Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Grimes secret vote

No answer? Unfit to run

Alison Grimes has proven once again she is incapable of giving direct answers and being honest with Kentuckians. Her embarrassing attempt to avoid saying whether or not she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012 is a slap in the face to voters, who deserve to hear the truth.

It is the ethical responsibility of an elected official to answer to the people you represent. Grimes was an Obama delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, directly tying her to support of his failed policies.

Refusing to answer this simple question, she has exhibited her lack of confidence in the intelligence of Kentucky voters and proven that she is unfit to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate.

Dick Dolan


Secret ballot a basic right

I am very angry that members of the press and the opposing candidate keep attempting to pressure Alison Grimes into telling how she voted in the last election.

My father, and thousands of others like him, fought and died in order to protect the bedrock of our democracy: the secret ballot. How dare anyone attempt to trample that basic right. And how shameful it is that even the national press keeps bringing it up in their coverage of the Kentucky election.

What kind of democracy are we if we do not keep the secret ballot secret? We need to honor those who died for our country, not attempt to subvert the very reason for their sacrifice.

Nancy Bogardus


Women can vote and not tell

I was surprised to see Sam Youngman's Oct. 10 story and accompanying headline screaming "Vote for Obama? Grimes keeping her ballot secret."

As a woman, it is alarming to me that the Courier-Journal editorial board asked Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes three times, on the same day, if she voted for Barack Obama. She rightfully ignored the outrageous question each time.

The ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. Imagine, for the first time, a woman could vote by secret ballot for anyone she darn well pleased without having to divulge her choices — not to her preacher, not to her husband and certainly not to the press.

I wonder how Youngman would respond if someone asked him if he voted for Romney or Obama. Silence.

Dee Foster


Media cheap shots

That question the Courier-Journal asked Alison Grimes was a cheap shot. And by reading your article on the subject I see that a reporter from your paper took a cheap shot, too.

What in the world does it matter who she voted for?

It it was a prop question to make her look bad, this coming from newspapers that missed the story about the Kentucky inmate allowed to starve himself to death.

Good thing this state has the Associated Press. Come out from under your desks and look around; one day you might miss your customer, too.

Bradley S. Hayes


Sadly, abetting McConnell

The 800-pound gorilla in the current election season that no one seems to care about or dare to mention is the ignorance and racism of too many Kentucky voters.

It's a reality that Sen. Mitch McConnell and Republicans in general have exploited and pandered to very successfully, particularly since Barack Obama became president.

It is McConnell's firewall in his attempt to secure yet another term, despite low approval ratings and his opposition to health care reform and a minimum wage increase, which have majority support in the state.

Sadly, Alison Grimes has abetted McConnell's strategy by her foolish refusal to say whether or not she voted for the president. Instead of exposing McConnell's lies and demagoguery, she seems utterly paralyzed by that unacknowledged primate looming over the campaign.

Whoever is advising Grimes has served her very badly.

Robert Emmett Curran


Misplaced sanctity

I was stunned to read Alison Grimes comments in the Oct. 10 article, "Vote for Obama? Grimes keeping her ballot secret," in which she said she respects "the sanctity of the ballot box."

This is amazing, especially since Grimes does not proclaim to respect the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, nor does she publicly proclaim to respect the sanctity of the sacramental union of one man and one woman in marriage.

Webster defines sanctity as "holiness of life and character" or "the quality or state of being holy or sacred."

Human life can be sanctified, sacraments such as matrimony are sanctified, but Grimes cannot sanctify a ballot box.

Deborah Burton


Deadline for election letters is 5 p.m. Monday. Letters limited to 150 words.