Biggest wasters are in charge of U.S. budget
Is our country really in trouble? No doubt. And whose fault is it? Many spend time with the blame game.
It is easy to find fault with the biggest budget items of Medicare and Social Security. How about the money we spend on our "do nothing Congress"?
We do not need to have them spending so much time getting re-elected instead of doing their work. We do not need to endure their campaign ads. And we do not need to pay such outlandish sums for their pensions and security, for life.
Why would it not be more reasonable for them to live on Social Security, as they expect each of us to do? And most important of all, why do they not have term limits, like the president has? Would that not solve the budget overruns in short order?
Do any of them ever work as hard as I did on 12-hour shifts, taking care of old veterans with dementia at the Veterans Administration? Doubtful.
Because I must live on a strict budget, I expect them to do so as well. And as far as I can determine, they waste my tax dollars all day, every day, for their entire lives.
Someone should cut the useless, expensive behavior of our Congress. Someone, please cancel the gravy train.
Worthy of complaints
Finally, after a seven-year run with the cable company and constant rate increases from $72 to $181 a month, I'd had enough and switched to a supplier offering phone, Internet and satellite dish at less than $100 per month.
I settled my bill. Several weeks later, I got a past-due notice from the cable company in email form and a threat to turn the bill over for collection if I didn't pay it immediately. A closer look at the bill: the amount was 12 cents.
I'm guessing I got no invoice because someone at the cable company figured out that it would cost more to prepare an invoice for 12 cents than 12 cents.
Besides, I had personally paid the amount the company represented as the final bill.
The cable company apologized and told me not to worry about the balance, but I insisted that they collect their 12 cents.
I told myself, "well, at least that totally frustrating business relationship is over," and turned to open my new, smaller bill from the new supplier. What I got, instead, was a $181 bill; part of six completely undecipherable pages of credits, charges and other confusing line entries.
Believe it when people tell you that cable/dish suppliers are all alike. They deserve their reputation as one of the industries with the largest number of consumer complaints.
The next piece of mail was from my dear old cable company, offering "new customers only" the same service I had just canceled, for $75 a month.
UK spends unwisely
The University of Kentucky is going into the development business. Tearing down two historic homes to make way for a new law school (will the word "coal" be in there?) would be just another thorn in the side of Lexington history.
As most of us know, any project costs more than is projected and the university seems to think that spending money on this would cost less than building a new one. Wrong.
How about tearing down a few houses the university already owns that are not historic — or how about Scott Street?
The university found plenty of money to build a new hospital after tearing down a perfectly good, many times modernized, one.
Now with more layoffs likely coming, I suspect we no longer have even a hint at being a Top 20 university.
Pauline Kelley Rodgers
Dig for the truth
Eleven years after 9/11, four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya. These deaths could have been prevented.
The mainstream media has refused to adequately cover the story and ask the hard questions of the president or push to get the real answers. The president dodges any hard questions on the subject.
America deserves to know the truth. The country relies on the media to tell the truth.
There is a lack of truth in the mainstream media. From my perspective, each of the mainstream networks has its own political agenda and it screams through their news reporting.
It did not used to be this way. Where did non-partisan reporting go?
Today, we would not recognize the truth if we heard it. That is how bad it has become. They need to quit reporting like Americans are ignorant. We don't want to know what their agenda is, we want to know the truth.
The Benghazi affair is more troublesome than Watergate or what Bill Clinton did at the White House. This situation should be covered and pursued every day until we get answers.
Blood is on the hands of someone. At the very least, the parents of those who perished deserve to know the truth.
Benghazi inquiry needed
Four Americans, including an ambassador, were brutally murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, because of an incomprehensible lack of leadership and responsibility from our president, secretary of state and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
We heard nothing but outright lies coming from the White House trying desperately to cover this up, like they tried to cover up the illegal gun-running scandal, Fast and Furious.
This deserves a proper hearing from a special prosecutor and should result in criminal charges against those responsible, including the president, who should be impeached.
Ah, farewell to Turfway's September racing season, done in by big bucks and an incompetent racing commission.
A bully in Louisville got Turfway's only prime racing days from a commission that is supposed to have all of Kentucky racing as its purpose. Money talks very loudly in Kentucky.
The GOP's Tea Party faction believes in a less restrictive government, unless you're poor, disabled, gay, on Medicare or Medicaid, support abortion rights or anything else they might disagree with.
It is apparent that they aren't playing with a full deck.
I have to ask them, what part of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" do they not understand?
If you are not gay, then mind your own business.
If you're not a woman, then mind your own business.
If you are religious that's fine, but keep it out of my business.
A future for Lance
I guess Lance Armstrong thought he was pretty slick. He should run for some political office.