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Letters

  • Higdon puts politics ahead of middle class

    I'm writing to express my disappointment with Senator Higdon's support of the Right to Work bill. I'm in complete agreement with Vincent Ballard's letter of Jan. 11, but I can't say I'm surprised by Sen. Higdon's action. After all, that is what Republicans do, putting party politics ahead of the interests of the middle class. Kentucky will now join the likes of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana in a race to the bottom thanks to our governor, senate and congress.
    Ed Heckel

  • Letter to the editor: Higdon’s Right to Work vote is a slap in the face

    To say that your recent vote to approve for Right to Work and prevailing wage legislation is disheartening would be an understatement. Your vote was a figurative slap in the face of the hard working people you have sworn to represent. Instead of standing up for the men and women of your district, and state, you chose to follow party lines. It’s as if you forgot how many in your district work at union shops. Ones like the distilleries, Ford, G.E. and construction companies.

  • Letter to the editor: Marion County Cattleman are kind

    “No, I’m not from around here.” I frequently have to respond to the question about my lack of central Kentucky accent. And that is why the column “Be more kind” by Stevie Lowery touched me so deeply. Having spent nearly all my years in situations during education, career and even choices where I live, in non-traditional female roles, I have examples beyond number of feeling isolated and not embraced or even included. It is not easy moving to a small town where families have lived for generations and myself and my husband a mere ten years.

  • Government intervention works

    Remember way back in 2009 when the American auto industry was about to go belly up? Obama and the Democrats made a decision to intervene with federal assistance and save hundreds of thousands of jobs, an entire industry, and the global economy from collapse!
    And Republicans called it "socialism.” So now that Trump has saved 1,000 jobs in Indiana, Trump and Republicans are taking a big victory lap. Funny thing: No one in the Republican Party is complaining about government overreach or calling it socialism.

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  • Your local BackPack program needs your support

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland’s BackPack Program specifically targets school children who are at-risk of being hungry over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Each child on the program discreetly receives a bag of 14-17 kid-friendly food items upon leaving school for the weekend.

  • Mattingly family raises $20,000 for Hosparus

    I am pleased to share that two fundraisers put on by my family in support of Hosparus Green River raised a total of $20,000 for local hospice patients and families.
    In 2005, my brother Gerald Mattingly lost his battle with cancer. As a way to honor his memory and his life, my family and I decided to host a charity golf scramble to give back. The 10th annual Gerald Mattingly Golf Scramble was held last month at Lebanon Country Club, and I want to personally thank the 96 golfers who came out to support hospice care on a dreary October day.

  • Say goodbye to Democracy

    Let's hope our fragile democracy can survive the election of Trump. I'm scared to death we will never fully recover from this.
    President-elect Trump is ignorant of even the most basic tenets of our Constitution, nor does he appear to understand how the three branches of government work as checks and balances.

  • Honor guard is thankful for new bus

    The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard has been in operation since it conducted its first military honors at a veteran’s funeral in February 1996. This initial group had no uniforms and used borrowed World War I weapons. Since that time, we have progressed to 44 volunteer members, all wearing the uniform of the service they served in while on active duty. We have two sets of weapons assigned and have traveled in our own bus for many years. However, our bus had gotten old, with defective heater and air conditioning and a leaking roof.

  • A nickel and dime tiny government system

    Remember, “Things are never what they seem.”
    A nickel and dime tiny government system set up within a larger government system can slowly control and bleed you to death. To match funds sounds good. If the matching is not enough then more “matching” comes.