No excuses for not voting, get involved
I am furious that two-thirds of eligible Kentuckians could not bother to vote Tuesday.
I don't buy the excuses about the quality of the candidates or their ads. In a democracy every citizen is responsible to sort out the mess and choose who they believe would lead best, despite shortcomings on both sides.
When that does not happen, the state or the nation deserves whatever happens to it, including the risk of losing our democracy altogether.
Increasing poverty levels, devastation of the natural world, violence, control of wealth at the top, and the looming threat of climate catastrophe are real and immediate dangers.
None of these crises can be dealt with by a population that is asleep, depressed or totally focused on personal concerns. Nor can they be dealt with by a population that is deeply divided, yet blames leaders for not overcoming divisions to get things done.
Are you, like me, asking what more could I have done? Are we in this journey called life together or not?
We have a year to start taking responsibility for our national elections. Will we rise to the challenge, or will half of us fail to vote in that election as we did in 2012?
Sister Claire McGowan
Let's show nation in 2016
Election night 2015 featured House Speaker Greg Stumbo quoting the Bible and comparing Democrats to Christ. He was a real joker, actually comical.
He's usually against anything, or anyone, espousing Christian family values. He must have been addled by the whipping his crowd took during a nasty governor's race.
Hiding behind religion during a low time won't paper over his socialist views which most Kentuckians find radical and reject openly.
President Barack Obama and Stumbo, with their foolish ideas of big government and anti-business regulations, were trashed with definition by this election.
On to 2016 and let's show America how Kentucky feels about left-wing foolishness, anti-God tenets, big government and all things against basic Bluegrass values. French president Charles de Gaulle once stated, "Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word."
Stumbo surely wasn't taken seriously by average Kentuckians on election night, because he didn't really believe what he was saying.
Show up next time to vote
One of the pleasures of reading your newspaper over the past several months has been Sam Youngman's well-written column.
Youngman, however, might have gone too far in projecting "the death of the Democratic Party" in Kentucky based on recent election results.
While Republicans did extremely well in statewide races and maybe it is a "red dawn," how can we be sure when less than one-third of registered voters voted?
With 3,201,852 registered voters in the state and 974,344 votes cast for candidates Matt Bevin, Jack Conway and Drew Curtis, we calculate a turnout of 30.4 percent.
Perhaps we can assume that an equal percentage of Bevin and Conway supporters neglected their civic duty, turned off by the low-brow allegations of tax evasion and Obama puppetry.
Kentucky certainly has been leaning more Republican over the last several elections, as social issues have become more important than economic ones.
It would be nice, however, if we all got to the polls so we could have a full expression of our commonwealth's political will.
As the old saying goes, "You gotta hold your nose and do your duty."
So, to the seven out of 10 whose voices weren't heard: Show up next time.
William B. Pope
McConnell ignoring us?
Has anybody seen Sen. Mitch McConnell? Just last year he was all about Kentucky and how worried he was about coal and helping us with jobs. CSX is laying off 180 employees in Corbin, yet we've heard nothing from him. Getting a little worried. Should we send out an Amber Alert? Surely if he is OK we would have heard something. He wouldn't just ignore us ... would he?
Feedback on Joel Pett
Thanks to all who made it happen
I can no longer defend Joel Pettulant to his numerous detractors. His mean-spirited attempt to belittle Keeneland and the Breeders' Cup was shown for the shallow claptrap it was when compared to the thoughtful editorial that ran beside it, which highlighted the history and importance of racing to this area. To all outward appearances, Keeneland's coup in persuading the Breeders' Cup to come to Lexington is a bonus for all of us.
We might have been inconvenienced by all the traffic. But the tourism, interest in our area and income to all of the area's businesses were positive for all. To all appearances, Keeneland worked very hard to coordinate with city government and a host of local businesses to present a winning event.
