Beatty and UK crime
A quick question about Anthany Beatty: Since he is responsible, at least in part, for the security of students and faculty on the University of Kentucky campus and since he claims that Lexington's problems would be handled by more police, why is there an increase in crimes on the UK campus against students, faculty, administration and visitors?
And one more: How exactly is he going to create more jobs other than by hiring more police?
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Evans a humble servant
I befriended Angela Evans five years ago and since then have had the pleasure of her company in my home, in our little church choir, and while routinely dining at the monthly deli of Temple Adath Israel.
Evans is a woman of deep, abiding faith whose warmth and affability are contagious. She is highly intelligent, profoundly other-oriented, and the passion she has for championing the rights of her "neighbor" are exceeded only by her uncanny ability to listen.
There is no doubt that her faith, acumen as a lawyer and lively engagement with those in her sphere of influence will bode exceptionally well for the constituents of District 6. Were they to elect her to the city council, Evans would serve them with fairness, humility, vigor, and with nothing less than the heart of a servant.
Potters for sheriff
Did you know that the sheriff's office is not a 24-hour agency?
Unfortunately, crime can occur after hours. Brian Potters is running for sheriff to change the department from one that does various small tasks for the court to one which also assists the Lexington police department with law enforcement. One which is proactive and has a focus on community policing. One which is dedicated to transparency.
Potters was trained in the Marines as a military policeman and later trained at the FBI academy. His opponent, on the other hand, had little prior law-enforcement training prior to becoming sheriff.
After a summer marred by violence and a growing heroin problem plaguing our town, it is time to elect a trained and professional lawman to help keep our community safe and secure. Join me in voting Potters for sheriff on Nov. 4.
Murray a school leader
Natasha Murray will be a vocal, effective and collaborative school board member for District 4.
I've known Murray within the education community for almost 10 years. Her professional and educational experience is solid and will be a welcomed addition to our school board.
Her voice as an advocate for traditionally underserved youth has been heard at the local, state and national levels. Murray is known as a leader and advocate of Fayette County Public Schools by serving on leadership teams and conducting audits to help schools with their improvement plans.
She has used her national network to bring in experts known to motivate and inspire our students, parents and the community. She challenges parents to become more involved and students to have a more active role in their learning experience.
She will be an effective board member who delivers results for our students, school leadership and staff, and community.
Larson gets things done
Jon Larson is an Army veteran, longtime resident of Lexington, environmentalist, family man, dog lover and creative genius.
Here is a man who knows how to get things done. And here is a leader who knows the city. He seeks to eliminate inefficiency and to modernize and streamline government, saving taxpayer money.
You can't go wrong by voting for Larson.
My wife and I live in the city's 2nd District. I have always felt extremely well-represented by Shevawn Akers. She is smart, dedicated, articulate, unafraid and committed to solving problems that affect both Lexington and her district.
We have closely followed the attacks on Aker's eligibility to run for re-election. on Oct, 3, the circuit court ruled that she is eligible to run.
Serving on the council is classified as a part-time job, and paid accordingly. But any dedicated council member knows it is full-time and more. One serves because they really care about Lexington and want to make things better. (This is illustrated even more when one has to pay thousands in legal fees to counter false claims.)
Akers now has two years of experience in how best to be effective in an intense and often contentious environment. We need to make use of that experience and build on it
Kay helps the needy
As someone dedicated to public service and positive community transformation, I know an outstanding leader when I see one. I have had the opportunity to work with Steve Kay, most recently on the issues of affordable housing and homelessness prevention.
He has earned my vote for another term on the city council.
The cost of housing in Lexington is simply too high for thousands of working-poor families. Through Kay's tremendous leadership, Lexington is finally taking serious measures to combat homelessness and affordable housing problems through an affordable housing trust. It creates a dedicated stream of resources that will bridge the gap between income and housing costs.
Kay fought hard for this legislation because he has the political courage to do what is right. And he made sure we can afford it. The trust is funded entirely from existing resources. Please join me in voting to re-elect Kay for council at-large.
Debra A. Hensley
Former council member, 3rd District
Co-Chair, Commission on Homelessness
When I mentioned to friends back north my concerns about the part racism plays in Kentucky presidential politics, a part of me felt that I could be wrong.
However, thanks to Andy Barr and the latest vote-for-Barr piece of mail, I find I was absolutely correct.
This mail shows the typical GOP connection between whoever the Democrat candidate is (in this case Elisabeth Jensen) with President Barack Obama.
A picture of Jensen is inserted alongside a picture of Obama, which is fair enough, I guess. However, the picture of our president was photoshopped so that it shows him with his eyes leering to his right, at the picture of Jensen, and his mouth warped into a nasty grin.
