Obama not on ballot
I remind my fellow Kentuckians that Barack Obama is not running for any office in our state.
Some think they will influence your vote by connecting certain candidates with a president who is unpopular in our red state. I hope you will not allow them to manipulate you, but will try to choose the most qualified candidates.
Are you influenced by the beleaguered county clerk in Rowan County? She is a public-relations nightmare for our state, and certainly on the wrong side of history. If you are concerned about jobs, check out the fiasco created in Indiana when the legislature tried to protect bigotry by calling it religious freedom. Companies and non-profits alike backed away from doing business, expanding facilities and scheduling conferences there.
Major corporations, the ones that bring jobs, want to make sure their employees are treated fairly and will not encounter discrimination.
Conway good for Ky.
We don't need any more lying politicians, we already have too many, including Matt Bevin. Bevin says he paid his taxes — yes, after he got caught not paying them. This isn't his only lie. Can we trust him? No.
Bevin wants to pass a right-to-work law that would weaken unions and mean working for less. Union jobs help raise everyone's standards. Right-to-work raises only the CEO's standards.
Jack Conway has stressed he is against the right-to-work law. We had a Republican governor, Ernie Fletcher, who tried to take this state backwards; we don't need to repeat that mistake. Conway will move this state forward as he has as attorney general.
Conway says his priorities are creating good-paying jobs, building economic opportunity for the middle class, making sure Kentuckians have access to affordable health care and investing in education.
Your top priority on Nov. 3 should be to vote for Conway.
Owen D. Humphress
Sick of half-truths
Have we become so crude?
Seriously, I have never witnessed so much character assassination in politics as I have this year. What's so disturbing is that it has become the status quo. We are more and more uncivilized in our thinking and actions. The half-truths and lies in all of these political ads are shameful; I can't believe that the good people of Kentucky are falling for it.
We need to take full responsibility to research the truth about all of the candidates. When we do we will be shocked to find that the truth is far from what some would like us all to believe.
If candidates cannot win an election on their merits and have to resort to character assassination why would anyone vote for them?
Having moved to beautiful Kentucky last year, my first impression is how lovely the countryside is. The rolling hills and horse ranches are wonderful. We work hard; go to events, restaurants and shopping in Louisville, Lexington, Georgetown, Bowling Green, Frankfort and Berea.
People are welcoming and friendly but troubling drug problems are everywhere as many seemingly homeless people have bothered me while shopping and make traffic slow by begging at intersections all over. Drugs are a grave concern for everyone.
I question the effectiveness of the current governor as the police are struggling to get support dealing with drug criminals. Treatment centers serving for decades have little impact and the legislature fights for tougher standards, only to find opposition from the liberal leadership.
I'm determined to vote Republican to strengthen Kentucky; to work for more conservative, tough leadership, and lead our state to a brighter future for everyone.
Ky. teachers at risk
The outcome of this gubernatorial election may well seal the fate of Kentucky teachers' pensions.
As attorney general, Jack Conway moved aggressively to retrieve the $23 million wrongfully taken from Kentucky's retirement systems. Conway says he intends to keep Kentucky's promise to its retired educators and to protect the pensions for which they have worked so hard.
Matt Bevin has no such commitment to fully fund the state pension system. The solution he advocates is one that has been tried and abandoned by at least three other states.
The Beshear-appointed pension study group will soon present its recommendations to the legislature. If approved, they will be presented to the newly elected governor. If the proposal is favorable to teachers, Bevin is likely to veto it.
Any citizen who cares about the future of education in Kentucky, must support Conway on Nov. 3.
Can't forgive Bevin
The thing about Matt Bevin is not the things he's done that he's lied about. I could forgive the cockfight, the delinquent taxes, even the cuts to public education. I just can's forgive the lies, especially when his TV ads stress what a good Christian he is.
Really? I don't think so.
Unendorsed candidate response
Choose solutions over political experience
By Drew Curtis
The Herald-Leader's endorsement for Jack Conway centered mostly around his being the most experienced candidate.
This may indeed be the case, but I'd like to offer an additional observation: We have no observable evidence that indicates "experienced" bureaucrats do a great job running government.
"Experienced" bureaucrats don't ask questions, don't find new solutions, and give us more of the same thing we've always had — government that doesn't work for our best interests.
Everyone tells me they want elected officials who provide real solutions and don't dodge questions. Here I am, Kentucky.
I am the only candidate who has provided a concrete, workable solution to fix the state pension system poised to go bankrupt. I am the only candidate who knows how to get broadband Internet to all Kentuckians.
And most importantly, I am the only candidate who is willing and able to look at the facts and data of each problem and can implement any solution that works for Kentucky — regardless of which political party presents it. I want to be a public servant, simple as that. Let's try something new.
On a final note, I'd like to thank the Herald-Leader for agreeing to hear me out for a possible endorsement. Other media outlets have decided to ignore and marginalize me simply for having the audacity to not choose to put a D or an R next to my name. The Herald-Leader could have done the same but chose not to.
Thank you for listening.