July 23, 2013: Our readers write

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The race is on

It appears that Kentucky’s own Alison Lundergan Grimes is off to a fast start in her bid to “Ditch Mitch.” With less than a few weeks in, Grimes may have committed her first campaign violation when she sent out an email begging for money. It seems a good number of those pleas went to the County Clerk’s Offices throughout the state which she, as secretary of state, oversees.

While some might be charitable enough to write this off as a newcomer’s blunder, the fact that President Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did much the same with the health insurance companies she regulates. After all, in Chicago, there has been a time-honored practice of requesting money and support with a smile (“shaking people down”) from those people who work for you and don’t feel comfortable saying no. It’s the “Chicago Way.”

Think about what you want? Do you want the “Kentucky Way” in which Mitch McConnell will continue to fight to protect our coal industry, our 2nd Amendment rights and job growth in this commonwealth? Or do you want more of the “Chicago Way” from a woman who will be little more than a Barack Obama and Harry Reid rubber stamp? If the “Kentucky Way” is for you, then please go online and sign up for Team Mitch and check out the Hardin County GOP site at www.hardingop.com.

Sharon Jern

McConnell needs to join the list

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to add his name to the list of senators who support removing sexual assault prosecutions from the chain of command.

Every day we wait more servicewomen and men are at risk of being assaulted without a realistic hope of justice.

A growing, bipartisan coalition of senators agrees prosecutions need to be removed from the chain of command. Servicemen and women should not have to fear being attacked by their fellow service members, and they should be able to trust that they’ll be protected if they are. The military chain of command has failed to adequately protect sexual assault survivors.

More than 22,000 sexual assaults in the military were not reported last year because the survivors either feared retaliation or had no faith in the chain of command to prosecute their attackers.

Kim Clifford