Farmers’ painful lesson
I’ve spent most of my life working in agriculture and don’t know many people who work harder than farmers. But even hard workers can be misled and do something stupid, such as overwhelmingly voting for the wrong person.
From the last three years of the Obama administration until now, farm prices have tanked and production costs have almost doubled. And thanks to our new trade war, it isn’t likely to get any better anytime soon. In 2014, for example, soybean futures were bringing $1,500 compared to $850 today. Meanwhile, costs for tractors, grain storage facilities and metal buildings are about to skyrocket, fertilizer costs are rising, and just try to get that temporary immigrant labor that you or your neighbors relied on.
It’s time to put an end to this madness and stop electing President Donald Trump enablers like Rep. Andy Barr and Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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Beshear, KEA buddies
I appreciate those who teach in this commonwealth. I have taught school, my husband is a retired teacher, and we understand the kind of work involved in teaching. We have both belonged to the Kentucky Education Association, so we know where its commitment lies.
Our legislature has given the teachers all that they have asked for, yet they demand more. It’s not because they are greedy, but it is apparent this is at the encouragement of their union, the KEA, who takes pains to make them believe they are entitled to more.
Attorney General Andy Beshear, who has cozied up to the teachers’ union from the beginning of this teacher-retirement debacle, has announced his candidacy for governor with Jacqueline Coleman, a vice-principal in Nelson County, as his running mate.
If you desire a governor who comes complete with his own bully pulpit, your man is Beshear.
Trump morality teeny
President Donald Trump wants to resurrect the failed, archaic policies of tariff protectionism. Republicans have supported free trade for 70 years, until now. If trade, which is 20 percent of the economy, ended there would be a depression. Republican tax cuts have left the nation near bankruptcy, inadvertently curtailing Trump’s delusions of grandeur.
Trump is an insecure man who has one core value: avarice. As the kicks from money became harder to find, Trump’s avarice blossomed to include sex and power. His lack of a moral compass has engendered a schizoid confusion — his immigrant wife and mother are worthy; other immigrants are unworthy; friends are enemies, enemies are friends, etc.
Trump committed the human-rights abuses of separating asylum-seeking families to smoke out those will follow him unquestioningly. He is a moral midget.
Allen T. Kelley
Tax guns, bullets
Gun owners like to cite their Second Amendment rights to own as many guns as they want. They don’t care that all those guns make it impossible for unarmed citizens to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” without fear of being gunned down.
Our schools have a problem with students or former students taking guns to school and shooting other students. The root cause is that anyone can get a gun anytime they want because politicians have taken National Rife Association bribes to make guns available with virtually no restrictions.
Politicians who refuse to acknowledge that the easy availability of guns is the problem have decided the solution is to put metal detectors at school entrances. To pay for this, they want to raise the property tax.
If the problem is guns, then why not pay for the metal detectors with excise taxes on guns and bullets?
I would like for the community to know that there is no way other than writing a letter to contact Sen. Mitch McConnell. When you call his Lexington office, the mailbox is full. If you call his Washington office, the mailbox is full. These mailboxes have been full for the last 12 months. I know because I have called both. Do they not check these mailboxes?
Marcia B. Watkins