I have no ties to Keeneland or this industry, but I know what has made Lexington a unique place to call home, and I applaud its efforts. Thanks to all who made this a reality.
Katherine A. Adams
Pett only sees bad in wealthy
Joel Pett is an excellent political cartoonist. Several years ago while overseas, I saw one of his works in the International Herald Tribune. However, his subject matter seems to always favor the more liberal sector of our economic environment.
For the past several months, and maybe longer, his cartoons illustrate "Scrooge" taking advantage of the less fortunate in financial matters.
There are scoundrels in our world, but I have also witnessed smart and intelligent individuals losing their capital due to manipulations. These actions do need to be exposed.
However, have I ever seen a Pett cartoon congratulating the wealthy for the generosity that they give to our community and world? Recently, the Lewis family presented the University of Kentucky a nice amount of capital. John Gaines and the Graham Beck family have made generous contributions to universities.
Others, such as Carol M. Gatton have made unselfish allocations to our community via the YMCA and universities.
It is a fact that the USA is the most generous country in the world by assisting other cultures, countries and its citizens. It is easy to pick on the shortcomings of individuals and institutions.
How about congratulating those who better our society?
Ben C. Kaufmann
Lynched Clinton a vile portrayal
I was shocked to see the horrendous Halloween-themed cartoon by Joel Pett. I saw it in the Miami Herald.
To show Hillary Clinton as a lynched witch is violence against women.
Breeders' CupThanks to all for a successful Breeders Cup week
I want to say a big "thank you" to the organizations and individuals who did so much to successfully bring the Breeders' Cup home to Lexington. First, thank you to the late John Gaines and his widow Joan and my friend Thomas Gaines and his family for the vision it took to come up with the grand idea.
Also to Breeders' Cup Executive Director Craig Fravel, Chairman Bill Farish, as well as the board of directors and members. Thanks to Mayor Jim Gray and the members of the council for ongoing support, as well as the staffing of the police and other emergency services. Eric Frankl and his staff at the Blue Grass Airport kept air travel smooth and timely.
Thanks also to Gov. Steve Beshear and all of the help at the state level, as well as organizations like Commerce Lexington for promoting this event. The Breeders' Cup Festival and its leader Kip Cornett of Team Cornett, including Laura Prewitt and dedicated committees, organized a weeklong series of fun and festive events.
Last, but nowhere least, thanks to Keeneland Executive Director Bill Thomason and his wonderful team of professionals. They put on quite the show with little to no distractions, easy parking and wonderful Southern hospitality.
The citizens of Lexington and our business community appreciate all the horse industry, especially the local horse farms, does for us and we thank them for a job well done.
Lexington put on world-class event
Congratulations Lexington and Central Kentucky on the terrific success in pulling off the Breeder's Cup. To Bill Thomason, the entire Keeneland team, our city government, the Breeders' Cup leadership and staff, all the area restaurants, regional horse farms, bourbon distillers, the Breeders' Cup event committee and the entire community, and anyone else missed: We all showed off Lexington to the world.
If there were any minor blemishes, nothing is perfect and they were taken care of quickly and smoothly. It was a festive and lively week of fun and activities throughout the region, and it was a total, energetic blast. The Breeders' Cup came home in grand fashion.
Originated by the late John Gaines, after decades in other tracks around the county "little 'ol Lexington" showed everyone we can host a grand party and a world-class event. Can't wait to host another.
Death doesn't have to be part of sport of racing
Now that American Pharoah has found his place in Thoroughbred racing history, I will share this. I was discussing the current state of Thoroughbreds with some individuals while attending the Breeders' Cup. I stated that the general public is sick and tired of the on- and off-track deaths of horses. One person stated, "It's part of the sport."
If some people consider death as part of a particular sport I suggest they find a cable channel that televises bullfighting. Perhaps that would solidify their demented stance based on their lack of respect for life.
Conside the proverb, "There are none so blind as those who will not see." The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.
Jack H. Taylor