More health care options needed
Kentucky state officials need to do everything possible to make it easier for small-business owners to provide their employees with health insurance. Additional governmental regulations on health insurance plans will only make things more difficult.
For many years, I have been operating Lyons Electric & HVAC. I understand the struggles of ensuring that employees are properly taken care of. The importance of health insurance benefits cannot be overlooked.
Often, low-cost plans with small networks are the only affordable options. These plans provide employees with access to a smaller group of doctors and hospitals while keeping the cost more reasonable. When employees don't have access to health coverage, they are put in a terrible position. When the cost of health insurance increases, it causes widespread problems. It impacts employees' pay as well as the prices that businesses charge for their services. This hurts our economy overall.
The government needs to allow small-business owners to select the health insurance plans that will best meet their needs. Politicians shouldn't take away our low-cost, small network plans. Small- business owners simply cannot afford to lose these options.
Support prison charity
Last December, now-retired columnist Merlene Davis visited the federal prison in Lexington and wrote a column about the charitable items being handmade by the inmates. Clothing, toys, quilts, nursing-home needs, Braille books, journals and more are crafted to be distributed through local agencies to people who need them most.
In addition, dogs are trained for returning veterans and for the Humane Society. The inmates volunteer their time, using only materials donated.
Davis heard the inmates stories and needs, and appreciated what these projects mean, not only to the needy but to the inmates. Through her sensitive approach and her talent, she encouraged readers to donate fabric, yarn, fiberfill, batting and all kinds of crafting material to make it possible for these activities to continue.
We thank her for making it possible for us to continue this work for another year. Anyone who would like to donate materials may call (859) 263-8707.
Community Relations Board
Federal Medical Center/Federal Prison
Try uniforms, discipline
Regarding the controversy over a dress code at Woodford County High School: Requiring uniforms at all public high schools is highly conducive to a strong, nurturing, learning environment.
This levels the playing field in terms of inferior or superior attitudes teenagers adopt relative to the cost of clothing worn. It also has the potential to divert, or at least reduce, female and male thoughts about their libidinous nature.
When I was in junior high, I was sent on several occasions to the associate vice principal's office for discipline for my disruptive classroom behavior.
There, in the privacy of his office, the paddle was applied. If I recall correctly, neither of my parents was informed or consulted. Is anyone appalled?
While of course the paddling stung, a temporary feeling gave way to a greater understanding of what was expected of me in the classroom.
I gained a greater appreciation of what an attitude of humility and compliance might do for me. I received no further discipline in my high school years.
To those parents or others who would denigrate paddling or detention or any of the truly disciplining procedures as inappropriate or abuse, I ask this: Have the other methodologies worked?
Robert M. Atkinson
Stop feeding Trump
Donald Trump says ridiculous things and calls people idiots. He gets backlash in some public forums but the press keeps fueling the fire.
So Brad Paisley hit it on the head from the song Celebrity.
Someday I'm going to be famous. Do I have talent? Well, no. These days you don't really need talent, thanks to reality TV shows. When you're a celebrity, it's adios reality. You can act just like a fool. People think you're cool.
Stop criticizing Trump, and if you feel offended shrug it off and count to 10. I was one who felt offended about birth certificates, illegal Mexicans, his comments about Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
But then I saw through this guy like glass and now understand his antics completely. If news organizations quit reporting on him and do something useful, his modus operandi will eventually fade.
Ina S. Fink