Best choice is not on ballot
Heading into the next election cycle, the leading candidate in the "world's greatest country" will not be on the ballot. I speak of None of the Above, who won 54 percent of the votes in the McConnell-Grimes Senate race.
When only 46 percent turn out, it means that as much as 54 percent of the electorate chose NOTA. Sen. Mitch McConnell's boast of a mandate is smoke and mirrors since only 27.6 percent of registered voters in Kentucky supported him.
Nationally the picture was even bleaker with a 36 percent turnout. Our country has the potential to be the greatest, but not until NOTA is on the ballot and candidates have to garner 50 percent of the votes plus 1.
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Other democracies are given the opportunity to vote for NOTA and have higher turnouts. State and national legislators fear the day NOTA shows up on ballots.
Non-voters should let McConnell and other representatives know why they didn't vote, otherwise they will be wasting time on another attempt at overturning the Affordable Care Act, another hearing on Benghazi, more corporate tax breaks or easier rules for corporations to buy our elections.
Charles A. Bowsher
Fast track kills jobs
Fast-track trade deals are like right-to-work laws; they mean fewer good jobs and lower pay. Fast track has been used to pass deals, like NAFTA, that are advertised as ways to create jobs. However, the main purpose is to set rules that make it easier for corporations to invest offshore and increase corporate influence over global markets.
Fast track is an undemocratic and unaccountable method to develop economic policies. America needs a new system of trade negotiating that brings the meeting out from behind closed doors and focuses on making life better for people instead of just making life easier for corporations.
Working people have heard enough of pie-in-the-sky promises about fast track benefits. It is time to stop believing that passing one more fast-track trade deal will have a different result. Members of Congress who say they are for higher wages, more jobs and a better life for working families must stand up and fight back against fast track.
Call your representatives and tell them "no fast track."
Radon link uncertain
I read with great interest the April 29 column by Robert Shaffer. an apparent non-scientist making allegations about something of which he has apparently limited knowledge and experience.
A similar statement regarding radon was included in an April 9 article in USA Today. However, that paper stated that the relationship between radon and fracking is unproven. The article included the statement, "Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Ken Reisinger questioned (the study's) conclusion that fracking may be causing radon levels to rise. That's because their report also found rising radon levels in parts of the state with no fracking."
It is irresponsible to run headlines on the editorial page purporting news which is based on an opinion, not supported by fact, without at least indicating it is opinion.
Hogan has experience, maturity for AG post
While I genuinely enjoyed meeting with the conscientious members of the Herald-Leader editorial board, it is no secret that the newspaper tends to lean a little further to the left of the political spectrum than most Kentuckians, and certainly most Kentucky Republicans.
My Republican primary opponent is a fine young man, but he lacks the maturity, years of experience and toughness that are going to be required to stop Kentucky's liberal Democratic machine from buying the attorney general's office for Andy Beshear in November.
Despite my opponent's good intentions, a 34-year old first-term state senator from far Western Kentucky is not the individual best suited to carry the GOP banner in the fall.
I have never sought election to the Kentucky General Assembly, so it is true that I have no legislative record in Frankfort. What I do have is 21 years of legal experience as a four-term elected county attorney, appointed assistant county attorney and as a public defender in addition to my years of private civil practice.
I am also the only candidate for attorney general who is a veteran of the U.S. military.
I do not come from the country-club wing of the Republican Party, but rather from just off the Country Music Highway, U.S. 23, which runs through Lawrence County.
I'm the pro-life, pro-gun, pro-coal, pro-family populist conservative who can win in November with votes from conservative Democrats and Independents who seek a better future for Kentucky.
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