Bevin unprepared to be Ky. governor
This year's governor's race will determine the future of Kentucky for decades to come. Kentuckians need to pay attention. Republicans have chosen a candidate from the radical right-wing of the party, Matt Bevin.
It is incredible that Kentucky Republicans nominated Bevin and that he could actually become governor. His Senate race against Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republican governor's primary revealed issues that give pause for a prospective governor.
He has lived in Kentucky for only 16 years, in Louisville, and has never held public office. If elected, he would be the most inexperienced, novice governor in modern Kentucky history.
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Bevin's knowledge of government, grasp of public policies and their implications for the state is elementary at best. He supports predetermined right-wing positions. Bevin will not be an honest broker in evaluating the state's needs and determining solutions.
For example, he indicates a goal is to reduce tax revenue. This has been tried in several Republican-led states, including Kansas and Louisiana, resulting in budget disasters. What services do Kentuckians want cut and are we going to ignore obvious needs?
Kentucky has made significant progress over past decades. This will not occur in the future with the type of government Bevin advocates.
Hello to Gov. Bevin
If Jack Conway doesn't drop out of the race for governor very soon and let the Kentucky Democratic Party choose some other nominee, say hello to Gov. Matt Bevin. Conway and Gov. Steve Beshear have just about ruined our party's chances this year.
How? By allegedly rigging the Democratic primary by violating one of its most important bylaws. The party isn't supposed to endorse or support one Democrat over another before the primary, but Kentucky's five most powerful Democrats allegedly did exactly that.
There are two lawsuits now before the Court of Appeals. One demands that Conway's name be removed from the ballot. In the other, a civil lawsuit against five Democrats, I'm demanding $16 million in punitive damages for violating the bylaws and Kentucky's election laws.
No matter how bad Bevin would be for Kentucky, voters are not going to elect an alleged election-stealer to be our governor.
Beshear and Conway could have won the primary easily by playing fair. If Conway's campaign crashes and burns, and we end up with a ruthless Republican governor, it's all their fault. I take no responsibility; I'm just the messenger.
Geoffrey M. Young
Follow law or leave office
Currently, there is nothing about the marriage license process that makes it anything more than a legal record of a decision two people have made about each other.
What that decision means for a specific couple in terms of religious beliefs and commitments is carried out in their own private ceremonies, the content of which is totally independent of the wedding license requirement. What the word marriage means to individuals is a personal decision and no one has a right to force their personal interpretation on anyone else.
A county clerk is responsible for supporting and following civil law. People who fill that position must be neutral to all political positions and administer the law. If they cannot be neutral, they should be removed from office.
Joseph P. Fox
GWTW is fiction, period
William Daniel Farrell III's supposed critique of Gone With The Wind has precious little to do with the film itself.
GWTW, which won 10 Oscars and was the first color movie to win best picture, was based on Margaret Mitchell's novel of the same title. Neither version presented itself as anything other than fiction.
Farrell, however, goes on at length to condemn historians' books that he believes inaccurately portray the antebellum-Civil War-Reconstruction era. Whether Farrell is right or wrong is immaterial.
GWTW isn't a documentary or a history book. It's a cinematic classic. An epic. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned more than any other movie.
Maybe GWTW is "no more than a dream remembered," but dreams aren't reality.
Multiple choice on gas price
I would like for any reader, reporter or editor to explain why retail gasoline prices in Lexington are 20 cents per gallon higher than the retail price in Nicholasville. I know there is probably one major cause but I can't figure out if it's 1. transportation costs; 2. the active volcano/escaped drug lord in Mexico; or 3. a heat wave in the Sahara desert. Any clarification would be appreciated.
No on Planned Parenthood
I was visiting Lexington and read the "Support Planned Parenthood" letter to the editor. I have a different view of the world than the author. Even three percent of the organization's resources (if that were true) would be too much to devote to abortion.
Also, I take issue with the thought that only Republicans are opposed to the abortion policies. I believe all people of faith are opposed to it and recognize Planned Parenthood as its champion.
The governor of my state was elected, in part, due to ads done by the president of Planned Parenthood just before the election. They are political activists.
I oppose organizations that get funding from our government and then use it to lobby and get involved in political battles.
Planned Parenthood will never see one penny of mine except what my government gives of my taxes.
The great noise pit
I used to walk around downtown often but that was before the boom box. When I returned to Lexington nine years ago, I found the downtown area not enjoyable to walk in but an intolerable noise pit. Cars go by blasting music that can be heard blocks away. I have been to cities where this is not tolerated and different countries as well. As of now, forget about enjoyable walking space in downtown Lexington.
William R. Hays
If the South had won
Think about it, if the South had won, what would the United States look like? Everywhere north of the Ohio River would be the U.S. Everywhere south of the river and east of the Mississippi river would be the Confederate States of America.
Texas would be a country. Louisiana would be French Louisiana. California, Oregon and Washington would be Spanish Americas. We would be a continent of little countries, not capable of taking care of ourselves. Germany probably would have won World Wars I and II. Plus we would probably be speaking German. Think about it.
Willard Ashworth Jr.