• Politicians happy with ‘gravy trains’

    To the editor:
    Over half the politicians on Capitol Hill are millionaires. The majority of them were not millionaires when they were elected to Congress. As they got richer, citizens got poorer. That simple inverse relationship reveals the only real threat to America and our way of life.

  • Letters to editor ensure healthier democracy, freedom of speech

    To the editor:
    It has been a while since I have sent in a letter to the editor and I believe it has also been some time since Joan Burke has written as well.
    From the size of her letter in Monday’s edition, I guess she has had a lot stored up and I agree with her on the fact that we all have different viewpoints when it comes to certain matters and that does make for a healthy democracy in our republic.

  • Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline pitting neighbors against each other

    To the editor:
    The [proposed] Bluegrass Pipeline has nothing to do with energy independence. The pipeline is not about heating homes with natural gas. It is about the leftover byproducts of natural gas that can be shipped elsewhere at ports in the Gulf to produce plastics overseas. It only benefits [owners] Williams Company and Boardwalk.
    The pipeline is damaging our community even though construction hasn’t begun. Neighbors don’t want to tell neighbors what to do with their land, but no one wants a hazardous pipeline in his or her neighborhood.

  • Schools need additional funding

    To the editor:
    Anderson County’s Helping Hands—Heart of Community wants to raise awareness concerning a critical issue facing the state’s General Assembly.  Our community needs new school funds to match the higher expectations for our educators and students.. Without new funds, our schools will be at a disadvantage in providing children with the quality education they need and deserve.

  • State employees need pay increase

    Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Gov. Steve Beshear and others, and is reprinted here at the request of the authors.

    To the editor:
    While we are fully aware of our budget imbalance even with some current income exceeding forecasts, including current expenditures that are creating a shortfall in our current biennial budget, we must remind each of you of the plight of our state employees.
    We must remind each of you there has been no state employee salary increases since 2009.

  • Obamacare a ‘clear and present danger’

    To the editor:
    Why does the Affordable Care Act have a dishonest name? Simple. It was conceived arrogantly, promoted dishonestly and passed illegally.
    “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7:18)
    In order to pass the Affordable Care Act, politicians used the Debt Reduction Reconciliation Act of 2000 to get around the 60 votes required to override a filibuster (they had 59). Were they right? Of course not, they violated the law.

  • Carlson using ‘straw man’ argument

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to a column written last week by Editor Ben Carlson about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

    To the editor:
    Ben, Ben, you’ve done it again. It appears to me that in your [discussion] of a BG pipeline that you have used a common debate technique — the old straw man.
    The conflating of the two issues (leaky pipe vs. dead soldiers), while on the surface seems sensible and is emotional, are not related in a clear and linear manner.

  • Big thank you for Open Hands Christmas meal

    To the editor:
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped make the Community Christmas Outreach Meal at Open Hands Pantry a huge success. It is because of your generosity we were able to serve 458-plus people. Thanks to Walmart for providing all of our desserts and other businesses for your financial help as well as other people who donated food, cooked, delivered, advertised and served for us on this day.
    It is when people come together we are able to accomplish great things and get a true blessing.
    May God bless you.

  • County in need of homeless shelter

    To the editor:
    We are contacting you out of concern for the need of a homeless shelter in our community.
    It breaks our hearts to think that anybody would be homeless or hungry, period, but with the weather being so extremely cold, it makes it even harder to deal with.
    So many of us have been blessed with a warm home yet there’s no telling how many of our loved ones, family or friends is doing without.

  • Case ‘lost control of environment’

    To the editor:
    I believe Carolyn Case’s intentions for the grandchild were much better than that which seems to have resulted after losing control of her environment.
    I still believe she was trying to protect the child. I am somewhat confident that authorities surely know by now that she did take good care of those granddaughters prior to the parents moving into her house.
    I have to wonder why she did not get adequate advice all this time — since the sad news has been repeatedly reported — regardless who pays the counselor.