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To the Editor:
Addressing a $1,000-a-plate “Black Tie” donor audience, George Bush (in)famously said, “Some people call you the elite, I call you my base.”
After signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson said to fellow Democrats, “We’ve lost the South for a generation.” Another Democrat was asked what American politics would look like if Bobby Kennedy hadn’t been shot. He said, “I don’t know, but he wouldn’t have let us walk blindly into a night of private greed.” We are today deep in a darkening wood of private greed. Perhaps half our divided “country” has given up searching for a way back to one “nation,” indivisible. Our middle class is disappearing, poverty is exploding, disparity between the upper class and the rest of America is greater than at any time in history, upper-income taxation is at historic lows, and yet this election seems principally about lowering taxes on the wealthy even more, while funding such cuts with effective tax increases on the middle class, and eviscerating the safety net for the poor (in Romneyspeak, the “takers”). We really must try to open our hearts and recognize the “Pottersville” our nation is becoming.
Every week brings stories of Romney’s secretive, hidden wealth, his arrogance, his contempt for half of the country, and his notable lack of an observable moral core. Off limits for discussion is useful disclosure of his federal income and capital gains taxes, his role as a high-ranking official and financial consultant for the Mormon Church’s financial empire. Does he direct the investment of the millions he gives to the church? Is the church another investment vehicle for Romney?
Nine of 10 states receiving more federal dollars in aid than they send to Washington in taxes voted Republican last election. They will again. The Romney-Ryan budget will harm red-state Southerners and red-state governments. Why do so many vote Republican against their own self-interest? Ever heard of the Republican “Southern Strategy” (developed after 1964)? It’s starting to falter, and in a stunning admission as to what that “strategy” has been for nearly five decades, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said publicly the other day, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” There you have it! If the likes of Bobby Kennedy showed up again today to help Appalachians, he’d be run out on a rail. Rep. Carl Perkins couldn’t get elected today unless he promised a pair of blue suede shoes and a pint of Southern Comfort. Still, Kentucky will take Hal Rogers’ and Mitch McConnell’s bi-coastal states’ federal dollars because, well, at least they aren’t Democrats. But the tea party’s got them in its sights.
Why vote for Romney? Sadly, for many, no sacrifice is too great to remove the ink spot at the bottom of the White House stationery. Speaking of Ink Spots, they were my favorite group in the mid-1950s. I once sat on stage with them during a performance. Just sayin’.
To the Editor:
Perhaps Mr. Glynn Rodgers of Murrieta, Calif., is being ironic when he modestly remarks on his lifelong stand against hatred and intolerance. Like the character Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride,” one is tempted to wonder aloud, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
Whether or not Mr. Rodgers wishes to acknowledge (from his home in California) that the Confederate battle flag flying near Juniper Hill in Frankfort is a symbol of the Anglo-South, ethnically and culturally, he must acknowledge that the flag is at least a symbol of the person who flies it. Thus, ironically, if there is any polarization going on, it would be Mr. Rodgers who is doing the polarizing.
Moreover, the flag is indeed a historic symbol, the sad lack of devotion by some notwithstanding. It is a symbol of Kentucky Gov. Berea Magoffin’s 1861 repudiation of the coming U.S. onslaught and Mr. Lincoln’s legions. It is a symbol of the service to the Confederacy of Col. Morgan in the Army, and of Secretary of War Breckinridge in government. It is a symbol signifying, by implication, that Kentucky had a right to decide on secession herself – including Gov. Magoffin’s declaration of neutrality – in defiance of the official U.S. proposition (still existent today) that concludes that Kentucky is no more than a cipher of a byzantine Washington, D.C.
There are indeed shameful symbols existent in Kentucky. There are symbols, holidays, observances, and flags that have no place, and should be renounced and removed. The Confederate Battle Flag is not one of them.
Robert E. Salyer
To the Editor:
There is no easy way out, more funding for Kentucky Retirement Systems is going to be controversial and will not be equal for all taxpayers. From the options mentioned, it appears there will be a need for an increase in taxes. There is likely to be an increase in the percentage of employee contributions. In addition, a reduction of benefits.
KRS members have already seen change as Humana is now the insurance offered by KRIS.
Just mention taxes and the anger begins.
Members of the General Assembly spend our tax money, create huge debt for future generations and nothing gets better for the working class. Politicians hire their big donors, good old boys (and girls) in high-paying jobs, yet the assembly cannot fund its obligations.
The truth is, if the legislature did not waste so much money on foolishness, waste, unnecessary spending – that is a big bucket list – and spend every waking moment thinking about getting re-elected, citizens might have some confidence. It seems most legislators do not fear voter backlash!
What’s new, right?
There is still some hope, but only with solidarity.
If there was a battle between fair and reasonable public service and long-term tenure, with very nice retirements for our members of our General Assembly, then the politicians have won. They defeated many! People say, “Why vote? My vote won’t make any difference.”
If we don’t vote and vote our conscience, then we become even more insignificant, as we are now. I don’t think it was meant to be this way.
