Self-serving politicians deserve term limits
The problems in Washington are not just in the office of the president but also down the street on Capitol Hill.
These elected officials do very little for us, give raises and medical coverage to themselves and their family members for life, free college tuition for their children, and what do we get in return? Nothing.
They can't even see fit to work together for the greater good, whatever that may be. They're so politically polarized that working together with the other party is just out of the question. Even if it means doing nothing for the people who elected them.
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A president gets to serve two four-year terms in office and that amount of time should be enough for senators and representatives. Instead, some are lifers who overstayed their usefulness long ago. This is what every president in recent times has had to deal with and it is so wrong.
The wonderful dream that our forefathers had for this country has decayed and festered into a modern-day ancient Rome.
Congress is no longer about doing what is right, but about self-serving, corrupt individuals doing what is right for themselves and the special interest groups and lobbyists they represent.
Coal matters to voters
The Sept. 30 editorial stated that no coal mines are in the 6th Congressional District, implying that coal should not be a topic in this race. This followed Joel Pett's cartoon demeaning Heath Lovell for being a real coal miner.
Let's look at what the 6th District would experience with 2,000 lost mining jobs; lost payments to Social Security, Medicare and state and county taxes; a decline in car sales and revenue at Hamburg and Fayette shopping centers; more companies in Winchester that close shop or drastically reduce coal consumption; lost revenue at University of Kentucky athletic games; and increased electric bills, Medicaid recipients, food stamps, unemployment payments, etc.
Coal does impact the 6th District. The 6th District needs Andy Barr to keep coal mines operating. Thank Barr for caring about all of Kentucky.
At a recent function at Blue Grass Airport I saw an aerial photograph of the much-improved general aviation runway design that says volumes about this airport's management and commitment to safety.
The design change to the access point for runway 26 has been overhauled and the general public's safety will be the beneficiary.
This necessary change was long overdue and should be a significant obstacle to pilots lining up on the wrong runway as Comair Flight 5191 did in 2006.
My congratulations to the airport's board, to airport executive director Eric J. Frankl and to everyone involved in making this significant safety upgrade.
Victor H. Tamariz
Senior FAA representative (retired)
A lie grows bigger
Andy Barr seems to have tripled-down on his lie about miners supporting him for Congress. First, he runs a TV ad featuring a Western Kentucky coal company executive pretending to be an Eastern Kentucky coal miner.
Then, after it's revealed the man is not what he claims to be, Barr has him do another ad expressing indignation at having his lie exposed and presenting his miner certification as proof that he is a miner. Finally, he runs a third ad with three guys claiming to be miners expressing even more outrage at Chandler's record.
A commercial driver's license does not make one a truck driver; a teaching certificate does not make one a teacher. To be a truck driver one must drive a truck; to be a teacher one must teach; and to be a coal miner one must mine coal.
The United Mine Workers supports Chandler, and the UMW represents real coal miners.
Going to extremes
I received three large brochures from the Republican Party that told outright lies about Rep. Ben Chandler.
One headlined: "Ben Chandler has run up $9 trillion in new debt in 8 years." This implies that Chandler did it all by himself — I doubt that the figure is even correct.
Plus, a large part of our present national debt is due to interest we are paying on the huge deficit Barack Obama's administration inherited from George W. Bush. This campaign should not be this hateful and negative.
Also, on the coal issue: People do not emphasize the fact that Chandler has supported methods to promote "clean coal" so that coal could be more heavily utilized and meet with more approval. I have heard that coal mining is also using more automation, thus decreasing jobs.
This is not Chandler's doing but rather the coal mine operators'.
Having it both ways
When a devout Mormon male and a devout Catholic male, who have as their goddess a famous deceased atheist female, come together to try to get elected to the highest offices in the land by appealing mostly to white evangelicals, is it any wonder that they have difficulty explaining themselves and often appear to be flip-floppers, frauds, bigots, liars and out of touch? Can someone please explain this apparent cluelessness? (I guess I can't understand since I'm one of the 47 percent.)
Better way to vent
Across the commonwealth a controversy rages on radio talk shows and Internet chat rooms.
Supporters of the coach believe that he is on the right track and simply needs time for results to show. He's a likable guy, one of us, and change takes time.
Detractors point to a losing record and dwindling attendance. They look for a change in leadership before the program slips further.
And they call and they chat and they blog and they tweet, because they really have no other way to influence the decision to be made at the end of this season.
On Nov. 6 a similar decision will be made across this country. Do we fire the coach or renew his contract for four more years?
In this case, the decision is ours.
J. Jeff Roberts
Biting the hand
In reply to the letter comparing coal mining to prostitution, I suggest the writer cut his electricity usage by 90 percent since that is the approximate amount of our electricity that is produced from coal in Kentucky. We also pay the fourth-lowest electricity rate in the nation because of the high percentage of coal that we burn.
I would also suggest that he remove all of the metal and some of the plastic from his car since they were produced using coal. Then he will not be a hypocrite by supporting legal prostitution (at least according to his own explanation).