing point of election win
The GOP landslide last November was meant to change things yet nothing is changing.
Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have no backbone to go against Barack Obama.
A large majority of Americans want the illegal and unconstitutional amnesty for illegal aliens stopped. House and Senate caved on the opportunity to stop it.
Congress now has the opportunity to defund the Affordable Care Act which is anything but affordable. Nothing has been done to stop it. Washington doesn't understand because they just print more money.
The Keystone Pipeline is another example of lack of leadership. The Senate was four votes short of having enough to override the veto and didn't work hard enough to get it passed. This would have put thousands back to work but that too seems not to be a priority of Congress or the president.
We need to put the pressure on to get this country back in the right direction. Make calls, send emails, write letters and go to local congressional offices to let them know that we pay their salaries and they should have the courage to do the right thing for our country and legal citizens. They don't need to worry about what the press says.
Harry Van Epps
Alaska and Washington, D.C. have joined with the other civilized parts of America and legalized marijuana.
Kentucky, of course, will continue to persecute, torment, raid, arrest, jail, entrap, threaten, frighten and seize the homes of harmless marijuana smokers for the same thing that is legal in half of America.
How embarrassing to Kentucky that our senior senator, Mitch McConnell, could be led into signing the letter to Iran that was penned by a senator from Arkansas who hasn't been in office two months. I expected Rand Paul to jump on the crazy train but I thought all that experience McConnell bragged about during his last campaign would save him from looking like a crackpot.
Support E. Ky.
In its annual budget request, the Obama administration announced a series of proposals that address poverty and unemployment in Appalachia, including Eastern Kentucky. The 2016 budget request includes $1 billion over five years, from the federal Abandoned Mine Lands fund for a variety of worthy projects linking land reclamation with economic development.
The proposal provides $20 million in job training for unemployed miners and $97 million in infrastructure grants and loans in regions impacted by coal's decline.
While efforts to accelerate regional economic growth are encouraging, $2 billion in tax credits for carbon capture and sequestration forms part of a false solution that fails to recognize the prohibitive cost of CCS and harmful impacts along the entire life cycle of coal. Competition within the fossil fuel industry, the depletion of Central Appalachian reserves and the pressing need to do something about environmental destruction spell the inevitable end of King Coal in Kentucky.
Still, the lion's share of the budget proposals should receive unqualified bipartisan support, including from lawmakers Mitch McConnell and Hal Rogers who purport to serve the interests of our mountain communities. Kentucky coal miners deserve more than soaring rhetoric — they deserve a just transition to a viable future.
Rebuild blood supply
Thanks to the generous blood donors who were able to save lives during the winter storms. Their dedication and generosity is very much appreciated by us and the Kentucky patients we serve.
The weather that battered Kentucky also impacted the blood supply. Because of blood already on the shelves — thanks to dedicated volunteer donors — and with help from other blood centers throughout the country, Kentucky Blood Center was able to fulfill the needs of Kentucky hospitals we serve.
From the first storm starting on Presidents Day through the record-breaking March storm, KBC lost more than 2,000 donations when 60-plus drives were canceled and travel to donor centers was hampered. Through it all, we had donors braving the weather to show up at donor centers or rescheduling missed appointments. A few blood drives did go on because of dedicated blood-drive chairs.
We are now focused on replenishing our shelves. Kentucky hospitals depend on the kindness of donors to have blood available when needed. We also must have enough blood on hand prior to the next snowstorm, tornado, fire or national disaster.
Find out more about or make an appointment by visiting kybloodcenter.org.
President and CEO
Kentucky Blood Center