Letters to the Editor: Jan. 10

January 10, 2013 

Pill mill legislation should be directed at drug abusers

I am very well aware of the destruction pills and drugs have on families. However, last year's pill mill legislation does very little if anything for the pill problem, or the rate of overdose.

Like a lot of other things, the legislation harms the innocent people with chronic pain, as well as the children and parents that have to depend on medications for ADHD and other anxieties.

I can tell you from my perspective as a foster parent that this legislation has done nothing to limit drug use, abuse or overdose. If there seems to be a reduction here in Kentucky, that's because users have relocated, but they will be back.

There needs be a three strikes law here in Kentucky like in Florida. People are given too many chances to prove themselves and they are well aware of that, believe me. People with drug problems who serve time should be receiving rehab in jail.

For the type of drugs we're dealing with, the minimum rehab takes seven months to a year, and even then, the relapse rate is about 78 percent. Not very good odds.

New and stricter legislation on a certain pill will not stop drug abuse. They will just consume, snort, or shoot other substances. Like heroin?

Carol Pfeiffer

Stamping Ground


Give us right to work

Kentucky is missing many opportunities by not being a right-to-work state.

One of the most important factors businesses look for is a state's right-to-work status. Growth is much higher in right-to-work states because it creates more good-paying jobs.

Right-to-work means that an employee has a right to work in a business without being forced to join a union and pay the union dues, if the individual so chooses.

Unions have long since outgrown their role in the workplace as there are more than sufficient laws on the books providing for worker protection.

In fact, the right-to-work status of a state now protects the worker from the union, which provides nothing in the way of benefits while taking their cut from the paychecks of the hard-working rank-and-file.

Another argument the unions use to protect their gravy train is that non-union workers earn less. I was in a union for five years and after three of those years, my supervisor told me that she wished she could give me a raise but the union pay schedule would not allow it. I did not get a raise because of the union.

Think of all the stereotypes of union thugs disrupting and sabotaging companies because the union didn't get its way. Do we really want to do business like that in the 21st century?

We can rid ourselves of that by passing right-to-work in Kentucky. Please tell your legislator that you support a stronger Kentucky and a fellow Kentuckian's right to work.

Bill Marshall

Midway


Issues counted

It would seem that President Barack Obama won the election because some thought he was the safer candidate on foreign affairs. Hispanics favored Obama as the more sympathetic candidate. Women favored him because he gave them the equal-pay-for-equal-work bill.

The Democrats have a majority in the Senate, so Obama is in good position to influence the character of the Supreme Court. The American Civil Liberties Union will be happy, but some conservative religious people may later grumble.

The Republicans have a majority in the House, so this means either moderation or austerity. We really need to spend money on a modern railway system instead of relying so much on superhighways that are extravagant and inefficient.

It might be a good idea to lower the corporate income tax to 20 percent for one year and then review. The sales tax on gasoline at the pump could be removed for one year.

We need to spend more on security, with the use of cameras and armed guards. We also need to plant more trees in warm cities.

Laurence Murdoch

Lexington


Thinking person's vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell was upset that President Barack Obama won a second term. The people in Kentucky who know McConnell is an obstructionist all voted for Obama. This was a majority in only three counties, all with universities.

During his 28 years in the Senate, McConnell has become a multimillionaire. He has received money from Big Business, Big Coal and the very wealthy, and in return has helped pass legislation to benefit these groups.

What has he done for the people of Kentucky? He doesn't care that Kentucky is at the bottom of the totem pole in education, wealth. health care and has its drinking water contaminated by the coal removal process.

Even my Mormon-Republican sister doesn't like McConnell. Wake up, Kentuckians and look at our poor excuse for an elected representative.

My prayer is that someone will step up to the plate in the next senatorial election and send this arrogant, out-of-touch-with-his-constituency politician home, wherever that is.

He deserves to join the ranks of the unemployed.

Alberta Toomey

Lexington


Facts back McConnell

In the Dec. 13 Herald-Leader there were four letters bemoaning Mitch McConnell as our U.S. senator. Almost no facts about what he has or hasn't done — just negative reactions.

The main objection of Democrats seems to be that in an interview with the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010, he said that he wanted Barack Obama to be a one-term president. In fact, he added that he didn't want the president to fail, he just wanted him to meet Republicans halfway.

McConnell said this two years into the president's term, not at the beginning. At this point, the president had shown he was more than willing to spend money we don't have: the health care bill (which no one had read) had been passed, bailouts had been handed out, government was rapidly increasing in size.

In that same year in the midterm elections, the House was taken by conservatives, so evidently many people wanted to see spending curtailed and the size and scope of government decreased. The president had showed no interest in cutting spending, just the opposite.

Thinking back on President George W. Bush's first term, I wonder how many of your writers were hoping he would be elected to a second term? I would guess zero.

Nancy Davidson

Georgetown


Election trade-offs

President Barack Obama got re-elected by giving handouts, taking away people's incentive to be self-sufficient. And I do not mean those truly in need. Food stamps are exploding.

Secondly, Obama evolved to believe in same-sex marriage. Ergo, the gay vote. And after almost four years in office he decides it's time for immigration reform. Ergo, the Hispanic vote. No voter ID. Why not? And it goes on and on.

In my opinion, Obama cannot be a Christian as he sold his soul a long time ago. His way or the highway.

I can still see the forest.

Susan Washburn

Grayson

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