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Donna Hecker

is a sore loser

To the Editor:

If you read the opinion section of The State Journal this past Sunday, Sept. 16, you would have seen a letter to the editor from former mayoral candidate Donna Hecker, who lost in the May primary.

In her letter she attacked mayoral candidate Kyle Thompson over an open letter he wrote, and The State Journal printed, sharing information about who he is, his background, and his vision for the future of Frankfort should he be elected mayor in the November election. Miss Hecker was also careful to criticize The State Journal for having the gall to even publish the letter.

After reading Miss Heckers’ comments I believe that any mature, reasonable person could reach the conclusion that she is the textbook definition of a childish sore loser at best, or just a small, petty, and bitter person at worst.

Upon reflection, I personally take Miss Heckers’ comments as irrefutable evidence that the good citizens of Frankfort got it right when they chose NOT to send Donna Hecker on to the fall election for mayor of Frankfort.

To the two remaining candidates for mayor, Bill May and Kyle Thompson, and any other person serving or desiring to serve in public office, I would encourage you to hold yourselves to a higher standard than Miss Hecker has shown herself to aspire. These are difficult times, not just for our city but our country, and the citizens which you wish to serve, or are serving, deserve a much more serious, mature, and responsible attitude and mindset than what was displayed by Donna Hecker. Once again I will say that we are fortunate not to face the possibility of having Miss Hecker as mayor of our city, but her behavior and attitude should be a shining example of what we the people do NOT need, or deserve, from anyone at any level who serves the public.

Steven Smith


Andy thinks

the way I do

To the Editor:

Andy Barr is running against Ben Chandler for the 6th District U.S. House of Representatives seat. The two couldn’t be more different in what they stand for. I personally am supporting Andy Barr because he stands for the things that have traditionally made America great. Here are some of the differences:

The Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid controlled Congress have proven, by their actions, to be fiercely anti-coal. Coal is one of Kentucky’s major natural resources, and we should be supporting candidates who support Kentucky’s industries. Ben Chandler has aligned himself with Obama/Pelosi. Largely because of our coal industry, we have some of the lowest electricity costs in the country. This helps attract manufacturing which helps all of us. Andy Barr supports the coal industry in Kentucky.

The Democrats, Chandler’s party, are bankrupting our country with runaway spending. Since Obama has been in office, we’d added over $5 trillion in new debt. I spoke to a Democrat about the huge debt that’s been piled up. He said, “Oh, don’t worry about that. It’s only on paper.” Tell that to your bank the next time you get behind on your house payment. Someone has to pay the bills, and unfortunately, “We the people” are the ones who will be stuck with them. Andy Barr is a fiscal conservative. He understands that if you spend more than you take in, you eventually go belly up. I don’t think Chandler and his party get that.

Chandler and his Democrat friends are once again trying to scare seniors about Medicare.

Chandler says Andy Barr wants to end traditional Medicare. That’s not true. Andy wants to give people a choice. For anyone 55 and over, everything stays exactly the same. For people under 55, however, you will have a choice of staying with the traditional Medicare plan or investing your money in a private organization. We all know what a great job the federal government has done handling our money in the past. I don’t know about you, but I think being able to choose sounds pretty good.

Obama and the Democrats just took over $700 billion from the Medicare fund to pay for Obamacare. They are the ones jeopardizing Medicare.

Ben Chandler has chosen to align himself with the Obama agenda. If you believe that $17 trillion in debt is a good thing; if you believe that unemployment over 8 percent for four years is a good thing; if you believe that pandering to the unions is a good thing; if you believe that apologizing for America is a good thing, then by all means, vote for Ben Chandler and the Democrats. If, however, you are worried about the state of our economy, if you think 30 million people out of work is a problem, if you are fed up with the Democrats apologizing for America, then vote for Andy Barr. He is a fiscal conservative who still believes that America is the greatest nation in the world. So do I.

Eunice Montfort




To the Editor:

I believe the mantra of the GOP is “Obstruct and Exploit.”

