Letters to the editor: Sept. 18

September 18, 2013 

Only bad options followed son's ADHD diagnosis

Do me a favor. Don't get your child tested for attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Just don't.

My son has been blacklisted. He has a label that will follow him throughout his life. He has an excuse. By following doctors' orders and "doing what's right" I've caused more harm than good.

I can't find a day care that will take him. His school sends him to the office or suspends him and says any more behavior issues and he could be expelled.

Well, fantastic. Just great. On to the next school, the next day care. Then what? I wish someone would help him rather than slapping on a Band-aid and prescribing a new pill.

Pills don't fix anything. Every morning, when I watch my son take his medicine, I feel so guilty, like this is giving up. But, hey, he's behaving. I'm teaching him: "Don't worry; there's a pill for that."

My kid is not an iPhone. There isn't a magic app or pill to fix him. I would rather he be hyper and crazy-happy than a different person. I liked him the way he was. I liked his non-conformity. Now, I'm teaching him that it's better to not be himself?

How can we tell our children to be individuals then prescribe medicine to conform them? I feel like everyone (his teachers, doctors and grandparents) are forcing me into something I know isn't good for him. How can medicating your six-year-old be good? Needless to say, I'm taking him off the meds.

Krista Milanich

Lexington


Double standard

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has granted up to 10 days of non-chargeable leave to gays and lesbians to travel to states which conduct same-sex marriages for the purpose of getting married.

Hagel talks of not discriminating against anyone, yet a straight man or women traveling to the same state to be married would be required to take chargeable leave.

Is this man now making rules and regulations for all the branches of the military? If that is the case, why do we have a commander for each of the armed services?

I would think a man at the very top of the military chain of command, except for the commander in chief, would have better things to do than make a leave policy which discriminates against his straight troops. Then again, look at the micro-management coming from the president. I think I'm beginning to understand now.

John Amshoff

Versailles


No to trade pacts

Free trade agreements are not free. They cost us our jobs and threaten U.S. sovereignty. Before the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico had a small trade deficit with the U.S.

Today, the U.S. has a huge trade deficit with Mexico. The same is true of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

As the administration advocates for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement/Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, consider:

■ President Barack Obama has stated he will utilize his fast track authority to pass both the TPP and TAFTA/TTIP if Congress doesn't.

■ They are being negotiated in secrecy.

■ Six hundred corporate advisers have access to the text, while the public and Congress do not.

■ Corporate lobbyists, with their own special interests, have more say in the negotiations than our own Congress.

■ U.S. food safety standards will diminish.

■ Millions more American jobs will be offshored.

■ Both agreements will free the banksters from oversight.

■ Buy American policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild our economy will be banned.

■ Access to medicine will be decreased.

■ More unsafe, toxic imports will enter the U.S.

■ Corporations will feel empowered to attack our environmental and health safeguards.

■ Internet freedoms will diminish.

Call your representatives in Congress urging them to oppose these proposed agreements and to end the previous free-trade agreements, especially NAFTA.

Rosanne Coffman

Lexington


Faulty economics

Your Aug. 18 editorial, "Minimum wage hike overdue," cites an Economic Policy Institute study that claims that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift wages, create jobs and improve Kentucky's economy.

The 30 members of the institute's board of directors include 12 representatives of major labor unions (AFL-CIO, SEI, CWA, etc.) and five economists. The rest are mostly college professors with little or no economics background. Source: http://www.epi.org/about/board/. The EPI is hardly an unbiased source on which to base your argument.

With 42 percent of African-American teens unemployed and the overall unemployment rate at 7.4 percent, raising the minimum wage will cause more unemployment among the least skilled, least educated and least experienced in our work force.

In the real world, if people have been working for $7.25 an hour and the government forces businesses to increase them to $10 and hour, people will likely lose their jobs.

A 38 percent wage increase is not something businesses can absorb without making major adjustments — eliminate jobs, raise prices, reduce profits or even go out of business.

Those who believe we should legislate a "living wage" should learn how business and economics work. A living wage, like the minimum wage, will create more unemployment and more dependence on government handouts.

Want to earn a living wage? Work, learn skills and trades, get educated, get work experience and become a more valuable employee. Like self-esteem, a living wage is earned, not granted by government.

Ray Davis

Lexington


Oust McConnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell secured federal crop insurance for tobacco this year, claiming a victory for Kentucky growers.

At a cost of $34.7 million a year, of which Kentucky gets at most $7 million to 8 million, it sounds good for tobacco farmers.

However, take a close look at the numbers.

There are 7,800 deaths a year in Kentucky from smoking-related causes. Smoking-caused diseases cost Kentucky $1.5 billion in health care a year. The state loses more than $2.1 billion in productivity each year from smoking.

What McConnell voted to support is a continued state loss of $3.6 billion a year in order to secure for some tobacco growers in the state about $7 million to $8 million a year in federal crop insurance.

It isn't just tobacco where McConnell is out of touch with Kentucky's needs.

McConnell has repeatedly attempted to repeal Obamacare, although the Medicaid expansion will be paid almost entirely by the federal government.

Is that supporting Kentuckians, our economy or needs when Kentucky is among the largest beneficiaries of Obamacare as more than 500,000 Kentuckians under 65 have no health insurance?

This uninsured number would be reduced by 57 percent under Obamacare according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

McConnell certainly does not and has not supported the majority of Kentuckians. Let's make this McConnell's last term.

If he can't represent Kentucky's interests in Washington now, re-electing him just guarantees his continued voting against our interests in the future.

Peter Wedlund

Lexington

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