Let's deal with facts in health care debate
The Affordable Care Act continues to be an issue in our political discourse. Much of the information being put out by my party (I am a registered Republican) is fabricated to the point of being blatant lies and people need to know the truth.
My husband and I own an insurance agency with offices in Lexington and Hazard. I was born in Hazard, as were my mother and grandmother.
In 1986, my husband and our children moved back to Hazard and continued to live there until August of 2011.
Never miss a local story.
I tell you this because we are questioned daily about health care and the main sources of information seems to be the radio, Fox News, and the newspaper. You are our only hope for the truth.
As a heart transplant recipient and the grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who came home from a summer vacation with what we thought was a cold, but ended up being acute lymphoblastic leukemia, I know the importance and need for health care insurance.
Thanks to being able to get the care we needed immediately, we are both alive and well. Everyone deserves the same kind of care and the same chances.
Please feel free to edit, crop or whatever it takes to get some of the lies (fears) corrected.
Out of control
The United States was "We the People." Our motto was "United we stand." The U.S. Supreme Court changed it to "We with money." Their motto is "greed."
Our politicians are incompetent to write laws let alone to interpret them. Special-interest groups now write the majority of state and federal laws and give politicians talking points known as "parrot phrasing."
In oral arguments over the Health Care Act, justices insinuated they do not read laws passed by Congress, do not want to waste time reading them and do not wish for their staff to read them. But, they will vote on the laws they decide come before the entire court.
The most incompetent people by far are the news media. All news media. Where is the truth to anything you say?
Our social media is a sea of pollution. If someone does not tell us in which direction to swim, we will all drown.
School nurses necessary
Reducing the number of school nurses has severe consequences. After 36 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner, I recall a young school-aged child with severe asthma.
Imagine the heartbreak when the school secretary attempted his resuscitation during an episode of status asthmaticus.
Following his death at the school, I needn't elaborate why the school will always have a nurse on site.
Anthony G. Smith
Put up or shut up
I wouldn't have a word to say about Kentucky's choice of infantile elected representatives and their ongoing efforts to make this great country less prosperous and more hateful if the citizens of your state would stop stealing my money to do so.
Here in Illinois, we pay more federal tax than we get back; Kentucky gets back much more than they pay.
Unless and until you folks are able to pay your own way in the world, you should be ashamed of taking other hardworking Americans' money and then having the gall to tell the rest of us how to live.
My mother died April 18. This year Mother's Day fell a day before her birthday. The day before Mother's Day my father bought flowers and placed them on her grave to honor her.
On Mother's Day we all went to the cemetery. Someone had stolen her flowers — container and all.
To that person: I hope you enjoyed them as we mourned our first Mother's Day and birthday without her. You enjoy those flowers and feel guilty every time you look at their beauty. It's pretty low that you steal from a grave.
Big Blue overload
I appreciate the letter published on the May 10 editorial page concerning the "idolatry" of Big Blue basketball in Kentucky.
Weeks after the event, the Lexington Herald-Leader was still running front-page articles about it because it sells newspapers, everyone was still wearing UK blue and world news took a back seat.
I love athletics in schools, but it has become such an obsession that the education of our children is secondary.
Those who pay the high cost of season tickets and parking to attend the games support a mind-set that will promote a graduate (if they graduate at all) who can shoot hoops, but can they keep a job after youth has faded?
When churches let out early to allow parishioners to make it home or to Rupp Arena for the game and families buy bigger TV sets and pay for expensive sports cable or a satellite dish — often with money they cannot afford — something is wrong.
For heaven's sake, don't say you disagree with them, or you will get the same response smokers gave when they were defending their right to smoke anywhere — no matter what the cost.
More to the story
The Herald-Leader reported May 16 about a demonstration in downtown Lexington protesting the displacement of Palestinians who were "forced to leave or flee" in the wake of Israel's declaration of independence.
A leader of the demonstration complained that "nobody really knows about" the Palestinians' story and that "the Palestinian side is never presented to the people."
I find it ironic, though, that your report failed to even mention the other side of the story — that of the 6 million Jews today in Israel roughly half are or are descended from those who came to Israel as destitute refugees who were forcibly expelled from Iraq, Egypt, Morocco and other Arab countries where their families had lived for centuries or fled anti-Jewish riots that broke out in those countries when Israel declared its independence
So I have to agree with the protester who said that the whole story is not being told.
Stephen D. Berger