Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Sept. 13

Tea Party pulling for everyone in working class

A recent letter opined that "conservatives are acting like a bunch of cold-hearted, tightfisted greedy people who despise us poor working class people."

I am a hard-core Reagan conservative but I am not tightfisted, filthy rich or living off a trust fund. Nor are any of my Tea Party brethren. If you are a hardworking, pinch-your-penny American, join the club.

"Large banks" and "Wall Street" are good catchphrases to vent your frustration, I know, but they are not the cause of your problems. Nor are conservatives or Tea Party activists to blame. Heck, we are working class, also.

No, it is decades-old liberalism in all its higher tax/blame the rich/expand-the-welfare-rolls/bigger-governmental-intrusion glory. People like me have nothing but respect for the poor. Come to a Tea Party gathering and you will see your brethren, all colors and from all walks of life. You have been brainwashed by a media determined to paint conservatives as heartless and/or crooked. Just watch the cartoonist of this paper.

True conservatives (not necessarily Republicans) want to see people go back to work not by the illusion of federal government card tricks, but by a dynamic economy fueled by lower taxes and reduced governmental regulation.

Read about how Reagan jump-started this country in the mid-'80s and then ask yourself: Would I like to have that kind of opportunity again? The Tea Party is pulling for you, not against you.

Granville S. Simpson


EPA protects people

I thank the Environmental Protection Agency for visiting Eastern Kentucky and giving residents a chance to have their voices heard.

Eastern Kentucky is the heart of the mixed mesophytic forest — one of the most diverse ecosystems outside the tropical rainforest. The EPA's role is to protect this abundance: the water, full of sensitive and unique aquatic life; the soil that supports the lush vegetation; the trees, backbones of the ecosystem; the air through which birds and bats fly. Most importantly, the EPA is charged with protecting people.

The coal industry has been allowed to exploit Appalachia for generations. The issues have changed but the mining companies' goals have not. They want to increase production, lower costs and accrue as much profit as possible. Mining executives don't worry about pH, conductivity, dissolved solids, or selenium, mercury and manganese levels in drinking water sources. They don't care if coal and rock dust is affecting children's lungs. And when a slurry pond fails they pay their fines and leave residents to deal with the aftermath.

The coal industry's health, safety and environmental track record is abysmal, and there is no reason to believe it will improve.

Without question, the U.S. economy depends on coal, though fossil fuels will eventually run out. While we are transitioning to alternative energies, it is the EPA's duty to insist mining companies comply with the clean water and air acts. The health, quality of life and future welfare of the Appalachian people demand it.

Carey Grace Henson


Field of screams

What is going on with the Fayette school board? Education is going in the dumpster and they spend $1.5 million on a Henry Clay High School girls softball field.

It took them from 2002 (when the field was built) until 2005 to notice that this field didn't drain properly, when they decided to go after the contractor.

This suit has not been settled. Sounds like an incompetent lawyer is still on the payroll. Let's fire him today along with the person who hired him. Remember, this is a $1.5 million field, not a replacement for the World Trade Center.

Stephen Stinson


Schools need to cut

So the school system needs more money. So do I. I live mostly on Social Security and have not had a raise for two years. At age 72, I work a part-time job just to keep my head above water.

My friend retired from the board of education and says it is a shame the waste of supplies there. We had to cut back, Why can't they?

I don't know how seniors are going to make it with the prices of everything going up — groceries, gasoline and just about everything. Why can't we get a break?

Barbara Howard


Cheers for CAC

I, too, would like to rebut any negative publicity the Catholic Action Center has received. I visited there for the first time about four months ago. I was nothing but impressed. Of course you are not blown away by fancy furniture, etc. I'm sure they must operate on a shoestring.

The people in the room can be a little disturbing. I don't think they are dangerous but they have huge problems like homelessness, alcoholism and mental deficiencies of various kinds.

I met two of the employees and they were both wonderful and extremely helpful to me. It's marvelous that there are folks willing to give their time and energy to helping these unfortunate people. Thank you and bless you, Catholic Action Center, for doing it.

Helen Martin


Doing its job

It was gratifying to see the EPA finally visiting the homes in southeastern Kentucky, listening to the concerns of ordinary people who have to live near those toxic streams. Good citizens living in Harlan, Benham and Lynch deserve the same clean air and drinking water that our politicians enjoy. Listen to the city of Lynch that says strip mining should not be allowed to destroy its historic town.

Thankfully, the EPA is doing its job. Regulations exist for a protective reason.

Joyce Hubbard

Paint Lick

Greed is bad

"Greed is good." Or so the line goes. But I have news for you: Greed is bad. Not only for you and me but for those who practice it.

Tell me, just how much money is enough? You can't take it with you and if you leave it with your heirs, it will soon be gone.

Some folks with money are living sheltered, impossible lives. I feel for them, but probably not as much as I should. You and I can think of many things that are much better and which do not require greed to obtain.

As we all know, this recession was the result of too many Wall Street bankers wanting more. But why? How much is enough? And why do we have to bail them out, we who have so little? Because our politicians think we are sucker bait?

Oh, our politicians. Aren't they wonderful? Is that the reason? Or is it that we have lost contact with our humanity? Is it because we have lost interest in our country and no longer care for those about us who are in need? Is it because we have forgotten what is right and what is wrong?

You don't have to be religious to figure that out. Just what is wrong with a soul that is consumed by greed? As a World War II veteran, given the opportunity, I know what we would and did do with greedy people, but it's not for polite discussion.

Bob Saffell