Letters to the Editor

Unendorsed candidate: Stepp

Rogers record: war, deficits, corruption

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers helped support $1 trillion federal deficits, causing 32 percent of every federal dollar spent in 2012 to be borrowed, and that for 2011, 2010 and 2009 the shortfall has been 36, 37, and 40 percent respectively.

Chairman Rogers has helped legislate financing of our war in Afghanistan, our war in Iraq, and our planned war in Iran. Rogers opposes the Affordable Health Care Act, which benefits the poor and the working poor. Rogers, and his fellow Republicans, presided over the worst recession in memory.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan group, released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, which lists 12 members engaged in misconduct, including Rogers for directing millions of dollars in earmarks to a Kentucky-based company paid $6.5 million by the U.S. Army for hundreds of leak-proof drip pans for military helicopters, $17,000 per drip pan. Competitor businessmen said similar products cost only $2,500.

Rogers allows drone strikes by the U.S. government to explode innocent people, including minor children and American citizens,

Rogers voted for H.R. 5949 which would reauthorize for five years, through 2017, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows warrantless wiretaps of American citizens. Hal Rogers allowed torture and waterboarding during the latest Bush administration.

Kenneth Stepp would be an improvement over Hal Rogers in all the above areas, and believes education is the key to overcoming poverty.

Kenneth Stepp

Democratic candidate, Congress 5th District