Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 4

Media enabling the police state

Kentucky is a horrible state for people in pain. Due to government intrusion, we can no longer get needed pain medicine.

The police state we inhabit has intimidated doctors, and residents must suffer. The government tried using terrorism as an excuse to gain more power, but there isn't enough to justify it, so it went back to the war on drugs as an excuse to boost spending and diminish what's left of our privacy.

After the police state increases its power, it moves on to "combat" another so-called drug "crisis," "plague," "epidemic" or "scourge," and our media dutifully frame the debate in the propaganda terms to assist in creating laws to take away rights and add prisoners in our bloated "justice" system.

So now a two-litre soda-pop bottle becomes a "lab." Using that term makes the arrests seem larger than they are, and thus boosts their importance and budgets.

I can understand why the government always wants to expand its power and increase its budgets, but not why our media would want to assist them.

Tina Hoffman


Valued stops, starts

Stop using war as the first solution to any foreign diplomatic problem. Start requiring our federal, state and city/county politicians to set priorities in the federal, state and city/county budgets for solving our social, economic and education problems.

Let's set a goal of actually becoming Camelot and the shining light of democracy.

Stop allowing our leaders to use hatred and fear mongering as their platform. Require our leaders to take a stand against ill treatment of any of our citizens or visitors.

Start getting informed on the stands of each candidate asking for our vote. Require candidates to discuss serious problems and their solutions. Withhold your vote from those who use only meaningless sound bites as their platforms.

Stop the statements of hatred and bigotry by simply stating to the orator, "No, those words are not acceptable in a Christian-based society."

Start getting off our collective couches and get involved in making our city, state and country a better place.

Stop being negative, and start being a positive factor in your universe.

Tom Sweeney


The people's buffoon

In response to an Aug. 13 letter, Donald Trump isn't an embarrassment. I'm insulted by our president, who has never run anything other than a high fever.

Trump is spot-on with what most are thinking. That is why he is leading in the polls. No one would accuse him of being a politician but a successful business owner.

Vice President Joe Biden was elected; he is the poster child of a buffoon. So why not Trump?

I would rather have a person who is business savvy and makes a few off-color comments than career politicians who talk out of both sides of their mouths and are afraid to tell you where they stand.

Last time I checked, we are entitled to have an opinion. We still observe the First Amendment, right? We need a leader — someone to show other world leaders and terrorists we won't put up with crap from anyone.

Jeffrey Wayne Moore


Fix broken system

One in five adults will experience a mental health problem in a year, an event that can be triggered by a job loss, divorce, physical illness or other life event.

Sadly, our nation is not equipped to treat people when they most need it. Yet, there is a spark of hope from Capitol Hill.

Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., have introduced the Mental Health Reform Act, echoing the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) reintroduced weeks earlier by Rep Tim Murphy, R-Penn.

Fourteen million Americans suffer from serious mental illness, but 40 percent of them receive no treatment. The trend is seen in every state, including Kentucky,

The legislation in Congress would address these problems by ensuring better coordination of federal mental health resources and stronger monitoring and enforcement of existing mental health parity.

If enacted, these provisions and others will help patients and families struggling with serious mental illness and lacking access to needed care.

The last comprehensive reform of the mental health system was more than 50 years ago — President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act in 1963. It's a new century and vital that our political leaders seize this rare opportunity.

Bonnie Cook

Executive director, Mental Health America of Kentucky