Letters to the editor: Oct. 26

October 26, 2013 

Emergency care expansion will save time and lives

In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control reported that 2,802 Kentuckians died from heart attacks, the second-worst of any state. Many factors contribute to this, including tobacco use, lack of physical activity, uncontrolled blood pressure and others.

For some patients, the first care they receive is provided by paramedics and emergency medical technicians. However not all of our citizens have access to this care.

On Sept. 27, the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) took the bold initiative to expand services to allow basic emergency medical service providers (EMS) to transmit electrocardiogram findings to hospitals. This initiative aligns with the American Heart Association's and the American College of Cardiology's heart attack guidelines.

KBEMS should be commended for ensuring that patients across Kentucky have access to this life-saving technology, which will reduce treatment time and improve outcomes.

However, for this benefit to work patients should always remember to call 9-1-1 immediately when experiencing the first signs of heart attack. The sooner a patient calls for help, the better the outcome. Additionally, hospitals should activate their heart attack response teams immediately when notified by EMS that a patient has suffered a heart attack.

It is my hope that the efforts of EMS and hospitals will improve the care and outcomes for heart attack patients, and they should be applauded for their efforts.

William Dillon, M.D.

Co-Chair Kentucky Mission: Lifeline

Lexington


Individual mandate

In reference to the Oct. 3 letter asking what would Jesus do, I don't recall the Bible verse where Jesus said, "Support the government so they can care for the poor and injured." Seems to me it was an individual mandate.

Just because we don't support a large government program which will probably be hugely inefficient doesn't mean we don't care about people. I would rather support church-sponsored health initiatives where needs are meet by individuals not a government bureaucracy.

Wanda Osborne

Lexington


Prevent elder abuse

October is National Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Month, bringing attention to the rights of nursing home residents through education and advocacy. This year's theme is: Speak Out Against Elder Abuse.

Ombudsmen with the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass (NHOA) are at the bedsides of residents daily, helping them understand and exercise their rights to be informed, participate in their care, make independent choices, voice complaints, visit with people, transfer, discharge, as well as to privacy, confidentiality, dignity, respect, freedom and security of possessions.

NHOA's ombudsmen are working to encourage residents, their loved ones, or witnesses of elder abuse to speak out. As we advocate for abuse-free care, NHOA provides abuse detection and prevention education for residents and community members, as well as free training for facility staff. NHOA's toll-free hotline is 1-877-787-0077 and we are available to help anyone with questions or concerns.

Uncertainty and fear of retaliation keep many victims and witnesses of abuse quiet. Please report suspicion of abuse or neglect to the Kentucky Protective Service Reporting System at 1-877-597-2331.

I encourage you to visit people you know in a long-term care facility, become a NHOA Friendly Visitor Volunteer or donate in support of NHOA's work. Your assistance helps to ensure that the voices of residents do not go unheard and demonstrates to residents that they have not been forgotten.

Sherry Culp

Lexington


Vote Democratic

What a shame about all our lovely parks having been closed, like Cumberland Gap (OMG, in October?) and the Big South Fork. We poor folk didn't have anything for our recreational time. The rich can still go worship at the feet of BALL, the ultimate indoor recreation of the idle wealthy and idle minds.

Vote Democratic and get these bloodsuckers out.

Susan Green

Burnside


Warm up, Southland

I am always glad to see urban infill occur in blighted or vacant spots in Lexington. The old Lexington Mall site was both and I was elated when it was purchased by a new owner and redeveloped. I'm not sure the architecture employed on the Southland building would have been my choice but it and the parking lot are a vast improvement.

I was also glad to know a church would occupy the site. While theirs is not my denomination of choice I felt good knowing they would serve the southeast side of Lexington and beyond. I hope they have initiated new programs to serve residents of the immediate area and their members and attendees.

But I totally don't get their signage which only reads "Southland." If I were from out of town would I wonder if it were the Southland Software corporate headquarters or perhaps would I think driving by after dark, it might be a sprawling nightclub with the jazzy blue lighting out front?

Are they afraid of being labeled (gasp) a church? A reading of the third chapter and 16th verse of the book of Revelation in the Holy Bible might give them better guidance: "Since you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."

Markus Cross

Lexington


Blame the Corps

In his article, "Critic's picks: Allen Toussaint, Songbook" Walter Tunis sings the praises of the native New Orleanian and song master.

Unfortunately he does not sing the truth about what happened to the Big Easy in 2005. He mentions "floods" but fails to mention the role that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers played in temporarily displacing Toussaint. Levees, designed, built and maintained by the Corps of Engineers, a federal agency, breached in 50 places in and around New Orleans.

As I'm sure he will write many more articles about the hotbed of musicians here in the city I hope he will consider putting a little extra verse in future pieces.

Jamie Radley

New Orleans, La.


GOP lunacy

Let us not be prejudiced against those that would vote for Republicans after this idiotic government shutdown just to spite the president. Not everyone who believes that it was right to oppose health-care legislation for those who need it, rather than compose viable changes to improve the health-care program, is limited mentally. Some are just misled by elected officials who want to make the president look bad.

I am confident that most of these voters will come to recognize the lunacy of supporting Republicans who caused the shutdown and even risked a government default.

Gayle Lawrence

Wilmore

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