McConnell can't pull wool over our eyes
In his June 13 letter, "Obama plays political football with student loan rates," Sen, Mitch McConnell demonstrates the single attribute that most characterizes the modern-day GOP. He talks to us like we're stupid. Perhaps this irritating habit is the inevitable result of talking to his base for the past three years.
The senator pretends that his readers do not listen to the news or read the papers, that they are completely unaware of which party is blocking legislation and why.
If McConnell is so confident in his position, perhaps he should explain, in detail, the differences in the pay-for proposals of the two parties. This would be a much more productive and informative use of time for a U.S. senator.
He does not do so because he is no more interested in informing the public than he is in keeping student loan rates low. He is interested in maintaining the power and the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed.
Back up these words
I really enjoy reading the Opinions page. The letter writers do a great job of expressing their opinions on the issues needing attention and change.
My hope now is that they follow up with talking to their friends, neighbors and relatives about these issues. I also hope they write to their local, state or federal elected officials. Let them know how you feel concerning these issues.
Most importantly, vote. Encourage everyone you know to go vote. At least put up a yard sign indicating who or what you support.
It's great to have freedom of speech.
I have to agree with the June 12 letter regarding Chris Cross and WLXG sports radio.
The only thing I would add is the utter lack of professionalism that Cross exhibits when "reading" ads for local business. I use quotation marks because it's as if no one is writing scripts and Cross is completely ad-libbing them, badly.
His use of tired, over-repeated phrases that are amusing to only him is annoying at best. "Son of a gun, look 'em in the eyeball and tell 'em Chris Cross said to come over heeah (here)."
Not the ringing endorsement I'd want my business to have.
Food for worthy cause
Every Monday at Grace Baptist Church a small group of dedicated volunteers feeds the homeless and needy families a hot, home-cooked meal. Our budget is minuscule. So I was overjoyed to find a whole cart of marked-down pasta at Kroger. It was going to feed a lot of people.
A woman walked up while I was in line talking to someone and proceeded to take bags out of my cart. I nicely told her that I was buying them for our church to feed the hungry.
She said she didn't care and took them anyway. I was not rude to her, just astonished that anyone would do something so rude.
I have never met anyone like that, either. She should come volunteer one Monday and see just where all that pasta went.
Lee Fielder Hempel
Fathers' essential role
From Heath High School in Paducah to Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., an invisible line meanders across America to connect places that sadly are remembered for a series of heartrending events.
In detestable acts of violence, many good students and some faithful faculty members died ruthlessly at the hands of disgruntled, misguided, troubled and evil-possessed students. Those unbelievable acts brought untold heartache and unfathomable sorrow to many parents and countless relatives and friends.
Why did such despicable events happen in an environment assumed by everyone to be secure? There is no reasonable or logical answer to it. Yet, one thing is sure: Troubled youth desperately need the stabilization that comes to a life when moral and spiritual values are deeply implanted in the hearts and minds of individuals.
This is where good fathers come into the picture. They serve as good role models for their sons and daughters and assume responsibility for imparting the moral and spiritual values that give direction and stability to life. They can help to determine the direction of human society.
On June 17, we will observe a special day to honor fathers. As part of this observance, everyone should recognize that good fathers who, through precept and example, impart strong moral and spiritual values to their sons and daughters deserve more than that proverbial necktie.
To a large extent, they will determine what a future generation will be.
Bad fathering hurts
Father's Day is a great day. It's a time to spend time with dad. For some people it means driving two or three hours to come home.
For others it means coming from farther away to share a long weekend with dad. For some it's giving up texting and Facebook for a couple of hours.
My father died in 1992 shortly after having a stroke. You never know when your dad's time or your time will come.
Just like almost every friend I have, I had a wonderful father and still have a tremendous mother. Unfortunately, this isn't the case for all children.
Joseph is a terrific 12-year-old and has no relationship with his dad. His phone calls go unreturned and birthdays come and go without a birthday card.
Angela is a smart 12-year-old who loves playing soccer. After getting divorced, her mom moved to Los Angeles. Angela doesn't have it as bad as Joseph. She sees her mom twice a year. She has a great dad and grandmother.
Two women I know grew up being victims of sex abuse by their stepfathers. Marlene at 15 ran away from home in Tennessee to go to West Virginia, because her mom didn't (or didn't want to) believe her. Vickie, 52, still has depression.
If you know of this going on, don't think it's none of your business. Speak up and give these children a chance at a happy life.