Ellinger serves well
I'm proud to support Chuck Ellinger for re-election as council at-large. His intelligence, knowledge and experience have served the people of Lexington over the past seven-plus years.
He has shown integrity and respect for every person who has come to him with questions or needs.
I have known Ellinger for over 12 years. He cares first about the people of Lexington and thinks through and researches every issue, making informed decisions. When individuals have questions, he is always willing to listen and discuss the issues, not debate. He is a problem solver. He thinks for himself, and does not let others decide for him.
Ellinger loves serving the people of Lexington. This is shown by his kindness, reliability and attendance record. He does an outstanding job serving this community. Join me in voting for Chuck Ellinger Nov. 2
Phyllis J. Mosman
Threat to medicine
Here are examples of Rand Paul's disrespect for well-established American medical customs.
Rather than join the American Board of Ophthalmology, our consensus society of peers for self-regulation, Paul childishly established his own certifying body.
Not only does he refuse to cooperate with his specialty's board, as a Libertarian he would question the necessity for any medical licensing.
He belongs to a fringe medical group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. AAPS published harmful articles questioning the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causation of AIDS; opposing mandatory immunization; and irresponsibly perpetuating discredited theories that link immunization to autism. Paul says, "I use a lot of AAPS literature when I talk."
These positions are repugnant to mainstream American scientific and medical communities.
Jack Conway is a proven Kentucky public servant. It is urgent to go to the polls and vote for Conway. Should Paul be elected, we will rue the day.
Garrett Adams, M.D.
Associate professor of pediatrics, emeritusUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine
Proven track record
I am writing in support of Rep. Ben Chandler for Kentucky's 6th District.
Chandler has, during his three terms in the House, demonstrated that he has been willing to make the tough votes that are right for Kentucky, not just for a political party. He has taken the difficult stands that will protect Kentucky's air quality and waterways for future generations, and helped lay the groundwork for new jobs in the clean energy sector. This is something that is desperately needed in Kentucky as other neighboring states such as Ohio and Indiana are racing far ahead of us to land clean energy jobs.
The Chandler family has demonstrated their loyalty and given their service to Kentucky for generations. Opponent Andy Barr, on the other hand, is an unknown. So I am supporting a candidate who has a proven track record of putting Kentucky first.
When it comes to the quality of our children's education, coupled with the need for fiscal responsibility, there is one clear choice to bridge the political divide: green schools.
This is why a Democrat and a Republican co-sponsored the creation of the Kentucky Green Schools Caucus and why Rep. Ben Chandler, as co-chairman of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus in Washington, sponsored legislation to promote this investment.
"Not only will this investment begin to fix our crumbling public schools, but it will create local jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, save energy, and, during these tough economic times, make a significant long-term investment in our country's most valuable resource, our children."
Vote for Chandler to ensure that from his seat on the House Appropriations Committee and with his increasing seniority in the House, Kentucky will promote healthy learning while saving about $100,000 annually in direct costs per green school.
Once again I ask Herald-Leader readers to support Don Pratt as he seeks to serve as an at-large member of our Urban County Council. You gave him your vote in the primary. Now it is crucial that you follow through and give him one of your three at-large council votes in the general election on Nov. 2.
Don is a caring, concerned, knowledgeable member of our community. He has supported and participated in numerous social and civic causes, and will push for openness in city government. He will not be afraid to question if he feels something is wrong. And he will have the courage of his convictions to advocate what is right.
Pratt can help make Lexington an even better community for all. Let's give him the chance to prove it.
Lexington needs judges who are willing to enforce the laws and preserve the safety of our neighborhoods. We need someone with the leadership and courage to make public safety a priority.
I support Judge Maria Ransdell for re-election because she has the strength of character and integrity to fairly enforce the law providing the peaceful and safe quality of life we all deserve.
She's proven she can do it, so let's keep Ransdell in District Court.
House District 45 needs Matthew Vanderpool, who is reliable, dedicated, goal oriented, an outstanding organizer and a candidate who will listen to his constituents.
His work with the Red Cross during the Katrina disaster instilled a passion for cutting government's red tape and procuring immediate aid. He has traveled the state, studying both sides of the coal/energy issue and is developing a workable plan to protect the coal industry and our environment.
Likewise, Vanderpool's volunteer work in schools has provided him with an understanding for developing practical solutions that will aid teachers and administrators in budgetary matters and classroom management.
His refusal to be led by special interest groups or by emotion is impressive. Therefore, I urge voters in the 45th to elect Vanderpool as their state representative. He will listen and provide them a voice.
Members of the Kentucky legislature have been criticized for failure to enact a budget during the regular session, resulting in the necessity of a special session to pass a budget, as required by the Kentucky Constitution.
Obstinacy on the part of a few prevented passage during the regular session. The special session was held at extra expense to the state because the state is required to pay members of the legislature.
Jesse Crenshaw, representative of the 77th legislative district, donated the entire salary and other expenses paid to him for the special session to numerous local charities, such as the Red Cross, Kentucky Blood Center, Black Church Coalition, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.
Voters in the 77th District would be well served to re-elect Jesse Crenshaw as our state representative because of his honesty and dedication to those he represents.
Martha B. Moore