Water cost not the issue
After reading Andy Mead's Oct. 8 article on the mayor's race, I wondered if Jim Gray is looking for help paying his water bill.
If he thinks water bills are the most pressing problem of Lexington, I don't think he has a clue about running this city. I just received my water bill and find as follows:
■ Water usage and meter charge: $20.57.
■ Urban County Government sewer fees $15.49 (this charge goes on whether we water the lawn, wash the car or whatever).
■ Urban County Government water management fee and landfill fee: $8.82.
■ Kentucky River Authority fee, school tax and franchise fee: $1.50.
The actual water cost was $11.91; most of the bill was taxes and fees having nothing to do with water costs.
Keep Thornton on bench
The fabric of our society is defined by the honesty, integrity, commitment and compassion of our judiciary. The executive and legislative branches of government deal with the necessary give and take of the political process. This is not true of the courts. That process would undermine the entire faith and trust in the system of judicial independence necessary to assure fair and equal treatment of all appearing in the court system.
Judge Megan Thornton has more than 13 years of judicial experience and over 29 years of legal experience that have allowed her to faithfully and fairly execute her duties as Fayette district judge for the tenure of her judicial career. Thornton possesses all the qualities that make an outstanding district court judge.
I encourage voters to retain Thornton for another term.
John R. Adams
A veteran for Chandler
I am an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran who has served overseas. I don't hide my support for Ben Chandler. He is a good person and always does what he thinks is right. I don't always agree with him, but he is the right person in Washington.
He helped keep the Leestown Road Veterans Administration Hospital open when people threatened to close it. Not only did he stand up for Lexington veterans with the hospital, he got a program at the University of Kentucky for technology to help wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and pushed through legislation to give veterans a college education.
Lexington veterans need to know what Chandler did for us.
Kay is a great choice
Lexington is a city with potential. It could be a great city. One way we could get closer to that status is by electing Steve Kay to our Urban County Council.
Kay's long history of community service has given him extraordinary knowledge of the people, laws and infrastructure. Listening to him field questions at community events shows his command of a range of topics and his ability to connect with people of all backgrounds.
Kay, a professional facilitator, has experience helping groups find common interests to reach the best solutions. Having him on our council would enhance its ability to make decisions with a spirit of cooperation.
Kay's vision for Lexington is fresh and exciting. Learn more at www.kayforcouncil.com. It is rare to have the opportunity to vote for someone of Kay's caliber. I urge Lexingtonians to cast one of their three votes for at-large council members for Kay.
Clueless on racing
Alice Forgy Kerr has no clue. The signature industry of Kentucky is principally located in Fayette County, her district.
She has voted against thousands of jobs in an industry that benefits tourism and the beautiful scenery that is our Bluegrass legacy.
The sad fact is Kerr does not comprehend how important the horse industry is in Fayette. To preserve our equine industry, we have spent more than $20 million for the purchase of development rights. Kerr voted against that industry and against the significant investment we have made to preserve it.
Anyone who reads the trade publications knows Indiana and Pennsylvania have advertised extensively in the last few months, begging Kentucky farmers to bring their mares to be bred and to take advantage of incentives there as a result of expanded gaming.
Why didn't Kerr vote to support her own industry? I guess you'll have to ask Senate Leader David Williams.
Donald R. Todd
Two worthy judges
I have known District Judges Maria Ransdell and Megan Lake Thornton since they first became attorneys. Thornton clerked for me while she was a law student at the University of Kentucky. Both Ransdell and Thornton practiced cases before me when I was circuit judge. They were truly outstanding attorneys.
As a former circuit judge and former Kentucky Supreme Court justice, I feel I know the type of people and attorneys we need to serve as judges. I support Thornton and Ransdell in their campaigns for re-election.
Both possess qualities Kentuckians look for in a judge — a first-class legal intellect, a love for the law, an innate sense of fairness and an enviable work ethic. Each has demonstrated those qualities as an attorney, as a judge and in her personal life.
I ask Fayette County voters to support both Thornton and Ransdell on Nov. 2.
Judge James E. Keller (Ret.)
Having practiced in our state and federal court systems for over 30 years, I strongly urge voters of Fayette County to support Kim Wilkie for district court judge.
I first met Wilkie when I was a prosecutor and he worked for Fayette County Legal Aid. He was a very capable defense attorney, ethical and a pleasure to practice cases against.
Wilkie's competence, ethics, commitment to fairness and respect for everyone garnered his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as virtually all of the attorneys who regularly practice in district court.
Wilkie has the ability to separate the important and relevant issues in a case from those that are insignificant, petty or even ridiculous.
If you need further insight on this race, call any police officer you may know or any attorney who regularly practices in Fayette District Court.
I urge you to vote for Wilkie as district court judge.
Benjamin P. Hicks
Cheryl Feigel, 5th District Urban County Council member, is very concerned about the issues in all of the neighborhoods in the district.
She is very accessible, loves her job and works hard because she cares about people.
In my area, Feigel has been very diligent working to improve the unsafe conditions at Sonnet Cove Apartments.
