Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Feb. 12

Health care reform gave lifeline to elders

As a hardworking American, I am so tired of seeing the airwaves hijacked by people who really don't have a dog in the fight screaming to repeal health care reform.

When I heard health care reform had passed, I rejoiced.

Most Americans have never heard of the "doughnut hole," but let me assure you if you ever fall into it or ever have, you will understand why I rejoiced.

I'm a caregiver for my elderly mother, who lives on a fixed income. My mother's medications cost around $2,000 each month last year when she went into the "doughnut hole."

Her income was around $1,400 per month and her rent was $750 per month. I had no idea what I would do.

My husband and I are not rich and could not afford to pay for her medications ourselves. Then, I remembered she has an equity loan on the house she shared with my father before he passed. Without that loan, I don't know what we would have done. This year, I have to be prepared to pay by myself when she runs short.

This reform is closing the "doughnut hole." It's providing a lifeline for elders who have to choose the meds that keep them alive or heat and food.

It's a shame we value our elders so little they should be forced to make that choice.

Before you consider repeal, walk in my shoes for a couple of miles. I think you'll change your mind.

Jackie Pennington


Cruelty here, too

A letter Feb. 6, "Cruelty to dogs," describes in sickening detail the torture and death of animals destined for human consumption in South Korea.

I confess, I would have been happy to live the rest of my life without this knowledge, but are we here much better?

I refer specifically to an incident in Somerset a few years ago in which a man allegedly force-fed his pet dog bread soaked in antifreeze and kicked it repeatedly while it died.

Where is the public outrage for this and similar crimes?

Linda Claus


Not much thought

I read in the Feb. 4 Herald-Leader that U.S. House Republicans are proposing to cut 20 percent of domestic spending and 6 percent of foreign aid. My first reaction was, "What are they thinking?" Upon reflection, it became obvious that they aren't.

David Woolverton


Dogs have flaws

I am compelled to disagree somewhat with the views of the Feb. 3 letter extolling the "Wisdom of dogs," which are apparently superior to humans in moral conduct.

Dogs don't lie? That's just because they don't talk. Ever seen a dog slinking away from the hen house? Or from some soon-to-be-discovered mess in the house? Ever heard the phrase "guilty dog"?

What was it the North Koreans used to call us? "Running dog Yankee imperialists."

And, finally, as Mark Twain once noted, dogs generally can't be relied upon to carry out a divine providence.

Dogs superior to humans? I wouldn't go too far down that road.

John W. Mann


No illegals, no costs

I keep reading about what it will cost to enforce the new immigration bill.

I am sure we could find the money if we could stop educating the children of undocumented immigrants, or if we did not have to provide public defenders or translators for illegal immigrants in our court systems, or weren't housing illegals already in our prison system.

Our cost will only increase as surrounding states pass laws against illegals and they flee to Kentucky.

Kentuckians are expected to obey our laws. Why should it be different for illegal immigrants? Just because you are poor is no excuse for committing a crime.

Russell Mattingly


Obama falls short

Some in the mainstream media are trying to remake President Barack Obama's image in the likeness of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

This is an impossible task. He is no Kennedy or Reagan. I remember these great men and what they stood for and believed.

Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Obama says the government will give you all your needs.

Reagan said, in the shining city upon a hill speech, "We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on Earth."

Obama says we are a country that needs to be fundamentally transformed.

Trying to compare Obama to great men is like trying to compare Jimmy Carter to George Washington.

They both crossed the Delaware. Only Washington was after the British and Carter was looking for a rabid rabbit.

Robert Palmer


Downtown jewel

As a merchant in Lexington Center, I would like to give kudos to the people who put together the Cincinnati Reds Caravan.

It was gratifying to see the first floor of the center filled with happy, excited fans from all over Central Kentucky.

Mayor Jim Gray was at the convention center the prior Tuesday to address Lexington's future.

I hope, while he was there, he realized Lexington Center should be the jewel in downtown's crown, not an amenity to conventioneers.

I hope he can put a spotlight on what should be Lexington's center.

Cynthia Ondrias


Stop the destruction

Well, Toyota destroyed Georgetown. Next question: Are we going to let Vulcan Materials and its preposterous, predatory mining techniques destroy Boone Creek, surrounding farms and historic hunt country?

Greed is like a fire in the forest; it is never satisfied. Stand up for your rights!

Duke Martin