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July 22, 2012: Our readers write

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Alternatives to ‘Obamacare’

After reading a recent letter to the editor, I would like to start by correcting the impression that conservatives are Kool-Aid drinkers. I don’t drink Kool-Aid unless that beverage is the only water-based beverage available.

The substance of the letter writer’s message was that “liberals” and “progressives” have found the way to solve world problems and help the poor.  In opposition, I state, our current method of government subsidies for the poor don’t work.  We have poured trillions of dollars into welfare programs over the past 40 years.  Can anyone show me how it has actually reduced the poverty level?

For the Democratic Party, the payoffs are obvious. They can pluck our heartstrings claiming to have compassion for the poor while keeping them poor as a way to guarantee a steady source of votes.

Apparently, instead of teaching people to fish so they can feed themselves, the “liberals” and “progressives” want the poor to stand in line for their food. The Democratic Party has created the subsidy-dependent poor.

As our nation approaches $16 trillion in debt and sure bankruptcy, we need to find another way to solve the country’s problems other than Obamacare or other large government programs. You see, conservatives have not only hearts, but brains as well … and we use them.

Emily Willis

Elizabethtown

 

MeadeCountyresidents must act

There is activity happening in the Owensboro area that has the potential to increase the electric rates for customers of Meade County RECC up to $982 a year.

Big Rivers Electric Corp., parent of Meade RECC, has walked away from the negotiating table over power rates with Century Aluminum, my employer.  

This action has the real consequence of causing Century to close and as a ripple effect, force closure of several other plants including Rio Tinto-Alcan, Southwire Co., plus 600 coal jobs including Big Rivers’ own electric utilities. This will put at least 2,400 people out of work.

What does this mean to you? In a July 17 news release, Mark Bailey, CEO of Big Rivers, indicated that the total cost that would need to be passed on to the 112,000 rate payers if this happens would be $110 million. Do the math.  That’s a $982 per year increase in your electric bill.

Get active and contact your local, state and federal legislators, judge-executives or other elected officials and let them know that we will not stand for this increase and job loss. Get them to petition the Public Service Commission to open the contract between Century and Big Rivers and prevent the job loss and rate increase.

Sean Lane

Owensboro

 

Accurate and comprehensive

Thank you for your elaborate, accurate, and thorough articles regarding the Elizabethtown Sports Park in the July 15 issue of The News-Enterprise.

We commend you for your extensive explanation of how our city passed an illicit food tax while masquerading as an incorrect fourth-class, with the mayor braking the  tie vote of the council.

You also amply reported the park’s construction, maintenance, and anticipated operation costs.   

Now, the success or failure of this adventure will be measured by the revenue received. In either result, the administration obligated the city’s taxpayer for 30 years.

Thank you Marty Finley for the excellent reporting.

Rudy Mays

Elizabethtown