Questions for Obama, Congress
I have a few questions for the president and members of Congress:
-- How much of my money — my taxes — was spent to set up the computer program to enroll for government health insurance?
-- What were the fines and how much of that money was returned because of the companies setting it up correctly?
-- How will we have to pay through our taxes to fix that program?
-- If I were the president or chief executive officer of a large company (United States) and I proposed a plan (Obamacare) that was approved by only 51 percent of my board of directors (the Senate and House of Representatives), I would make sure the all the Is were dotted and the Ts crossed before launching it.
If I hired a company to do the software for that item, I would have all kinds of fines if they messed it up, which they did.
If I ran my country (United States) like the president is doing, I would have been fired (replaced).
William D. Bunch, Ashland
Kentucky offers little for needy
I am ashamed that Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have no plans to raise the minimum wage, not just to remain competitive with California and Ohio, but to show respect for Kentucky taxpayers.
Frankfort complains about having more and more SNAP benefits recipients.Well, do the math, college boys and girls in Frankfort. If you work 20 hours instead of 40 hours, it results in loss of income.
I’m glad Billy Ray Cyrus is proud to have come from Kentucky. I look at how he has been made fun of from day one and I now realize that the lady I spoke to from the Treasurers Office was right to agree with me. Kentucky must continue to live up to its name — Hillbilly, hicks in the sticks — we must forever be impoverished and we must live up to the name we have made for ourselves.
As far as Obamacare is concerned, it comes down to the rich not wanting to pick up for the 1 percent unpaid, but it’s OK to decrease SNAP benefits for the needy.
Lisa Hensley, Ashland
Learning truths late in his life
When we get older and we look back over our lives, we see the toys that we have work for all our lives become burdens. Only then do we realize that life was to be enjoyed instead of work, sweat and tears. What is in it for me has changed to (how long).
We see that life is to be enjoyed instead of the daily grind. Only then do we realize if we had taught our mind to forgive in place of revenge and to love instead of hate, with respect to all that, life could have been much sweeter. Now we can feel lucky we have realized this before it’s too late, and be totally thankful that it wasn’t worse.
We realize in our later years that all we need to do in the last half of our lives is to try and solve the problems that we created in the first half.
Cliff Barker, Morehead
Verity invites vets to ceremony
In observance of Veterans Day, Verity Middle School invites all area veterans and/or their families to a ceremony recognizing them for their service to our country. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 on Nov. 11 in the Verity auditorium. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Verity library.
We are hoping for a great turnout so that we can instill in our students a love and respect for our veterans. If you are able to attend and need directions, please call (606) 327-2727.
David Greene, principal, George M. Verity Middle School
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Questions for Obama, Congress
We offer a somewhat belated congratulations to Derek Hazlett, a welding instructor at the Carter County Career and Technical Center, for being one of only two recipients of the 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award that honors career and technical education teachers.
Heroin is here
Just a few years ago, few could have ever imagined hosting two public forums on heroin use in Bracken County, the mostly rural county located along the Ohio River between Mason and Campbell counties. After all, at the time heroin was a drug problem in major cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles but not in peaceful small towns like Brooksville and Augusta.
Efforts to contain white-nose syndrome have so far failed
Efforts by officials at Carter Caves State Resort Park to prevent white-nose syndrome from spreading among bats have so far failed. The same is true further west at Mammoth Cave, the world’s largest cave system and the only national park in Kentucky.
After ignoring previous efforts by the Kentucky House of Representatives to place a constitutional amendment automatically restoring the voting rights of most felons, a Kentucky Senate committee has finally approved a bill that, if approved by the full Senate, could lead to the amendment being placed on the November ballo
A record year
In what may surprise a lot of Kentuckians, the commonwealth set a new record for exports in 2013 with $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services. But it is no surprise to Gov. Steve Beshear and economic development leaders. After all, last year marked the third consecutive year the state has set new records in exports.
When a violent storm occurs in Kentucky, a state park may be one of the safest places you can be. That’s because Kentucky is the first state in the nation to have all of its 34 state parks with overnight accommodations designated as “StormReady” by the National Weather.
You can now once again drive from Kentucky to any of its seven bordering states — Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virgina, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri — without leaving the Bluegrass state
Pieces of history
Here’s something to add to your brick collection: one or two bricks from Putnam Stadium. And you can get them at no charge by simply stopping by the open area between the stadium and Joel Street known as the dust bowl.
The right move
Faced with the possibility of Republicans being blamed for another government shutdown, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose responsible government over a move advocated by Tea Party Republicans led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In so doing, the Kentucky Republican who is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the May primary in his bid to be elected to a sixth six-year Senate term may have lost some support among Tea Party
State Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, has been sharply criticized by Republican leaders in the Kentucky House of Representatives for having the audacity to break from the official party line by voting for the bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
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