Conway's OK; direction we're going isn't
As a lifelong registered Democrat, I like Jack Conway. He seems to be a sincere, personable man.
However, I do not like the direction our president and Congress are taking the country, nor do I like the bullying, bribery and heavy-handed tactics that have been used by the administration and congressional leaders to coerce members of Congress to vote their way. The health care fiasco is just one example.
If any Kentuckian believes that Conway will be able to resist the relentless pressure to conform even on issues that are important to him, you are mistaken.
Therefore, I hope you will join me in voting for Rand Paul, because he will certainly stand firm for us in Washington.
It is time for us to put partisanship aside and look out for ourselves and our future generations.
Rand Paul says Kentucky doesn't need farm subsidies that help our struggling farmers. Paul says "accidents happen," and Kentucky doesn't need strict coal mining regulations to protect our miners.
Paul says Kentucky seniors don't need Social Security benefits, which many Kentucky seniors depend on to make ends meet. Paul says the drug problem in Eastern Kentucky is "not a pressing issue" and Kentucky doesn't need federal help to fight this problem.
With such extreme views as this, it is no doubt Kentuckians don't need Rand Paul.
Chandler backs us
In keeping up with news, views and events, I noticed when discussions were on the table to close the Veterans Hospitals in Lexington, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler was the only person in local, state and federal government to oppose it.
Not only do these two hospitals provide necessary treatment for our veterans, who are so deserving of their care, they also provide many jobs for the local and outlying areas of this state.
Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Sen. Mitch McConnell stood by and did nothing toward helping to make sure we have this care without driving more than 100 miles or farther to maintain our health.
I am from a family of six brothers who have all served our country faithfully from World War II on through the Korean and Vietnam wars, and our concerns were met by Chandler.
Back when the University of Kentucky hospital plans were on the table to be built, a gentleman by the name of A.B. "Happy" Chandler, grandfather of Ben Chandler, was there for Lexington and Central Kentucky. Others wanted to see it built in the Louisville area.
Please don't put down the Chandler name; they stood up for us as those who are elected by us should do.
Marijuana is answer
To all you fearing Rand Paul and some of his statements about drugs, farm subsidies, etc., what Paul is trying to say is our nation and state are bankrupt. We can't afford to keep spending blindly.
It would greatly benefit Kentucky if we would legalize marijuana and tax it. There would be plenty of money to fight the real problems of meth, pain pills and narcotics.
The local loonies (lawmen and lawyers) use marijuana as their cash cow, while fleecing the taxpayers to prosecute and incarcerate marijuana users.
At least one-third of adults in Kentucky smoke marijuana. You can't lock up everybody.
Paul may be a little goofy (OK, a lot), but I'd vote for Mickey Mouse before I would vote for Jack Conway and President Barack Obama's socialist machine.
U.S. first, indeed
Hurray for the letter "Help the U.S. first." I appreciate the mammoth generosity of the United States to many people throughout the world.
However, the old adage "charity begins at home" should be placed before the money people of Washington and throughout the United States.
Raising millions of dollars, as this country and its citizens have done for every part of the world, could be used to help our own: New Orleans, not even nearly restored after Katrina; the victims of the tornadoes and flooding throughout our great nation; the forest fires and mud slides — all would be eternally grateful for the money that should be used for the safety and peace of mind of Americans.
It would be unbelievable and unfortunately more of a miracle if others believe the same. Once again, let us think of our own first.
I hope God shows as much compassion to those who opposed the Vineyard Community Church's move as they did to the people who would have been helped by that move.
It's not money that is the root of all evil; it's the love of money.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett give billions to help poor people. Bill Clinton wrote a book on giving. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, started a business in Haiti. Coach John Calipari is generous with his time and money, whether it be for Haiti, Memphis or Lexington.
What's next? No to Southland Christian? Convert the Shriners Hospital to condominiums?
Every day God gives me is a gift, and I will use it to help others.
Maybe Calipari's generosity and compassion will rub off on his neighbors.
The Rev. Phil Eldridge
One and the same
The Tea Party movement and Republican Party are pretty much one and the same. Republican officeholders are forced to support radical Tea Party ideas and their candidates in order to maintain party unity.
Trey Grayson, the mainstream Republican candidate Sen. Mitch McConnell supported, lost to Rand Paul in the May primary. Now McConnell has to support Paul.
Tea Party candidates like to exclaim: "We are going to take back the government!" Who are they going to take it back from? We, the people, are the government. Are they going to take government back from themselves?
What they really mean is: "We are going to take government back to the recent glory days when Republicans controlled our nation's executive, legislative and judicial branches." It was a time when GOP leadership ran the country amok. Now the "Party of No" wants to be in charge again.
Tea Party/Republican candidates say government is too big, code words for cutting needed social programs and entitlements.
If elected, these candidates become a part of the big government they detest.
If Republicans really mean what they say about the need to limit government and cut spending, why don't they call for a serious reduction in welfare, corporate welfare and all our entitlement programs?
Make it a part of the 2012 Republican platform and have their candidates campaign on that plank.
Also, why do Republicans only express concern about deficits our children and grandchildren will face when a Democrat is president and Democrats control Congress?
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.