Our region must support Toyota, a great neighbor
I find it funny to see how many people are jumping on the bandwagon to bash Toyota. I would think that, in this part of the U.S., Toyota would have a strong backing.
It is not right what has happened to the few who have lost their lives or have been tragically hurt. We expect to be safe when we get in our vehicle and drive.
Toyota has been a great neighbor and also has helped support many Kentucky families. I bet if everyone thinks about it, they will see they know someone who has worked there or who is working there now.
I come from a family whose members have driven Toyotas for a long time, and they have been great vehicles. We feel confident in Toyota and what it stands for.
I hope everything works out for Toyota and the rest of the people involved in tragic incidents that have happened because of faulty parts or chips. But imagine what an impact Toyota closing would have on our state and the many people who would lose their jobs and integrity.
Signs of end times
The Bible predicts the end times will include earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis.
Chile's 8.8-magnitude quake, one of the strongest ever recorded and stronger than Haiti's earthquake, was followed by a tsunami.
Indeed, every time there is a great earthquake nearby nations go scrambling to avoid a possible tsunami wave. After Chile's quake, warnings were issued for virtually every country and state in the Pacific Ocean.
Look for all of this to only increase the closer we get to the end.
Carloftis not delivering
After a number of years of my requesting a new bridge to replace a makeshift culvert, Rockcastle County Judge-Executive Buzz Carloftis said it would be done.
I went around the county crowing that he had arranged to acquire a new bridge for East Fork Skeggs Creek Road.
Later, he claimed to have no knowledge of the conversation. I suggested his memory doesn't serve him well. He said his memory is fine.
That bridge can no way pass state compliance. School children cross that bridge daily in heavy school buses. It is not right to jeopardize those innocent lives.
This letter is the only voice I have in this election because I am a registered independent, and so I cannot vote in this primary. All my life, I have been a solid, working-class, anti-hypocrite American citizen. 'Tis no wonder some politicians don't care for that.
Martin for council
I urge voters in the 10th District to vote to keep Doug Martin as our council representative. I've known him for over 20 years, and he is honest and hardworking and has good common sense — exactly what we need in our city government.
Martin was the president of our neighborhood association, and he did a great job. He worked to get new turn lanes and crosswalks installed near our school.
Since he became our 10th District councilman, he got a four-way stop put in at a busy intersection that makes it much safer. He helped secure snow removal on several busy streets for the first time. He was also able to double road repaving funds for the district.
Doug Martin has real-world experience in business, real estate and economic development. He is an asset on the council. Please vote to keep him there.
Frank M. Jenkins III
I've been a voter for 25 years. My heart calls me to share the following. I became acquainted with Sheriff Kathy Witt during a Sunday school class in the late 1990s.
Our friendship grew as our children attended the same school and they, too, became friends. I had always admired Witt's moral character, her love for her family and the servant's heart the Lord gave her.
Her dedication is admirable. The level of integrity that I've witnessed is second to none. Witt does not stop at the completion of what is in the box, but she reaches outside the box to learn and bring in new ideas to enhance the office as well as to protect our citizens.
Join me in ensuring that this office continues to be run with the high level of dedication, integrity and professionalism that is in place by re-electing Sheriff Witt.
Our useless senators
At election time, Kentuckians really hear from our United States senators. The tall one, Jim Bunning, is retiring and the short one, Mitch McConnell, should also retire.
When they have attended the Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky, they have praised the veterans.
And for all their praise, when it came time to vote for veterans, they voted against them until they found unfavorable conditions in the Veterans Administration hospitals in Cincinnati and across the country. Also they bowed to public pressure.
All of you who work for a living, look back at how the two senators voted when it came to labor, union or non-union. They are against any unions that protect the working conditions for employees at their respective companies.
They do not watch out or care for the common working men and women. They care only for their own interests.
Charles E. Dixon
Pratt for council
I urge voters to elect Don Pratt in his fourth attempt to gain a seat on Lexington's city council.
He has consistently offered, without expectation of reward or advancement, to use his uncanny skills of delegation and compromise to promote and protect this community, his lifelong home.
With boundless energy, he fights for justice on both the largest and smallest scales. He has remained a fiscal conservative, spending less than $1,000 on his previous three campaigns, combined.
At age 55, he retired debt free, as a sole proprietor of a neighborhood grocery. He has been a single father of over 50 foster children.
Don Pratt will bring the same even temper and compassion to the council as he has brought to the children he has nurtured, the homeless he has fed, the elderly to whom he has delivered free groceries, and all the people for whom he has offered hope.