Comer ignored teachers
While politicians in Frankfort enjoy a well-funded retirement system for their part-time employment, the teacher retirement system is headed for bankruptcy.
It was once considered among the best in the nation, but today it is one of the lowest funded (under 50 percent). Tennessee's is 91 percent funded while North Carolina's is 95 percent.
In 2005, the greedy, self-serving politicians passed House Bill 299, supported by gubernatorial candidate James Comer, which could double or triple legislative pensions.
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Comer tells us he supports teachers but in a recent forum he recommended replacing the retirement system. That kind of support we do not need. He made no mention of changes to the lucrative deal he voted for himself.
Positive changes will only come when the 80,000 active and retired teachers in Kentucky unite on election day and send home those who have forgotten they were elected to serve the people and not themselves.
Joe E. Rains
Comer served citizens
It is my pleasure to support Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to be the next governor.
Comer has an outstanding record of achievement, including returning $1.65 million to the taxpayers and working with both parties in Frankfort and Washington to bring industrial hemp to Kentucky. Not to mention that, upon entering office, he immediately worked with our Democratic auditor, against the wishes of many in his own party, to root out corruption and restore transparency to the department.
That speaks volumes about his leadership and what kind of governor he will be. He is a strong conservative, who always does the right thing, whether it is politically popular or not.
Regardless of any dishonest smear tactics you may hear, I can testify that Comer is a man of high integrity, character and leadership. Republican primary voters would be well advised to vote for Comer on May 19.
Not for Heiner
The ads and statements made by the four Republican contenders for governor are beyond ridiculous. Here we have otherwise well-qualified individuals hoping the electorate will vote based on empty rhetoric with almost no facts or substance.
Hal Heiner's official plank states, "I'll stand strong against Washington's attempts to expand Obamacare, dismantle our coal industry, and force Common Core on our education system."
Twice I have asked him to provide substance or facts, such as, "Please explain how refusal to submit a Kentucky clean air plan to the EPA will improve coal production together with specific measureable goals."
With respect to criticism of Common Core, I asked, "Do you have a plan to ensure all high school graduates are fully prepared for post-secondary education or entry to the workforce?"
To date, no response. My response: No vote for Hal Heiner.
R. Paul Baumgartner
Scott smart, qualified
If you have any sense, continue reading. My intention is to explain why Will T. Scott, a man of integrity, is the best candidate for governor of Kentucky.
He served in law positions before becoming a circuit judge. He later was elected and then reelected as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky in a heavily Democratic region. He resigned to run for governor.
As a Vietnam paratrooper, Scott is well aware of the problems the veterans face. He has many plans to help them. Because of serving as a justice, Scott knows the limitations and abilities possible as governor.
His drug-dependency plan takes care of much of the drug problem provides jobs, as well as encourages outside businesses to find Kentucky more appealing by providing more and better quality employees. Vote smart, vote qualified.
Teresa Anne Venters
Bevin for prosperity
In the Republican primary for governor, there is only one real choice: a businessman, not a life-long politician. This means either Hal Heiner or Matt Bevin.
I'm ashamed to admit I supported Heiner, because he has proven himself to be a politician in disguise. I've heard his rehashed and false claims against Bevin, his smear campaign against all opponents, and his belief that the most money buys the office.
His squinty stare hides a disingenuous heart.
Heiner and Democrat Jack Conway may well be twins. They even share the same stance on health-care reform. It'll be hard to defeat a man that you are cloned from.
Bevin and running mate Jenean Hampton take the high road. That's unsurprising since they are both veterans. I want a change from poverty, dependence and misery in Kentucky. Time for a leader who will bring business, cut taxes and create prosperity for all Kentuckians.
Pointless TV ads
This election we are again inundated with senseless TV commercials by various big business conservatives, most of whom seem to be campaigning against President Barack Obama.
Why can't they focus on what they want to do for the voters?
Heiner best hope
Kentucky Republicans can't go wrong choosing Hal Heiner as our nominee for governor.
He is a rock-solid fiscal and social conservative who champions charter schools and tax reform. He is a devout Christian who supports biblical marriage, has been endorsed by the Kentucky Right to Life Association and has earned the National Rifle Association's highest grade.
Husband to Sheila, a dad and grandfather, Heiner, like all of us, hopes to see our families prosper.
He knows we need jobs and more opportunities. To accomplish this, he will institute economic policies to create 100,000 jobs in four years. Heiner also promotes accountability and transparency in state government.
As our next governor, he will stand up to President Barack Obama and job-killing policies coming out of Washington.
Heiner is our best hope to defeat liberal Jack Conway in November. Join me in voting for him on Tuesday.
Glenn for treasurer
The results of the recent election demonstrate the overwhelming desire for a more moderate, common-sense approach to state government. When I talk with friends, I hear the same message: People want positive results that will benefit their lives and their communities.
That's why I am voting for Jim Glenn for state treasurer
When I look at the history of the people running for office, I see a lot of talk and little action — except for Glenn.
As treasurer, he pledges to work for all Kentuckians, helping to secure the financial future for our children.