Letters to the Editor: May 17

May 17, 2013 

Obama anything but transparent in his actions

Transparency? Upon election in 2008, the Democrats went behind closed doors to craft what is turning out to be one of the worst and most costly pieces of legislation in history: The Affordable Care Act.

They locked the Republicans out of the discussion, so let's make sure they leave Republicans out of the blame when the time comes.

In another example of lack of transparency, border agent Brian Terry was killed by guns sold to Mexican drug gangs under a program called Fast and Furious.

When all of this came out, Congress demanded all of the Justice Department paperwork on this to get to who is responsible. It was blocked by executive order.

On the U.S. deaths in Benghazi, Congress is still waiting to have all the survivors made available for questioning and for the State Department to turn over exactly what it knows on these horrific murders they allowed to happen. If Congress wants to investigate something, no one should be able to block it.

Imagine that the Democrats or Republicans would be more worried about the way their leader looks than murdered State Department workers and border agents or about the havoc health reform is going to reap.

It is a sad day when politicians become more important than the people who elected them.

George Greenup

Lexington


Keep control towers

Do not deactivate control towers at small airports. I am not an active pilot. I have a private and commercial pilot license. Control towers provide much protection during landings and departures, especially during low visibility.

Surely there are other ways to save money without endangering pilots and their cargo.

Orville L. Owens

Richmond


Thank federal workers

Across the country and in communities like Lexington, government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

I want to personally express my support for the 64,975 active and retired federal workers in Kentucky. Won't you join me?

If you checked the weather forecast before going outside this morning, thank the federal employees at the National Weather Service who alert us to impending storms.

If your child played with a toy today, thank the federal employees at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who administer our toy safety standards.

If you travel to a national park this summer, thank the park rangers who help families create a lifetime of memories.

If you received your mail today, thank the U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered it.

We probably don't realize all that our federal worker neighbors do for us, but I hope they know that we appreciate their service to our country.

Kenneth W. Overhults

District Vice President,

Central Kentucky Chapter 97, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Assoc.

Lexington


Hospital overcharges

It is a fact that something has got to be done about Medicare costs.

The cost that should be taken care of is why hospitals can charge and overcharge in order to make more money. They will double-charge a lot of procedures. They can charge whatever they want, too.

Last year I had cataract surgery. It was a complete mess. I had to have another operation. Guess who got charged for the second operation?

If I buy a new car and before I get out of the lot the motor blows up, do you think the car dealer would charge me again? No.

Dave Willhoit

Frankfort


It's people, not pots

Now we all know pressure cookers kill people. Maybe we need to have background checks on everyone buying one. Maybe they should have to buy a license.

Sounds silly doesn't it?

People use all sorts of things to kill; it's not the object but the person.

Robert Holland

Lexington


Prepare for storms

Spring has returned and with it the increased possibility of severe storms.

A couple of years ago, during a TV interview, the reporter asked an emergency-room doctor what types of injuries he sees most often.

The doctor looked into the camera, and raised his voice and stated, "People, when bad weather is forecast, put on your shoes."

The doctor went on to say, exposed nails, shattered glass, splintered wood and twisted metal cause horrific foot injuries as people try to climb out of the wreckage of collapsed buildings or search for loved ones, often in the darkness and rain.

Don't wait until they are telling you to take cover. Get the safety items together ahead of time.

It might also be a good idea to have the children put on their bike helmets and place small animals in their carriers.

Let's all hope for a safe and peaceful year.

Lucia Beeler

Cecilia

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