Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 5

Diet alone can't treat ADHD

This is in response to John Rosemond's Sept. 9 column, "Is nutrition, not drugs, the cure for ADHD?" My son has ADHD and is now 24. Over the years, we have had many teachers and others suggest that eating too much sugar or carbs caused it.

Never has one of the many physicians I have seen, nor my husband, who is a physician, suggested that by adjusting my son's diet he would not exhibit symptoms.

Rosemond's opinion about discontinuing use of prescribed medication in lieu of improving or modifying diet is almost as ridiculous as suggesting that someone with schizophrenia stop using prescription medication and just eat more healthy to alleviate symptoms.

Rosemond's oversimplification of a very complicated disorder is insulting to me. ADHD kids have a hard enough time getting through the day without people believing that their lack of attentiveness, difficulty concentrating, hypersensitivity to sounds and restlessness are all due to having one too many Big Macs or Ale-8-Ones.

If ADHD medications weren't helping alleviate symptoms then parents certainly would be glad to not have to pay for expensive prescriptions every 30 days. ADHD is a real disorder and unfortunately can not be resolved just by eating kale and quinoa.

Donna Carroll


Trump a braggart, bully

I appreciated very much Lexington attorney Richard Dawahare's column putting "The Donald" in his place. Why more people have not done so is a mystery to me.

Donald Trump is a braggart without equal, who has demonstrated that the only skills he has for being president are putting down those who threaten his arrogance, insulting those who question his baseless claims, bullying the press, exiling from his rallies those who criticize him, and even casting aspersions on the looks of his female opponent (who beats him for looks by a country mile for my money).

He makes outlandish claims about what he will do without offering a shred of evidence as to how he will do it. To quote a politician in a past election, "Mr. Trump, where's the beef?"

That he is leading in polls among Republican voters speaks volumes about the party.

Lawrence E. Durr


Turnabout is fair play

Does the former president of the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-op realize that turnabout is fair play? He faults other countries for protecting their people's health by resisting sales of American tobacco. They have reason to be wary, but the main issue is the danger to all countries that sign on to global trade deals. If others can't protect their citizens, neither can we.

When a global deal is signed the World Trade Organization becomes the arbiter. WTO is an unelected body. Corporations are its sponsor. Corporate law takes precedence over national laws just as federal law can override state laws.

After NAFTA, a city in Massachusetts decided not to issue contracts to companies that did business in Myanmar or Burma because of violations of human rights. The WTO challenged this and local law was overturned by our Supreme Court.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was crafted in secrecy, kept from Congress, and is said to deal less with trade and more with legalities of trade disputes. Those opposed say the fear of lawsuits will keep municipalities from action, regardless of how a practice could affect people's wellbeing. This is a recipe for killing grassroots democratic processes.

Sara M. Porter


Outsource editorials

The three Sept. 7 commentaries — by Janey Moores, Diana Maldonado and Phyllis A. Sower on education versus minimum wage, defunding Planned "Murderhood" and against the Supreme Court's creation of homosexual "marriage," respectively — collectively present a powerful argument for the Herald-Leader to outsource its editorial writing.

In contrast to the H-L's own editorials, these demonstrate thinking, which is what we need more of, and not the diet of drivel you usually provide.

David Volk


Fueling a false identity

The Herald-Leader recently carried an opinion piece by Brydon Ross, a vice-president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. Upon dialing up the website for that "consumer" group I quickly ascertained that it was simply a corporate lobby for the fossil fuels industry.

The gist of his piece was that fracking is a positive force for Kentucky's energy needs and that any suggestion that fracking causes earthquakes or poisons water supplies is slander spread by environmental "extremists."

The organization's website also touted the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport dirty and toxic shale oil from Canada, down across some of America's best farmlands and over one of its largest underground freshwater deposits, to be refined at U.S. refineries, then sold on the global oil market.

American consumers take all the risk and oil companies get all the profits.

I'm not an expert on these topics but when an organization is operating with a false identity I regard everything it says with great skepticism.

Patrick McLaughlin


Consider the source

We've heard and even read in op-eds in the Herald-Leader, the following attack line from right-to-work lobbyists: The labor unions have created the "free rider problem" for themselves because "they insist" on exclusive representation.

This rhetoric was apparently developed from a petition to the National Labor Relations Roard filed by the United Steel Workers about 10 years ago. The union had requested an interpretation of the exclusive representation provision of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 with the apparent intention of waiving its rights in some cases.

The NLRB denied the petition terming it "a significant reinterpretation." In other words, a new or different meaning.

What's the truth? Like my mother used to say, "Just consider the source."

We know that attack lines like this one come from lobbyists and political committees and not from any impartial source.

Tom Louderback