Time to get tough in dealing with economic woes
With the economy being so fragile, we need a balanced budget with every citizen paying the same tax rate on personal income. No write-offs on personal incomes either.
And, yes, take the same tax rate from Social Security checks, welfare checks and unemployment checks. The amount would be very small compared to the rich. Then, when the unemployed middle class goes back to work, they won't have to carry the burden again for the rich and the poor.
We wouldn't even have a deficit if it weren't for the bailouts and the rich not paying any taxes for the past 12 years.
Bring back the jobs to the United States or charge very high import fees to the companies and corporations. Or better yet, no imported products at all. Stop buying imported products. NAFTA did not work.
Close off the borders with the National Guard and send all the undocumented immigrants back home. No wonder Mexico has a good economy. We are feeding most of its citizens. The ones that do work get paid in cash and send the money back home. And let's not forget the money from the drug sales. This may sound harsh, but we are no longer the land of the free.
The United States would certainly help the neighbors if they had an emergency, but this is not the case. Maybe the pope should have said, "Take birth control if you can't abstain."
Let's get Mossotti back
Urban County Council District 9 is fortunate to have Jennifer Mossotti again running for the seat. During her previous years of service, between 1997 and 2004, she represented us diligently, working to strengthen and empower neighborhood associations in her district.
She helped associations identify and clarify issues and then worked with neighborhood and council leaders to find solutions. She was tireless in her representation of the district as she worked to improve basic services, preserve and expand green spaces, maintain safety and security, and ensure that development was well planned.
Her work was recognized by the Fayette County Neighborhood Council in 2004 when she received the Neighborhood Hero Award.
We are proud to have her as a neighbor, and we are delighted that she is once again ready to represent District 9 on the Urban County Council.
Thayer expiration date
Primaries are more important than general elections. Voters get choices when party incumbents battle newcomers to keep their jobs.
Many believe Damon Thayer's warranty has expired. His service to David Williams enacted shameless entitlement pensions plus full health care plans for themselves. Thayer's pension reform means 401(K) plans for everyone else. Paycheck padding encouraged never doing jobs on time. Others get fired for it.
Thayer's "no conflict" ethics opinion on gambling and casinos are the kind of politics that disgust voters. Thayer needed a popular election issue. No one in Frankfort ever intended giving their power to the voters.
Thayer has reinvented himself: senator, consultant, lobbyist. Politician Thayer successfully eliminated the middle man, the voter.
Georgetown's city council race has 21 candidates, six of them incumbents, of which three are "Pump My Paycheck" politicians. Voter recognition is knowing what your politician is.
Not casting stones
A recent letter writer quotes from I Corinthians 6:9, explaining that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. This passage also includes other sinners: the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the greedy, slanderers and swindlers. Homosexuals are singled out of this group to malign as if the sin is greater.
When a woman caught in the act of adultery was to be stoned, Jesus suggested anyone without sin be the first to throw a stone. Those who heard began to go away one at a time until no one was left. Jesus asked the woman, "Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go and sin no more."
In another instance, Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment and the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself."
My God is not a God of condemnation but a God of love. The greatest hypocrisy is when sinners cannot see God's love in us.
Nod to UK health care
In December 2012 I had quadruple heart bypass surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
During pre-surgery testing, which began in November 2010, discussions of my proposed treatment, the surgery, post-surgery intensive care and continuing testing, and all follow-up meetings with cardiac specialists and my regular family practice doctor, I have been greatly impressed with the professionalism, courtesy and care all the technicians, physicians, nurses and administrative staff have shown me.
I am confident the other cardiac hospitals in Lexington exhibit the same quality of care. But I highly recommend UK health care for anyone needing clear, accurate medical advice and competent cardiac health care.
Charlie M. Milward
Life is short, enjoy
Arguments, fights, worries and just the little things that we think are a big deal and important — we all do these things on a daily basis, but why do we?
I couldn't answer that question a year ago. I needed a lung transplant to live. I got the call that there were lungs waiting for me. My recovery was slow, but now I'm doing fine.
So, today I can answer that question. Arguments, fights, worries and the little things don't amount to anything. Life is too short to waste the life given by God on nonsense.
So, enjoy life to its fullest. Do the right things and be the best person you can be, because you might not be as lucky as I was and get a second chance at life.