Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 19

Our leaders must stop acting like children

What a shame to hear two of the most powerful people say the stupidest things.

First, there was President Barack Obama, who called on Latino voters to "punish our enemies" in the midterm elections.

And worst yet was Sen. Mitch McConnell saying his main goal for the next two years was beating Obama in an election. How childish can one person be?

McConnell never mentioned the economy, Social Security, jobs, health care or anything of importance. This clearly shows his mind-set, or lack of.

With the McConnell track record of wasting tax money, he certainly wasn't going to mention that. The only difference between him and Obama is Obama wastes his money in the open, while McConnell hides his.

With the latest election results, we need to work hard to support those who are truly for the American way, and let those wanting to play kids games get out of the way; they are no longer needed or viable.

Larry Hedgepeth

Canmer

Say what?

A highway sign with the exit name Peytona-Waddy? That's just wrong.

Mark Waggoner

Lexington

GOP too liberal

Republicans shunned their conservative candidates for the liberal ones who could continue their "good old buddy system."

They now want to deal with the liberal Democrats again just like they did during the Bush years, when they squandered their power.

Sarah Palin did not cost them the Senate; their greed and liberal positions cost them Senate control.

The only answer is to remove all of them from government along with the Democrats. Washington must be cleaned out to the core, including all those who work for the government.

The only answer is to dismantle D.C. and spread the government over the 50 states where it is face to face with real Americans every day.

Return government control to the states where we can lay our hands on those operating the system. Cut the pay of all government employees by 25 percent, limit their holidays to six per year and reduce their vacation time by 50 percent. Set term limits to two terms.

We need a balanced budget amendment like Kentucky's. Limit elected officials' pay to 100 percent of their average pay for the four years prior to their election, and do not allow them to raise their own pay.

Donald R. Fugette

Lexington

Confusing visit

Consider the recent irony of Kentucky's senior "Senator No" inviting newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to do a rambling lecture to mostly high school students at the University of Louisville.

We were treated to stories about Brown's pickup truck, his daughter's horse, their barn and various other unrelated factoids. He twice added insult by admitting he did not give his written speech, waving it at the audience as if it made a difference.

Why did Sen. Mitch McConnell not ask his newly elected colleague Rand Paul of Kentucky to this forum and accompany his colleague to this lecture series named for the senior senator?

This would have seemed the more proud and rational occasion to prioritize.

Pointed questions were awkwardly sidestepped and completely ignored, to the horror of many of the attentive students.

The faces of disbelief as they mouthed "What?" and "He's not answering the question" were particularly revealing. The senator clearly disrespected these students and their thoughtful questions.

Might we suggest those students whose questions were not answered continue to ask them of both senators by writing or calling their offices as many times as it takes to get a straight answer?

James McMillin

Louisville

Paul must stop

Upon hearing of Rand Paul's comments on earmarks and later reading more about what he said, to say I was surprised would be a little inaccurate.

To say I was seething would hit the nail on the head.

I did not give my hard-earned money and hire him to represent me so he could drink the "Potomac Kool-Aid" barely one week from the election.

I hired him to stop spending money. I don't care for the justification of "advocating for Kentucky." I care about reducing the size of the federal government.

Say a bridge needs to be repaired in the commonwealth. The priority of, scope of and amount to be paid for the repair is none of the business of anyone in Washington. This is a state issue.

Furthermore, when money is allocated for a project in any state, Congress protects the governor of that state from making difficult choices about where to spend it.

It does not force local governments to spend tax dollars wisely. It just helps Gov. Steve Beshear in his re-election campaign.

If Paul allocates money for a bridge, will he also allocate money for a school? For an industrial park? For a research project to study the effects of cocaine on monkeys? Where does it stop?

Paul must take part in governing as the libertarian, or at least the conservative he said he was.

Otherwise, he should return the money I gave to his campaign so I can give it to the "Recall Rand" campaign.

Michael Farley

Louisville

Bike Southern Lights

I biked the Legacy Trail to the Kentucky Horse Park again today and saw that many of the displays are ready for the Southern Lights show.

Then it occurred to me that it would be a splendid idea for an hour or two to be set aside one evening for cyclists to pedal through the park and enjoy the lights.

Maybe the newspaper could possibly get the ball rolling to make this happen.

It would be appreciated by the many cyclists in the region, I'm sure.

Dick Anderson

Lexington

People not heard

I would like to follow up on the article on the 336-unit apartment complex being developed by Ball Homes in the Chilesburg subdivision.

I spent nearly four futile hours in planning-commission meetings voicing opposition to a development that will stand in stark contrast to the existing single-family-homes neighborhood.

What Ball Homes did was slick and profit-maximizing, no doubt. It built up the entirety of the neighborhood with nothing but homes and then, at the very end of development, snuck in 12 identical three-story apartment buildings.

Why was this passed by the planning commission? Because it met the bare minimum of code.

Money and power prevailed, and the voice of the people was silenced.

Well, that is my Ball Homes story, as the jingle goes.

Gabriel Czirr

Lexington

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