Letters to the Editor: June 20

June 20, 2014 

Lexington VA, a model for other facilities

The Central Kentucky Council Navy League of the United States, a group of veterans of military service in the U.S. Armed Forces, feels it is appropriate to share our feelings concerning the service and quality of care provided by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington.

We have discussed our experiences as recipients of services at the VA medical center in Lexington, and it is our considered opinion that in every case, we have been served well by skilled and caring personnel at all levels of care.

We feel the veterans served at the medical center in Lexington are most fortunate and that the teaming of the medical talents of the VA and the University of Kentucky Medical Center benefits all patients who are served there. In fact, this may well be a model for other areas.

While some VA facilities may need corrective steps to accomplish their mission, the VA Medical Center in Lexington does not fall in this category.

David Carter

Lieutenant colonel, Marine Corps (retired)


George W. Wilson, U.S. Navy captain (Retired)


Unfit for president

This is in response to a reader's letter published on June 11 touting what a great candidate for president Hillary Clinton would be.

The writer states that Clinton is "very qualified and has a sound mind and a big heart."

Excuse me, but is this the same Hillary Clinton who refused to discuss her husband's infidelities in order to get him elected president? She stood by him when he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky so he could remain president.

Her latest cover-up concerned the attack in Benghazi while serving as secretary of state in order to get President Barack Obama reelected. Neither Clinton nor Obama were in the situation room that horrendous night, even though she promised in 2007 that she would answer any emergency call.

With Clinton's constant traveling and accomplishing nothing as secretary of state, I challenge the letter writer to tell us what has she accomplished in order to be elected president.

Her having a "sound mind and a big heart" is not enough to reassure me that she is presidential material.

Ruth Bebrowsky


Library asset to city

I was so pleased to see the article about the newest library branch. Residents in Lexington tend to invest civic pride in the venue for basketball and the racetrack, but one of the most valuable of our civic resources is our public library.

I used the library as a child when it was housed at Gratz Park. My mother, Helen Cammack, manned the very first bookmobile as the library began to expand.

We can be very proud of this important community resource and the growing number of services it provides to the whole community.

We are fortunate indeed. Thanks to the administrators and staff that make each visit to one of the branches a pleasant one.

Lois Pemble


Heroin for executions

I recently read about several states going back to previous methods of execution due to the problems with failures of lethal injections.

I also read about more than 40 fatalities from the heroin that is prevelant in Lexington last year. Perhaps these states should think about getting some of this heroin.

Apparently it's quite deadly and would be a much more pleasant form of death for inmates. This form of heroin is cheap and widespread and is easily obtained.

It seems like a win-win solution. The states would save money, the inmate would go out happy and the public that is so concerned about the trauma of the inmate deaths would be pacified.

Ted Woodley


Magic digit for Mitch

The resulting 56 percent to 44 percent oss of Rep. Eric Cantor is hailed as a rout. A similar ratio of Republican to Democratic support in Kentucky leads to exorbitant claims that President Barack Obama, or anything tagged as liberal, is "wildly unpopular in Kentucky."

In Sen. Mitch McConnell's arithmetic, however, the magic number is 60. For years, McConnell has used the 60-vote rule to kill countless legislative initiatives. Thus a majority, or even a 56 to 44 advantage, is not enough to get anything done in the U.S. Senate.

In this spirit, it is a matter of honor and consistency that McConnell should pledge that anything less than 60 percent of the vote this fall shall be taken as a defeat and a call to a well-deserved retirement. He would be true to his colors to the last.

Ernie Henninger


Opportunity wealth

Opportunity exists because of investments in education, infrastructure and research. It is facilitated by equality, tolerance and justice. As social opportunities decline, so do development, growth, competitiveness and economic mobility.

Providing social opportunity requires money, and ensuring equal opportunity takes government investments.

Voters should ask if investments are encouraged by tax cuts for the wealthy, increased costs for higher education and higher interest rates, by preventing an increase in the minimum wage, blocking equal wages for equal work or voting against workplace equality.

Is opportunity helped by efforts to stop health care access for all, or by voting against resources for healthier school lunches? Is it improved by votes against job programs, VA mental health or Social Security benefits?

Sen. Mitch McConnell has supported opportunity defined by personal wealth, not social investment. He supports wealth defining how much opportunity Kentuckians deserve. Let's end his.

Peter Wedlund


Student burdens last

I must be out of touch with the Kentucky voters.

It's an election year and Sen. Mitch McConnell has the chance to come to the rescue of students burdened with high interest rates. They are struggling to pay back loans in a state where the unemployment rate is stagnant at 7.7 percent.

Yet, McConnell came to the rescue of that one Kentucky billionaire out there. I guess there is one out here in Kentucky.

I don't know who he or she is, or even have any concept of the terrible burden he or she has been laboring under. But,McConnell knew and championed his cause. I am so out of touch with the citizens of Kentucky.

Susan Shaw


Unequal Rupp benefits

Count me as one of many who opposed, in general, the renovation of Rupp Arena.

With the exception of long-needed seat backs in the upper arena, everything else seemed to be directed to the deep pockets of those already with preferred seating who would have benefited more from the renovations.

Is Rupp for the avid Wildcat, or just for the elite fan base? Anyway you look at it, attendance will be there. But without television for each game, the common folk will suffer simply for the cost of a ticket.

Herb Petit


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