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Beware political labels

Editor, The Sun:

Think about the significance of the labels: conservative and liberal. We tend to describe ourselves as one or the other; most, however, have views that are conservative and others that are liberal.

Conservative: “tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions.”

Liberal: “of, or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; esp. economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political and administrative reforms.”

Choose your preferences, but do not make decisions just because someone out there says another’s views are conservative or liberal. Know what you want to support. Be wary and suspicious of politicians who offer nothing but waving “red flags.”

Conservatives tend to demonize liberals. Liberals tend to demonize conservatives. Thus, as a people, we become more divided.

I believe that there is more that unites us than divides us. With the upcoming Congressional election, think about these matters. Think about those persons, with whom you may disagree. They are still human beings, children of God, family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Do not demonize them. They are good, decent, people whom you need in your life!

Let us love and respect one another! And let us make intelligent decisions when we vote, rather than emotional ones over misunderstood labels, which have been waved in our faces like a red cloth in front of a bull.

Let us know why, and for what we stand, when we vote.

Peter Haik

Berea

Dake right to question council

Editor, The Sun:

My wife is a saint. I may follow local politics closer than anyone who is not paid by the government, so when I come home from a council or fiscal court meeting, she often hears me complain. This past week was no exception.

Council Member Laura Dake, frustrated by the lack of communication, transparency, and cooperation regarding the pavilion committee had finally had enough. State law restricting the number of council members present (to avoid a quorum) prevented Ms. Dake from attending these meetings.

So after a year and a half of getting little or no information or response to questions from the pavilion committee chair Ann Miller; after pointing out to the council that meetings were not being posted, a violation of the state’s Open Meeting law; and following the questionable hiring of the two architectural firms that get the vast majority of the city’s business; and finally the brushing off from the mayor of what he termed “an inadvertent error” to this entire debacle, a reluctant but determined Laura Dake had to say something – publicly.

In what seemed to me to be an effort to humiliate and intimidate Ms. Dake, Owen Roberts suggested she go to the podium, which she declined. Ms. Dake said that if she can’t get information as a council member, how could a citizen get information? Mayor Traugott was well prepared to respond. He is all about transparency! And there is no one more accountable than he! Rather than admonish Ms. Miller and his legal counsel (whom I assume he hired), it was Ms. Dake who felt his wrath. How dare she speak out in public?! This creates public distrust of government! She is not, after all, accountable to the public who elected her, but to the mayor and the city council. Really?

Well, back to my wife. She has finally had enough of my complaining, so she said, “Why don’t you just write a letter to the editor?” So here it is.

Glenn Graetz

Woodford County

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