She works with Code Enforcement, the Fayette County Health Department and the police to ensure the safety of the renters and continues to keep the concerned citizens updated on these issues.
And Feigel has been instrumental in the redevelopment of Lexington Mall. She works hard and has achieved much to benefit the 5th District.
Re-elect Feigel so she can continue her dedicated work and keep moving Lexington forward.
Larson's got it right
Why do we have the unnecessary position of Fayette County judge-executive wasting our tax money? This position should have been eliminated with the merger.
There is a candidate who is willing to take a stand and do away with this job. His name is Jon Larson. Larson plans to eliminate this position when he is elected as Fayette judge-executive.
Let's all vote for Larson to stop this wasteful spending. We need more candidates who are really looking out for all of us folks.
Vote for Williams
As Lexington's retired fire chief and Kevin Williams' former supervisor, I feel uniquely qualified to comment on his candidacy for the 10th District Urban County Council seat.
Williams is an honest, hard-working, conscientious person who will faithfully represent his neighbors in the 10th District. He has a thorough understanding of the issues involved in the district and the city as a whole. He is ready, willing and eager to tackle those issues.
If you elect Williams as your representative on the Urban County Council, you will not be disappointed. I ask you to give careful consideration to my friend and former fellow firefighter when you enter the voting booth Nov. 2.
Beware Paul and friends
Election warning to all black, Spanish-speaking and all poor white voters:
Avoid Rand Paul. He is a liar. Andy Barr is another liar who would not take responsibility for his crimes. Mitch McConnell, another liar, told his party to "just say no" to anything President Barack Obama proposes even when it benefits most Americans and Kentuckians, as did the stimulus money.
Forget members of the Tea Party movement. Many of them are anti-minority. Many of them took advantage of the stimulus money as did many Republicans. Much of Paul's income comes from Medicare.
Democrats and independents need a Democratic senator and. congressman in Washington, D.C.
One of Lexington's most informed and knowledgeable citizens is running for re-election. The person is Chuck Ellinger II.
This dedicated young man has served our community during recent years as an at-large council member. During his service, he has carefully studied the budget and has been fiscally conservative. He knows every dollar must be used wisely.
Ellinger is a man of integrity who is approachable and receptive to constituents. He listens to all and makes sound decisions. As an at-large council member, he will continue to represent everyone equitably and justly. As you vote Nov. 2, please remember to vote for Ellinger for at-large council member.
Morris and Ann Riddle
Paul's radical ideas
If Rand Paul wins Nov. 2, Kentucky can expect the reduction and eventual elimination of programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, health care and a reversion to Jim Crow days.
Paul proposed a $2,000 deductible per year for Medicare seniors. Since many Kentuckians rely solely on Social Security checks, a $2,000 deductible would severely reduce their ability to pay bills.
Couple this with his proposal for a sales tax (20-25 percent) to replace the income tax. The poor, seniors and the middle class would likely reduce spending. More unemployment would result.
Under his thinking, we would live at the mercy of giant corporations, the rich and "non-violent criminals." There will be no law to protect us. His assertion federal programs violate the Constitution is naive. These programs created the middle class. A federal government is required to protect citizens from corrupt corporations and provide national security.
Vote against Paul.
Andrew J. Ruzicho
Rand Paul and Andy Barr are honorable men with deep convictions. Both offer visions based on sound economics and good governance, boldly proposing real solutions to the evolving welfare state.
Their opponents hide their records, shun their party and run from their president. They offer nothing but personal attacks. If you wrote or did something as a teen-ager you are not proud of, vote Republican.
The only crazy candidates this season are those who believe this nation can continue on its current fiscal path of spending and printing money. Paul and Barr want to grow the pie; Jack Conway and Ben Chandler will have us fighting over crumbs. Democrats call themselves "fiscally conservative," like shrimp call themselves "jumbo."
Cameron S. Schaeffer
Put Sanner on bench
I am writing in support of Mike Sanner for district court judge. I have worked with Sanner for several years within the Purchase Development Rights program.
The commitment and dedication demonstrated by Sanner, as an attorney for the program, along with the thoughtful approach to advice provided is transferable to the courtroom.
As a Fayette County resident, I believe the community will greatly benefit by having Sanner as a judge. I urge you to support Sanner for 5th Division judge.
I urge the re-election of Jesse Crenshaw as state representative. He truly gives meaning to the term "public servant."
Crenshaw has consistently stood for the things that matter most to everyday people: jobs and education. He has worked to help bring about funding for projects Lexington and Kentucky desperately need, including the Central Kentucky Job Training Center and Community Ventures Corporation's Small Business Incubator Program.
He worked to increase teacher salaries to levels comparable with nearby states. He worked to fund renovations of the Civic Center and construction of the Kentucky Horse Park indoor arena, which are major draws for Lexington.
He also worked to improve benefits for retired firefighters and police officers, as well as assisting surviving widows of those civil servants.
Crenshaw has devoted his entire career to helping Lexington and the commonwealth.