Letters to the Editor

‘A little kindness goes a long way’

I would like to say “thank you” to the police officers of Harlan County.

I was home when I received a call from my uncle. He is 84 and had fallen in the floor. He was unable to crawl to a telephone and call me.

I left my house and stopped to pick up a friend to go with me and help me get my uncle up and into a chair.

I was in a parking lot off the bypass when an officer pulled in. I motioned to the officer to roll down his window, I then explained what had happened and asked if there was any way he could give me an escort out the bypass. He simply replied, “Let me turn around.”

This may seem like a small deed to some people, but I was very thankful that the state trooper made it easier for me to get to my uncle as quickly as possible.

I did not know the officer’s name, so I later went to Post 10 to find out who he is.

I want to say “thank you” to Trooper Justin Barton.

Remember, the officers are out there to help when we need them, even for the small things like an escort through traffic in an emergency situation.

Once again, thank you to all police officers, especially Justin Barton for you dedication to protect and serve the people of Harlan County.

Mike Lemaster


‘A look at national debt practices’

The AP article regarding Sen. Rand Paul that appeared on the front page of the Enterprise’s Aug. 2 edition was essentially a recap of the hit piece done by the Lexington Herald-Leader (front page, July 31), irresponsibly trying to contrast the presently unpaid bills of the senator’s presidential campaign, bills that will be paid, with his consistent opposition to the profligate spending of the federal government that has produced an indebtedness rapidly approaching $20 trillion that will never be paid and that will bring this country to its knees.

The H-L headline referred to Paul as an “Anti-debt crusader,” and the opening sentence of the H-L article said Paul was “a self-described conservative who calls debt ‘the greatest threat to our national security.’” The senator has never been an “anti-debt crusader” and has never called “debt ‘the greatest threat to our national security.” However, Sen. Paul is an anti-government debt crusader who strongly believes government debt is the greatest threat to our national security.

A campaign debt, like a personal debt, is incurred when one party wants to borrow and another party is willing to lend, each party making its own decision, taking its own risk, and either benefiting or suffering therefrom. National debt is incurred when the federal government wants to spend and taxpayers are forced to pay, whether they like it or not. Sen. Paul is seeking no law requiring taxpayers to pay his campaign debts.

Almost all Democrats in Congress, and too many Republicans, have an unquenchable thirst to compel taxpayers to pay for programs to make more and more people dependent on the federal government, not out of their feigned compassion but in order to get votes. Sen. Paul will continue his efforts to stop this shameful practice.

William A. Rice


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