Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 28

House Democrats make mess of redistricting

The House Democratic leadership released a disaster of a redistricting plan, the results of which divide Lewis County into three legislative districts. This plan is a blatant attempt to defeat incumbent Republicans in the state House.

Democrats have carved up Lewis County so that the county will no longer be represented by Republican Jill York but instead be represented by Democrat Tanya Pullin, Democrat John Will Stacy and Democrat Mike Denham.

The vast majority of citizens in Lewis County oppose this plan. We want to be represented by one individual in the state House and that person is Jill York.

York has won our respect and admiration in representing Lewis County. She does not deserve what has been done to her in this redistricting plan. This is a true example of abuse of power by the House Democratic leadership.

Requiring such a rural county as Lewis to be represented by three representatives is simply absurd. Lewis County has obviously been targeted by Democrats because of our Republican registration advantage and our willingness to elect a Republican to the state House.

This raw expression of partisanship by Speaker Greg Stumbo is why the political institutions in this commonwealth and country are so fractured and torn.

Lewis County's geographical boundaries should be respected in any redistricting plan and to do otherwise is irresponsible.

Ben Harrison

Lewis County Republican Party chairman,


A place for casinos

Here's an idea: Why not put the casinos at the state parks? Then they will benefit the state and not special-interest groups.

I have no problem with casinos in Kentucky, but I will never vote for them to go to horsetracks only. That is unfair.

And as far as voting them in and our governor will work out the details later — please, he could save time and put them on eBay.

Pete Ayers


Turnabout fair play

I could have predicted that the Herald-Leader's editorialists would not write much in opposition when the Kentucky House of Representatives effectively gerrymandered several Republican lawmakers out of office.

But when the Senate pulled a "turnabout is fair play" maneuver on Kathy Stein, it didn't take long for you to show righteous indignation. You had an editorial expressing opposition and outrage the very next day.

Why was it OK, in your eyes, for the House to do away with a number of GOP representatives, but sending Stein home was a terrible crime against humanity?

I for one will not miss Stein. She's far too liberal for even her own left-leaning district, much less all of Kentucky and the majority of its residents and voters.

Hopefully, during the next two years, a strong Republican candidate will begin a campaign in the district and will be ready when Stein runs again. Maybe even a more reasonable Democrat won't be dissuaded by all this hero worship suddenly being directed at Stein, and will challenge her in the primary.

The selective outrage from the Democrats and their sympathizers, such as your editorial board, still amazes me. I should be used to it by now, since it happens so often, but sometimes it's nice to have a reminder that it's still all about whose ox is being gored.

H.B. Elkins


Ironic criticism

Newt Gingrich and others have blasted Mitt Romney for his involvement with Bain Capital by inaccurately portraying the role of private equity firms in our economy.

Bain Capital and other private equity firms exist because weak and failing companies cannot get financing from banks or other traditional sources of money. Investing in these companies is too risky for most lenders and investors.

The reason Bain Capital is willing to risk its capital (money investors have voluntarily placed in its trust) is it thinks it has a good chance of turning around failing companies. Some companies become healthy and are later sold at a profit; others cannot survive, are liquidated in bankruptcy and Bain suffers losses.

The fact that Bain is still around indicates that on balance it has been successful at saving companies and jobs and providing its investors (pension funds, individuals, corporations, etc.) with a return on their investment.

Contrast Bain Capital with the federal government. The government provides funding to the ethanol industry, Solyndra and other "green" energy companies. Bain's money is invested voluntarily by people and organizations. The government's money is taken lawfully but hardly voluntarily from its citizens. Bain Capital can continue to exist only if its services result in the creation of successful companies. The government continues to exist no matter how ineffectively it uses taxpayers' money. Hooray for the market-driven Bain Capitals of our world.

Ray Davis


Recess picks illegal

Our president has shown an utter disregard and flagrant indifference for the laws of our country by making recess appointments, while knowing full well that Congress was not in recess.

What arrogance, what gall, and what lawlessness. Our president is an outlaw, and any thinking American should denounce him and raise the roof in protest.

Barack Obama appointed Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three individuals to the National Labor Relations Board over the Christmas/New Year holiday period knowing full well that the Senate was not in recess.

His press secretary justified this by saying that the Senate was in a sham session, and it was only a gimmick that they continued to meet every other day.

This man is nothing more than a power-hungry dictator, and if we let him get away with it we will lose all manner of liberty.

He rammed through his health care agenda designed to control our lives, he has disregarded and refused to enforce our immigration laws, and now he intends to promulgate all manner of regulations through the puppets he illegally appoints to these critical positions.

This outlaw must not be allowed to get away with this. We are in danger of losing our liberty and our American values if this man is allowed to continue to disregard the law.

Michael Harden