Nov. 4, 2012: Our readers write

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Vote no on hunting bill

Beware, fellow citizens of Kentucky. The truth about hunters is finally out. Hunters have always claimed the reason they want to kill wildlife is to keep them from starving. But, if voters approve the amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution as written in the upcoming election, it would mean that even if an alternative method of wildlife management were available, they would have to kill them because it would be the preferred method required by law. Please vote no on this issue.

Mary Yunker


Endorsing Myers

Today’s political world is rife with sound bites, extreme views and negative campaign rhetoric. Often lacking is rationale objectivity and a sense that there could be a sincere candidate who runs for office simply to make a positive difference in his community. Arnold Myers, who is running for Elizabethtown City Council, is such a candidate. He is a man who will no doubt bring a selfless sense of service to our city.

A long-time resident, Arnold is a common man, with uncommon executive leadership ability and tested experience at the highest levels of industry. And it’s this leadership and experience that we need as Elizabethtown moves forward into a future with unlimited potential for positive growth and prosperity.  

I’ve known Arnold for many years. Executive experience aside, his most impressive characteristics are his honesty and integrity. He’s not about party line or partisan politics. For Arnold, every issue boils down to simple questions like, “Will it bring jobs?” “Will it benefit schools?” Will it make our city an even better place to live, grow and raise a family?

Arnold Myers will stand up for all of us who need a voice in city hall. He’s a man who is what he does. Too often, leaders make decisions based on the next election. That’s not Arnold, and this is certainly not in his nature. His no-nonsense, blue-collar, tell it like it is attitude has been witnessed time and time again in his tireless work as an engaged citizen who serves to do the right thing. What you see is what you will get, and he will fight to make Elizabethtown an even better city. That is why Elizabethtown residents should vote for Arnold Myers for City Council. That is what Betty and I will be doing on Tuesday and I urge you to do the same.

Bill Swope


Supporting Romney

In a few days, Americans will go to the polls and vote for who should lead our nation for the next four years and now’s a good time to review the economic results of the incumbent:

Economic Growth - Passed the $787 billion dollar stimulus package, the largest single government spending bill in our nation’s history. What are the results: GDP increased 1.8 percent on average , but given an inflation rate of 1.6 percent during the same period, the net growth rate is flat; the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Jobs - The official unemployment rate has decreased from 9.3 percent (2009) to 7.8 percent (Sep. 2012). Initially, it appears to be a positive trend until you investigate the details and discover the drop is the result of a decrease in the total labor force participation rate. The lowest rate in 30 years. According to the BLS (U6 table), total unemployment/underemployment is 14.7 percent.

Deficit/Debt - Since elected, no national budget resolution has passed during Obama’s term. Ironically, his party controlled both houses his first two years in office. Was the failure to pass a budget deliberate or simply a failure of leadership? Our government has maintained operations by passing continuing resolution appropriations, but without a budget, there is no tool to control and prioritize spending. As a result, deficit spending has exceeded $1 trillion dollars each of the last four years and the public debt has increased $6 trillion dollars. In 2008, candidate Obama characterized the previous administration as “unpatriotic” for boosting the national debt by roughly $4 trillion over eight years fighting two wars. It has only taken the current administration four years outspend his predecessor.

Obamacare - As a result of the Supreme Court ruling, the legislation is the largest tax increase in American History. The CBO has nearly doubled the original cost projection to $1.76 trillion yet insurance premiums and healthcare cost continue to increase.

To paraphrase Mitt Romney, a recovery doesn’t have to look like the last 4 years and we can do better. Vote for a true economic growth, vote Romney.

D. Mark Johnson


Campaign reform through tax

Most Americans would probably agree there is too much money in political campaigns. From endless commercials to unwanted phone calls, most would say this is not healthy for the nation, and more than that, an embarrassment. Most would say there is too much influence by big money interests such as corporations, special interest groups and political action committees.

A simple way to accomplish campaign reform is for the public to finance elections through taxes. That box on your tax form that asks if you want to donate $3 to a presidential campaign? Why not make that mandatory at $1 every year? All Americans who file taxes must pay $1 annually to finance presidential campaigns. The catch is that is all candidates get, no other support. Your dollar would have as much impact as Donald Trump’s. No buying or pressuring politicians. We all pay the same.

We could give each viable presidential candidate $50 million from federal tax returns. A lesser amount could be determined for congressional and state/local level candidates through state and local taxes. A non-partisan committee would have to figure out exact amounts and what a viable candidate is, but we have sent a man to the moon. Surely we could do this.

Politicians would probably love it. No more time and effort spent fundraising. No more pressure from those who contributed big money. Their jobs would be less complex and they would be able to work for all Americans equally. Most importantly, it would be simple and fair and may restore confidence in the system.

I recognize this would violate free speech rights of those who wish to have more than their share of influ-ence. But don’t those folks have enough advantages? Others will scoff and say this is too simplistic and idealistic. Even if we could get this passed through our gridlocked Congress, a herd of lawyers would be standing in line to challenge it in court.

Even knowing these challenges, I believe the majority of Americans would agree to this proposal if given a chance through a national referendum. Our system needs to be tinkered with, maybe revolutionized, and this is a step in the right direction.  

Larry Fohl