Letters to the Editor: April 19

April 19, 2013 

Burdensome financial aid system frustrates students

In Kentucky, 75 percent of students receive financial aid to help them pay for school. Since so many students are receiving aid you would think the process would be somewhat painless. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As a sophomore in college, I have found the financial aid process to be extremely difficult. I have debated just throwing in the towel on higher education altogether.

My frustration stems from two main issues. The first is that I work a full-time job, live alone and provide all my own insurance.

I get little financial support from my parents for school expenses. However, since I am not married nor do I have any dependents, I am not eligible for independent student status and my parents' higher income is what my aid is based off on.

My second issue is the lack of communication between the financial aid office and the students.

It seems students are supposed to know and understand what to do during the process rather than getting direction and guidance from the financial aid counselors. All I have encountered is unreturned phone calls, piles of unnecessary paperwork and attitude.

I do not write this letter in an effort to degrade or belittle the school system but rather to bring to light the challenges so many students face and the possibility that this could be a big factor in the college dropout rate.

Tiffany Cooper

Lexington


No backbone

I am writing regarding the recent act of our governor trying to stop our religious freedom. It is a sad time in America when our politicians have no backbone to stand for what is right.

Any politician who does not stand against adultery, fornication and abominations should resign and step down from office and let a man of God that has integrity take their place so we can stop our great nation from being destroyed.

America's leaders need to repent and turn back to the true and living God that created the heavens and the Earth.

Donald Wallen

Leburn


Religion bill ridiculous

This is such a beautiful state and I am usually proud to say I am from Kentucky. But lately I have to hang my head in shame.

How can I be proud of a state that not only allows bigotry but passes laws to make it legal? In a state populated by citizens who proclaim to be religious and preach the Bible, how can we turn around and say it is all right to discriminate against someone based on who they love or live with?

I am proud of our governor for vetoing the legislation known as the Religious Freedom Bill when it came before him.

This law gives the right to landlords and employers to deny housing or employment to any individual whose actions are claimed to be against their religion. This is a slap in the face of religion.

Every religious group I am familiar with — Christians, Muslims, Jews — all claim that the pathway to God involves treating your fellow man/woman as you would want to be treated. This law says if I don't like the person you live with or love, I can just discriminate against you. It makes no sense to me.

It seems to me to be bigotry, pure and simple. And maybe even worse, bigotry in the name of religion.

Stephanie Terry

Lexington


Painful aftermath

Last year's House Bill 1 put restrictions on how doctor prescribe pain medicine to their patients. They didn't look at the long-range problems with this.

Drug lords are not dumb. They see an opening in Kentucky so here they come with heroin. It is much better to let doctors write a prescription for a pain pill or two than have heroin on every street corner.

In a few days I will be 80 years old and a lifetime Democrat, but I will never vote for another Democrat that goes to Frankfort. Few Republicans voted for this one-size fits all bill. The Democrats have been in Frankfort so long they have become dictatorial. The governor is a tyrant. There are people who have long-range pain from an accident, for example.

It is inhumane not to let people with bad pain have medicine. The Frankfort Democrats are inhumane.

Guy Comley

Berea


Sinful New Circle

It's against my religion to drive 55 mph on New Circle Road.

I guess it is against a lot of people's religion to drive 55 mph on New Circle.

Duke Martin

Lexington

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