Ky. GOP should keep its primary
In 2012 Ron Paul supporters used the Ron Paul for president campaign to hijack the Republican Party of Virginia.
The first thing they did was switch to a nominating convention and all it took were 47 people in the State Central Committee to take the right of hundreds of thousands of people to participate in a Republican primary for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. This year the same people may vote to switch from a Republican primary for president to a nominating convention.
I appeal to the Republican voters of Kentucky to speak out and stop any and all attempts to take your primary away. If you stand firm and do not let Sen. Rand Paul manipulate Kentucky's Republican nomination process, you may save the Virginia primary too. I have come to the conclusion that Rand Paul is a Libertarian Republican.
Unfortunately I have come to learn that "Libertarian Republican" translates "No liberty for the rest of you."
Newport News, Va.
Follow the money
Newspapers sidestep the question of who pays when reporting on political issues. As more of us click on sites like Project on Government Oversight, Maplight, GovTrack, Move to Amend, United for the People, Public Citizen, Truth-out and others, we learn what motivates Congress' actions. Of course, there are those who say they do not allow themselves to be influenced, but it is common knowledge that senators and representative need and want money to advertise themselves during elections.
"GOP tries to undercut nuclear deal" tells something but not enough. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is not a political action committee but comprises some of the biggest Jewish political donors, contributes to PACs that support Israel's cause.
Thanks to our lax campaign laws, they contribute legally to pro-Israel PACs. Senators Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., sponsored a "trigger sanctions" bill aimed to subvert the administration's negotiations with Iran. These two had received $341,170 and $687,569 respectively from regional pro-Israel PACS.
Every article we see about Congress should include information on who is paying the Congress members for sponsorship or support.
All of us who worry about our fragile democracy should turn concern into action.
Sara M. Porter
It is very important for us to be informed. We The People of the United States have power vested in us by and through our Constitution to preserve our country and our freedom. The more knowledge we have the stronger we become: We can make changes. Our knowledge is power.
Many changes need to be made in our country from the local to national level, but the first change needs to be within us, the individuals. Our country is facing trying times, times that our Constitution was made for, times that we American citizens need to prepare for. Only by knowledge and the level to which we are informed will we be able to put our feet down and say "no more." No longer will I let my freedom and liberties be taken away, no longer will I let my country fall by the wayside. No more will I let the future of generations to come be ruined, No longer will I be idle and not stand against a government that does not do the will of the people. I pray this inspires you all. Knowledge is power. Let freedom ring, America.
Energy jobs bill stuck
A big thank-you to legislators for overwhelmingly passing House Bill 100, allowing local governments to establish energy property assessment districts, improving renewable energy financing.
Unfortunately, Kentucky citizens are still waiting for the General Assembly to pass the Clean Energy Opportunity Act. Although lawmakers took a good step, bold action is still needed to address the coming energy crises in this state.
With that bill, Kentucky would see a significant investment in renewable energy and efficiency projects and the creation of 26,000 jobs. Every public college and technical program in the state has students studying renewable-energy technology. These jobs would put our tax dollars funding those programs to work and help alleviate Kentucky's brain drain. Our young scholars would be able to find jobs without going to other states.
It is disappointing that Rep. John Short refused to allow a vote on the bill in the Natural Resources and Development Committee. Failure to enact the Clean Energy Opportunity Act affects many of his constituents and prevents Kentucky from keeping pace in the new energy economy.
Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition