Jury duty pay should be increased
I recently finished my fourth term of serving jury duty in Fayette County.
It is a service I am thankful to be healthy enough and somewhat intelligent enough to do.
I have always learned something and have enjoyed some parts, especially listening to the judge tell self-righteous individuals why they are not too important to serve.
On one of my terms while waiting for lawyers to deliberate, the judge asked if we had any questions.
One person asked how they came up with the $12.50 per day for Jury pay. The judge responded this pay scale was set in 1954 as the average daily wage of the citizens of Fayette County.
This has not changed in 55 years.
Each time I have served, I have talked to people who want to serve but they or their children will have to make some type of sacrifice because of missed wages.
I wonder how much we paid judges in 1954 and if they would be willing to work for 1954 wages. I can think of nowhere else where people are conscripted to work for less than the federally mandated minimum wage.
I guess we have to go back to 1954 to find fiscally responsible politicians.
You can't tell it from this letter, but the thing that actually gets my goat is they have the gall to charge me to park in their garage while I serve.
Finding an acorn
I think the general content of your newspaper is mediocre. Columnist Merlene Davis and your sportswriters drag it even below that level.
However, I do want to commend April 30, "All gallop, little glory," by Amy Wilson.
Once in a while, even you people get it right. The "blind hog" probability kicks in again.
Unfortunately, not often enough with the Herald-Leader.
I would like to express my appreciation to those who arranged for and implemented the household hazardous products collection recently.
The collection point was extremely well organized and everyone was as helpful and positive as possible.
I have found this to be equally true of those who work at the electronic recycling center in Versailles Road. Congratulations to all on a needed job well done.
Charles M. Myers
A right to health care
The people who need health care the most are the ones who cannot get it.
Every one of us knows someone with one of these stories:
"I have worked all my life, I recently lost my job. I am too young for Medicare and too old to get a new job; affordable insurance doesn't exist. I have a pre-existing condition."
"I don't make enough money to afford health insurance. I have children; insurance would take half of my paycheck. "
"My doctor said I have to have this medication. It is too expensive; without it, my condition will deteriorate."
Doctors, health care professionals and facilities are absorbing the cost of the uninsured with financial programs, discounts and bad debts. The insurance and pharmaceutical companies do not care about the people, only about lining their pockets.
Health care reform, where are you?
It will be too late for many to get health care, which should be a given right in this great nation, by the time something is done about it.
I have often heard that the people who don't want health care reform are the people who have health insurance. Do you?
Look to the oceans
Between global warming and the most likely increased need for energy, our oceans might be an untapped resource. With about half of the U.S. population living within about a two-hour drive of an ocean, it might be something worth considering.
One possible way would be to use tidal surges. By using hydraulic principles, the potential of the surge could be increased and be capable of powering a generator.
If so, then at the same time, it could also help to create a marine sanctuary.
For further confirmation of the overemphasis on sports at the University of Kentucky, go to www.uky.edu where you will find the initial salvo of "See Blue."
I quote: "UK is not only home to prestigious intercollegiate athletic programs; we're also ... "
Chandler and hunger
Citizens of this commonwealth, where one in four children goes to bed hungry or at risk of hunger, might expect Rep. Ben Chandler to be a strong supporter of federal child nutrition programs.
Why then did he not sign onto a bipartisan letter of support reauthorizing and strengthening the Child Nutrition Act circulated by the House Hunger Caucus recently, as 221 of his colleagues did?
Chandler needs to hear from his constituents that it is time to end hunger in Kentucky and we expect his help.
Gay visiting rights
Gay activists chide President Barack Obama for being slow to fulfill his campaign hope of allowing gays the same hospital visiting rights as family.
This is a bum rap for a couple of reasons.
Gays have the same right as other citizens to use hospital visiting rules. The rules are to prevent visitors from spreading infections or epidemics and from interfering with isolation, treatments and meal service.
Good hospitals have written policies accredited by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations.
Visiting rules are included.
Rex J. Phillips