Having to choose between food, pills not a fair system
My wife of 55 years has fallen into the pharmacy "donut hole". She will not escape this condition during the remaining eight months of the year. A choice must be made. Do we buy food, pills, or make the mortgage payment?
Starvation or homelessness can be as fatal as disease. Do our congressmen, who cause the sun to rise every morning, face such choices? How can they "represent" us if they do not?
Perhaps with various wars winding down, idle military aircraft could be used to transport the sick among us to pharmacies in Canada, Mexico, or the British Virgin Islands, where the cost of medicines is much less. Surely, our pills must come from the same tubs as those sold in pharmacies in Tortola. Why are some generic drugs suddenly unavailable?
Is this the same democracy/capitalism our nation is promoting abroad? 1t seems that our business and financial groups are taking lessons from the same countries we are seeking to change.
If our congressmen are unable or unwilling to change these hurtful conditions, why do we continue to anoint them to play "gotcha" at our expense? Perhaps it is time to call relief players from the dugout.
Fred H. Salisbury
Something for children
Can you put a children's spot (stories by and for children) in the newspaper? It doesn't have to be on every day. It could be at least on Sunday.
Pett finally gone too far
What is really sorry is the Herald-Leader cartoonist, a provincial provocateur, trying to equate his current discomfort with true journalistic heroes. You know, the ones who risk being in Syria, or are found decapitated in Juarez.
It's probably safe to attack the church by depicting leering bishops and clergy wearing bent-coat hanger halos (by now redundant, trite), or presenting all Christians as Cro-Magnons.
But now, Joel Pett finally jabbed the hornets nest, stabbed the responsive spleen, He dissed the Big Blue Nation. Of course, over the years he has prepped Kentuckians by displaying them as toothless, drunken, druggie dregs too ignorant to be ignorant.
Where has he been the last 20 years? He didn't just tap Joe Hall on the head or play Bloomington style shriekarama — he attacked our state's pride, one of our sacred shibboleths.
All said and done, Pett has the right to draw and say anything he cares to (except that theatre "fire' thing). However, if he alienates too many, a critical mass will ignore his cartoon and skip to the obits.
Big Blue waste of energy
Just think of what could be accomplished here in Kentucky if we Cat fans got as excited about really important life-changing issues as we did about a cartoon.
Maybe little innocent children wouldn't go to bed cold and hungry or be beaten to death. Maybe our lawmakers wouldn't be wasting our tax money in an extra session. Our soldiers returning home from war would get needed mental health support and find job opportunities.
We University of Kentucky fans need to expend the same support and energy to life-changing issues. I agree with cartoonist Joel Pett that "genuine outrage and passion" has a place. Shame on the fans who have harassed and threatened Pett. Let's get real. Threats and scare tactics are uncalled for.
We are a civilized nation, right? Let's join together and become more proactive and make changes for future generations. God bless the U.S.A.
Peggy Hawkins Peach
Down on UK schedule
While growing up in North Carolina I always favored the SEC over the ACC in college sports.
I have two brothers, three nieces, and one cousin who are UNC-Chapel Hill grads, yet I've been an avid follower of Kentucky basketball since the 1948 Olympics and am keenly disappointed at the recent altering of the basketball schedule.
The decision to drop Indiana and North Carolina has parallel in the scheduling history of the program. Both rival coaches wanted to continue the series, and surely the fans do. The best should be playing the best every year. Reduced to lowest terms, basketball games are student events and should be played on campus except for tournaments and games such as the one on the aircraft carrier in California. Neutral sites should be banned permanently.
I will never have the same respect for Coach John Calipari in view of this foolish decision.
Anyone commanding his salary should be capable of much better decision making. He is not bigger than the program. When folks begin finding fault with him this will be his legacy. Kentucky basketball deserves better. There should be 24,000 letters of protest.
Gene A. Russell
GOP road to hell
With fossil fuels polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food, we're going to hell in a handbasket and the Republicans are carrying the basket.
May I suggest a recent letter writer go to a senior center and talk to people there about universal health care (Medicare). I doubt she'll find anyone who wishes they didn't have it. I know I'm glad I have it.
Now for the contraception brouhaha. Not only should insurance pay for it (they pay for Viagra don't they?), in many cases it should be mandatory (teenage pregnancies and overpopulation). I know mandatory will never fly.
On another issue: Postal Service problems are Republican, created with a law that says it has to put $5 billion a year into the pension fund. The aim is to force privatization, cut benefits and pocket the pension fund.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should keep up with current events. He supports the Ryan budget plan, which is just what Europe is doing. Austerity has Britain in a double-dip recession. Is that what the Republicans want for the U.S.?
Not only do we need President Barack Obama re-elected we also need more Democrats in Congress.
