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Governor's race lacks substance

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

When my kids are fighting, they will sometimes try to divert my attention from the real issue at hand by pointing at a sibling in an accusatory tone, "Yeah, but he broke my toy last week and then he made a face at you behind your back."

Judging from the latest television commercials, it would appear as if our gubernatorial candidates have taken a lesson from my children.

How nice it would be if all the commercials they are spending thousands and thousands of dollars on would be about how they intend to govern and what plans they have to address important issues instead of calling each other names.

What are the candidates' stances on education? The elderly? Health care? Tourism? Crime? Poverty? I'm really not quite sure.

In just three short weeks, we'll all be faced with the decision of who we want to lead our state for the next four years. But at the rate we're going, most of us will need to use Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

I went to both campaign Web sites to find some answers.

The very first thing I noticed on Gov. Ernie Fletcher's official campaign Web site was a giant photo of his opponent, Steve Beshear. That's odd, I thought, and immediately checked the Web site address to make sure I was at the right place. Yep, I was.

Next, I looked for some information about specific issues on the site. At the bottom right of the home page are two buttons: health care and aging. Both of those were below buttons for making contributions and buying T-shirts and caps with Fletcher's name on them.

The only other things on the home page were links to articles about Beshear's alleged role in the Kentucky Central scandal, how gambling ruins peoples' lives and how Beshear has already made a decision on casino gambling for Kentucky.

I could have sworn, though, that the only way a decision on gambling can be made is for our state legislature to agree that voters should decide that. And then more residents would have to vote in favor of it than against it.

Over on Beshear's official Web site, at least the photos are of Beshear. On the left is a list of upcoming debates, bios on Beshear and his running mate, a tab to click on to make a contribution and ... alas ... a list of issues: seniors, families, health care, education, jobs, veterans, tourism, energy. Clicking on each brings up information on how Beshear stands.

Oh, and the T-shirt button on his site was at the bottom left side of the home page.

Web sites aside, the candidates' television commercials alone make me feel as if they think we're stupid.

Do they really believe we haven't noticed that they're so busy pointing fingers at each other that they're not focusing on the issues that are so important to us?

"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers let him go,

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

My mother said

To pick the very best one