Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: June 24

Kentucky taking too long to address illegal immigration

Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and now Alabama. But where is Kentucky?

As more states pass illegal immigration laws, it will force illegal immigrants from these states to seek sanctuary in states like Kentucky that have refused to pass immigration laws for many years now.

The Kentucky illegal immigrant population could triple in no time, causing more deaths and crime as well as further straining every aspect of the socioeconomic structure of state and local governments during one of the worst times in our nation's history.

The use of E-Verify by states has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no longer any excuse not to pass the mandatory use of this free program by every business entity, employment service and government agency in the state of Kentucky.

This law cannot result in a slap on the wrist for those who refuse to use it, but must contain substantial penalties for the first offense. In the event of a second offense, there should be permanent loss of their business license and a very substantial fine.

A special session of the legislature should be called to pass and place into law the mandatory use of E-Verify and have the law become effective Jan. 1. Other illegal immigration legislation must be acted on and placed into law during the 2012 General Assembly.

The time for politicizing illegal immigration in Kentucky has long since passed.

Al Ash


GOP wants fewer voters

In her letter to the editor, secretary of state candidate Hilda Humphress Legg decried the low voter turnout in the recent primary.

Legg needs to address her Republican colleagues who are doing everything they can to keep people from voting.

All across the land, Republican governors, backed by Republican legislatures, are passing laws requiring special voter identification, residency requirements and other things to make it difficult or impossible for students, the elderly and the poor to vote because they assume these groups largely vote Democratic.

But who can tell? Just maybe the Republicans will get what they're not wishing for. In any case, the Republicans, with their newfound power, are marching furiously back to the future. Today it's special IDs and residency requirements. Tomorrow, will it be back to the poll tax and literacy tests? And after that, maybe a return to the pillory and burning witches at the stake.

The 18th century may be closer than we think.

Lawrence E. Durr


Republicans demonized

It's politics as usual at the Herald-Leader.

I'm sick and tired of headlines that relentlessly demonize the Republicans. The latest smear campaign victim is the David Williams-Richie Farmer ticket.

It seems every paper I see contains yet another desperate attempt to paint one or both of them as criminal, usually with trifling allegations that are obviously the work of zealous liberals.

It reminds one very much of the successful editorial campaign to destroy the Fletcher administration. And here we go again in the same predictable pattern of sleazy journalism.

At the Herald-Leader, there appears to be an assumption that if the candidate is a Republican, he is inherently evil and deserves none of the unbiased reporting reserved for Democrats.

Look again at your corruption meter, folks. You might be surprised to discover that it also has a side marked with a D.

Henry Yoder


KCHIP in peril

Legislation supported by U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Brett Guthrie would jeopardize the health and well-being of thousands of Kentucky children.

As members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Rogers and Guthrie voted last month to approve the State Flexibility Act, which would eliminate stability protections that require states to hold steady in their commitments to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The subcommittee approved the bill on a party-line vote.

Our elected leaders are trading the health and well-being of children for phantom cost savings that would only shift costs to communities, hospitals and doctors, and to children and families who could least afford it.

Without health insurance, children are more likely to suffer with undiagnosed and untreated conditions, such as ear infections, that interfere with their ability to learn. They might not be able to afford eyeglasses needed to see the blackboard or get timely screenings for autism spectrum disorders.

Seniors who are unable to care for themselves in their own homes could lose the help they need to pay for long-term care, putting a tremendous strain on them and their families. People with disabilities might no longer receive the support they need to live independently.

According to a recent poll, by a two-to-one margin, voters oppose providing states more flexibility if it means eliminating coverage for some children.

With families and communities still struggling to gain a foothold after turbulent economic times, this is no time to pass on more costs to those who can least afford it.

Terry Brooks

Executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates


Let's get answers

Is it too much to ask that candidates stop bashing their opponents and tell us what they are going to do to help the economy, fix health care costs, etc.?

These candidates do not need to tell me what is wrong. I am not stupid, and I can read. They need to tell me what they are going to do differently that is going to make things improve.

They rarely answer questions directly and they omit what they want in order to spin answers without saying a darn thing.

As a country, we need to require answers to these questions, not further bashing of an opponent.

I really just want to know, "Can you fix it, and how will you do it?"

Anne Wells


Reverse health law

When I recently left the hospital, I asked for my eye drops. I've always been able to bring them home with me. The nurse told me I couldn't have them. I said, "They are paid for. They are mine, not the hospital's."

I said, "I will complain." My doctor said, "I don't blame you." I called to complain and was told it wasn't the hospital, "it's the government and drug companies passed a law that no medicine can leave the hospital or we will lose our license." I said, "What do they do with it? Throw it in the garbage?" She said, "I hate to tell you this, but that is what they have to do. What a waste."

Everyone agreed with me that when your eye drops, ear drops or ointment is paid for, you should be able to bring it home with you.

The drug companies are making millions, and Medicare and private insurance are losing millions.

I urge citizens to write the president, the governor and senators. Get a group to go to the White House and Capitol. Ask that they change this law back so your medicine you use at the hospital can come home with you.

Marilyn Stokes