Conway casting blame instead of finding solutions
While Attorney General Jack Conway drew great attention to a devastating problem in Kentucky ("Bill will help fight pill abuse epidemic," March 18), I was appalled at how self-serving the column seemed to be. It was filled with "I"s.
He called down and insulted the Board of Medical Licensure, the Kentucky Medical Association and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, blaming them for the current problems; that your doctors will not work to end this problem and that they are even obstructive.
I'm personally incensed by his off-handed innuendos.
The Board of Medical Licensure's issues could be easily solved by giving it the authority and resources, not giving their responsibilities to the attorney general's office.
The board is made up of medical professionals who have a better understanding of patient privacy and care issues. They have no political agendas, but rather concern for public health and human interest.
House Bill 4 gives the Office of the Attorney General access to part of a patient's medical record. It also puts the Board of Medical Licensure under the authority of his office and gives his office the ability to make broad decisions on pain medication prescribing.
Something needs to be done, but done well.
Leaving the medical profession out of the discussion will lead to sad and unintended consequence. Good, thoughtful legislation will help, but not end the problem.
Drug seekers will always find a way around any barriers put before them. Be wary of what we give up.
John Moore, M.D.
Your March 23 editorial, "Presidential pay erodes trust," correctly described the ridiculous inflation of the salaries of university and college presidents.
However, you missed the most crucial part of this sad story.
You contrast the small raises faculty members receive with the enormous raises of the presidents. But the majority of instructors teaching college courses don't receive raises at all.
They do not receive health insurance or any other benefits. They are not eligible for promotions, tenure, or long-term contracts.
These professors are called "adjuncts" (read: "temps"). You attribute the inflated administrative salaries to "Wall Street-itis." The exploitation of adjunct labor is another symptom of the corporate mind-set of college boards. Colleges across the United States have followed corporate America's scheme to use temp labor rather than permanent workers.
At many schools, adjunct professors outnumber their permanent colleagues. Your paper should devote further investigation to the exploitation of underpaid adjunct faculty at area colleges.
Christian L. Pyle
Stain on the state
Kentuckians have been portrayed as uneducated rednecks more than once on national news. While we know this does not sum up our state, celebratory acts like those after the University of Kentucky's NCAA victories promote such stereotypes.
Why must we celebrate our teams skill and talent with burning furniture? Or flipping cars over? Or with a shooting of someone from another city?
Most times, I am proud of being a true blue Kentucky fan, and this is when we should be at our proudest. That pride is diminished by the acts of some.
Too many people look down on our great state as it is. This kind of behavior only makes things worse.
Instead of being locked up, these vandals should be forced to quit school, get jobs and pay for the damage they caused.
Maybe then they would learn that there are better ways to celebrate than causing destruction.
The whole country thinks we are ignorant hillbillies, and the thugs who rioted and trashed cars just proved it. They should be thrown out of the university, spend at least a year in jail and then be forced to move to another state.
To save our country and democracy, we need to make our representatives and senators responsible to the voters, not to big business, unions or big money.
To accomplish this, we need an amendment to our constitution to:
■ Term limits for senators and representatives (18 years for each).
■ Only U.S. citizens may contribute a reasonable amount of money for a campaign.
■ Representatives and senators may not receive any benefits, except for salary and expenses related to their job.
Hands On was right
Congratulations to Hands On Originals for sticking to its principles, which are in short supply these days.
The Lexington Pride Festival only generates pride for those who support gay relationships. Many of us don't, and we and our businesses should not be bullied by gay and lesbian groups, the mayor or the city government because we choose not to support this lifestyle.
It will be a pleasure to help this company recoup any losses the city inflicts.
Hands On Originals showed how Christians act by going the extra mile and helping. They found another company that would complete the request for the same price.
It would have been great if the gay organizers would have acknowledged and said they understand and respect the owners' beliefs and thank them for finding another vendor.
That is working together, not being a bully and calling for a boycott and holding rallies. The gay community is not showing much respect and tolerance to others. You have to give it to receive it.
Hands On erred
As a private business owner, Blaine Adamson has every right to stick to his conscience and make the decision not to "endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership."
I have the right to follow my conscience and not support a business that chooses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
So does the city of Lexington, Fayette County schools, the University of Kentucky and anyone who has chosen to boycott his business.
Owner Blaine Adamson, stated, "To be very clear, Hands-On Originals does not and never has discriminated against any individuals or groups."
Apparently, he doesn't know the meaning of the word, because what his company did was clearly discrimination. It can be debated that private business owners should have that right, but there can be no debate that gays and lesbians, their friends and families, and others who oppose discrimination, should not support a business that does so.
Moreover, governments, public schools, universities, and other organizations that receive funding from the tax dollars of gays and lesbians should not be permitted to buy from such a business.