Letters to the Editor: June 6

June 6, 2014 

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    Letters about candidates are limited to 150 words. No commentary from candidates and staffs. Responses to articles, columns or editorials in which a candidate is a key focus are limited to 250 words.

Thankful for VA; getting good care, support in Ky.

With all of the controversy surrounding the Veterans Affairs hospitals, I wanted to tell my family's experience with one in Lexington.

My father, Charles Christopher, received all of his primary care through the VA as well as two surgeries. Unfortunately, he passed away in October at the VA due to multiple myeloma cancer.

His care and treatment by the staff were excellent. He was always treated with dignity and respect and everyone was very supportive of our family.

He never had trouble getting an appointment and was always treated within no more than 15 minutes of his appointment time.

On the day he died, the staff gave us names and numbers of people that could help us apply for his benefits. We even received his burial flag that day. The facilities on Cooper Drive and Leestown Road are clean and welcoming.

Lexington is fortunate in having such a facility. Recently, they had a memorial service for all of the veterans who had passed away in the last six months.

It meant so much to my mother and me. My father was proud to be a veteran and I want to thank all of the staff at the VA hospital for their care and support.

Sonja Christopher Davis


Recent negative news articles regarding the Veterans Administration compel me to tell how fortunate Lexington is to have the VA hospitals we have.

Approximately two years ago, my husband was a patient in both the Cooper Drive facility and the Hospice and Palliative Unit at the Leestown Road hospital. Our family was very impressed by the service and compassionate care at each place. Had I organized and operated it myself, it could not have been better.

I never saw a frown nor experienced a feeling of irritation from anyone — medical staff, administrative personnel, volunteer help or the janitorial staff.

Often, our needs were anticipated before they had fully materialized. Recently, I listened to a lady discussing the excellent experience her husband received there.

So, I realized again we were not just a lucky isolated case by the treatment we received.

Thanks to the VA for a really comforting and caring experience when we needed it most. We can take pride in our facilities and their personnel.

Agnes Smith Ivey


Register to vote

This is to praise all of those involved in the primary election in Fayette County.

The workers in all 292 precincts, the county clerk's office, buildings that were used as polling places, the media reporting on progress and outcomes but, most of all, the candidates and the voters.

Everything went smoothly, the election was fair, and choices were made and efficiently tabulated. This was a big job for the workers and it was a long day. Poll workers are on location at 5:30 a.m and close the polls at 6 p.m. They gather the paperwork and equipment, and then take the results to the clerk's office.

It was encouraging to me, a worker in a northwest Lexington precinct, to see the steady stream of voters cast their votes.

My area mirrored the 22 percent voter participation in the county. This is disgusting and pitiful compared to the 66 percent participation in the recent election in India.

Do we value our democratic system at all? Why can't we get 98 percent voter turnout? Employers will give employees time off to vote, if you work earlier than 6 a.m. until past 6 p.m.

I overhead some folks in line comment, "Too bad the turnout is so small. Those who don't vote shouldn't complain about the government."

If you're not registered to vote, call the county clerk's office at (859) 253-3344. You pay their salaries with your taxes, put them to work.

Janice Jurgensen


Taxes spent wrongly

I used the link provided in the Herald-Leader, www.vote.ky.com, to determine where to go to vote.

I was more than mildly surprised to have the link direct me to the secretary of state's page, which consisted primarily of blatant advertising for Alison Lundergan Grimes, our secretary of state who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Are there not any restrictions in the state of Kentucky for using state funds to promote individuals who are running for office?

This is certainly not how I wish to have my tax money spent.

Laurin Dodd


Missing in action

I read Sen. Mitch McConnell's quote when he was in Lee County. He stated that bringing jobs to Kentucky was not his responsibility. Meanwhile, unemployment is 12.8 percent in Lee County. Man, did he screw up.

His main job was beating President Barack Obama and taking health care away from Kentuckians.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has a good plan for jobs, McConnell hasn't had a plan to help Kentuckians. Once again he's slipping.

I think the pressure of having a strong opponent is getting to him and he doesn't know what to do. In past elections, he made up records and claimed he did so much for us.

It's like he has been missing all of these 30 years. We don't need McConnell. A vote for Grimes is a vote for jobs and health care. She will work hard because she cares about Kentuckians.

Susan Bryant


King Coal war on Ky.

What Sen. Mitch McConnell calls the "war on coal" is only a figurative war made up of reactions to Old King Coal's real war on Kentucky, which resulted in real destruction and casualties.

Old King Coal's war on Kentucky include the pollution of our air, the burial of mountain streams, the break-up of roads by overweight trucks, the pollution of our water and the black-lung afflictions suffered by miners in Kentucky more than in any other state.

Old King Coal's war on Kentucky has extended over many decades and is a real war. McConnell wants to join it to defeat the figurative war on coal.

Should a state employee who abandons statewide responsibilities to help Old King Coal be called a traitor? Or a turncoat? Or just a hired gun?

Al Crabb


Selfish smokers

The headlines should read "Killer loose in Bourbon County."

This is in response to the comment by Bourbon County's Judge Executive Donnie Foley, stating that a smoking ban in Bourbon County is not likely to happen. The word killer refers to tobacco.

Smokers, how can you be so selfish?

Let's compromise. Let's show our national government how to solve issues peaceably. Smoke if you want, but not in enclosed public places. OK?

Please don't let your smoke kill American families.

Joanne P. Smith


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