Letters to the Editor

Letters: Kudos on column about media bias; Stop whining, Democrats; Little help for disabled

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Seriously, Democrats?

I read the Herald-Leader opinion page for entertainment and comic relief. A recent one was a hoot.

Professor Ernie Yanarella complained that Congressman Andy Barr “piled lie upon lie” about Amy McGrath and retired professor Robert Emmett Curran concurred, bemoaning Sen. Mitch McConnell’s “win-at-any-cost strategy of demonizing opponents.”

They cry foul after Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker and others condoned and likely orchestrated the most detestable allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without a single piece of corroborating evidence.

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters encouraged supporters to gang up on Republican politicians at public places and “tell them they are not wanted.”

President Barack Obama repeatedly said about his health-care plan, “you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan,” which was untrue. Democratic counties in Florida keep “finding” ballots of Democratic voters in every election since 2000.

Really? Democrats are complaining? They have a lot of nerve.

Ray Davis


Offer unbiased reporting

Cameron S. Schaeffer’s Aug. 22 opinion piece, “Media really at war with Trump, though aided his rise,” gave more facts about stories that have been reported in the news. The last sentence in the column mentioned: “... there is hope. The mind of a single, bold and gifted journalist would help.”

The column shows just how information can be slanted to favor one side against the other. In an ideal world, no newspaper or other media source would lean Republican or Democrat. They would be unbiased and would be performing a service so each citizen could form an opinion having the “truest” information available.

If only the media would report and not opine, leaving this to the editorial sections, our country would start the long journey back, losing some of its anger on the way. I, and others, would appreciate seeing additional works of Schaeffer plus other like-minded writers.

Judy Yount Lyons


No help for disabled

Over the years I have gone to the disabilities services that taxpayers pay for. All I got was passing the buck, being sent from one office to another or from one person to another and given excuse after excuse.

Nothing gets done. I wonder where people with a disability can go to get the help they need without getting a runaround?

I went to places including the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Lexington’s human rights commision. I didn’t get any help, and the taxpayers pay for this. I even went to Congressmen Andy Barr’s office to put in a complaint against the EEOC. All his office did was to send my complaint back to the EEOC.

Jerry Ginter


Bad word choice

Eastern Kentucky humor is often rife with sexist and racial innuendo as recently illustrated by Larry Webster’s Nov. 11 comment in the Herald-Leader about Sen. Elizabeth Warren claiming “squawhood” (“Babes in Old Boyland will put the squeeze on”.)

I am not surprised that Webster would write such an offensive comment but I am surprised and disappointed that the Herald-Leader would publish it.

Jimmy D. Helton


Undermining cancer fight

After reading reporter Cheryl Truman’s column about her cancer experience, I was appalled and frustrated. I am frustrated and fearful for all women who have cancer or are facing a cancer diagnosis, but also for anyone who fears breast cancer.

Truman’s story does not reflect the experiences of many of us who have experienced diagnosis, treatment and the aftermath of cancer.

I wonder why it was necessary to emphasize all the negative experiences, such as a calling a radiologist a “clown,’’ and also with the pastor before surgery. There are also other examples.

It was very obvious Truman had an extremely difficult, long and painful journey with cancer. My point is this: Today, her experience is not typical of having breast cancer. Today, women can expect different treatment options, new medications and, with a positive attitude, hope.

Sarah D. Moore