Paper's views on EPA regulations misguided
It was quite alarming to see on the Dec. 29 front page that the AK Steel coke plant in Ashland is closing its doors after having "been a fixture on the Ashland skyline and economy for decades."
In the story, AK Steel says, "The coke plant is no longer cost-competitive due to increased maintenance and increasingly stringent environmental regulations."
It is even more distressing to see that the Herald-Leader editorial board, in the same issue, calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to move ahead with even more onerous regulations. The editorial states, "Given the state of science and politics, the [EPA] has no choice but to move ahead on regulating greenhouse gases." A false statement as there are plenty of other choices (the best: disband).
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It is astounding that the editorial board would support policies that have a proven record of killing good-paying jobs in Kentucky. It is disgusting that the board would support government bureaucracy's tyrannical policies such as dictating regulations against the people.
If the editorial board doesn't know this is a vast misuse of power by the executive branch, then the paper could not possibly be doing its job of being a government watchdog and does not have the best interests of the people, and hence the country, at heart.
Your unseemly and ill-advised vendetta against the coal industry is a prime example of your agenda against what is best for this country and for Kentucky.
Unfair to volunteer
In early December, you ran an article about The Well, an outreach ministry of the Bourbon County Ministerial Association. The article was excellent, and I was pleased to see it in the paper.
I was upset, however, by a letter from a reader who was questioning whether or not clients of The Well might be put off by the Rev. William Allen's jewelry.
Allen, pictured in the article, is co-director of The Well and does a wonderful job of helping as many people as he possibly can serve.
He goes above and beyond the job description, taking clients to doctor's appointments and other places they need to go — using his own car and gasoline.
What our clients see is not Allen's watch or jewelry, but his heart, a heart that is compassionate and caring.
As a pastor of one of the churches in Bourbon County that sponsor The Well, I am grateful every day for the wonderful ministry which Allen, Rev. Ron Carter and their small, dedicated staff (all volunteers) do in our community. They are a blessing to us all.
The Rev. John C. Curtis
Pastor, Church of the Annunciation
This is a response to the letter regarding a picture of a minister helping someone at The Well in Bourbon county.
The implication seemed to be that the Bourbon County Ministerial Association paid its volunteers. This is not the case. In my 12-year association with the BCMA/The Well we have never paid volunteers.
The minister in the picture has given over 500 hours of volunteer time to The Well and we are deeply grateful.
We also deeply appreciate the Dec. 7 article by staff writer Mary Meehan.
The Rev. Jeff Bell
Treasurer, Bourbon County Ministerial Association
Too much chatter
Though all fans of University of Kentucky basketball appreciate the telecasts by local TV stations, it seems the stations are more into "chatter" by their people than showing the excitement of the fans during the introduction of the team and its opponents.
Why, when it's for its fans and viewers?
Also, sorry guys, most of you are more into dispersing your knowledge about the game than letting those of us at home know what is happening on the court.
Simple examples: Who was the foul on? A three or a two? Walking or charging?
Also, for what it's worth, for more years than I remember, why can you not show more, if at all, of the senior night on the final home game of UK basketball? An emotional time for, players, parents, fans — why can't we enjoy this time as well as the 24,000 fans in the stands?
Less of the pie
Let's have a tea party and serve pie. Let's have total net worth of the United States pie.
How will we graciously serve our guests? With equal portions? My heavens, no. That would be socialism.
Let's say about 309 million guests show up for our tea party — roughly the population of the United States. Let's give 31 million of our guests 70 percent of the pie. How could the remaining 278 million guests be offended over access to the remaining 30 percent slice of wealth pie? Such is net worth distributed in our country, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
The pie is supposed to grow every year. Borne out by countless studies, the middle class received a healthy portion of this growth (as did the affluent class) through the mid-20th century until the Reagan Revolution in the 1980s.
Since then, so much of the pie's growth goes to a minority of affluent individuals, their total share expanding so much, the middle-class pie is shrinking.
And while the middle class and others suffer through the worst economic times in 80 years, the wealthy elite, who caused this economic catastrophe, are feeling no pain.
So, ask either U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell or U.S. Sen. Rand Paul which portion of the pie they intend slicing to support their lofty proclamations — the 70 percent or the 30 percent?
GOP spells gas
Every time people vote for Republicans, it seems the price at the pumps goes up.
It is like the blind leading the blind. Not until folks elect candidates from the lower half, people who experience all of the hardship of everyday living, will we overcome the rich controlling Washington, D.C.
The poorer half of this country consists mostly of true Democrats. Seems people would get sick and tired of lies coming from the conservatives, grass-roots and Tea Partiers, and take back this country from the Republicans.