It would be nice to be proud of our health care system
During the Olympics opening ceremonies, it was heartwarming to watch the British proudly showcase their National Health Service — a universal health care system instituted just after World War II which outperforms our dysfunctional, fragmented and very expensive non-system of health care financing.
It would be nice to be proud of ours. Even though the Affordable Care Act will take some baby steps toward universality and redressing terrible private insurance company abuses, it will not fix the major flaw in our system: high cost without value.
There is a plan which will, can and has done just that. Seniors have it. Universal Medicare could and would do it, and free us from the cold, iron grip of private health insurance companies. Can our politicians wean themselves from the industry's massive contributions to their campaign coffers? Time will tell.
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Dr. Ewell G. Scott
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
How dare the British newspapers make fun of our Mitt? Don't they know he is an expert on the Olympics?
Well, maybe not on foreign diplomacy.
C. S. Miller
Pikeville's No. 1? Huh?
Has anyone other than me looked at the recent full-page advertisements in the Herald-Leader, the ones proclaiming that Pikeville Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in the nation, scratched their heads and said, "Huh"? Better than the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General, Johns Hopkins, Mayo, Vanderbilt, New York Presbyterian?
At what, you say? Overall medical care? No. Trauma care? Well, no again. Infection and disease control? Same answer. Then, please, at what? Oh, OK. The answer is customer service.
But the ranking is from an old and venerated organization, right? Well, no, it's from a group formed about 10 years ago called the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. But surely they scour the entire country looking for the absolute best, don't they? Well, no, you actually apply for this award. And, get this, their Web site says you don't even have to take their training package to be eligible. Wink, Wink!
I think that winning an award for customer service is both nice and important, and I wish more businesses of all types would strive for that goal. But let's stop this crazy marketing. How about just being proud of who you actually are, and what you actually do, rather than use this misleading type of advertising. If you were a shoe store, some upwardly-bound aggressive attorney would have already had you in court.
Murder but no debate
Constantly we see that our country has killed people using drone strikes. These people have no trial. They are simply murdered as their homes are bombed. Women and children are also in these homes, and they get murdered as well.
There used to be a debate in this country about assassinating people without a trial. Today there is no debate; we simply murder anybody we choose to murder. There is no outcry or opposition.
Americans have become conditioned to accept a state of perpetual war, in which we can bomb any country at any time we choose. Debate has been silenced.
Even our budget debates rage about whether to cut aid to the poor, food for children or education, while the military is allowed to spend a trillion dollars a year. Spy agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency have black budgets which are not reported to the American people, to hide the real costs of being the world's policeman.
America has done a lot of disgusting things in the past; we have overthrown governments, assassinated world leaders and waged illegal wars, but we used to try to hide such things. Now, our government no longer tries to hide its illegal activities because it has no fear of the press. The members of the press have become embedded cheerleaders for our activities, simply reporting drone strikes, assassinations and illegal wars as regular news, without any judgment or in-depth analysis.
Welcome to the new age of American imperialism.
Food carts offer choice
About food carts on the street, I think it would be good to have them around the city. It would be good for people to have a choice. I don't think it would take away from other businesses.
Where I live, here in Berea, there are a lot of fast food places and several restaurants. Again, people are going to eat what they want, where they want. Most people don't eat at the same place all the time anyway.
Wake up, walkers
Are the public schools still teaching that streets are built for vehicular use and sidewalks are for walkers? It does not appear that parents in the Chevy Chase area are teaching that rule. When one drives to the grocery, drugstore, cleaners or a friend's house, one often sees walkers or runners in the street.
These folks might have been agile at playing dodgeball at Cassidy school or Ecton Park, but they are no match for their wives' friends' SUVs. Many drivers on these streets are women who talk on cell phones while chauffeuring a load of kids. The most alarming thing one may encounter is a parent running in the street while pushing a baby stroller. Although the baby carrier is a vehicle, the occupant is not driving it. Some lunatic is behind the handlebar pushing the child.
There are parks and running tracks all over Lexington that are far safer for walking, running and strolling babies than the streets of Chevy Chase. Wake up, people! Use the sidewalks or visit a park and leave the streets for autos, trucks and bikes. I pray that no one I love ever has to undergo the heartache of actually hitting a pedestrian, let alone, an infant.
Susan Graves Tebbs
Here's my idea for the Bloomberg Challenge to improve Lexington and cities like us:
Take fresh fruits, veggies and moderately-priced health care products to under-served areas of town using local produce whenever possible. This project could use mobile food trucks similar to the old bookmobile program.
This refrigerated truck-bus-cart could stop at certain locations throughout under-served areas of Lexington several times a week on a regular basis. Possibly park at local, state or federal properties.
The program could be funded in large part by the big food chains like Kroger, Meijer and Save-a-Lot. When these companies apply for permits to build, remodel or expand, explain the good news to them.
Why not? They are in the "gravy" sections of Lexington lining their pockets with profits. Allow them to assume some responsibility for areas that are left out of fresh food markets.