McConnell must reach compromise
Sen. Mitch McConnell has the power to prevent the passage of a budget that would avoid a “fiscal cliff. “ Mr. McConnell, now it is time for a compromise.
A compromise should include the end of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of the American population. In this economic climate (a $13 trillion budget deficit), it’s fair to ask those who are making $250,000 or more a year to pay more.
An article titled “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class” published by the Pew Research Center documents a shrinking middle class. “In 2011, this middle-income tier included 51 percent of all adults; back in 1971, using the same income boundaries, it had included 61 percent.
“Over the same period, only the upper-income tier increased its share in the nation’s household income pie. It now takes in 46 percent, up from 29 percent four decades ago. The middle tier now takes in 45 percent, down from 62 percent four decades ago. The lower tier takes in 9 percent, down from 10 percent four decades ago.”
It’s also time for cuts in the defense budget. A chart published by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, supported by data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in the Oct. 23, 2012, Los Angeles Times shows our country now spends more on its military than the next 13 countries combined. Total defense spending for fiscal year 2011 was $711 billion compared to the $695 billion spent by the combined military budgets of the 13 countries.
With federal budget deficits in the trillions, we can afford to make reasonable cuts in our bloated military budget. We no longer need a military outlay designed to fight two conventional wars simultaneously. Even the Pentagon agrees that strategy is outdated and cuts can be made.
Please let McConnell know it is time for a compromise.
Jim Johnson, Louisville
McConnell must reach compromise
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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