Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 8

Operation Choke Point misrepresented

Your article, "Opponent criticizes Andy Barr for opposing efforts to crack down on online payday lenders," misrepresents the Department of Justice program "Operation Choke Point" and distorts Barr's opposition to this unlawful regulatory effort.

While this interagency effort was created to limit fraudulent activity in the U.S. financial system, Congress has uncovered evidence that it is not distinguishing between criminals and legitimate businesses, including members of the Community Financial Services Association.

The truth is "federal regulators are pressuring banks to terminate relationships with legal yet disfavored industries, without regard to the legitimacy or risk profile of individual companies," according to a report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

If the government can pressure banks into denying service to lawful businesses that it simply does not like, the power could be used against retailers selling cigarettes, sodas or high-fat foods. If this sort of initiative stands, Kentucky's other politically disfavored industries, including tobacco and coal, could be next.

This biased regulatory overreach should be seen for the abuse of power it is, and the reason those like Barr oppose it is because they understand that regulations must be based on objective rules, not subjective taste.

Charles Halloran

Chief Operating Officer, Community Financial Services Association

Alexandria, Va.

No JFK any more

There was once a great Democratic leader who challenged Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Now it seems we have leaders who wish to hand out entitlements, making more and more people dependent on the government. There was a time when such programs were considered a charitable necessity, not an entitlement.

There are individuals who need government support for various reasons. And if you contribute to a program then you should receive benefits from it, but to get more than what you put in is charity.

You can't spend what you don't have, nor can you spend on the prediction of what you will have in the future. Greece and other countries have already shown what happens with those forms of government subsidies and entitlements. And what entitles one? Is it one's mere existence or did one contribute to it? A society cannot exist on the contributions of only a few. These entitlements are and will be a burden to our children and grandchildren.

More and more entitlements will lead to a country where people are totally dependent on the government for jobs, food, shelter and health. George Orwell may just have had the wrong date, not 1984 but 2024. Might be time for people to take responsibility for their own welfare and the welfare of others who need help.

John Moore


Help vets get care

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation's veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially when they are seriously ill.

Hospice of the Bluegrass deepens our commitment to ensure that veterans have access to compassionate, high quality hospice and palliative care. One of the ways we do this is through active involvement with the We Honor Veterans program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Hospice of the Bluegrass is a Level 4 partner with We Honor Veterans, the highest distinction a community hospice can receive. We are proud of our veterans and committed to increasing access and improving services for them.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day 1,800 veterans die. That's more than 680,000 veterans every year — or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country. If you know a veteran who needs the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please help them learn more about care options by visiting www.hospicebg.org or calling (800) 876-6005.

To all our nation's veterans, thank you.

Liz Fowler

President and CEO, Hospice of the Bluegrass


Tax the megachurches

It has come time to elect senators and congressmen who will pass laws to tax megachurches. These preachers are living like kings and queens while we poor hard-working middle class struggle from day to day. These preachers are preaching a false doctrine while making billions of dollars and not paying any taxes. Their god in a bottle has been dead for 2000 years; he is dead and, like everybody else, he ain't never coming back. Their mythical god like all myths of the past should be considered as a myth.

John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Mike Huckabee, Joel Osteen and Billy Graham are trying to force the rest of us to bow down to their false doctrine as did Constantine the Great, popes of a thousand years ago, King James, Shakespeare, Martin Luther and Catholic Knights. We have waited 2000 years for this god in a bottle to deliver us from this hell. It is time to move on, stop letting zealots shame the rest of us into their way of thinking, so they can have their way with us politically.

Preachers, tea partiers and conservatives should not be allowed to tell the rest of us how to vote. This is what I call Hitlerism. Victor Privett