Reality check on prez race
After watching the debates, it's time to get real concerning the presidential election.
Do people really think Donald Trump is qualified to lead this country? If he wants to create jobs, he should do this in the private sector. Then people would admire and respect him (like Sam Walton of Walmart).
Dr. Ben Carson might upset the apple cart, but will have to talk faster. This is not the operating room and the world moves at a fast pace.
Now, Jeb Bush should know how the government works, and even looks presidential. He also seems timid, but defended his brother and his own wife's heritage.
I don't think Bernie Sanders really wants to be president, given his age. It's a tough job, and he would be better served as Hillary Clinton's go-to man from the VP position. Bill Clinton will be there, making sure that his hair looks good, and maybe he could help Trump with his bad hair.
Do we laugh or cry? I don't see a real leader coming from these candidates. As President Barack Obama says, "God bless America."
Alberta J. Toomey
Big strike against Bevin
Justifiably, there are raised eyebrows regarding Matt Bevin's tax issues and his refusal to release his personal tax returns. However, I question another aspect of his character.
Has everyone forgotten he spoke at an event that included a cockfight? Even if it was just a meet-and-greet situation, his mere presence at such a repulsive gathering is appalling. It leaves no doubt in my mind that he would be totally useless in strengthening our woefully weak animal-abuse and cruelty laws.
I need the moral character of my elected officials to apply to all of God's creatures, human and animal.
Can't forgive Bevin
The thing about Matt Bevin is not the things he's done but that he's lied about. I could forgive the cockfight, the delinquent taxes, even the cuts to public education. I just can't forgive the lies, especially when his TV ads stress what a good Christian he is. Really? I don't think so.
Conway wrong on gays
Anyone who agrees with or does not stop homosexuality is not standing up for the true and living God. We need to keep Kentucky godly.
That is why we should not vote for Jack Conway for governor. He would not stand up to fight for God's ways.
Paper endorses Democrats
As expected, this newspaper endorsed a Democrat for governor. I predict the following with complete confidence: The Herald-Leader will endorse a Democrat for president, U.S. senator and all other 2016 races. The only qualification a candidate needs is to be a liberal Democrat.
By Sam Wright
I am Sam Wright, candidate for the Kentucky Supreme Court. As circuit judge, I established the first Parent Education Clinic east of I-75 and started a mediation program to reduce the time, cost and stress of people in cases.
February 2004, I started a drug court. A Letcher Fiscal Court resolution called it "amazingly successful."
Janet Stumbo has never provided any information that contradicts the research that she has voted for the convicted criminal in 59 percent of published cases. Combined with example cases, it reveals her work.
Examples: Stumbo was the only justice who voted to reverse two murder cases because the jury was told the victims were pregnant. In one case, six justices voted to uphold the sentence, but Stumbo said sentencing murder/rapist to life without parole for rape of the woman was cruel and unusual punishment and violated the standards of decency.
The Commonwealth Attorneys Association and Fraternal Order of Police #88 endorsed me. Commonwealth attorneys have had many cases before Stumbo, with more in the future, yet the association continues to endorse Stumbo opponents. The voters deserve to know the truth.
Stumbo falsely claimed she had more appellate experience than anyone in the history of the commonwealth. She served 11 years with a judge who had much more experience. Stumbo falsely stated I didn't have any appellate experience. District court cases are appealed to circuit court.
Which is more disturbing, that she made false statements or did not know the basic structure of the courts? The right choice: Vote Sam Wright.
By Whitney Westerfield
The attorney general is the top law enforcement officer in the commonwealth. The office demands an individual with experience.
I was a prosecutor for over five years. I have met with victims and worked with law enforcement to put criminals behind bars. I am proudly endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
As a freshman senator, I was named the chair of the Judiciary Committee. In three years, I championed and passed Kentucky's first juvenile justice reform in 30 years, I successfully pushed colleagues for passage of the expansion of dating-violence protections, and worked long hours to forge a compromise and pass heroin legislation with those who are left-leaning as they are right. I know how to find bipartisan success in Frankfort, and I have a record that demonstrates it.
My opponent has attempted to hide his lack of experience by spending millions on negative television ads, spreading lies that the Herald-Leader has reported as "factually incorrect."
Kentuckians deserve better than the same-old politics.
I will partner with law enforcement to pursue drug dealers aggressively and advocate for rehabilitation of drug abusers. I will focus on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime. I will fight to uphold religious liberties and to protect Kentuckians from the Obama administration's overreaching Washington regulatory agenda.
I would be honored to serve as Kentucky's next attorney general. I ask for your prayers, and on Tuesday,, I ask for your vote.