Reading the June 20 story "$550,000 Later, Bevin Still Investigating Steve Beshear" motivated me to comment on this year's Kentucky governor's race. During the last election, I voted for Matt Bevin because I thought he would bring the mindset of a successful businessman to state government, which appeared to be greatly needed; I was impressed with his courage and generosity in opening his home to several diverse children through adoption; and because the Democratic Party has long since abandoned many of the values I deeply cherish.

Admittedly, I've often been frustrated by Bevin's impetuous demeanor and his inability to screen anything between his brain and mouth. Yet I have agreed with most of his actions and initiatives in trying to improve state government, both fiscally and politically. Taxes, the pension system, education and health care are all certainly tough issues. We won't all unanimously agree on most of those topics, but we can agree on basic honesty and integrity.

The June 20 article reminds me of how corrupt our government was under eight years of the Beshear administration. How could anyone who values honesty and integrity in government possibly vote for what would likely be an extension of that corrupt administration?

Gov. Bevin may be imperfect, as we all are, but why would we ever willingly choose another term of Beshear corruption, illegality and naked exploitation? Please, Kentucky, we can't afford another Beshear.

Jerry W. Mayes


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