Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: June 6

Lower health care costs should be point of reformThe point that everyone should have access to quality health care is valid and I couldn't agree more.

The problem is that much of the proposed reform is directed at health insurance and not health care or access. Health insurance is nothing more than a product of the health care system. Health insurance rates are set by underwriters who have to guess how much the care is going to cost and how much of it you will need.

A simple colonoscopy in Lexington can cost as little as $700, or as much as $4,000. If you were an underwriter, how do you know which one your insured is going to get? How much would the insurance rate be if you had to price that procedure? Now, with reform, routine wellness colonoscopies have to be free, or at least provided with no co-pay. How much did that raise insurance rates? The insurers have to collect more in premiums to provide that service and you and/or your employer are paying for it somewhere.

The average cost of care is much more in the rural areas of Kentucky. Simple economics tells us that competition drives down cost. What we need is real health care reform, not more health insurance reform.

When the cost of providing care comes down, then so too will the price of insurance.

We all actually have open access to the greatest health care system and health care in the world, we just can't afford it the way that it is operated today.

Bob Skaggs


Jesus mum on gays

There's an ongoing joke about Jesus' ideas on homosexuality. A pamphlet is titled, "What Jesus Said About Homosexuality," and you open it and it's blank page after blank page.

Of course, that's true. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.

David Phillips


Alabaman blueless

I just wanted to put in my two cents about "Horse sense," the letter from a writer from Alabama who thinks he knows something about Kentucky.

First Kentucky "thinks it's so great when it comes to the history of the horse" because it is. There is no state that can match the equine history Kentucky possesses.

For the writer to base awareness of our horse history, industry and knowledge on a single horse owner's actions is plainly silly. Dr. Kendall Hansen's antics were not received particularly well, and he did not follow through with the blue tail or his rumored skywriting. Horse enthusiasts know the horse is the star, not the human.

As for the "disgrace" of Edward Troye, the man who painted the famous thoroughbred Lexington, I can hardly believe that Troye would be upset that his painting was turned blue (in the Bluegrass, in the Big Blue Nation) as an icon for a city that would not be Lexington as we know it if it weren't for Lexington the Thoroughbred. We are, after all, the Horse Capital of the World.

And, as a fan of Troye, the letter writer surely knows he also lived in Alabama for a time — but I don't believe that his home there exists any longer either. What a shame.

Aubrey Jacobs


Shame of slavery

John Breckinridge was vice president of the United States and deserves our admiration for that alone. A statue in his likeness, in itself, is not outrageous. Lexington's choice of site for the display is most certainly outrageous.

I saw for the first time Breckinridge's statue. What an insult and slap in the face to all blacks in our community. Breckinridge did more to advance slavery than almost anyone else living in Kentucky in his time, or in all of America for that matter. The statue is backed up to Cheapside, the very place where "farm slaves" were bought and sold, as well as the site of the whipping post to which the belligerent were bound and beaten.


On the other side of the old courthouse is Upper Street where the "house slaves" were bought and sold. They were usually the lighter skinned mulatos. They somehow "deserved" a better life, because they were offspring of white masters maybe?

Then as now, Breckinridge's back is turned to principle and suffering.

Has Lexington no shame?

So few white Americans actually owned slaves yet those whose ancestors fought and died for the freedom of black slaves are daily scorned by our black population because of our light skin color. We never hear about the indentured white servants whose children were born into servitude and were never able to buy their freedom before their deaths. Their lives were no different from black slaves. Wrong is wrong no matter what color.

Jeanie Artis Adams


Bad hospital food

Why is it that jail and prison inmates, who have done some really bad things (murder, rape, etc.) get better food to eat than hospital patients who pay too much for the food or the "treatment" they don't get?

Darrell G. Gross


Stirring experience

Thanks so much to KET for airing the National Memorial Day Concert. The testimonies in story as well as songs were fitting tributes to our servicemen, service women and veterans.

I am proud to be an American and to have my freedoms protected daily. My husband, father, stepfather and sons proudly served their country for which I'm very thankful.

Cheryl Wipf


Nazis like liberals

The author of the recent letter, "Don't go back," has suggested that anyone who is a "Tea Party conservative" or "libertarian Republican" is a devotee of the philosophy of the Nazi party.

Let's examine that premise. First, we should remember that the Nazis were the National Socialist Party. They believed that the state was more important than the individual. Doesn't sound very much like the Tea Party to me.

Adolf Hitler spoke proudly of his government enacting a policy of comprehensive gun control. Isn't that more of a liberal Democrat sort of objective?

The Nazi government suppressed anyone who dissented from its policies. Where are all the examples of critics of the Republicans being brutally repressed? The Nazi ideal was for the government to be in charge of every aspect of citizens' lives. Government-mandated restrictions on diet, health care, light bulbs, anyone?

I find it a bit puzzling that people who advocate less government control and more individual liberty and individual responsibility are equated with a political philosophy that considered individual citizens as disposable assets valued solely for serving the state.

Finally, it is stated that the policies of President Herbert Hoover caused the Great Depression. If we use that logic, since President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, freed the slaves and was opposed by Democrats, then Democrats must be in favor of slavery.

Robert A. Schneider