Aug. 31, 2008: Our readers write

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By The Staff

With power comes responsibility

After having thoroughly read the recent letter by Sherry Kelley, I have to wonder who hasn’t noticed the higher gas prices and how the cost of everything has gone up as well. As an Iraqi war veteran who recently was discharged for medical reasons, I face these and other problems in making sure my bills are paid and my family is taken care of. While things may be tougher now, I do know that we are not in a recession because I have lived through one before.

While Ms. Kelley seems very quick to blame all that is wrong on the Republicans, she fails to mention that her party has controlled both houses of Congress since January 2007. So, given the sharp rise of gasoline prices, what have the Democrats done? Have they tried to accelerate drilling for oil to bring prices down? Have they cut red tape so more refineries and nuclear power plans could be built? What was their answer? Attack the oil companies and President Bush. Or is their answer to cut the military and put more Americans out of work while leaving our country unprotected from terrorist attacks and have those attacks go unanswered like the last time a Democrat was in office (USS Cole, first World Trade Center bombing)?

Ms. Kelley and her party leaders cry out “recession” for the same reason they called out about our “defeat” in Iraq. I don’t know whether it is that they don’t know the definitions of their words are or that they are willing to accept national defeat in exchange for gaining power. As a soldier, I take personal offense to our “defeat” in Iraq. Last time I checked it was a liberated country that is having problems. My point is when you take charge, as of Congress, you also take responsibility. That was one of the first things I learned as a soldier. As long as Ms. Kelley and her party leaders refuse to take responsibility, they clearly show that they don’t deserve to be in charge.

David Lombardi

Vine Grove

Ask the fundamental question

I appreciated Bill Betson’s reply to my letter regarding our dire economic circumstances (McCain has the right prescription,” Aug. 26). However, rather than fall into a war of words on what constitutes a recession, I believe it is more helpful for voters to ask, “Are we economically better off, after eight years with a Republican in the White House?” And I have the answer. I can state with absolute certainty that we are infinitely worse off as a result of the tragedy that has been the Bush administration.

When the Republicans came to power, our country was enjoying unparalleled prosperity. In 2000, under Democrat Bill Clinton, we had the lowest inflation rate since John Kennedy was in office and a $237 billion surplus. It was the third consecutive surplus under Clinton.

Contrast this with inflation under George Bush increasing at its highest rate in 27 years and a national deficit of $9.5 trillion, with a ‘t.” Just getting to that size deficit, from a surplus, is not that easy. It took our deficit increasing more than $500 billion each fiscal year since 2003 to do so.

And I do have a solution: Throw the rascals out. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, has been an unabashed Bush supporter and Mitch McConnell has been his field director in the U. S .Senate. Without McConnell’s deft political maneuvering, George Bush could not have accomplished half the havoc he has managed to wreak over the last eight years. Sen. McConnell must be made to answer for this. He and his fellow Republicans must go. It is time to return to the prosperity that apparently only Democrats can give us.

Sherry Keith Kelley

Vice Chairwoman, Executive Committee

Hardin County Democrats


Unite and vote for a better tomorrow

As I sit in my hotel room in Colorado, Matchbox 20’s “How Far We’ve Come” is stuck in my head as I watch the Democratic National Convention.

I do not feel the world is burning to the ground, but I do believe that we have someone to run to this election season.

Obamamania is running wild this year and for good reason. The Illinois senator is offering change and hope while Sen. John McCain of Arizona is confused regarding how many houses he owns. McCain also is touting his foreign policy experience but believes Iraq borders Pakistan and Czechoslovakia still exists.

A number of speakers at the Pepsi Center attacked McCain’s policies and past decisions and I feel the attacks were warranted.

In 1983, McCain voted against a federal holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, he has not been an advocate of gender equality in the workplace, and he has not been an outspoken supporter of alternative energy like Barack Obama.

In her speech at the DNC, Sen. Hillary Clinton said, “No way. No how. No McCain.” She added, “Well, John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn’t think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it’s OK when women don’t earn equal pay for equal work.”

Clinton was right when she said America is not big on quitting. Economic stagnation and our healthcare crisis need to be addressed by one who unites. I am not talking about President Bush’s sidekick.

Another speaker said, “If John McCain is the answer, the question must be ridiculous.”

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. I encourage eligible voters to be engaged in the political process. Request an absentee ballot if needed.

Vote for hope and change. Vote for a future worthy of our great country.

Kendrick Bryan

Elizabethtown   Grave injustice

Mar’riel Lucas committed no crime.  He was only 6 years old.  He didn’t have the benefit of a trial to decide his guilt or punishment. Antwan Hayes became the judge, the jury and executioner when he killed this baby.  

When I read The News-Enterprise Tuesday morning  I couldn’t believe what I was reading and had to read it again. After only four hours of deliberation  a jury decided Hayes only was guilty of second degree manslaughter and recommended a sentence of only 20 years.  Hayes will be eligible for parole after serving only 20 percent of that sentence. Was the jury sleeping when all the evidence was being presented? Where is the justice for little Mar’riel Lucas?

I know very little about law but I do know about common sense. Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a person without malice aforethought. If a parent gets mad at a 6-year-old child and hits him out of anger and the child falls and hits his head and dies:  that would be manslaughter. Little Mar’riel  wasn’t just hit once. He was severely beaten by a 23 year old man. The beating left him with 38 blunt-force trauma injuries including a ripped duodenum and torn liver. 

In my 67 years I have seen a lot of injustice in our justice system but this takes the cake. This goes beyond injustices because this is about a little boy who was murdered for no reason and the one who killed this baby could be free in five years. Mar’riel  was done a great unforgivable injustice by this creep, he was done an injustice by his mother who should have protected him, an injustice by all those who looked the other way and now an injustice by a system that should protect all children. 

Jerry M. Cooke Sr.