Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Feb. 3

Paul standing alone for real fiscal reform

Sen. Rand Paul ran on fiscal conservatism and a balanced budget and ending the out-of-control federal spending that is bankrupting our children.

Already he has taken on the issue of earmarks and the unconstitutionality of "Obamacare." He is also bringing light back to the issue of murder by abortion by supporting "life begins at conception."

Paul has now introduced a bill that would cut $500 billion from our federal budget.

Guess how many of our fearless Republicans have signed on to support his bill? Zero. Nada.

Where's our fearless leader Sen. Mitch McConnell? Where's Sen. Jim DeMint? He endorsed Paul and came to Kentucky to support him. Where is he now?

He's too busy making statements about how he's not attending the Conservative Political Action Conference because organizers invited a gay conservative group.

"He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," a DeMint spokesman announced Wednesday.

Seriously? Boycotting CPAC because of gay Republicans? Our country is in a huge deficit and he's making statements about conservative gays?

People ask me why I, as a Republican, bash Republicans. I don't expect anything out of liberals. They are tax-and-spend politicians and make no apologies for it.

Republicans are supposed to be the party of smaller government. It irks my very core when elected representatives sit by and watch Paul be a lone ranger on the forefront trying to get our fiscal house in order.

Shame on every Republican in Congress for not getting behind Paul's bill. The Tea Party will come for you next.

Mica Sims

Lexington

Drug testing good idea

I am writing to offer my full support to state Rep. Lonnie Napier and his proposed House Bill 208, which would require drug testing for those seeking public assistance, food stamps or help from the state medical-assistance program.

While I fully support the proper use of government assistance and aid to those in need, the abuse of government programs should not be tolerated. No one should be forced to support the bad decisions of others. Tax dollars should not be used to fund any drug habits.

There are those who argue that the loss of food stamps will create hungry children. This is, however, an instance when a crisis has created the need for a law, not a new law creating a crisis.

Further changes should be made to the food stamp system. Participants should:

■ Be given a list of items that may be purchased that meet certain dietary and monetary guidelines.

■ Either be employed or furthering their education.

■ Be given a certain time line in which to find employment and work their way out of the system.

I am aware there are people who genuinely need food stamps, and that is why the system exists. My issue arises with those who abuse the system.

Those who refuse to work should not be enabled and supported by tax dollars. It is an unsustainable way of life.

It is time for changes to our broken system. Thank you, Napier, for taking a stand.

Bobi Brogle Middleton

Lancaster

Enforce immigration law

I have never written to an editor before, but I could not let this go by without a comment.

Surely you realize it is a violation of federal law to hire an undocumented immigrant. Illegal immigrants are violating the law by being here, and employers further compound the problem by giving them jobs.

Most things in our economy, not controlled by the government, are governed by supply and demand. I can assure you the horse industry would always find enough workers if the employers were willing to pay the wages necessary to attract them.

There always will be enough people to perform unpleasant jobs, if the compensation is adequate. This is particularly true in the current job market.

I cannot believe your editorial condones illegal activity. You mention the "huge expense to the taxpayers" to enforce a proposed state law. What do you think is happening now with free medical care and education?

Unfortunately, nothing is free because someone is paying for this.

Most illegally employed immigrants are paid in cash and do not pay any taxes. Furthermore, they do not spend all of what they earn here but send large amounts of money to their families in their home countries. Why is it so wrong to enforce the law regarding illegal immigrants?

Richard Robinette

Monticello

Black vets seek justice

In 1941, America was a hostile environment for black people in general, and black men in particular.

When World War II started, America didn't believe black people could do anything worthy of respect. There were no civil rights laws and every day was a struggle to avoid a confrontation, which, if you weren't careful, could lead to serious trouble in a very short time.

Therefore, we did not rush to volunteer for service because we saw no reason to.

Nevertheless, the U.S. government with its all-inclusive power was able to bring through Selective Service over 1 million Negro registrants as of Dec. 31, 1945.

Seeing that we had no choice, we decided to commit ourselves to the war and give a good account of ourselves (which we did) in the hope that upon our return we would be seen in a different light. It did not happen.

We endured 150,000 casualties.

I asked President Barack Obama if he would give us recognition and an apology for discrimination during the war and when we returned home. That's similar to what was given to 360 Tuskegee Airmen by President George W. Bush, minus the gold medal.

The president's response in 2009: "Your concerns will be on my mind in the days ahead."

So here we are 65 years after the war with justice still delayed. As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Justice too long delayed is justice denied."

Curry A. Taylor

Lexington

Wisdom of dogs

Older and wiser? This is true of dogs and some other animals. If men became wiser, they would make fewer mistakes. But what actually happens is that man makes larger mistakes at a slower rate.

Why dogs become wiser is no mystery. They learn from experience and live simple lives. People do neither. Also, dogs tell no lies. People do. This lie-free life leads to trust, faith, comfort, confidence and partnership.

In theory, the oldest person should be the wisest. If the adage were true, wisdom would simply be a waiting game.

Instead, what we find is that men still are bungling, lying and making war long after the wise old dog is gone.

Risto Marttinen

Lexington

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