Letters to the Editor

Letters: Aug. 5

State lawmakers, not workers, hurt pension system

A July 18 letter concerning double-dippers and the state of Kentucky's financial woes was grossly inaccurate.

The writer stated that double-dippers do not pay into the retirement system.

Any employee eligible for a retirement pays into a fund of the Kentucky Retirement System for the duration of their employment at a rate determined by the system.

Any employee who returns to government work and is not eligible to retire does not pay into the system; however, the government employing them must pay as if the employee is eligible.

Further, had the writer bothered to investigate, he would have found that the actions of government employees who retire and then seek re-employment in government are legal.

The state would be paying a salary to someone, paying retirement and benefits to someone, be it an experienced government retiree or a newcomer.

The retirement system's funding shortfall was not caused by the retirees whom the system supports, but rather by the actions of our legislature, which failed to live up to its commitments.

As a person who retired and then returned to work for a different government employer and a contributor to the retirement system, I find the writer's statements ignorant and uninformed.

Keith Broughton


Reflection of character

My fellow Democrats who worked in our July 4 festival booth (and many other citizens who share a common decency) were appalled by the "Yup, I'm a racist" T-shirts being sold at the Tea Party booth next to us.

Who can believe the Tea Party spokespeople who attribute such behavior to "a few bad actors" when the Tea Party obviously approved the sale of these and other items with racially charged slogans?

These activities, combined with Tea Party sign carriers mocking President Barack Obama and a Tea Party protester directing a racial epithet at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a longtime civil rights leader, would seem to indicate a clear pattern to their message.

Betty Gabehart


Ky. politics as usual

This is just a note of thanks to the Democratic and Republican parties for keeping Kentucky politics "as is" by supplying the voters of the commonwealth with two of the most "I don't want to vote for either one of theseclowns" U.S. Senate candidates in the state's history in Jack Conway and Rand Paul.

Conway is already a well-known party man, and from the looks of it, Paul is headed that way, too, now that he has gotten hold of Sen. Mitch McConnell's coattails.

I'm just glad to see that nothing has changed in Kentucky politics. I might have passed out from shock if anything had actually changed from the "you'll get the best senator money can buy" political machine mentality in this state.

Gary R. Yaden


Reason, not rants

This letter is in response to a July 13 letter that accused other politicians and the media of abusing U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.

The writer refers to the "Washington establishment" as "crooked" and calls President Barack Obama and Democrats liars. The writer praises Paul and claims that "Paul represents the people and what we stand for."

The writer makes all these claims and accusations, but says nothing to back them up. I'm willing to listen to rational arguments, but there is nothing rational in this ranting.

The writer tells us nothing about what Paul believes or how he would solve our country's problems, or what "the people stand for." She has told us nothing about her candidate.

As to the accusations, who in Washington is doing what to hurt Rand Paul? What is crooked about the "Washington establishment?" What has the media said and how is it incorrect in its coverage?

How have Paul's statements been misconstrued? If they're taken out of context, what is the context?

What lies has Obama told, and what is the proof that they are lies? Let's have less ranting and more intelligent dialogue.

Dorie Hubbard


BP failed to plan

BP has put out some animation that illustrates the bottom kill fix the company is working on. It involves drilling two relief wells into the sea floor, which would be used to pump drilling fluid into the gushing well and eventually cement to permanently shut it off.

More than likely, this will end the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, this takes time and that is precisely the problem.

BP quickly pointed out that the bottom kill is the most effective method of stopping deep-water leaks, so why weren't two relief wells already pre-drilled in anticipation of such an event as the one that occurred?

Two pre-drilled shafts could have saved weeks of drilling, millions of dollars and, more importantly, the livelihoods of those in the gulf.

Like they always say, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Perhaps in BP's case, it should stop hiring so many of them and give the "little people" the job of operating their rigs.

Michael Lawrence


Why oppose a church?

As I was traveling on Henry Clay Boulevard, I noticed signs reading "Say NO to Vineyard Church." These signs are not only an eyesore, but for a neighborhood to say "no" to a church wanting to come into its community is crazy.

Are the residents too good to let God live in their little spot of Lexington? I wonder what they would think if God just said "no" to them.

Jennings Perkins


Trim junk mail

The July 22 article on Kentucky.com, "Senior deals with a mountain of junk mail sent to Texas home," did not address the simple and available options that people can use to help control the advertising mail they receive.

DMAchoice is a service developed by the Direct Marketing Association that lets users personalize the type of advertising mail they receive based on their needs and wants as a consumer. People can register for the service by visiting www.dmachoice.org.

The service helps to balance the desires of consumers to control their mail with the needs of the more than 300,000 American small businesses that rely on the mail to reach customers.

Linda Woolley

Executive vice president, government affairs Direct Marketing Association Washington, D.C.