Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 22

Ads for medicine making me sick

How many of the ads selling new medications must we watch before we fall victim to one of the illnesses they so clearly describe? It keeps us thinking about illness which I suspect is the intention of the companies selling the medications.

The surprising element is the profound happiness of the people who are supposedly ingesting these vile concoctions. They are fishing, boating, swimming, ballroom dancing, walking dogs and climbing mountains.

This is all convincing until at the end of the commercial you then hear all the things that can happen to you after you have unfortunately allowed the questionable substance to enter your person. Precise descriptions of the side effects may include indelicate conditions — none of which we wish to be reminded of, especially at dinner time. They include the expulsion of stomach contents, ulcers, internal bleeding, dizziness, incontinence, fainting and even death.

It seems that at least half of all the commercials to which we are subjected are from drug companies. Knowing the obscene cost of commercials, it could be concluded that these people have more money than God. The mute button on our TV is just about worn out.

Sue Thompson


Deport the criminals

How many more Americans need to lose their lives before we imprison criminal illegal aliens? How many more Mark Hinkles or Kate Steinles will die before we take back our country from these interlopers?

For years we have ignored the fact that they have broken our laws. We provide them health care, housing, food, legal services and many other taxpayer-funded programs, and what do we get in return?

We are not responsible for providing a better life for them; their own governments and countries are. We can no longer take care of our own citizens who refuse to pull their weight, much less take care of everyone else's.

It's time to shut off the snooze alarm, America, and wake up. It's too late to close the barn door — the horse has already escaped.

Carole O'Brien White


Misdirected spite

Wow, such mean-spirited letters. First, the minimum-wage defenders demanding everybody suck it up and work for peanuts while "getting educated, like me."

This not-so-compassionate crowd won't explain how to self-improve while working full-time, raising kids and lacking the money for school anyway.

As for single working mothers, "it's their fault for hooking up with a bum in the first place."

Worse yet is lecturing those who have done all they can and still can't find a better job, or those who used to be on top but got fired by employers replacing loyal workers or exporting jobs.

Other whiners charge presidents George W. Bush or Barack Obama with "dragging this country into the gutter." But how bad off are most of us with customers filling malls where shelves sag under goods we can't get enough of, $15 a plate restaurants overflowing, sports arenas selling out at $40 and up a seat? Our national sin is excess.

Meanwhile, infrastructure crumbles, and lands are flooded or drought-ridden or lost to wildfires while the wealth which could alleviate problems flows instead to billionaires who buy political candidates. And the angries flock to Donald Trump like a fool drinking arsenic to cure his headache.

Ernest Henninger


Matter of respect

I believe most would agree that Kim Davis has a relatively prestigious position as clerk of Rowan County. As clerk and assistant clerk, she has worked in that office for nearly three decades.

If my wife had been in the situation Davis was in, when she emerged from that jail and had seen me dressed in a pair of bibbed overalls and a straw hat (as Davis' husband was) she would have turned and gone back into the jail. And we're from Menifee County.

Edmund Wells


Loss to customers

Thousands of small markets serve customers across America, but Kroger, a company that purchases products for far less than most of them, can't figure out how to make a profit at the popular Kroger on Romany Road.

What a sad loss for the faithful customers. Looks like the accountants have taken over the grocers at Kroger.

Ed Moore