Letters to the editor: March 12

March 12, 2013 

Surely, Democrats can offer candidate better than Judd

I am so tired of the Democratic Party trying to get Ashley Judd to move to Kentucky to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell.

What does she know about Kentucky and what our needs are? We have enough actors in Washington now. All she knows about is the Kentucky basketball team.

Just look at how this makes Kentucky look, like we have no one to run in Kentucky, that there are not any men who are qualified. I know that we have some somewhere. Why can't you find them in our state instead of going out of state and getting whoever the party wants, not who is good for our state?

This is why a lot of Democrats are voting Republican, because you can't find a good man. I know there are some, but they are discouraged from running. And for sure we don't need another House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Find someone in Kentucky who really cares about Kentucky. We have too many who come in and live here for a few months then they run. Just like Sen. Rand Paul. He did not want to run against his dad, and he knew Kentucky was a good state from which to run and we fell right into his plan.

Lynn Owen


Judd has moral courage

I agree with state House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who said Ashley Judd would be a formidable foe to Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Stumbo said Judd's views on mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining could hurt her in Eastern Kentucky. Not as much as some may think. The public is ready for a candidate who has moral courage and is not a puppet of the coal industry.

Democrats running for U.S. Senate have long supported MTR and we know how well that has worked out for them. Kentucky wants a choice. I hope we will get it.

It is refreshing to see a potential candidate willing to stand up to the coal companies and demand responsibility. Few are against deep coal-mining. Deep mining creates jobs, unlike MTR. Many are against polluted drinking water and destroyed homeplaces. Can you say Pike County floods?

Also, there is a reason cancer rates are twice as high in the coalfields as in Lexington, Louisville or Northern Kentucky, and it is not smoking. Yet no one stands up for these residents. Why?

I understand why McConnell seems nervous. McConnell understands choice elections are dangerous. Running against moral courage would be tough for him.

The bottom line: The kids in Letcher County deserve the same opportunity to have clean drinking water as the kids in Franklin, Fayette or Jefferson counties. And wouldn't it be nice to have a senator who stood for that? Given that choice, I am confident Judd would do quite well.

Gregg Wagner


Bring on Turtle Man

So the Democrats are so desperate to find someone to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell that they want Ashley Judd? An average actress who hangs out at basketball games?

If they need a famous person who's a Kentucky resident, the Democrats could see if maybe The Turtle Man would run for them.

I was hoping former Rep. Ben Chandler would run against McConnell so we could find out what Mitch did on his spring break in college, or find that maybe one time the police were called to his neighbor's house. Has McConnell ever been stopped at a road check?

I think McConnell does a great job and represents Kentucky well. I will vote to keep him.

Pete Ayers


What a fit

I am so proud that Ashley Judd is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. She has many qualifications that will ensure her success against Sen. Mitch McConnell.

First, she is comfortable with the media. So much so that she will expose her breast at any camera flash.

Second, she cares about the environment. She states that she is against mountaintop removal and God knows that elimination of that form of coal mining will not affect the economy of our commonwealth.

Third, her Hollywood lifestyle is so in tune with the lifestyle of the average Kentuckian. She knows our concerns and worries just from the few days she spends in the state each year.

Also, she is the greatest Kentucky Wildcat fan that the program has ever known. How can we go wrong electing Judd?

Really? It is no wonder our country has gone to hell.

Donny Riley


Take charge

A friend asked me, "What is up with Kentucky senators? Rand Paul is getting crazier by the day," she said, "and Mitch McConnell has all the charm and charisma of last year's pumpkin. There are more than 4 million Kentuckians; there must be one whose service would give us pride."

"Well," I told her, "We're waiting for you to step up."

Dan Carey


McConnell misstep

Sen. Mitch McConnell has proved again, by letting us go over the sequestration cliff, that he cares only for himself and his super-rich cronies. Let us remember that when he comes up for re-election.

Elmer Olson

Whitley City

Civil War, again

As we move into the third year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, it appears that another parallel to that fractious time is emerging in our contemporary politics.

The bold talk from some politicians about running the federal government into the sequester crisis reminded me of the "Copperheads" of the early 1860s.

Those so-called "Peace Democrats" were mostly opportunists. They didn't support abolition of slavery. Saving the Union was not especially important to them, either. Some corresponded with Confederate leaders. Their only cause was to oppose Abraham Lincoln.

Today, we have cynical and extremist politicians willing to disrupt our economic recovery for nostalgia and self-interest. Some wistfully hope to restore 18th-century libertarian economic theories. Others are serving lobbyists who fund their re-election campaigns. It appears their only cause is to oppose Barack Obama.

Tom Louderback


Not cost-driven

Regarding the Your Health article "Doctors' list of overused procedures includes C-sections" of Feb. 22:

There is very little difference in what an obstetrician gets paid for a C-section versus vaginal delivery, about $200. After delivery we get a single global fee for nine months of care and a night of being up with delivery of $1,500, or less with some insurance carriers.

Obstetricians are medically and legally liable for 18 years after the delivery of a baby. I don't know of any doctor that gets sued for performing a C-section. It's always for not performing a C-section.

Nowadays the profit from surgical procedures goes mainly to hospitals and surgical facilities, not the surgeon. Surgeons' reimbursements have dropped so much that we can make more by seeing patients in office and doing small office procedures. Yet our malpractice insurance costs have not gone down, especially in the field of obstetrics, which has one of the highest premiums (average $100,000 a year).

Magdalene Karon, M.D.


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