Jim Anderson Stivers
To the Editor:
I have viewed the TV political ads between our Rep. Ben Chandler and candidate Andy Barr on several occasions as I am sure you have. It would be easy enough to turn them off or ignore them. However, I began to do homework.
Mr. Chandler has voted along party lines 95 percent of the time. He has even stated that Mrs. Pelosi was hard to say “no” to. He did indeed vote for the “ObamaCare” package. “ObamaCare does use $716 billion of Medicare monies to provide insurance/services to folk other than senior citizens. The Sixth District would be deprived of over $1 billion alone. Do the homework. See for yourself the numbers.
“ObamaCare” continues to reduce service reimbursements to hospitals, labs and doctors. Many of you know already that some doctors will not take Medicare patients any longer because their expenses are not even being met.
Please look at the records. Please do a little homework. Study the candidates and choose wisely. My homework leads me to Mr. Barr.
Phyllis M. Vincent
To the Editor:
In the Fourth District, we are fortunate to have in Bill Adkins a Democratic candidate who is a proud defender of Democratic Party values:
Protect Medicare and Social Security from the Romney-Ryan plan to gut them by turning Medicare into a voucher program and raising the retirement age.
Pass the American Jobs Act to create hundreds of thousands of good, secure jobs.
Restore a fair tax system that ensures the wealthy pay their share.
Fight for veterans by guaranteeing comprehensive health care and full benefits.
Strengthen the middle class.
Improve national security while bringing our troops home from Afghanistan.
We have clearly seen the results of Republican policies to take from the working class and give to the parasite rich. We are also now seeing how Democratic efforts to revive the Republican-destroyed economy are showing results. Bill Adkins will support the economy-growing, middle-class-strengthening, democracy-protecting policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress.
Unlike the Republican nominee, Bill Adkins is supported by voters in the Fourth District of Kentucky, not a teenage billionaire from Texas.
Perfect fit for
To the Editor:
Having applied for the assistant program director at Kings Center recently, and confident in my qualifications, I was disappointed not to have heard back from them – especially when I promised to not get pregnant and leave them in a lurch or anything. Wow. What a blessing for Kings Center. Jashawn Boles sounds like the PERFECT FIT – so relatable, available, the right guy, right place, right time! And right for the kids.
He was a wonderful and timely choice for your weekly “Frankfort Faces” features. This one was especially meaningful and uplifting! You go, Jashawn!
Don’t let greed
be our undoing
To the Editor:
In the early 1970s, our old incumbents in Congress and OPEC limited oil production in America. That deal planted the seeds of the latest anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East.
Where was the harm? OPEC would supply America with cheaper oil, our old incumbents would make money, OPEC would make money, gasoline would be cheaper, and environmentalists would rejoice. It was a win-win for everybody but those nasty American oil companies with their overpriced oil and outrageously high 40-cents-per-gallon gasoline.
The win-win lasted just long enough for America to become addicted to OPEC oil. U.S. meddling in the Middle East and long lines of cars waiting for gasoline were the first signs of the heinous rip-off to come.
Meanwhile, our old incumbents declared OPEC oil a national interest, never mind that America had and still has more oil reserves than all the OPEC nations combined. That declaration headed the price of gasoline upward and it has not stopped climbing to this day.
Sadly, the new name for oil added the greatest increase to the per-gallon-cost of gasoline, which began its upward climb when an ambitious dictator, Saddam Hussein, threatened America’s national interest, and that increase is still climbing to this day.
To date, 6,628 Americans killed, not counting the four brutal killings in Benghazi, 50,644 wounded, 3.7 trillion borrowed dollars wasted, unquantifiable flag-burning, shoe-throwing hatred created, and no end in sight; only a continuation of dishonest stupidity from our old incumbents who have been repeatedly permitted by the electorate to demonstrate an ancient truth on Capitol Hill nonstop. For centuries, sages have warned humankind that there is no ethically motivated end to unfettered greed. Enough is never enough.
Just ask T. Boone Pickens. A week ago, he told a reporter that he had spent $100 million promoting his plan for natural gas, which, along with the development of our oil reserves, would eliminate our so-called national interest in the Middle East and create 600,000 good-paying jobs, not to mention the Keystone XL pipeline.
Pickens failed to convince Congress that his plan had merit. His failure illustrated the root cause of the anti-America demonstrations and why the stupidity will continue on Capitol Hill. He is a billionaire, but his checkbook was not big enough to compete with OPEC partnered with our old incumbents.
His failure and reason compel one to believe that a representative from OPEC sat in a back room somewhere and looked across the table at our old incumbents with his checkbook in hand and said, “Natural gas will take a substantial bite out of our profit picture. How much will it take to make that Pickens nonsense go away?”
Only one congregation on earth has sufficient power to tell that OPEC representative where he should put his checkbook and hold our corrupt politicians accountable: the American electorate.
Voters, you would be well advised to cast votes in November that do not contain liberal-media bias and other relative pettiness. It may be your last best chance to rescue America.