Letters to the Editor

Whitehead’s ‘cops and battle tanks’ is pure fluff

I am responding in regards to John Whitehead’s article on “Why do local cops need battle tanks?” The article was written on a pure liberal-pacifist level.

As a retired law enforcement officer with over 21 years of experience, I can assure your readers that Whitehead’s article is purely fluff with no substance.

Many of the items such as the MRAPs that he refers to in his article are being incorporated by Special Response Teams and SWAT teams throughout the country. Read More»

It’s been a good year in Fayette

I have especially enjoyed this Christmas season as part of your county government. The duties of elected office can sometimes be challenging, but the rewards of service are always worth it.

Our new 2013 Board of Commissioners concentrated on delivering our local government back to the citizens of Fayette County. We resolved to bring as many citizens into the halls of government as possible. We have had great success. Read More»

Facts belie paean to Obamacare

I read Dr. Awachie’s recent opinion letter titled, “The ACA flop and filibuster,” with interest, and wish to offer a different perspective on a few of the points raised in his letter as well as address a larger issue.

Many of us who have followed the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) from its inception have heard it said that the Obamacare is a Republican creation, with the implicit question of why do Republicans now oppose that which they created. Read More»

The value of your vote is now one-fifth what it was

As I read last week’s Citizen, I was immediately drawn to the report on the front page, “2014 Question: District Voting Implementation.”

Here we were reminded that a politically appointed federal judge has decided that because no minority class candidate for county commissioner or school board had ever been elected by the majority of the county’s citizens, at-large voting must end because, as the decision states the current system is discriminatory. Read More»

For low turnout voting, cut back on poll sites

Isn’t there anyone with in government with a little common sense when it comes to cutting spending?

Run-off elections are necessary when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Even though voter turnout is often low in the runoff, it seems that the number of polling stations is the same and that they are fully staffed.

This is wasteful; money could be saved by combining polling places in the runoff.

Some voters would surely complain about the inconvenience or lack of knowledge about the change. Read More»

The ACA flop & the filibuster

Contrary to what a lot of the citizenry thinks, my opinion is that a lot has happened recently in the nation’s capital.

There have been charges of incompetence against the presidency for the “disastrous” roll out of the ACA. There was a slight change in the Senate’s tradition of a minority of members filibustering the activities of the majority and the executive branch. There were also other lower decibel rumblings. All are good and well, showing that our elected representatives are doing the people’s work. Read More»

Words speak volumes

Rarely do we envision ourselves exactly how others perceive or interpret us. This realization holds true for the use of language when compared to our exhibited daily actions.

People are defined by the accumulative history of their deeds, rather than by mere words. But language can be both reflective of behavior and have an influence on these behaviors as we move forward. Our language shapes the way we view our surroundings, and is a good everyday step toward a more inclusive community. Read More»

Is nuclear really an option?

Not since the end of the Cold War has there been so much use of the term “nuclear” than this past week.

In the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man who every day seems to exhibit more of the results of the head trauma experienced in a former boxing career, changed rules that have been in place since the first Senate was convened over 200 years ago. Read More»

Water system critic: Some improvements are seen

“There’s something rotten in the Fayette County water system ... and it stinks.” That’s how I began an open letter in early September. In the letter, I was critical of the county’s response to the state’s inspection of the water system. Read More»

Obamacare love misplaced

I had to read the long letter from Mr. Alaimo a couple of times to really grasp his message. There is one constant thread having to do with this country’s Judeo-Christian roots, and it seems that this is the basis for Mr. Alaimo’s “love” for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please allow me to respond with a few high-level observations.

1. Mr. Alaimo spoke to his desire to provide healthcare plans to his employees. While this is commendable, we must understand the original reasons for companies providing such plans. Read More»