Towing horror marred trip to UK
A friend of mine drove from Virginia to see a doctor at the University of Kentucky hospital. My friend's mother has a brain tumor and is desperately seeking treatment and relief from this pain.
They asked where to pay for their parking and were told to drive to another lot, where they walked in to ask where to pay and were told to go back to the hospital. This discussion took less than five minutes. They returned and their car was towed.
My friend and her mother, whose blood pressure was already very high and who was in severe pain from the tumor, walked around hours trying to find the towing company and the $129 to get their van back.
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They finally found it and were met with extreme rudeness, cursing and vulgar remarks.
They gathered change in their car, including $1 in pennies. When given the correct amount of money, the employees handed their change back with vulgar remarks, as if it wasn't good enough. They finally got their van and drove the many hours home.
It's very sad that people are being treated this way in such a great city as Lexington.
A remarkable life
On Jan. 15, your newspaper printed an obituary for Capt. K. Wieschhoff. After reading this extraordinary life story I wanted to write and say that I believe that the Herald-Leader should refund any money that was taken to print this obituary. Printing the life history of such a person should have been a privilege. This man met and exceeded so many challenges that his story should have been printed on the front page rather than the trivial articles that the Herald-Leader now seems to find space to print.
Bank failure looming
The U.S. House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries by putting about 5 percent of the risk under the umbrella of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The derivative debt held by the six major U.S. banks is close to $280 trillion. Derivatives have "super priority" under FDIC, meaning they will take every cent of any bailout.
If a bank goes bankrupt, the bank's insolvency is "resolved" by turning its liabilities into capital. Banks are to be "promptly recapitalized" with their "unsecured debt," which includes deposits, savings, pension funds, etc., including state pensions.
It appears there is no safety net for the average depositor, and no recourse. I sent a letter about this to U.S. senators and representatives from Kentucky but have received no response. The fact that these laws are being considered means people privileged to information realize another crash is imminent.
The biggest six banks hold 67 percent of all deposits and 37 percent of all loans. So, to assume that a small bank is not connected to these banks is wishful thinking.
You don't have to be naturally suspicious to understand why the derivatives issue is not on every front page.
Family says thanks
My family and I would like to express our great appreciation to the multiple county sheriff officers who led our father's funeral procession from Scott County to Camp Nelson in Jessamine County on Jan. 6.
The respect and honor shown for our father, Charles E. Towles, a World War II veteran, was very moving. Thank you so much.
Local VA the best
With all the bad press lately regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, I would like to recognize the exemplary treatment by my doctors, Wisam Owais and Radhika Cherukuri, at the Leestown division.
I have been to VA and community physicians in several states and the ones in Lexington have provided me with better care than I have gotten anywhere.
I also want to recognize my civilian doctors, William Crowe of Commonwealth Urology in Lexington and Scott Monnin, my cardiologist in Frankfort. These doctors should be paid in gold because paper money can be devalued but gold can not and they are all worth the best.
Anywhere I go, I will have to get all of my doctor appointments scheduled in one week, rent a motel room and catch a plane to come back and see them.
Special recognition should also go to my employment specialists, Steven Johnson and Doug Wachs, along with the vocational rehabilitation team at the Lexington VA for bringing me to the point of being viable in the workforce again.