Poor light cast on anti-heroin drug
The front page would have been a wonderful place to enlighten the community on addiction. Instead, our paper painted one imperfect aspect of treatment as the whole.
In addition to discussing the minority of physicians who abused the system, I would have asked officials about Medicaid's substance-abuse benefits in the past. As the opioid epidemic grew, Medicaid did not pay for a doctor's visit for opioid-addiction treatment.
I also would have asked what Medicaid pays physicians to care for these patients now. The answer is $43 per visit. It's tough to keep the lights on when you're waiting 120 days to collect $43.
In addition to interviewing the patient who is successfully recovering using abstinence, I would have talked to someone who put their life back together using medication-based treatment. Thousands of these beautiful, inspiring stories are walking around our state right now.
I wish there was a way to share some of these stories of hope and redemption. Unfortunately that doesn't sell newspapers. Controversy and fear do. Maybe some day our paper will write articles with more than one point of view. Maybe at that point we can stop finger-pointing and get to work fighting this disease.
Pleased with VA care
I fell, head first 2.5 feet from a scaffold while painting. I went to the Veterans Affairs hospital on Cooper Drive at 5:30 p.m. "Please have a seat, the nurse will check on your condition in a few minutes." Approximately 10 minutes later she checked my pulse, "the doctor will see you in a few minutes."
I had eight stitches next to my eye. They proceeded to take X-rays of my chest, wrist, arm and a CT scan to see if I had any broken bones. I returned to my room, to be greeted by my doctor who stated that "I was a lucky 87-year-old" to have no fractures after falling onto a concrete floor.
I have been going to the VA in Lexington for medical treatment, eye exams and physicals for the past 20 years and have not been let down yet. It should take great pride in the service they provide.
Too much speed in city
You do not have to go to the Kentucky Raceway in Sparta to see speed. Park on one of the side streets off Henry Clay Boulevard between the bridge and Liberty Road and you can see racing for free.
The same goes for Hi Creast Drive. This street is used as a cut through and the speed limit is 25 mph and many cars are going 50 to 55 mph. I guess when some little children decide to wander onto the speedway then something will be done about it.
Maybe we will have to do what they did on Northwood Drive — put in long sloping speed bumps.
Treaty will worsen nation
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was put together in secrecy, is treason to middle-class and working-class Americans. Shenanigans by our so-called leaders and corporate America will only widen the gap between the rich and the poor. Hard-working citizens will lose quality jobs, just wait and see.
Kindness still exists
A recent Sunday afternoon, I had to get to the Singletary Center for the last performance of It's a Grand Night for Singing. I found a parking space but it was quite a bit away from the center.
I walk with two canes and have difficulty with steps. A gentleman saw that I was struggling and helped me. I thanked him and he went on his way.
Deciding to take a shortcut, I started down a parking lot. Two young men helped me into their car and drove me straight to the front door of the center. Next thing I knew I was in a wheelchair and being whisked to the performance and straight to a seat, closer than I paid for.
I missed six numbers but even so, the show was amazing. And after the performance, one of the staff members drove my van to the entrance of the center. I was taken by wheelchair and helped into it.
Too much is published showing the negative side of Lexington. This is a beautiful example of the opposite. There are a lot of wonderful, caring people here and I'm happy to say I met several of them.
Newscast worth watching
I've found my new favorite broadcast, it's on channel 136 (cable). The announcer, Belinda Post, is a breath of fresh air. She has true passion and she takes pride in her work. The only thing other news stations seem to care about is where the police are setting up speed traps.
The police have a job to do and I'm sure they are under a lot of pressure to meet a quota. Plus if some fool is speeding, he is breaking the law. Police shouldn't be shown as individuals who just mean to do us harm.
R. Andrew Sherman