Grimes has made voting easier
Recently, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes made a landmark announcement that, beginning next year, voters will be able to register online.
As important as electronic voter registration is, it's only one of the actions Grimes has taken to make sure it is easier and safer for Kentuckians to vote.
She pushed through an initiative to make sure military personnel and overseas residents can register and vote. Of particular interest to me, she spearheaded legislation to protect the identities of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, allowing them to register and vote without fear of being found by their abusers.
And Grimes isn't done. If re-elected, she will fight tirelessly to restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their sentences and will push to expand in-person absentee voting for those who qualify by age, disability or illness.
Let's keep Grimes battling to protect our precious voting rights and access to the ballot box. Let's re-elect Grimes on Nov. 3.
Anita M. Britton
Bevin a self-made man
I have seen the Democratic attack ad about Matt Bevin's taxes so many times it triggers my urge to puke. Judging from letters to the editor, this is a common sentiment among readers. He, no doubt, had his troubles with the IRS, just like many of us. Why not tout Jack Conway's accomplishments as attorney general? Are there any? Bevin is a self-made man. He has worked for what he has rather than feeding at the public trough.
It is reported that Gov. Steve Beshear's old supporters are donating large sums to the campaigns of Andy Beshear and Jack Conway. If money talks, then the lawyers, unions, state contractors, businesses doing business with the state, organized gambling, lobbyists, pharmaceuticals, race tracks, Planned Parenthood and other special interest groups may have the best friends money can buy in the two most influential offices in state government.
Pro-life Bevin smeared
I hope the voters can see through the smear campaign run by Jack Conway against Matt Bevin for governor.
Bevin will shake things up in Frankfort. This is a good man who walks the talk on pro-life issues, having adopted and raised four children in addition to his own. Unlike the Democratic candidates, the entire Republican ticket is pro-life.
No to slick Bevin
To those of you who say Jack Conway is not exciting enough, I ask: Which do you prefer — hard-working, dedicated, and highly qualified (but not so exciting), or exciting because he is simply so terrifying? When a candidate makes outrageous policy statements and then denies them, wants to kick hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians off their health insurance and tells us his finances are none of our business, the thought of him as our next governor is exciting all right — it's downright terrifying.
The best person for the job is the one who is the most qualified, not the smoothest-talking salesman. Matt Bevin is so slick that every time I watch him speak I almost expect to see him slide right off the stage. Jack Conway has the experience, integrity, and record of service to be our next governor. Let common sense prevail — vote Democrat on Nov. 3.
Bevin fresh air, Conway errs
The Democratic Party on both the national and state levels has turned far to the left on issues important to Kentuckians.
The Democratic Party endorses abortion, Planned Parenthood, redefining marriage, and the continuing advance of leftist, socialist policies which have fulfilled President Barack Obama's promise to fundamentally transform America.
The choice for governor lies between pro-life, pro-family, successful businessman Matt Bevin and Jack Conway, a far-left supporter of the policies of Obama. Conway received thousands of dollars from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for his campaigns. He was an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and in 2012. As attorney general, he refused to defend Kentucky's marriage law.
Bevin is a breath of fresh air. He strongly supports traditional marriage and religious liberties as guaranteed by our Constitution. Bevin is a good man and has earned my vote.
Democrats also Christians
I am sick and tired of hearing Republicans speaking against President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. There are more than 400,000 Kentuckians, including children, who now have health insurance and had none before. If teachers are concerned about their pensions, they'd better vote for Jack Conway for governor.
Don't believe the super-PACs Republicans have hired to tell lies about the Democrats. Democrats are concerned about the welfare of the everyday man, woman and child,
By the way, we're also Christians.
Bevin disses Head Start
I am troubled that Matt Bevin discounts the important role of Head Start in early childhood education. The implication is that early childhood learning is not his priority.
The Commonwealth Policy Institute, a think tank of the The Womens' Network: Advocates for Democratic Principles, has issued a review of the research on early childhood learning, concluding that it is worth every penny we can invest. Further, the CPI has made recommendations for bipartisan legislative action including:
Kentucky should create incentives for early childhood teachers and administrators to participate in ongoing professional development. Kentucky must expand facets of Head Start's existing training programs to private preschools and day care centers.
To ensure quality and accountability, Kentucky's legislature should vote to expand the STARS rating system to include all public and private preschools and day care centers.
This report can be read by any interested citizen at www.kywomensnetwork.com.
No to misguided radicalism
Kentucky Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans have to show up to vote for the experienced Democratic slate on Nov. 3, or a minority of misguided, radicalized voters will take the state down a hole of no return.
Here's my to-do term-limit list for elected and appointed officials:
■ Clean up statewide corruption by demanding a full accounting of all outlays of taxpayer monies, along with results, including tax incentives and contract agreements;
■ Get tax reform passed to fund basic programs including public education and health care, state and teacher retirement systems, expansion of jobs via infrastructure needs;
■ Fully inform voters of pending legislation: who writes and sponsors the bills, who will be helped or hurt, what outside influences are involved.
