Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: April 25

Voters often aided by Republican gridlock strategy

Some folks have voiced concern over Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans blocking bad legislation. They say the country is in gridlock and nothing is getting done.

Well, gridlock can be a good thing if one party, the Democrats, is trying to fundamentally change America for the worse.

The Supreme Court recently heard the case of the health care reform, "Obamacare." When it was laid out on its own merits, suddenly the rosy predictions became less so, not to mention that the entire premise of forcing people to buy something may be unconstitutional and illegal. That is also our system working.

Over on the Democratic side, Rep. Ben Chandler voted for a carbon tax early in the Obama presidency. In an act of allegiance not to the good folks of Kentucky, but to his handlers in Washington, he voted for legislation that would hurt Kentucky coal and coal miners.

He has never apologized for that vote, which leads one to wonder what other issues that would hurt Kentucky he would vote for.

We, as citizens of Kentucky, need to send a strong message this November that we don't want folks in Washington and Frankfort to hurt Kentuckians' jobs and livelihoods.

We are living in one of the most beautiful areas of the country and for all of us to thrive we need to elect good folks who care about our future.

Despite the media bias, most folks know the Republican Party is the one which is working hard for our brightest possible future.

Bill Marshall


Blame all around

Blame George Zimmerman, society or Florida law for Trayvon Martin's death?

Surely, Martin's parents don't believe Zimmerman woke up that morning with the thought he was going to kill someone that day.

Martin in the wrong place at the wrong time? Zimmerman there, too, to protect the lives and valuables from a crime-infested area?

The law was on his side. All Zimmerman's got to do is say he was threatened,

He made a few mistakes of bad judgment and maybe fibbed a little about the incident, but the law has to stand behind him unless they can prove he woke up that morning with the intention to kill someone and a few lies don't equal that.

So I would say Zimmerman is the third cause here, the law is the second cause, and society is the first. Martin paid the ultimate price for this society. Don't paint it as utopian as the press or government do.

I hope it can be changed before any more Zimmermans pull triggers, no matter the cause, and leave more Martins dead in the street.

Floyd C. Shipley


Not a choice

Since the Hands On Original "scandal" has broken out, I've read many letters defining "choice."

Let me ask this: Did you choose to be born? Did you choose to be heterosexual?

If offered the "choice" to change your heterosexuality, could you?

There is your answer.

Ben Smith


GOP budget misguided

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the GOP's budget proposal, the voice of Yogi Berra could be heard saying, "It's déjà vu all over again."

The proposal to reduce the deficit $1.6 trillion uses the same tired methodology of cutting corporate and income tax rates, combined with severe cuts to discretional spending programs except, predictably, for defense.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found the proposal would reduce the deficit an anemic $155 billion after $4.3 trillion in spending cuts are offset by $4.2 trillion in tax-cut expenditures.

The proposal disproportionately benefits the wealthiest through tax cuts and harms the least fortunate by cuts to food stamps, Medicaid and $205 billion from Medicare.

The Ryan budget is less about deficit reduction than it is a redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top.

Any serious deficit reduction plan must include new revenue, not just cuts.

Newt Gingrich's assessment of the 2011 incarnation of Ryan's budget as "right-wing social engineering" rings true for the latest version.

The GOP budget's most feared element is its transformation of Medicare into a privatized system where retirees could buy coverage on the market.

This would be a waste of government funds since the administrative cost of Medicare is less than with private insurance.

This proposal won't be made law this year, but since all Republican presidential nominees support it, it's crucial to re-elect President Barack Obama to protect Medicare and the social safety net.

We can't let the most fortunate Americans cannibalize the least fortunate.

Emery W. Caywood


Buck control by the rich

The fact that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer makes the 2012 presidential election even more important each passing day.

The major issue of the election should be the unjust way the super-rich 1 percent are seeking to run America as a dominating plutocracy — government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.

A Republican in the White House and Republican control of both houses of Congress, along with a narrow conservative majority on the Supreme Court, will not resolve our country's income inequality problems.

It is important we re-elect President Barack Obama and help Democrats take back the House.

No matter who is president, the rich will always do exceptionally well.

Democracy and the 99 percent majority will fare much better under Obama and the Democrats.

Republicans continue to err in believing tax cuts for the rich — trickle-down economics — is the best we can do for all Americans.

Paul Whiteley


Hate destroys the hater

The April 7 column by retired teacher Roger Guffey, "Live your hate, or die trying: Anti-Jew? Give up medical advances," was very touching and informative.

Now that we're over a decade into the 21st century, you would think that hatred and bigotry would be pushed aside and people would realize that we are all in this thing together.

Those who hate people of Jewish descent or others for that matter are only hurting themselves. There's an old saying that continues to hold true: Often hate destroys the hater more than those who are hated.

I like the way Guffey brought out the great lifesaving breakthroughs discovered by Jewish researchers and the contradictions of the haters who are alive today because of them.

If we would all turn away from stupidity and idiocy, the world would be a better place. But I don't look for that to happen anytime soon.

David Keith

Smiths Grove