Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 18

Vote for GOP to fight EPA

Just as President Barack Obama sees fit to ignore the Constitution and double down with executive orders to get his way, the unelected Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to make life even worse for Kentucky coal, our miners and their families.

This year's election was almost exclusively about coal, our precious natural resource. It was about how Republicans have fought to keep liberals in Washington out of our coalfields.

The results showed an overwhelming majority of Kentuckians recognize this threat to our livelihood and issued another cease-and-desist order to Washington.

Our current governor is doing nothing more than providing "constructive comments" instead of telling the EPA to stand down. That's not good enough for the scorched-earth policy environmentalists.

An environmental group director stated that with regards to global warming, some states are "positioning themselves as standing in the schoolhouse door." Anybody surprised by that tone?

We have the opportunity to address this continuing problem next year with the governor's race and all the state offices. We've already seen Sen. Mitch McConnell lead the Senate in a responsible way.

I urge fellow Kentuckians to vote Republican next year, for the future of both our state and children.

Bill Marshall


Cheney frightening

Living in a fact-free world of your own making is pretty much the definition of conservatism since 2008. That is why rational political debate is no longer possible.

But Dick Cheney's recent appearance on Meet the Press brings new meaning to that definition.

Stupidity and arrogance are always a frightening combination. It is particularly disturbing in a U.S. vice president.

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground

Climate of lies

Sometimes a new word emerges that encapsulates a set of complex ideas, such as "Grubering."

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor, was caught on video describing ways he helped the Obama administration deceive the public regarding the true nature of Obamacare.

People are now referring to what the Obamacare campaigners did as "Grubering," or when politicians or their cohorts engage in a campaign of exaggeration and outright lies. The justification is that the public is too "stupid" to understand the topic and, if exposed to the truth would likely come to the wrong conclusion.

The 2009 Climategate emails were full of discussions by a gaggle of climate alarmists about how to sell the public on global warming through lies and exaggerations. There were many discussions about how the public could not possibly understand such a complex subject and why it's necessary to prevent contrary scientific evidence from reaching them.

Critics dismiss climate skeptics as "conspiracy theorists" noting how unlikely it would be that thousands of scientists would collude. They miss the point. We know Grubering takes place. It's an arrogant belief that lying is necessary to persuade the public to adopt policy preferences of the green activists and their political cronies.

George Tomaich


Introspection on race

How about a racism test? Two events come to mind. Both are murky after the initial contact, but the behavior of all parties is clear before the fatal run-ins.

Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was killed by a police officer. Video shows he had just robbed cigars from a store and assaulted the clerk. He was approached by Officer Darren Wilson in the street and asked to move to the sidewalk.

Trayvon Martin, another unarmed teenager, had gone to a local store and bought a drink and some candy.

On his way home, he was followed and confronted by a man carrying a concealed weapon who had been told to wait by the police. The teen was also killed.

Many of the comments about these two events centered around race. Whose fault, who deserved to die, who was defending themselves was in many cases decided by the commentor's race.

We would all do well to listen to something most young people learned on Sesame Street: One of these things is not like the other. If you see both of these events as the same, or even similar, you probably need a little introspection, regardless of whether you are black or white.

Tony McCoy