Letters to the Editor

Bad neighbor Paul-icy

Rene Boucher, left, was sentenced to 30 days for his attack on neighbor Sen. Rand Paul over a long-running dispute over landscaping issues. Federal prosecutors have appealed for a harsher sentence and Paul has file a civil suit.
Rene Boucher, left, was sentenced to 30 days for his attack on neighbor Sen. Rand Paul over a long-running dispute over landscaping issues. Federal prosecutors have appealed for a harsher sentence and Paul has file a civil suit. File photos

Thank you for recent articles concerning the exploits of Sen. Rand Paul. It seems that after repeatedly placing piles of trash on a property line he shared with a neighbor —forcing the neighbor to clean up his trash — the neighbor reported it to their HOA. When the HOA did nothing, the neighbor tackled Paul in anger when he was mowing his lawn.

Granted, he should not have resorted to physical violence, but he was probably feeling helpless against a system that too often yields to powerful politicians. At first, Paul seemed like an innocent victim. But then, the senator wanted his neighbor charged with assaulting a member of Congress - pretending the attack was politically motivated.

Thank goodness the Michigan jurist denied that allegation, but jailed and fined the neighbor.

Not content to respect the decision of our justice system, Paul now wants to sue the neighbor for financial gain, even though Paul’s insurance plan pays everything. A good neighbor would have realized the part he played in this situation and would not continue to escalate it. As a Republican, I take no pleasure in saying Paul is a bad neighbor, and is giving Kentucky a black eye.

Pamela Slader

Lexington

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