Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: May 14

American Dream is alive for those who earn it

I recently heard a professor assert that the American Dream was, in many ways, a "bad joke." I couldn't have disagreed more.

I challenged his assertion, citing the many programs — welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, public education with free or reduced lunch, unemployment benefits, Pell Grants, scholarships, readily available college loans — which exist to ensure that all have an opportunity to earn a college degree.

With a degree, the avenue is wide open to secure a well-paying job, start a family, buy a house and achieve the American Dream.

The professor dismissed my point, arguing that not everyone actually achieves this dream. Therefore, the programs are inadequate and more safety nets must be added to ensure everyone succeeds.

This took me aback but is an example of the entitlement culture that has replaced the belief in individual responsibility in our country. Only by buying into theoretical Marxist ideas that every person is entitled to prosperity — regardless of merit or work ethic — can one support the professor's argument.

The American Dream is an opportunity, but not a guarantee. Success in America is achievable to everyone, but it is something which must be earned, not handed out.

Government is doing more than enough to offer opportunities; individuals must also do their part to fulfill those opportunities.

Alex Barker


Politicians lacking

I'm glad to know Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has no concerns about spending my tax dollars on $400 hotel rooms when he lives just miles from the hotel, or spending half a million dollars on new cars for his department when the state is in an economic crisis.

It gives me some insight into his poor judgment and helps me understand that letting him get even one more rung up the political ladder would be a mistake.

I already know that his running mate and Tennessee native, Sen. David Williams, has been an obstructionist disaster. I don't care why he does it, but since I am not in his district I will finally have the pleasure of voting against him.

I thought I'd vote for the novice Phil Moffett until I read his positions. He is against our public schools, our government and government workers, people in need and all social programs.

That's what I look for in a government official, someone who hates everything about what he is elected to do and who has little appreciation or understanding of people or social/economic infrastructures that helped him on his road to success.

With terrible federal representatives like Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and these very poor candidates trying to win state elections, Kentucky voters just can't catch a break.

But keep the political news coming, as someday we might find a competent person without a personal agenda who will actually help our great commonwealth move forward.

Arlin Marsh


Civil war lesson

Contrary to a recent op-ed, anyone who took eighth-grade history could tell you that the Civil War was fought over states' rights.

President Abraham Lincoln was no saint, as this quote reveals:

"I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which will ever forbid the two races living together in terms of social and political equality...

"There must be the position of superior and inferior. ... Notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the Negro is not entitled to all the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence ... I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man.

"I agree with Judge (Stephen) Douglas that he is not my equal in many respects, certainly not in color — perhaps not in intellectual and moral endowments — but in the right to eat bread without leave of anybody else which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas and the equal of every other man."

Dustin Reed


Indefensible policy

On May 23, President Barack Hussein Obama will announce that when we test our anti-missile system, he will announce to the world that we are doing it, including where and when.

I assume he will personally call the ex-KGB dictator of Russia, the dictator of Iran and leaders of communist China and North Korea.

If we, the American people and Congress, let this happen, we might as well put our heads between our legs and kiss our gluteus maximi goodbye.

Bill Morton