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Be a savvy

citizen-voter

To the Editor:

How do you vote? Do you vote party? Do you vote the person? Do you vote ideology? Do you take your principles and values to the poll with you? The numbers tell us that less than half of registered citizens vote in most elections; 30 percent to 40 percent in general elections, 50 percent to 60 percent in presidential election cycles, 14 percent in the most recent Kentucky primary election.

David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, shares that there are 60 million self-proclaimed evangelical Christians in America and nearly 50 percent are not even registered to vote. He further shares that 30 percent to 40 percent of all church members are not registered to vote.

I have never voted party lines so I don’t understand that method. I have reviewed both party platforms and there are things that I agree with in both. I believe both parties want America to be secure and productive and free. I even agree with some issues in the Libertarian platform.

I have voted for the person. Probably their personality and the manner in which they relate to their constituents made a big difference for me because ALL candidates want America, Kentucky, Franklin County, Frankfort to be secure, productive and free.

More recently I have become more concerned with ideology; my belief system about our country, my personal principles and values, what candidates have done and how they have lived.

As I have read more American history and from primary source material, diaries and letters of Founding Fathers, I believe that we are getting off track. What Americans have believed and practiced for nearly 500 years seems so distorted or perverted. What was so successful for all those years we have forgotten. Please reread our history!

Plan to vote. Read and study history, issues, results. Review the candidates carefully; their lives, their principles, their values, their results. What choices keep us independent, responsible, lawful, and caring. The more government can do for us, the more government controls us. If our government already costs us more than we can pay, government is out of bounds. I am willing to hold our candidates accountable and make sacrifices for the country millions of Americans have already sacrificed for. Will you?

Vote your principles and values.

Phyllis Vincent

Frankfort

Propaganda

in classroom

To the Editor:

Our educational system is structured in a way that discourages independent thought as well as asking questions separate of the state-approved curriculum, and quiet obedience and acceptance of what is being taught is the desired outcome.

The propagandist educational system in the U.S. is a problem that needs to be addressed, and in a case such as this, any results of reform would be revealed slowly. I know I’m not the only one who can see this disgusting indoctrination of children and young adults; they’re not taught to think freely, but only to repeat what they’ve heard. Children in school are taught to be silent, obey, and fall in line. This results in apathy and laziness. They’re not being exposed to the true nature of learning, or even the truth in general. For example, in the current system, Columbus is praised for discovering the “new world,” but what is not taught is his massacre of thousands of Native American men, women, and children. Because the “happy side” of the story is taught to children in elementary school, it wouldn’t be appropriate to expose kids of that age to the true brutality of the story, right? If the true account of that time in American history isn’t fully told, what message does that send to children? It actually sends no message because they are unaware that the gruesome part of the story exists. The story isn’t being censored; if the full story isn’t allowed in the first place there is nothing to censor. Ignorance is bliss, is that what is being taught in schools?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the educational system’s actions follow the pattern of government or corporate-generated propaganda. When young children are being told how great the Founding Fathers were without being told about how those men slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Native Americans in their quest for land control, it is obvious and unmistakable propaganda. If the true account was told, those children might not grow up loving their country, and that can’t be allowed. I’m not saying that they should grow up hating this country, they simply need to be told the truth so that they can make that decision for themselves. In today’s educational system, children aren’t encouraged to think independently. Instead they’re bombarded with half-truths and misinformation. True education isn’t limited to memorizing material in order to pass a test, it’s about asking questions and challenging orthodoxies.

Casey Roberts

Frankfort

Double talk

about agents

To the Editor:

The Kentucky Retirement Systems have posted a press release of the minutes of previous board meetings on their Internet page.

The press release shows it was Chris Tobe who made the motion at the KRS meeting to approve a $50 million dollar investment package to New York financial group Arrowhawk. Tobe’s complaints do not match the minutes of the KRS board meeting. The release, on the Web page, is actual minutes of the previous board meetings.

Tobe claimed others lied to him. There was no identity offered concerning the names of those Tobe claimed lied to him.

At that board meeting Tobe made the motion to approve the deal with placement agent Glen Sergeon from New York and the motion passed the board.

Tobe later complained and became a whistleblower at KRS on the use of placement agents. Arrowhawk, the placement agent whom Tobe and the members of the KRS board approved, was scheduled for the first investment of $50 million dollars. Up to $200 million was in the approval package.

There is so much contradiction involving both the KRS and Chris Tobe it is impossible, at this time, to understand who is telling the truth and who is attempting to cover a bad, costly decision by the KRS. The actual minutes of the previous KRS board meetings are a matter of public record. Chris Tobe may have made statements he is unable to prove, as his actions do not match his complaint about the KRS. Those writings clearly show perhaps Tobe’s decision/motion about placement agents is suspect. Chris Tobe said one thing to the press another to KRS board. Why?

If the Securities abd Exchange Commission does make serious inquiries to the KRS about the possible legal use of placement agents, perhaps then we will know the truth. If the truth is possible in politics? The real discussion is not as much about who said what. Rather it is about losses at the KRS by the use of placement agents. Tobe did make the motion at the KRS board to approve dealing with the placement agent, yet later complained about the KRS using placement agents.

Jim Anderson Stivers

Frankfort

Law targets

metal thieves

To the Editor:

A new Kentucky law intended to curb the theft of copper and other valuable metals may have a bigger impact on public safety than people might think at first glance. House Bill 390 took effect last week and ensures that scrap metal dealers and those who attempt to sell stolen scrap metal at recycling centers won’t receive immediate cash on the spot. Instead, the new law states once an individual has shown proof of ownership of the item being sold, payment will be mailed via check.

Previously, the sale of copper and other scrap metals was an easy way for thieves to access cash, which made these metals, especially the copper wire in telecommunication, electric and cable service networks, an easy target. Thefts of copper wires can compromise communications or emergency response capabilities, such as 911 service, leaving entire communities without connectivity. This is more than just an inconvenience; it can have life-threatening consequences.

Deferring cash payments for metal purchases will help ensure that stolen metals are not resold, reducing the incentive for theft. This legislation will also ensure that recycling centers receive reports on metal items recently stolen in the area so that they, too, can be on the lookout. Despite these changes, this bill has no effect on individuals recycling aluminum cans.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the damage caused by a $100 copper wire theft can cost a company more than $5,000 to repair. Nationally, metal theft costs businesses approximately $1 billion a year, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. For these reasons, business and community leaders such as the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Coal Association, among others, have expressed their support for taking an aggressive stand against metal theft.

My colleagues and I in the General Assembly believe that this is the next reasonable step to curbing the practice of metal theft without discouraging the market for recyclable materials. We must do all we can to protect and promote the public safety of our Commonwealth as we make Kentucky a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Rep. Carl P. Rollins

Midway

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