A year ago, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act. Independent analysts estimated it would add 1.3 million jobs by the end of 2012. Sounds like a good idea, but it was blocked by the Republicans in Congress. Now, those Republicans are pointing to disappointing job numbers and declare that the president’s policies have failed. First, they obstruct any and all efforts (Mitch) to strengthen the economy and then exploit the economy’s weakness for political gain. In these times how can anyone oppose a stimulus package? In 2008, Romney proposed the biggest stimulus of all, but Mitch told his party to stand together and make sure Obama can never claim a clear victory.

Romney has an advertising blitz attacking Obama for possible cuts in spending; cuts, by the way, that were mandated by an agreement forced upon the president by House Republicans last year.

Mitch McConnell publicly stated that his whole agenda for the next two years was to block anything Obama tried to do to help the economy and make sure he was out of office in the next election. This used to be called sedition; the undermining of a government. Sedition is considered a subversive act.

The stimulus debate established the pattern for the next four years. Republicans opposed the entire Obama agenda – a health care plan based on Romney’s, a cap-and-trade regime that was supported by McCain, and a jobs stimulus plan.

Obama hasn’t failed...the Republican Senate has failed him.

When Mitch McConnell narrowly defeated Dee Huddleston, (49.9% to 49.5%) for his Senate seat, part of his platform was that Huddleston had been in office far too long for a senator. (12 years) Now after 27 years, he is planning on running again. He has proved his point. He has been there too long and his time has passed Let’s make him a poster child for the party of NO MORE.

Jim Beirne



is lacking

To the Editor:

I have never understood the policies or lack of leadership of the Obama administration. Now that we are seeing the embassies and American and Israel flags being burned overseas, where is the leadership?

Will the president become concerned if these actions make U.S. soil or concern himself with something else? Folks, when we have the opportunity to go vote in November, we should unanimously vote for Romney/Ryan.

My first taste of the presidential mayhem occurred when I was 7 years old with all those American hostages in Iran under President Carter. This does not anywhere near compare to what is currently going on in Egypt and other countries with the current protests. “This is about a film and nothing against the American people.” –White House. Really? What was the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, the director of the anti-Islam film? Use some common sense before making statements in front of the press corps. With this administration, it is and always has been finger pointing and never a how do we fix this.

The horrific thought of the upcoming election is the fact that most of those going out to vote will probably not know about the terroristic attacks without any U.S. response.

Jerry B Blackburn


Andy Barr

has it all

To the Editor:

I write to commend the new bright star on Kentucky’s political horizon: Andy Barr for Congress.  I chipped in $100 for a chance to meet and to hear this good man close-up, but I discovered he talks to everybody for nothing, and I could have saved my hundred, except he needs it. Here is a family man on the right side of 40; a good man, a Lexington attorney and – guess what – he teaches constitutional law! He knows the Constitution of the United States of America! Andy Barr shows all the signs – the head as well as the heart, the presence as well as the know-how – to tackle on our behalf the ferocious demands of the national legislature.


“We The People” had better vote, or else just stick in our corner and be good. That’s technically impossible of course (where ARE those innocents?) but even if possible, “us in a corner” is un-American. So let’s vote for Andy Barr!  He’s one of us, but sharper, and better-looking too. Mark my word.

Personally, I’m a crock (I mean a senior!) on Medicare (right side of 90!), but gotta boast (sorry!) – 18 full-time years in hospital work; our five kids include one nurse (RN), one MD, one public health professor, and a fourth co-leads a synergetics DVD program “Pocket Gym” to keep us all fit and well.

All that, of course, makes me no expert, except for recognizing in Andy Barr a Medicare crisis expert.

We need him up there after November to draft new legislative sense; for a Medicare that makes sense for the nation’s health and sanity – mens sana in corpore sano (healthy mind in healthy body) such as a physician could approve; for a Medicare that makes “Pay As You Go” fiscal sense instead of burdening not-yet-voting kids with our mounting debt. 