How more obvious can you make this to be a picture of a black man lusting after a white woman? Andy Barr, did you approve this message? I bet you did.
On Feb. 22, the House Health and Human Services Committee chaired by Rep.Tom Burch, D. Louisville, was presented with new technology that would save taxpayers more than $75 million annually while improving the quality of care received by Medicaid/CHIP recipients.
This technology would allow medical professionals instant access to patients' medical history via smart phone, iPad or secure website. It would reduce redundant diagnostic testing and medical errors, which studies show are the third-leading cause of death in America.
The presenters requested that the Legislative Research Commission research this technology. Burch would not allow the committee to vote. He offered no reason.
Burch also refuses to allow any right-to-life bills out of his committee.
This waste of human life and taxpayer money can be reduced by electing Christian businessmen like Jonah Mitchell to represent us. When we elect Mitchell and four others like him, the Republican Party will control the House.
Trust John Schrader
With Nov. 4 approaching, you should educate yourself as a responsible voter. We tend to pay attention to the more prominent races and abdicate our privilege to elect the best individuals for local positions, which ironically may have the most impact on us.
I've known John Schrader for more than five years and am convinced he is the right choice for re-election as a family court judge in Fayette County. A trustworthy ancient writing says to "act justly and love mercy" and "walk humbly", words that aptly describe my good friend. He administers justice with genuine compassion and humility, which is exactly what we need in a judge making crucial decisions that significantly impact families in our community. A principled man of faith and conviction, he consistently does more than his job description requires to make a difference.
Jon Larson for vice mayor
On Nov. 4, vote for Jon Larson for council at-large. Larson is honest, intelligent and works tirelessly for the good of our community. Many politicians say many things about themselves, about what they have done, about what they will do, to get elected. Refreshingly, what Larson says is sincere. We need trustworthy council members like him working for all of Fayette County. We need a vice mayor like Larson. Please vote. You won't regret it.
I write to support your endorsement of Susan Lamb for District 4 on the Urban County Council. At a neighborhood meeting, Lamb showed refreshing energy and enthusiasm for the role of council member.
Her desire for communication with constituents was very clear; her plan to produce a newsletter is most appropriate. Her 27 years on city staff and as council clerk will enhance her ability to work with council colleagues and understand issues.
Lamb demonstrates both a willingness to take a position and also to call for fuller information before making a final decision. She is well prepared by experience and temperament to become our council member for the 4th District.
Thomas F. Garrity
Beatty will keep us safe
Does the paper keep up with local news? Is the paper aware of the ever- increasing rise in crime? Jim Gray wants to make Lexington a "Great American City." What does that even mean? Not a day or night goes by without a robbery, assault, burglary or shooting. If you work at or patronize a bank, convenience store, fast food restaurant or any business that handles a lot of cash, your chances of being a victim of violent crime have greatly increased on Gray's watch. Not to mention walking the streets anywhere in this community. That doesn't sound like a great American city to me.
The single most important job of any elected official is to provide a safe environment for all citizens. Gray's vision for Lexington is meaningless without public safety.
Anthany Beatty, the former chief of police, understands the importance of public safety and has earned my vote.
There are only three weeks left until Election Day. I have listened to politicians tell me how bad the other person is, how if they are elected we will lose more jobs, etc. Most of this is on the national level where the majority of our problems have started.
I will be glad when the elections are over. All is not gloom and doom though. The people of Lexington have the chance to elect a person who has served us in different positions in local government. That person is Richard Moloney. Moloney has spelled out his positions on the many problems our city is facing. He has not attacked the other candidates.
There will be no need for a training period for Moloney, as he has served Lexington in the past and did a wonderful job. He will hit the ground running and will work for all of Lexington, not just one section. I urge everyone to do what is your right. I also urge all voters to take a close look at what Moloney's positions are for our city and cast your vote for him.
Steve Kay committed
I've known Steve Kay for many years. During that time he has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to enabling people to work together to solve community problems.
He has served Lexington in many capacities but I especially appreciate his efforts to address Lexington's homelessness and affordable housing issues. After years of advocating for solutions to these problems, he successfully led the city council this year to pass legislation that will provide support for affordable housing in the years ahead. His efforts will make a difference for many low income people and for Lexington as a whole.
I will vote to re-elect Steve Kay for council at-large because he has a vision for Lexington that includes everyone. He is hard-working, thoughtful and works with others to find answers to problems.
Deadline for letters about the Nov. 4 election is 5 p.m. Monday. Letters are limited to 150 words. No letter-writing campaigns or submissions from candidates, their staffs or families.