Paul defended American jobs
America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economic growth, one that creates businesses, jobs and opportunities for all.
Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. research and development and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, the sector has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived "free trade" agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA and CAFTA, along with Korea and China joining the World Trade Organization.
Given the record of job outsourcing and factory closings, it is troubling that Congress has given President Barack Obama fast-track power to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which will lead to more job loss and higher trade deficits.
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Thankfully, Sen. Rand Paul was one who stood firmly against fast track.
Kevin L. Kearns
U.S. Business & Industry Council
Free fun with horses
A miniature horse, shot by a broad-tipped arrow that narrowly missed his spine, was recovering from life-saving surgery when he arrived at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.
He was promptly named Cupid, and the staff provided rehabilitation and training until he captured the heart of a family with a young girl who adopted him. Cupid's story is one success from the center, which relies on donations, grants and fundraisers for its income.
Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day, to be held Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park, has raised more than $700,000 to help horses like Cupid since 2003. Part of the proceeds from Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix VIP tickets and auction go to the center.
The event is the only time that admission to the Horse Park and all festivities — including horse and pony rides, games and a show jumping competition — is free.
Appearances by Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron and Triple Crown-winning jockey Jean Cruguet (1977, Seattle Slew) are planned.
Even in horse country, Hats Off Day is often the first up-close experience attendees have with a horse. The goal is to encourage a love of horses while educating people about the equine industry and horses like Cupid.
Beetle not UN plot
The July 2 letter writer needs to quit tilting at the global climate change windmill and observe what is happening in the real world.
The mountain pine beetle is one of many relevant examples. These insects kill pine trees. They are ravaging forests across western North America and heading east, in an insect version of Sherman's march to the sea. They have already attacked enough forests just in Canada to cover Missouri, according to National Geographic.
Colorado State University researchers say it takes either five consecutive minus 30 degree winter days or severe freezes (zero or lower) in the spring or fall to kill these insects.
This is where global climate change comes in. Average winter temperatures have been warmer for the past 10 years, while fall and spring cold snaps — which helped keep the populations in check — have become rare.
These beetles didn't take the letter writer's class or read his letters. They don't know global climate change is a United Nations conspiracy. I have tried to figure out what this conspiracy hopes to accomplish, but I guess I'll find out when the "black ops" helicopters from the invasion force come for me.
In regards to the editorial on the Supreme Court upholding the health care law, I do not appreciate the Herald-Leader dividing Americans with lines like "congressional delegation trotted out their usual denunciations" or "boilerplate responses" or "vague platitudes."
You pose as a paper of unbiased truth. But these words never seem to apply to Democrats, only those awful Republicans. What a shame we don't all think in lockstep with you. Why don't you tell your readers that many doctors must see fewer patients because of time required for paperwork and that costs are rising because of many things, including the increased bureaucracy? You do not tell the whole story. Why is that?
Joanne P. Smith
The cover of the June 27 paper shows how insensitive it is. The photo is by the majority's standards (only 3.8 percent of the United States is homosexual, by the latest Gallup Poll) touting sin.
Your paper will never darken our door. Not even a free copy.
Just because something is legal, forced on us by this minority along with some radical liberals and the liberal press and a few justices, does not mean it is right.
Even Plato, who was homosexual himself, was against the reordering of society in this way. Marriage of one man to one woman and the family unit is the basis of society. To change it is to destroy it.