Utility rate increase will hurt Kentucky poor
We, the Sisters of Charity of the Nazareth, along with our associates and employees, are extremely concerned about the proposed raise in the monthly rates to customers of utility companies in Kentucky.
We number 415 individuals who use utility services across Kentucky and collaborate with educational, social and health institutions that employ hundreds more.
We bring over 200 years of experience working with people in education, health care and social work. We minister in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially those living in poverty.
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We are well aware of how families struggle to make ends meet in one of the poorest states in the country. Fixed and low incomes impede their ability to pay the average of $148 a month in utility costs.
The double-digit rate increase would mean that customers committed to monetary savings and energy conservation would be subsidizing users with much higher energy consumption.
As we commit ourselves to continued service with those living in poverty, we respectfully request the Kentucky Public Service Commission reject the unfair plan for the utilities to impose increased fees on their poorest customers.
Susan Gatz, Sangeeta Ayithamattam and Brenda Gonzales
SCN Congregational Leadership Team
Christians against health care?
When one considers the TV ads run by the three major Republican candidates for governor, it is obvious the party is even more out of touch with voters than the media portray.
These candidates contend (sometimes in the same sentence) that they are Christian and they wish to dismantle or defund the Affordable Care Act. Since when is taking health insurance away from thousands of poor people a Christian act? How can they call themselves men of faith without compassion or humility?
They are scared to death that a poor child, an expectant mother, a person out of work, might be helped by this life-saving program. If they are truly Christians and they want to include the word "faith" in their ads, then they should walk the walk.
If they can't be compassionate then the proper descriptive word that should be included in their ads is "hypocrite."
Angela A. Garner
Hal Heiner no hack
Hal Heiner is a self-made man. He worked his way through college to become an engineer. As a developer, Heiner has attracted thousands of jobs to Kentucky. He understands what is needed to get our economy growing. He is exactly the kind of mature and serious leader we need. Several surrounding states have elected governors from a business background and those states are thriving.
On the other hand, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is a career politician from a privileged family. He is a pampered, entitled political hack, just like Attorney General Jack Conway. We need to look outside of Frankfort for our next governor.
Heiner is a Christian conservative, and Republicans will do well to vote for him in Tuesday's primary.
Glenn for treasurer
Jim Glenn has proven ideas, such as financial literacy, that will benefit all Kentuckians. Helping people understand their finances and make better decisions is long overdue. Unscrupulous people have taken advantage of our state for far too long, and with Glenn as state treasurer we will be able to fight back against those who wish to do us harm.
Kentucky families work hard for their money and Glenn will work as hard to make government transparent and working for us.
A true passion for him is quality education. He will not let partisan politics prevent Kentucky from receiving the best government. Please support him for treasurer.
Unendorsed candidate response
Will T. Scott best governor choice for Republicans
Asking the Herald-Leader editorial board to pick the best Republican for governor is like taking a skunk on a coon hunt. Nevertheless, I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the fact they did not endorse me.
Kentucky is in bad shape. The next governor will find Frankfort's cupboards bare and hungry people beating on the doors of the Capitol calling on resources we don't have. This is not a time for trusting state government to someone seeking to make a statement or build a resume.
We need a problem-solver and that's what I am.
We need to fix a $34 billion hole in our public pension system. The longer we wait, the worse it gets and the more Kentuckians will suffer.
We can prevent that by amending our state constitution to allow limited casino gambling and requiring that revenue from this activity pay this huge debt. Kentuckians are already gambling in casinos, but the money is going to other states to help them pay their bills.
We need to stop throwing away the lives of young Kentuckians afflicted with drug addictions when they are willing to be saved. Tossing nonviolent drug addicts in prison with hardened criminals is an enormous waste of life and must be corrected for our state to reach its potential. I have a detailed plan to fix this.
And unlike my opponents, I will close Obamacare Kynect my first day in office.
Please learn more about my background and plans at www.willtscott.com.
Will T. Scott
Republican gubernatorial candidate