Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24

Help E. Ky. with birth control and job relocation

The president's Promise Zones won't work any more than President Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps did. That program helped young men, to an extent. President Lyndon Johnson's anti-poverty efforts in the 1960s also failed.

Industry and commercial interests are not going to move into Southeastern Kentucky. It is not practical. Our government should come up with a voluntary birth control program for these people. It should also come up with a voluntary program to move them to where they can get a job.

Enough money has already been spent by our government to buy everyone there a Cadillac.

Jim Steed


Disaster plans urgent

The chemical spill in Charleston, W. Va., highlights the need for disaster plans. We need to shift more resources to prevent and prepare for chemical and biological disasters.

The Blue Grass Army Depot for chemical weapons in Richmond is dangerous and complicated. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Hal Rogers have done a good job but need to do even better.

President Barack Obama has shown a lot of concern over chemical and biological weapons overseas. He demands Syria destroy its weapons within one year. Sounds great. Richmond's destruction process will take years, in the interest of environmental and safety concerns. We need better physical security and more environmental safeguards.

The Air Force currently has 34 officers in a cheating scandal. The test was on launching nuclear missiles. The alarm has sounded.

James Gould


Whose country is it?

Recently, while confirming an appointment by telephone, I was told to "punch one" for English.

Am I missing something? This country, when established over 200 years ago, had English as its language, and I have been speaking it for 86 years. Why do I have to punch "one"?

I am not negative, but I think all people immigrating to this country should go through the same procedures as those before them.

Wake up, America, or is it Americo?

Wilma Calmes


Weigh the opposition

Reasons to support Sen, Mitch McConnell:

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants him to lose.

Hillary "What does it matter now?" Clinton wants him to lose.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants him to lose.

"Hanoi Jane" Fonda wants him to lose.

Vice President Joe Biden wants him to lose.

Former President Jimmy Carter wants him to lose.

President Barack Obama wants him to lose.

Every weirdo in Hollywood wants him to lose.

MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and PBS want him to lose.

If McConnell wins, Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball will certainly not get the same thrill down his leg he admitted getting from an Obama speech.

Most of all, Alison Lundergan Grimes won't be Obama's rubberstamp in his war on the coal industry in Kentucky.

Ignore these nabobs of negativity. For Kentucky, for the United States, for our posterity, I urge all Kentuckians to reelect McConnell.

Charles E. Hayes


Good response to fire

On Jan. 7 there was a small fire in my home due to radiating heat while trying to defrost frozen pipes. The first fire unit arrived in 3 minutes 10 seconds.

The crews quickly suppressed the fire. Some interior sheetrock and floor had to be removed to access the area and ensure the fire had not spread up the wall.

I wish to commend the crews for not allowing the fire to spread and cause considerable damage. A hose was brought into the house but not a drop of water remained. The cleanup was immaculate, no debris was left for me to remove.

No items on the top or on the shelves of a hutch fell or were moved. I don't know how they did it. I had no personal property loss or damage. I believe this was due to the training and consideration of the crews.

Allen Silverberg