Jan. 13, 2011: Our readers write

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Kenneth L. Randall, Charles W. Jones

When will they act?
Dereliction of duty is the failure through negligence or obstinacy to perform one’s legal or moral duty to a reasonable expectation. Given the inaction of this commonwealth’s Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway to protect us from ObamaCare, both seem culpable of this.

Immediately after ObamaCare was forced upon the nation under a litany of lies about what it was and secured with a series of bribes such as “the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback,” attorneys general and governors of 13 states filed suit to block the attempted nationalization of the country’s health care system. This number has grown to 20 states with Virginia filing its own separate lawsuit.

Despite Department of Justice attempts to parse language in which they tried to call fines under this bill taxes, these legal challenges still are very much alive. Which brings me back to the question: Why have our governor and attorney general chosen to side with the Marxist agenda of the Democratic Party over our interests?

Why are they willing to stand aside and do nothing when increases to the Medicaid program are going to cause our state tax burden to skyrocket? Is currying favor with President Obama so important that they are willing to watch as our bank accounts are made available to the federal government to be raided when they see fit?

Will it take the disclosure of our medical records WikiLeaks-style or the denial of medical care by government bureaucrats before they act? If you aren’t sure that even that would jar them, then you do have a choice this year. Vote for David Williams for governor and a straight GOP ticket to have leaders who will work for you.
Kenneth L. Randall

Armed residents are a deterrent

I saw in Wednesday’s paper that Gov. Steve Beshear has reaffirmed the people’s right to carry firearms inside the Capitol building in Frankfort. I applaud his action and courage in doing so.

Despite the recent tragedy in Arizona and the concerns of some members of the legislature, he remains firmly in support of the right of the public to keep and bear arms.

Some businesses and banks in Kentucky could do well to take his example and remove signs prohibiting arms on their property. They have nothing to fear from residents legally armed and carrying, only the illegally armed criminal is a danger. And signs prohibiting firearms do nothing to stop criminals.

Residents openly carrying arms should be a common sight on our streets and in our places of business. Armed residents are a deterrent to crime and potentially assistants to the police, not a hazard.

Charles W. Jones