Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 24

Reasons for doctor-drug rep relationships

A Nov. 9 article, "Doctoring under the influence," implied that doctors have an illegal relationship with pharmaceutical companies for money and drugs. Ninety-four percent of doctors do see drug reps in the office as they are an important source of new drugs, research data and information about side effects of use.

The article said 83 percent take food from the reps. To my knowledge many doctors do not, as we do not want the sugary treats they bring into the office.

Of the 78 percent who accept drug samples: Unless you haven't heard, many patients are without insurance and without the samples would have no drugs to take at all for their illnesses.

I attend 50 hours of continuing medical education a year and have yet to be paid for attending. Most of the time, I have to pay a fee. I do not know where the study gets that 35 percent are paid.

The 28 percent who participate in drug research and get paid is a very important final step for all drug research before it is released to the market for patient use. Would you have us just practice on rats and monkeys before the drug is released for human use?

Doctors spend 10 to 11 years obtaining their degrees, and the article implies that, because we get a free pen, we will write that drug for our patients. I think our training was better than that.

Kenneth E. Hines, M.D.


Regulate political ads

Congratulations to all those successful candidates. Glad it's over.

I voted, of course. I do not know why because I do not know anything of real substance about the candidates who ran. Do you?

I received 47 political advertisements in the mail and all were torn up and put in the round file. I think I watched more than 100-plus commercials of negativity and waves of promises.

It was nothing but lies, untruths and misleading advertising. But, you know, I have heard this is the American way, dating back a couple centuries in our electoral process.

We have truth in lending laws and truth in advertising laws. But, wait a minute, they do not apply to political advertising. Are you shocked that politicians have not passed a law that applies to them?

Advertising laws require advertisers to be truthful about their products and able to substantiate their claims.

All businesses must comply with advertising and marketing laws, and failure to do so could result in costly lawsuits and civil penalties. Advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive. The use of false or misleading statements in advertising is illegal.

However, candidates have a legal right to lie to voters just about as much as they want.

Now that the election is over and more than a billion dollars was spent advertising mostly lies, maybe we can pressure our elected leaders to pass laws prohibiting such outrageous conduct.

William C. Karutz


Drugs missing issue

As I was growing up in Ashland, we would play outside almost every day. My parents would have no worries about where we went or who we were with because the whole community knew each other, as I on many occasions found out the hard way.

I am now in my late 20s and find that it makes me uneasy to allow my children to play outside without my supervision. I now reside in Nicholasville and see police on a daily basis patrolling the neighborhoods; most of the time the same houses and areas are watched.

Drugs have become an epidemic here and throughout Kentucky. I found it interesting that during this past election cycle not one candidate addressed this problem. Drugs are not the only problem that plagues our communities. Poverty and obesity are the others.

I hope and pray that someone will step up to the plate and bring these problems to the table for all of us, especially our children.

Phillip L. Kneisley


Horses treated well

Readers of the Lexington Herald-Leader deserve better than out-of-state animal rights activists giving human health care advice and spreading false information regarding the management of horses (Web-only, "Another reason to think twice about hormone replacement therapy").

As executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC), I would like to set the record straight.

Independent equine veterinarians from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the International League for the Protection of Horses inspected equine ranches and found the care of the horses to be above reproach and even exceed the standard for the general equine industry. They concluded, "Based on our inspections, the allegations of inhumane treatment of horses involved in equine ranching are unfounded."

Since 1995, NAERIC has worked with its members, responsible family ranchers, to demonstrate the quality horses that are bred on their ranches.

Ranchers are contractually obligated to place their horses in productive markets including eventing, dressage and show competitions, as well as police horse programs. In fact, if you happen to see some of the Lexington police horses around town, you are seeing some of our horses.

As further testament to the high standards of care, in November 2009, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) honored these ranchers — who are dedicated to improving equine welfare through research, education and innovative marketing — with the 2009 Lavin Cup, AAEP's award for outstanding equine welfare initiatives.

Norman K. Luba


Visitors turned off

As a retired couple playing tourists on a 46-day, 9,700-mile road trip through the southern states, my wife and I made reservations for Sept. 23 and 24 in Frankfort.

After making these reservations, I then tried to make reservations for the next two nights in Lexington, but found the room rates to be $400 per night because of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, in which we had no interest.

I then called the Frankfort inn back and added two nights to my reservation at the same rate.

When I checked into the hotel, I was told that the rate would skyrocket to $270 per night on Sept. 25 and 26 due to the Games. I requested that they honor the reservations I made on June 2, but the manager refused. We left on Sept. 25, two days early.

I can appreciate your pride and joy in attracting and holding the Games in your city, but that is no reason to increase your hotel rates and other costs to visitors to astronomical levels.

It leaves a very bad taste in the mouths of all the visitors who feel like you are nothing but a bunch of cheap gold diggers.

We two, who have traveled all over the world, will certainly never return to the Lexington/Frankfort area as your cities are not friendly, welcoming, honest or sincere.

Stuart L. Posselt

Minden, Nev.