Millennials see health care as right, not perk
A recent letter by Dr. John Vance distilled the issues regarding health care more succinctly than any description that I have read or heard.
He hit the nail on the head with his concept of a "transgenerational demographic shift" and his observation that the millennial generation, "sees health care as a right of humanity, not a privilege reserved for those who fortuitously possess adequate financial assets or employment perks."
His advice that we should focus our energy on critical and well-considered ideas to guide the direction and speed of necessary adjustments to Obamacare in order to create a better product and an improved America is right on.
Look up, runners
On a recent evening a runner crossed Chinoe Road in front of my car, without looking up from her cellphone. I was able to slow down in time. Then she stopped in front of my moving car, looking intently at something on her cellphone, never looking up.
Why would someone risk her life and others in this way?
Why are the media not investigating the truth about Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty being murdered on Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya?
Are they protecting some very important people?
Would those VIPs suffer harm if their role were made public?
William (Mick) Sagraves
The real message
"Shutdown caused by changes in media, money, redistricting." This piece by Thomas Friedman had appeared the previous day in the New York Times under the headline, "Our Democracy is at Stake."
The Herald-Leader's editors apparently chose their own headline. By doing so they focused the reader on the shutdown instead of the writer's intended focus. They diminished the power of the article. Friedman, I believe, is trying to draw our attention to the profound, larger danger that he thinks is at stake, "the health of our democracy." Many people, I would say a vast and growing majority, agree with him.
The Herald-Leader is constantly criticized by Republicans for its bias, which they say always favors Democrats. Changing the impact or meaning of this headline is an example of exactly the opposite; Republicans want the people to think only of the shutdown and not its cause or who is responsible for it.
Under the Herald Leader's watered-down headline, who would even bother to read the article? Who would remember Friedman's conclusion? I'll restate that for you: Friedman wants you to know and understand that our president is not merely defending his health care plan. He's defending the health of our democracy.
Why not Richmond?
I am about to explode over the fact that in a six to 12 month period, more than two dozen chemical weapons sites can be located and destroyed during an ongoing war in Syria, whereas the U.S. government has been unable to eliminate one measley chemical stockpile in Richmond in almost 50 years.
What's up with that?
Restore old comments
Thanks for allowing me to comment on your recent change in the process for making online comments at the end of Herald-Leader articles published on Kentucky.com.
I really enjoy sharing my thoughts with other readers but the recent change to Facebook has made that impossible. I will not be involved with Facebook in any way.
It seems to me that the number of responses has somewhat dwindled since the change. I really enjoy your paper and long for a return to the previous method.