Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Sept. 14

Time for Obama to lead from his bully pulpit

Syndicated writer Eugene Robinson's Aug. 31 commentary about President Barack Obama was exactly right. He needs to stop being the professor and become the leader and bully like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

And, by all means, he needs to get tax reform passed and make the rich pay their fair share.

We need to retrain the unemployed with skills that will bring our tech jobs back to the United States. People who like physical work can help rebuild our infrastructure and create a high-speed rail system that crisscrosses the country, but not at union wages.

Higher wages should be reserved for people who put their lives on the line every day — our police, firefighters and active-duty military. Teachers and nurses are next in line for higher wages. One has to have a higher calling to do this work.

NAFTA was the beginning of our downfall. Manufacturing companies should bring back the jobs or be charged high import fees. Corporations should invest their money in the United States to create jobs. Wasn't that why they were given stimulus money or tax breaks? News flash: People cannot buy products without decent-paying jobs.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Herald-Leader cartoonist Joel Pett did a great job of pointing out former Vice President Dick Cheney's arrogance and greed. He and President George W. Bush and the Republican majority got us in this economic mess by favoring the rich with unnecessary tax cuts and getting us involved in endless wars.

I'm sure Cheney and his former company, Halliburton, are still profiting from these wars.

Alberta Toomey


No alternatives

I just finished reading a letter to the editor that expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama for not differentiating himself enough from Republicans.

While I can agree with many of the writer's concerns I can't agree with his solution: to not vote for Obama again. In other words, because Obama does not stand up enough to Republicans he wants to help ensure we get a real Republican in the White House. Where's the logic in that?

I firmly believe major factors for our economic crisis were Republican policies during the time that party controlled the White House, the House and the Senate. We are seeing the fallout now, and it's taking time to recover. The very last thing we need during the fragile recovery is another Republican in the White House creating mischief.

Obama is not perfect, but he's head and shoulders above all the alternatives.

Jack McDowell


Not worth the gamble

This is in response to the Aug. 16 letter "Gamble on the Tea Party." Perhaps it was tongue in cheek and I just didn't get it. Taking a gamble on giving free rein to the Tea Party movement is much too risky, especially in the volatile state our economy is currently in.

My momma always told me "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." If we take a chance and gamble our very lives by putting all our eggs in one basket, we will be doomed for years.

After all, the Tea Party movement is still attached to the Republican Party, and what this country needs is to clean house in Washington. Throw the bums out, as my dad used to say way back in the '50s.

It boggles the mind to ponder the amount of money spent to hear campaign promises that we already know won't be kept, or on ideological theories. Way too risky in my book, just to find out if the Tea Party is a flash in the pan. I, for one, hope it is.

Eileen Stansbury


Cheers for academics

It is not often one can hear high-school students cheering for academics, but during the week of July 25 that is exactly what one could hear at the convention of the National Junior Classical League at Eastern Kentucky University. Over 1,250 students from all over the nation and Canada were cheering on their state's prowess in the study of Latin and Greek.

Every day at their General Assembly, each state came with voices and spirit that could only be equaled at a basketball game in Rupp Arena.

Not only were these students cheering during their convention, but they were taking tests in both Latin and Greek, competing in graphics and creative arts contests, and participating in Olympic-style events.

While all of this was going on, Erika Russ of Lexington Catholic High School made Kentucky proud by being elected to the office of first vice president. She will serve this year and help preside over next year's convention at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Although not given much attention by the media in general, we would like to thank the Lexington Herald-Leader for sending photographer Mark Cornelison to take pictures. His beautiful pictures published July 30 captured the soul of this organization by displaying the students as they processed cheering in Roman regalia to their final General Assembly. Thank you for noticing good kids having good clean fun for Latin and Greek.

Estelle Bayer


Print more local news

I agree with the late Herald-Leader publisher Creed Black who said, "I can't stand having to read another paper to find out what's going on in my city." "Why don't we put some news in our paper so people will have a reason to pick it up?"

What goes around comes around. I have always said the Herald-Leader does not print stories/news about Lexington that readers should know.

I have read The Courier-Journal of Louisville to get Lexington news before it ran in the Herald-Leader, if it ever ran at all.

The Herald-Leader, at one time, would ask people to call them and express their feelings about the paper. I always called and told them they should drop "Lexington" from the paper's name or start printing local news. I am still waiting. Very little Urban County Government news is published.

The Herald-Leader has had plenty of space to print local news. For more than two weeks, the paper wasted a large amount of news space by running half- and full-page space with one word in them.

I don't pay for the Herald-Leader to receive it with news space wasted.

Stan Houston


Add more depth

I counted 22 pages in the only newspaper of the second-largest metro area in a state of nearly 4 million people.

Your struggle with electronic media competition is obvious, but you can explore stories in depth, leave the national stories to others and concentrate on local events.

Joe Gibson


Improve proofreading

I believe the Herald-Leader, a great paper to read, needs some assistance. I would be willing to edit some of the sections. Especially when you have a misspelling of a word or a typo right underneath the picture above it. That seems lazy on your part. I need some extra work in this slow economy. I'd be willing to help.

Kelly Hainsworth