GOP victory could boomerang into win for Obama
Would a Republican victory this year mean anything? Probably not. Republican candidates are not offering any real alternatives or ideas.
It appears they will concentrate on legislative tactics instead of solutions if they gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives as widely expected.
This will sound twisted, but a GOP victory in 2010 might give our economy a boost in an unexpected way. We know sure enough the business elites trust the GOP more.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Lexington Herald-Leader
Even when the Republicans don't deliver what they promise, business leaders like hearing those magic words — tax cuts and deregulation.
So, it's reasonable to suppose that a GOP victory this year would encourage businesses to spend some of that cash savings, which they have no plans to spend at the present time.
Increased business spending would be a big step in the right direction. It might even create jobs, if it's invested in new or expanded business operations. You see, economic performance is as much about human psychology and behavior as anything else.
Ironically, this turn of events might eventually favor President Barack Obama and his party, since voters tend to give credit for economic recoveries to the president. A short-term setback might yield long-term success.
The creation of an entirely new Frankfort Plant Board assistant general manager position within months of filling the general manager position has raised questions throughout the community.
The questions of perceived need and funding for the position were detailed in an Aug. 29 State-Journal article.
The approval of the position, however, came down to the directors of the plant board, the same directors who hired the newly appointed general manager, Jim Smith.
A manager who has assessed the utility, community and respective economic conditions and boldly stepped up to say, "I need help." Help in a job for which he applied, was interviewed and even negotiated a benefits package.
All this with the same directors who now, only months later, agree to hire an assistant to perform the duties that they were certainly assured their candidate could handle.
Smith's answer to improve customer service, and the plant board's image is a $100,000 position. A position that will never climb a pole, dig out a line or come to your home in the name of service.
Recently a lot of information has been brought out about nursing homes, mostly negative.
The reality is that we cannot have a community without them. I think people need to know there are ways they can help. You can volunteer.
Volunteers are accepted and needed in nursing homes. From passing out mail to learning to feed the residents, volunteers can be a beneficial part of nursing home life.
Volunteers do not need to have a set schedule; it is when you feel you can give the time.
Any time is appreciated. Meal times are great times to assist and get to know residents with great conversation.
Families torn apart
How can children be removed from a home simply because lies were told to a social worker by a 7-year-old?
A social worker shows authority because she has the power to remove them. She's definitely not God. Parents can be 100 percent innocent of the abuse they are accused of.
Shouldn't there be proof: pictures, witnesses, anything showing abuse? Some social workers are very prejudiced against races other than their own.
It's unfair for parents and children to be separated from each other, not to mention ripping the hearts out of the parents, not knowing where their children are and the children having never spent a night away from them. The children, like their parents, must be very sad.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services should look a little closer before tearing apart a perfect family.
Think, then vote
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., in support of his stand that Cuba travel bans should be lifted, was recently quoted as saying: "What we've done doesn't work, and it's clear that it doesn't work, so we need to try something new." This statement seems worthy of our thought as we prepare for the election booth.
If a decision, an opinion or a course of action is obviously not working, a different stance might be desirable or indicated. Anytime we approach a problem, serious thinking is in order. Sometimes, however, we need to rethink what we have already thought.
Without pursuing the travel ban problem here, we need to think about Cleaver's take on workability. The founders spoke of the need for an intelligent electorate. A statement made by an 1880s utilitarian scholar, John Stuart Mill, supports this. He said, "we should accept no doctrine either from ourselves or other people without rigid scrutiny."
At the voting booth, we must remember that ideas and acts have consequences. Loyalty to our favorite political party is fine when casting a vote. But along with loyalty and fond feelings for the candidate, we had better give serious thought. We had better remember our winning candidates will be working for us.
The choices our candidates will be making will most certainly affect our lives.
Whatever political party we favor, we need to weigh the positions the candidates support.
Merrill O. Challman
How appalling to read the story, "Family mourns dog shot by police." Why would the juvenile the police were pursuing enter a fenced-in yard and, better yet, why would the cop do the same unless he saw him in that yard?
It was reported that the officer thought, but did not necessarily see, the juvenile go onto the property.
I do not believe the dog attacked the cop or bit him. Rocky was not a vicious animal. Surprised by an unannounced person, possibly. No teeth marks or broken skin were mentioned.
Police are trained to use a gun and good judgment about when to use it. This officer did not. I think he saw a big dog and got scared. Good judgment doesn't take six bullets. This officer did not use good judgment on any score. He killed a little boy's pet.
So, did the officer catch the suspect, or did he create a victim?