Which Chandler position are we to believe?
In a Sept. 27 column, Congressman Ben Chandler said he was going to do something about the onerous regulations put into effect by the Obama administration. His past actions don't show it.
In 2009 he voted yes on cap-and-trade legislation (American Clean Energy and Security Act) that would have greatly harmed our state's coal industry and increased electricity prices.
This year, he voted yes (Energy Tax Prevention Act) on barring the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.
What this means is in 2009 he was for cap and trade but now in 2011 he is against it. (Could it be because he almost got beaten in 2010?)
He voted against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but later voted against repealing it (Repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund Act).
Chandler later stated that parts of "Obamacare" are bad but all of it shouldn't be repealed. Has he ever offered any solutions, though?
Where does Chandler stand on curbing regulations? On issues, he votes one way one time and the complete opposite the next time. Maybe an apt political slogan for him would be John Kerry saying "I was for it before I was against it."
I have family and friends in rural Kentucky and therefore have a personal interest in the welfare of the residents.
Observing the rising costs of health care and the increasing rate of unemployment has piqued my interest in how home health agencies can deliver care economically to the residents of rural Kentucky.
The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA, 2010) reported unemployment in rural Kentucky is 11.2 percent, and an estimated poverty rate from 2009 of 23.3 percent.
The economic turmoil in the country has caused home health agencies to re-evaluate how health care can be delivered to an expanding population struggling to survive.
The Kentucky Annual Home Health Services Report (2007) noted 580 home health agencies in operation with 105,664 patients being served. Changes in regulations have caused home health agencies to experience declining resources and reimbursements while having to maintain the quality of care to more patients.
One possible solution to this dilemma could be provided with telehealth, defined as "use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration" (Health Resources and Services Administration, 2011).
The leveraging of this technology can go a long way toward providing effective, efficient and affordable health care.
State health officials should pursue the numerous grants available for funding and training to implement telehealth in rural Kentucky in order to meet the increased demands of this underserved population.
I have been a registered Democrat for most of my life and I still do not approve of voting for a straight party in the primary or general elections. I should have the right to vote for any individual, whether Republican, independent or Democrat. This way would probably get rid of the power struggle going on today.
I hope this law will change. Let's not forget America. The Bible states that there will be a false prophet coming among us, and remember the eyes of Texas are looking at us.
In recent months, we have seen a continuing push on the part of homosexual activists to have their lifestyle accepted by the community at large under the name of "fairness." Newspapers have covered every move.
Recent comments have been based on selected verses from scripture while avoiding the whole truth. It is popular in our present society to put a spin on everything to gain acceptance. Deception and partial truths are still lies, and we should be seeking the truth.
A minister from Berea quoted the commandment about loving God and loving others. But he failed to say that Jesus also said if you really love him, keep his commandments. That includes avoiding sexually immoral acts.
Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen said the opposition to fairness laws comes largely from those who "consider" homosexuality to be a sin.
It is not a consideration, but fact, based on God's truth. He went on to say that Christians have different views on homosexuality. Christians who truly believe base their views on the Scripture, not human preferences.
The issues of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation were all settled thousands of years ago when the Bible identified male and female as the two sexes. Fairness, gay rights, same-sex marriage, equality, tolerance and all other descriptions used to identify the desires of a minority group have no real meaning outside of God's truth.
Who are we to judge?
The letter, "The Bible's say on gays," which claims that the anti-homosexual message of scripture has been "loud and clear" "for a long time," seems to miss the points of the very passages it cites.
A larger lesson is to be learned from this exercise, namely, the rule of citing scripture against those you dislike.
Ask yourself what Jesus would say about your weaponizing his holy word to harangue the very people he would have in his circle were he to return to Earth today.
Think of all the unclean persons he surrounded himself with: women (the lowest of the low then), tax collectors, menial workers, prostitutes, Samaritans, lepers. Then think of all those who could not bring themselves to follow his word: the rich, the powerful and the ambitious. the backbiters, the proud and the unmerciful.
Who are we to judge whom God turns his face from?
Memory of Miles
I'd like to thank Jim Hanna for his column on Miles Davis. I met Davis years ago in New York at a club called Birdland.
I doubt any trumpet players will ever sound like Davis did or play a tune with the feeling he did.
I've played with a lot of good trumpet players over the years, but no one came close to playing as good as Davis. I have all of his LPs. Wouldn't give them up for any price.
Honor long overdue
I served almost a month in the hedgerows of Normandy in the 83rd Infantry Division.
GIs brought back severely injured soldiers from the front line. Through mortar and artillery and machine gun fire and risking their lives to save another soldier; for this they received a Bronze Star. Others received it for their acts of bravery. Soldiers received a medal but never received the honor they deserved.
Gov. Steve Beshear should honor all Kentucky soldiers who received the Bronze Star.
Hubert W. Hill