Letters to the editor: July 6

July 6, 2013 

Obamacare unconstitutional, and Beshear is complicit

I am offended by a June 27 letter's reckless disregard for the truth as it applies to Gov. Steve Beshear and the leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly, who have used unconstitutional means to expand Medicaid in Kentucky as part of Obamacare.

Even if the proposed Medicaid expansion were different than all previous expansions of this disastrous federal health program and truly represented even a small portion of the purported economic stimulus some have promised, proper procedure for making such an enormous policy change has not been followed.

Kentucky's Constitution clearly requires checks and balances. This basic principle has been flagrantly ignored in Frankfort in this case, to the extent that Beshear's attorney argued in open court that rights of citizens have no intrinsic value whatsoever. Our fighting men and women have not stared down death so some government employee could succumb to such a backwards view of his function in society.

We should have a vibrant public discussion about the efficacy of Medicaid, its dreary history, its bleak future and the culture of dependency it has exacerbated. But first, we must agree to follow Kentucky law. We can all agree to do that, right?

David Adams

Nicholasville


Rupp and Stumbo

House Speaker Greg Stumbo describes quite the shell game in his attempt to get off the hot seat when it comes to the $2.5 million in coal severance money that was "borrowed" for the new Rupp Arena.

The problem is not that we all have agreed the time has come to update Rupp Arena for our Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, who are beloved across the state. The problem is that out of all the budget items, the folks in Frankfort could only find that money by taking it out of the coal severance fund. The truth is that there are plenty of places to get that amount of money but the Democrats in Frankfort don't want to touch them because they're beholden to their cronies and big-money campaign contributors.

Stumbo mentions other coal-county legislators, like Senate President Robert Stivers, as part of the deal. He also mentions that coal receipts are down by 23 percent this year.

Stivers, on every possible occasion, calls for President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to back off on their war on coal with Kentucky. We'd be in better shape if coal receipts hadn't been hurting ever since Obama took office. Stumbo does not mention that glaring fact a single time in his defense of using coal severance money.

We need folks who will stand up for coal, and protect the counties which produce it. Next year is an election year.

Bill Marshall

Midway


Unjust justice

Is this state the most unfriendly toward children and mothers in the United States? My daughter's husband, who walked out on her and her two young children in December, was told by a judge that it's all right if he doesn't pay any child support. He was taken to court for a contempt hearing because he has refused to follow the court-mediated agreements in their divorce. He was already $4,800 behind in child support payments, and the judge looked at my daughter and told her to get over it.

Really?

Is this the mentality of the officials towards women and children here? I can't get out of here fast enough. Let him try to get the kids every other weekend from her in Ohio, where they care about the kids.

Jeffrey Smith

Lexington


Public thanks

On June 20, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission celebrated 50 years of civil rights enforcement in Lexington. The event was held at The Grand Reserve and was a huge success. For a small government agency with fully dedicated resources, it was a challenge to pull off an event of this magnitude. On behalf of the Commission, I would like to thank those individuals and organizations that made this event possible: University of Kentucky College of Athletics, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Lexington Fair Housing Council, Lexington Housing Authority, Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Community Action Council, SteinGroup, NAACP, Greater Lexington Apartment Association, Bluegrass Advertising Promotions, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Lex-Tro, ARTFX Photo, Georgetown Printing, LLC, Sisters of the Sacred Drum, Viva Pananama, Lexington Chinese School, Kim Kee nan, Charles Little, Frank X Walker and Renee Shaw.

I would like to congratulate our Excellence in Human Rights Award Winners: Chester Grundy, Merlene Davis and the 1999 Urban County Government Mayor Pam Miller and council. It is often said that you cannot know where you are going until you know where you've been. We have had many talented individuals who have come and gone throughout the years. I would like to thank all of the staff members, commissioners, executive directors and commission attorneys who have come before us and laid the groundwork of excellence in our community.

Raymond Sexton

Executive Director

Lexington Human Rights Commission

Lexington


Unsettling calls

Something needs to be done about telemarketers. They start calling my home phone every day beginning at ten in the morning and continue all day. I have asked them to please stop calling but they continue.This is harassment and I cannot go on like this. They even call my cell phone number. I did not give them either number and do not know where they got them. I have asked to be put on a do-not-call list but this hasn't stopped them.

I am disabled and live alone. I answer the phone because I think it is a family member, friend, pastor or church member calling to check in on me but it's the telemarketers.

I am on medications and I cannot lay down in peace and comfort because the phone is ringing all day and I need something done to stop them.

Gladys Denton

Lexington

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