Independents unfairly left out of Kentucky primaries
Independent voters are coming together in Kentucky to play a role in the midterm elections, but it's not the role we usually are cast in by the media as "swing voters." Instead, we'll be working to be visible at a time when we are most invisible.
Primary elections are a critical juncture in the democratic process. They are often the most competitive. But in Kentucky, independents are not allowed to vote. We are first-class taxpayers when it comes to funding the administration of elections but second-class voters.
A recent Gallup poll shows 42 percent of Americans identify as independent, making the issue all the more urgent. A large and growing segment of the electorate is marginalized by partisan primary systems.
Today, we will hold informational pickets, aptly named Voting Rights Are Primary, in locations across the Bluegrass, including Fayette, Madison and Jefferson counties, bringing attention to this flaw in our elections process. A change is clearly needed so the voices of millions of independent voters who do not have full voting rights can be heard.
We hope to lead the way to a government less hampered by partisanship and more able to move ahead with the business of the country.
Independentvoting.org. and Independent Kentucky
Hooray for Election Day
Here we go again, another Election Day. I'm getting robo phone calls from politicians who ordinarily would not give me the time of day. Yard signs are a big clutter, but those huge signs all over town are tacky, tacky, tacky.
An all-white NBA?
The hypocrisy of the NBA and the media is apparent for all to see. Sports commentator Charles Barkley can state on national television that the NBA is a "black league," and nobody says a word.
Meanwhile, a white owner gets suspended for life over a taped conversation made in private.
Most of NBA revenues are more likely generated by white fans, but these fans are underrepresented by having only about 20 percent of players who are white, many of whom are not American.
White fans should boycott the NBA and any other sport where they are underrepresented by players. Maybe we need an all-white basketball league similar to the old Negro leagues in baseball.
Swallowed by trash
The amount of trash and nonsense produced today is monumental. Vast mountains of garbage and trash inundate the world. And a deluge of nonsense is broadcast — and repeated. People may be killed by collapsing trash piles or poisoned by toxic material. Nonsense, as in fake medicine, can kill.
Noah had it easy. He had only one flood. We have two. Humanity could vanish under a load of garbage or toxic or nuclear waste. Escape might be impossible as we are doing it to ourselves. The disaster falls under the Garbage Extinction Theory.
The old line was, "To be, or not to be, that is the question." Today we ask, "To flee, or not to flee, that is the mess we're in."
Equity in gas prices
My part-time job takes me all over southeastern Kentucky. Gasoline prices in places like Corbin, Hazard, London and Pikeville are consistently 20 to 30 cents a gallon less than in the Lexington metro area. Why? Perhaps your editors can take a break from advancing liberal causes and assign a reporter to find out.
Since the Supreme Court has allowed unlimited campaign contributions, I have a pledge that our elected officials should take in lieu of the oath of office:
"I, (name), pledge allegiance to the PACs and monies which elected me and to the interests which have been chosen (ALEC), one job with pay forever and limitless opportunities for me."