Return to center, political fringe full
I've always considered myself middle of the road politically. I'm registered to a particular party, but party doesn't mean much to me. I've never voted for anyone because of their party affiliation. On issues, sometimes I lean to the right, sometimes to the left, but always based on what I felt was best, never on party.
For many years the middle was a crowded place. Both Republicans and Democrats hung out there and were able to work together to solve many of our problems. But any more, I sure feel lonely. Politics has become so extreme, people have moved to the shoulder of the road, both left and right. And instead of coming together in the middle to work and solve problems, they are now just pitching rocks at each other. What is more important to these people, political dogma or solutions? Do both sides really think they have 100 percent of the solutions to our problems and they don't even need to talk to the opposition?
I am still in the middle of the road, always have been, always will be. For those who have moved away, you're invited back. After all, what we have now sure isn't working.
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Greed and envy
I am tired of successful or wealthy people, especially business owners and leaders, being branded as greedy.
Greed, a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed, is a human frailty that can be found in all people regardless of income, wealth, class, race or status. Might not politicians be greedy? Laborers? Labor leaders? Why is greed used to describe only successful business owners or corporations?
Often, the word is used by people infected with its nefarious cousin, envy. Most people described by envious people as greedy are ambitious, hard-working and successful in some way. Those who would complain about others' success would be wiser to look inward and decide how they, too, might become more successful, rather than denigrate others.
Granted, it is easier to try to bring someone else down than to lift oneself up, but in America if you make good decisions, learn self-discipline, work hard and get appropriate education and training you, too, can become envied for your success, wealth or accomplishments. I hope you won't be called greedy.
Recently I attended the largest U.S. solar conference, Solar Power International, which again had over 15,000 attendees. Industry leaders were calling for the extension of the 30 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit that is scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2016. If not renewed it could be very costly to the solar job market, which has created over 150,000 jobs. Recall that the 2013 expiration of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit resulted in a loss of over 30,000 jobs. (To show support go to://www.seia.org/act-now.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was the keynote speaker along with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Both spoke about their strong support for renewables and extending the ITC and even enhancing it.
Also discussed were the trade dispute with China and Taiwan, the attacks on net metering and distributive generation, and the value of solar. In my opinion, the most important challenge for solar will be energy storage. Let's hope that Elon Musk's team and his $5 billion battery gigafactory figure it out, sooner rather than later.
While 16 gigawatts of installed solar capacity is something to celebrate, this is a crucial time for the industry.
Newspaper picks losers
Isn't it time the Herald-Leader comes to the realization that the voters of Kentucky really are out of sync with this paper.
The paper pushes year after year their liberal agenda about who we should vote for — which were all losers.
We subscribers don't want your liberal agenda. I, who still buy the paper because of the University of Kentucky sports writings, am very close to canceling the paper along with friends who have already done so. Don't believe so? Check your subscription renewals in recent years.