Beth M. Cooperrider
Golf first, on to arts
Finally an elected official of the Lexington government climbed on the back of one of the city's sacred cows and got some answers to how many tax dollars are being thrown away and wasted on the city golf courses. It took five years to get some of the information that had been requested. Thank you, Jay McChord.
He finally got enough figures together to reveal that the government has been subsidizing golf at $3 million a year. This is money that could be used to prevent brownouts at fire stations.
Voters, why do you not hold your council members responsible to save tax dollars and get them spent on basic services and roads, not feel-good projects?
When will council members, the mayor and/or appointed commissioners tackle more city sacred cows and show us taxpayers how many more millions of our tax dollars are being wasted?
I suggest looking at what the government spends for the arts. One arts group rents city property for $10 a month. Just how smart is this on the usage of tax dollars?
Out with Obama, Holder
This country cannot afford four more years of the Obama administration. This is the most inept, incompetent, corrupt administration that has ever been in our government. A good example is Attorney General Eric Holder.
The New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of George Zimmerman, charged in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Said reward was offered without permission and was illegal from the start.
As a result, this case has strong elements of civil rights violations pertaining not only to Martin but also to Zimmerman.
Yet Holder did nothing. The Bush administration filed a civil rights suit against this group before he left office but when Holder got in he threw it all out.
The economy is in the pits. The national debt has increased $5 billion dollars. Gas prices are skyrocketing. The unemployment rate is actually around 13 percent since hundreds of thousands of people have just quit looking and are therefore not being counted.
As a side note: When George Bush left office the national average of gas price was $1.84.
Doyle B. Glass
Hands On not haters
I have read many of the commentaries about the Hands On Originals debacle over the past few weeks. And while I don't attend church I have noticed a curious trend: those who support the homosexual agenda immediately labeled this company bigoted and/or a "hater."
A recent letter, "Who is to judge?" took Hands On to task for judging same-sex relationships. Those who oppose same-sex relationships are not guilty of hating or judging, but are guilty of having character and values.
I have seen twice as much venom from the gay and lesbian community in this paper as they jeer and mock Christians who stand against the slow slide of moral truth in society.
It is indeed God's place to judge and not ours, but God has also spoken in his holy word about this lifestyle no matter what President Barack and Michelle Obama or Mayor Jim Gray think. I don't see the Hands On owner hating or passing judgment on anybody. I simply see him taking a stand and willing to forgo a lot of cash in the process. Now that's a courageous act.
Jesus and homosexuality
There is a common opinion that Jesus Christ never commented on homosexuality. There are those who think so, such as Leonard Pitts Jr. in a recent column.
An adjacent cartoon sought to illustrate that Jesus never condemned this practice.
Those familiar with the Greek language in which the New Testament was written can easily see that Jesus did address homosexuality at least twice in the book of Matthew.
Jesus in Matthew 5:32 gives "sexual immorality" as a ground for divorce and remarriage. The Greek word here is "porneia" which means "every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse."
How do we know this covers sexual activities by members of the same sex? From the seventh verse of the book of Jude where the practices of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are referred to as "sexual immorality." The translation in English here is from the verb form of porneia.
As Christians we do make a difference between what is immoral and what should be illegal. Some of the laws of God, such as "Thou shalt not steal" have become part of the civil statutes.
But my own opinion is that sexual practices we believe to be wrong spiritually should not be criminalized. There are not enough jails to incarcerate people who live immoral lives in our sexually explicit culture.
It is the church's job to teach people what is right and wrong. It is the job of the civil government to make and enforce laws that make for a safe and stable society.
Clean up tsunami waste
I was curious to know if any agencies are involved in stopping a big pile of radioactive trash from the tsunami in Japan from hitting U.S. soil and what they are going to do about it?
Or are they still keeping secrets from each other? Do they know about it? Busy?
Why doesn't anyone suggest to Japan, that if they can drag huge nets miles wide through the oceans, they can surely get their trash out of the sea.
God knows the fish are about gone. They might as well use them now for the mess heading our way.
Oh, and we should not be paying for it. They should be cleaning the beaches in Alaska like the companies are in the Gulf.
Hoping for a third party
I have always had hopes for a third political party and watched with excitement as the Tea Party arose. Despite being mostly elderly and lacking diversity, they seemed determined to take on corporate interests.
Unfortunately they were quickly swallowed whole into the gaping jaws of the Republican Party, never to be seen or heard from again, leaving a few Tea Party congressmen in their wake who have the lowest approval rating in history.
Then came Occupy Wall Street. It was everything that the Tea Party was not. It was young, diverse and full of energy.
It lasted a while until the corporate-owned media decided to ignore them, and the government started to club, taser and pepper-spray them into submission.
Over 800 people were arrested from one single rally, while law enforcement used tear gas, chemical weapons and electrocution on hundreds of other people around the country.
So, we are back to the two-party system. Both pro-corporate, pro-military and anti-drug.
Isn't it great to have such a choice?