Running against Obama not wise
Before I could mute my TV April 17, I heard these statements from Republicans wanting to be governor:
James Comer: "Obama doesn't care about Kentucky. I'll stand up to Obama."
Matt Bevin: "I'll protect us from Obama's war on Kentucky."
Hal Heiner: "I'll fight outrageous Obama mandates."
After the success of the "Obama wedge," which re-elected Mitch McConnell, governor wannabees seem convinced that they, too, can dodge real issues and assault us with tired, meaningless phrases.
On that same day, I read in the Herald-Leader business section that Kentucky's unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent in March, the lowest rate since June 2001, when it was 5 percent. The U.S. jobless rate was 5.5 percent.
Could President Barack Obama's policies be given some credit for the decreasing jobless rate? Is the Republican political gold mine (jobs, coal, Obamacare) drying up just like the pollution from the carbon-producing coal-fired power plants?
Wages at risk
In the op-ed by Americans for Prosperity and ProtectMyPaycheck.org published in the Herald-Leader, the writers used a push poll to come to their misguided conclusion that right to work is popular in Kentucky. Such tactics are being used by the Koch brothers to further drive down wages, workplace safety and regulations.
Kentuckians deserve a voice in the workplace, but using disingenuous fear tactics and bogus polls to convince workers that right-to-work laws have advantages is divisive.
Divide and conquer. This is the Koch and Americans for Prosperity plan for further driving down wages. Kentuckians shouldn't be fooled.
Norman E. Goldie Jr.
'Conservative' not enough
Too many candidates run for offices using the self descriptor "conservative," believing that this label tells the voter all we need to know about them. However, beware, the first four letters of that label. "Cons," tells you more about them than they are willing to tell you.
Past politicians who have used this label were anything but conservative in their approach to governing. Two well-known and popular users of this label, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, both engaged in illegal covert wars.
The former levied tax hikes on working Americans, while proclaiming tax cuts. The latter almost ran this country into the ground. These actions are contrary to the meaning of conservative as "one who adheres to traditional methods or views; a cautious and discreet person."
Always check the label before voting, and be leery of "cons." For sound governing, more than a label is needed.
Appreciate federal workers
The value of the day-to-day work of federal employees is immense. Without fanfare, they perform functions vital to our country's defense abroad, homeland security, education, agriculture and forestry services, environmental protection, housing, education, Social Security, Medicare, revenue collection, health services, food inspection and safety, transportation, air safety, mail delivery — I could go on and on.
Retired federal workers apply their work skills in many civic activities, volunteering to ensure that our communities provide services and a better quality of life for all citizens.
The Central Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, with over 450 members, provides volunteer services to local VA hospitals and for displaced men, raises funds for Alzheimers research, supports Red Cross activities and volunteers on boards, churches and civic organizations.
Thanks to every federal employee, retiree and their families for your service and dedication to our great country.
J. Henry Duncan
Central Kentucky NARFE Chapter