Find ways to curb food-stamp abuse
Concerning cuts in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps, the increase in recipients just shows the president's failure with our economy, not to mention all his other mistakes. Worst president in our history, by far.
Check out all the soft drinks that are bought with EBT that end up at the pawn shops and other places. In other states, we end up paying for legalized marijuana, other illegal drugs and gambling, not to mention cigarettes.
We need to go back to commodities where the recipients receive basic foods instead of being able to buy soft drinks, snack foods, frozen foods and other sugary foods.
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At the least, we need to limit the foods to basic foods but almost all our lawmakers lack the guts to do this because of the votes and the food lobbies.
I see it all the time at the checkout line, fast foods, sugary foods and drinks, then swipe the EBT card. The taxpayer pays and everyone is happy except the ones who pay for it.
No green for Ky.
It's official. With the April 22 edition, this became an out-of-state newspaper by publishing the article, "Green energy creates more jobs than coal lost."
It just didn't create those jobs here. So what's good about that? Not very doggone much. Seventy-nine thousand jobs created, so what? Nine thousand jobs in Texas, huh? California is solar king. What's that do for us? Nothing.
Who wants to come here and put people to work? The article is whooping it up for what is away from here, not here.
This paper comes out against, not for. Most of the articles are that way. The state motto, "United we stand, divided we fall," which I love, apparently falls on deaf ears at this paper. Well, it has to; it's out-of-state owned.
Tune me out, I'm nothing — not a horseman, a big name, big-time somebody in Lexington or Louisville. We know what keeps things going here. It ain't horses or Lexmark or UPS.
How do you think people would feel in Idaho if you used the same tactics on potatoes? The government is going to give a billion? But not for factories. Wish you would stand with us.
Ray E. Davis Jr.
May, Palmer exacta
Lexingtonians who haven't seen Walter May's one-man presentation of An Evening with Joe Palmer are missing a sure bet.
This solo performance is vintage May, a veteran of local theater. It is an evening of the best of Palmer's words, quips, witticisms and phrases. May molds it into a monologue that is pleasing to eye and ear.
To the uninitiated, Palmer was racing writer par excellence with the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s. The Kentuckian was widely accepted as the best in the craft of race writing.
May, at the opening, suggests to the audience that the basis of the show is the collection of columns called This Was Racing. Then Palmer takes over in May's voice and the audience gets the idea they are hearing Palmer.
A recent audience at Mayfair Village responded positively to a performance they could deposit in their memory banks and reap dividends as time goes by.
Parents betray teens
As I read the paper waiting for the next Joel Pett attack against a Republican candidate and Merlene Davis' newest racist-cop diatribe, I notice a theme in social media and society: Parents abdicating their role as authoritarians and teens assuming authority.
Combine this with teen narcissism over every aspect of their lives (clothes, travel, cars), and you have a recipe for disaster.
Traveling with club volleyball, soccer or baseball, you see parents drinking heavily in front of impressionable young psyches.
Throw in a new car at 16, the inability to say no and their own Facebook drama, we have a group of 40-something parents letting kids run the show.
Adding to the dysfunction, teen girls are savaging each other over breakups and boyfriends, obsessed with the latest Kylie Jenner post and dropping F-bomb-laced rants on each other. It has created a Lord Of The Flies Twitter world with no restraints. We are creating a generation that lacks empathy or compassion and have no clue what servanthood or humility look like.
Parents, grow up and take back control. Kids, quit wasting so much time on Twitter and its superficial trappings. You will become calmer and a better human being.