Allocating tax funds carries the responsibility, including accounting, to distinguish church from state, public from private; and realize that mostly white male officials are not representative, just, or fair.
Kochs behind Bevin
Another day, another negative mailer from the Americans for Prosperity organization funded by the Koch brothers. The mailers always link Democrat Jack Conway to President Barack Obama because conservative commentators have turned the president's name into a racial slur.
The mailers never state their real purpose: Convince voters that Conway is a worse choice for governor than Republican Matt Bevin. Why don't the Kochs send positive mailers to convince voters that Bevin is a better choice? That's hard when Bevin favors tax cuts for the rich and solving the public pension problem by pushing retired Kentucky schoolteachers out of the middle class and into poverty.
Kentucky voters should be asking themselves, "Why do the Koch brothers want to spend millions of dollars to make Bevin governor?" The answer may be that the Kochs and Bevin have enriched themselves by making sure they always get the maximum return from their investments.
Conway fits leadership mold
Much has been said about the lack of enthusiasm this campaign season. It's hard for me to understand, as those of us who know Jack Conway realize he has an unmatched sincerity and desire to genuinely better our lives.
Kentucky has a rich history of selecting the right leader. Henry Clay, Alben Barkley, John Sherman Cooper, Louie Nunn and Wendell Ford who never lost sight of our needs. Conway is another who fits this mold and will not let us down.
Only Conway has presented a workable plan to improve education and address the state's pension liability without harming retirees. He has created a viable plan to rejuvenate our state's economy and create jobs.
I have seen many leaders as I have gone from being the youngest county judge to the most senior. I have seen none with any greater desire, ideas and love for our commonwealth than Conway.
Kentucky deserves Bevin
All those who denigrate Matt Bevin, his family, his service to our country and his business acumen, you cannot see the forest for the trees.
Our forefathers were not perfect, most having little or no prior political experience; but they felt called to do something much greater than any of them could have fathomed, founding one of the greatest nations human history has known.
I am tired of the same old mentality in politics and government. It has only kept us stagnant, especially in areas where unemployment is high.
We are caught in a shell game when it comes to being told our state has a low unemployment rate, when many are no longer being counted.
I want better for my children and grandchildren than what I had growing up. Kentucky is dying out by continued state government incompetency we have come to know only too well.
Dems support abortion, gays
We must honor God, even in our voting. Many people don't know who they are really voting for. Let's take a closer look at two candidates up for election next week.
Jack Conway, running to be your governor, supports legalized abortion. He stated: "Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal." He supports Planned Parenthood which is currently under investigation for selling baby parts for research.
Conway also supports homosexuality. He told his daughters (speaking about a homosexual couple) that they were people they could look up to. Conway refused to appeal a court ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Secretary of State Alison Grimes is pro-choice down the line on abortion. In the Sept. 25 paper, she also repeated her support for allowing gay marriage, acknowledging that not all of Kentucky agrees with her, but saying "my hope is that we can move forward."
Andy Beshear supports seniors
I'm glad that Andy Beshear will make the needs of Kentucky's senior population a major focus of his office, if elected attorney general. Since retiring, I have been actively involved with the care of our family's parents. The common thread that has run through this experience over the past nine years is how our society has made life increasingly difficult, even unfriendly, for those who made our lives possible.
Beshear plans to have a senior protection division that would include a hotline to provide two-way communication with seniors through landlines or social media.
Many people assume that everyone has someone who cares and advocates for them in their last years of life. That simply is not true. Beshear's program could begin to fill that void. Visit andybeshear.com to learn about the six-point plan he proposes for seniors and those devoted to their well-being.
A person should be loved and respected throughout life.
Grimes helps business, vets
As a small-business owner, I am grateful for our secretary of state and the work she's done to grow our economy, adding 100,000 new businesses across the commonwealth during her term and updating the various antiquated Kentucky business laws.
The One Stop Business Portal has greatly increased productivity within our firm.
As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I'm honored that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes protects the rights of my fellow military voters, having implemented an electronic portal so that their voices may still be heard and their votes are cast quickly and efficiently.
Grimes has a record of success that has garnered national respect and attention and I'm proud to stand with her on Nov. 3 for the commonweal of all Kentuckians.
Adrian D. Wallace
Time for a change
It is time for a change in the governor's and attorney general's offices. Too many children have died as a result of meth labs, too many elderly have been abused without protection from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Jack Conway has refused to prosecute corrupt and criminal public officials. Pretty pictures on a website don't achieve results.
Both Conway and Gov. Steve Beshear can say whatever they wish, but the facts are that they both are supporters of Obama's agenda. Liberalism is destroying our country and all they want to do is tax, borrow and spend.
There are problems in our state that need to be addressed and Conway and Beshear have had their time to solve them. It is time for a changing of the guard in Frankfort.