Mark Lyon Thornewill



at the abyss

To the Editor:

The Democratic Party has been hijacked by liars (Clinton), murderers (abortion) and depraved (gay) marriage. All of which are condemned by the Ten Commandments and elsewhere in the Holy Bible. Because of these issues being put into their party platform, many will be deceived and walk this plan right into the abyss.

In 1992, when Bill Clinton came up with “Keep abortion safe, legal and rare,” I could no longer be a Democrat because my faith in Jesus, who came to give life, constrained me. So I went to the courthouse and changed my registration because a Christian should never be in favor of taking an innocent life, no matter how it’s sugar-coated with words such as choice, embryo, fetus, nonhuman etc. It’s still a baby created in God’s image.

During this time, many Christians left the Democratic Party, but not all. Now the party has moved a giant leap toward the abyss by ordaining unholy unions (gays and lesbians) to become a holy institution (marriage). I believe the only way to get the Democrats to change their platform is for Christians who are registered Democrats to change (repent) and pray.

Go to your local courthouse, change your registration, then pray for God’s mercy and grace. As Christians, we’re not to love in words only but by our actions and truth. Perhaps, then, God almighty in heaven will hear and see what we’re doing, and heal our land. Also, he’ll pour out his grace and mercy on all those who repent of being deceived by the pro-choice and pro-gay marriage planks of the Democratic Party.

God save our nation and God save the Democratic Party.

Tom Hamm


CCU fully

funds pensions

To the Editor:

Within the past two weeks, the question has been raised as to how the employees of Commonwealth Credit Union came to be participants in the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

A brief understanding of the history of the credit union will provide a clear answer. Commonwealth Credit Union in Frankfort was formed in 1951 by a group of individuals, all of whom were state employees, as an institution to provide a means for other state employees to have savings accounts.

On Oct. 1, 1974, Kentucky Revised Statutes 61.520 authorized the employees of CCU to enroll in the state’s retirement system, and we have continued to be participants in the system since then. As such, state law requires that CCU shall continue to participate in the system as long as it remains qualified.

In 1982, our staff transitioned to being direct employees of CCU and no longer employees of the state. CCU is a not-for-profit corporation. We have grown over our history to 84,000 members, who are not only our members but also our shareholders. We are proud to be the second-largest credit union in Kentucky. Our 240 employees provide the highest level of service daily to our members across the state. CCU now has assets of $924 million and a strong capital position of over 18 percent, which places it among the highest capitalization rate of any credit union in the country.

The board of directors and the management team have a history of decision making that has led CCU to be a financial institution of great strength and one that is fully compliant with all legal requirements as relates to the pensions of its employees. We are fully aware of the new Governmental Accounting Standard Board rules that take effect in 2014 and their potential for impacting the manner in which agencies participating in the KRS report their pension liability. Due to the strong capital position and financial stability of CCU, there is not now, nor has there ever been a question of our ability to fully fund all of our employees’ pensions while maintaining our exemplary, sound financial position.

CCU has fully met all its fiduciary and legal requirements each year for its employees’ pensions in the KRS. CCU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Association.

Karen Harbin

President/CEO Commonwealth Credit Union

Public forum

is incomplete

To the Editor:

I have been informed that the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce will have no public forum on the races for state House and state Senate, but they have produced one on the city government races. This is a regrettable decision.

I stand ready to stand side by side with my opponent and debate the issues. I hope a local civic group will take on the task of producing a forum on the legislative races. The state legislature has a major impact on this community and we should have an opportunity to consider carefully our choices.

Don Stosberg


Missing out

on recycling?

To the Editor:

The county recently decided to change trash and recycling service to Legacy Carting. I was excited to hear we were going to have weekly pickup for recycling here in the county. We live in Shady Acres Mobile Home Park, where Henry Williams has decided we cannot have recycling barrels, and therefore we are unable to recycle at all.

The idea of changing companies was to help with the cost of garbage collection through the recycling program.

Legacy Carting has told me several different times when they would pick up recyclables, either Wednesday or Friday, depending on whom I talked to, and has not contacted me again when asked how we could continue to recycle.

This is the first time in 30 years I have been unable to recycle.

Jeanne Hansen


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