Time to act on immigration reform
The American people are disgusted with our do-nothing Congress. Now Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are telling the nation what they will not do regarding immigration.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill. The president has asked that the bill come to the House floor for a vote. This should not be a difficult proposition. Our legislators need to do the jobs for which they were elected.
Here is an idea: They could try cooperating and negotiating to stop the partisan gridlock and pass bills into law. It would be refreshing to think that the members of Congress would consider those who elected them rather than loyalty to their parties.
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Voters have given Republicans another opportunity to rehabilitate Congress. Will first-time lawmakers trash their sworn oaths like their predecessors and re-elected incumbents have repeatedly?
Since 2000, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled both houses of Congress. Their intents were dissimilar, but their outcomes identical. They got richer, and working citizens got poorer. If they had been held to the same standards as their constituents, they would have been imprisoned or fired.
In the developed world, only Romania has a higher percent of children living in poverty than America. Takers will soon outnumber workers. Add workers living in poverty who are not counted because of the politically suppressed poverty line ($23,850 for a family of four) and takers outnumber workers. There is one silver lining. More takers than workers eventually will shut off millions of our tax dollars to egotistical maniacs like that Gruber character who boasted of pulling a fast one on stupid voters.
Thanks to him, new lawmakers will know exactly where to begin housecleaning. His gloating revealed the origins of the various stupidities responsible for our $17.9 trillion debt and the 291,068 Americans killed, maimed or wounded in trumped-up wars from Vietnam to the Middle East.
In response to letters chiding the Herald-Leader's endorsements, I offer another opinion.
I appreciate that the paper gives us the opinions of those so misguided. It's helpful to know there are people who find nothing wrong with voting for a politician who pays corporations to send our jobs overseas, does nothing for our state for 30 years and is central to Washington dysfunction.
My neighbors and I appreciate the time and effort the paper spends researching issues and comparing candidates. It helped many, who wished to be informed, sift through thousands of political ads to confirm the best candidates.
That less than 40 percent of voters showed up and more than half of those voted against their best interests does not reflect negatively on the paper's efforts. It also doesn't mean the majority did not agree with the editorial assessment.
They just didn't show up to vote, which is unconscionable with our state ranked close to the bottom of almost every quality-of-life measure.
You are a credible source of information, and your editorials represent and support the majority of people in your hometown (which ranks high on almost every quality-of-life measure) and many outside Fayette County.
Let's make a splash
The Urban County Council approved spending $150,000 partially to study the feasibility of an indoor swimming pool. I suggest avoiding wasting money on studies by following the advice of council candidate Don Pratt, who suggested building an indoor pool long ago.
Can't council members investigate, ask swim team coaches or Pratt for advice, and visit nearby indoor pools, such as in Georgetown and Shelbyville, for ideas?
Indoor pools, planned with the school system, could provide a year-round educational facility. Teach all students to float to help them not fear water and begin swimming. This skill could save their lives.
Pratt's ideas of an indoor, Olympic-size pool with a diving pool, shallow pools for small children and recreational water slides or tubes would be a fun, affordable place for families to exercise.
High school swim teams could use an indoor pool for practice and competition; home-schooled students and seniors for exercise and socializing. Businesses may be willing to invest for tax deductions and advertise their sponsorships. Businesses or groups could rent the pool for parties.
Design this complex with solar panels to defray electric costs. Lexington could become a model for others with this pool complex.