Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Aug. 13

Ride bike, check it in at secure lot at Woodland Art Fair

For the fifth year running, Bluegrass Community and Technical College is providing the opportunity for you to ride your bike to the AFB Woodland Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, and check it in a secured lot at the handball court along High Street, staffed by volunteers from the college.

People who have used the bike check love it, and we are ready to accommodate many more.

For those who have made large purchases, the fair organizers (the Lexington Art League and the city parks and recreation department) are providing a secured station on High Street where you can deposit your items, come back and pull in with your vehicle to pick them up.

No more parking problems.

Enjoy your day, check your bike in a flash.

Larry Porter

Bluegrass Community and Technical College


Questions about Grimes

The Kentucky secretary of state, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, got off to a good start following in her father's footsteps by using taxpayers' money to further her career.

While her father was a state representative he set up dummy catering businesses and submitted fake bids in competition with his own catering business.

Guess which caterer got the business? He left the legislature under a dark cloud after being tried for ethics violations.

That trial ended in a mistrial, but his childhood friend was convicted of jury tampering in the same trial. When Grimes took office, she used taxpayers' money to mail out Kentucky Colonel papers to her supporters. Like father, like daughter.

Anyone who expects to vote for the part-time secretary of state for the U.S. Senate had better watch what they are wishing for, or they just might get it.

Whether you like Sen. Mitch McConnell or not, he is the only senator with the power to stop President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from further bankrupting this country.

Ask yourself how much power a person totally inexperienced in politics would have in a Washington. The answer is less than none.

Ask yourself if Grimes will return the salary she is being paid for performing as secretary of state while she is traveling all over Kentucky campaigning for another job. Do you really want her to replace McConnell?

Carl Sumner


More care from APRNs

I agree with the recommendation of the July 7 letter, "Free nurse practitioners," by an advanced practice registered nurse. I, on the other hand, write from the perspective of a patient whose primary care for the past 11 years has been provided by an APRN.

My APRN has been my beacon through both life-threatening and common ailments. In the more serious cases, she always refers me to medical specialists but remains in communication. For common ailments, she treats me, monitors my progress and adjusts medication in a timely manner. Her approach is holistic, compassionate and very well informed by current research and practice.

It is unfortunate that under Kentucky law, she is not allowed to prescribe antibiotics and other drugs for common ailments without the oversight of a physician, called a collaborative agreement. Fortunately, my APRN is part of a clinic with physicians on site.

The collaborative agreement for prescribing can be difficult to obtain for independent nurse practitioners due to the scarcity of physicians in a geographic region and the substantial financial remuneration involved.

National health policy organizations support removal of these prescription-writing barriers, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the National Governors Association.

Eleven states have passed laws that give APRNs prescription authority. In the 2013 Kentucky legislative session, Senate Bill 51 would have done so, but the bill died without the opportunity for a floor vote. Tell your legislator you support SB 51. The bill at least deserves a floor vote.

Ann Garrity


Point missed

I am writing to express my humble apology to the Transylvania University professor who objected to my July 9 letter in support of the faculty.

It is clear from the writer's letter that the faculty and the Board of Trustees will work together amicably, as they have in past days.

However, I will humbly request, as I would of any freshman composition student, that the professor actually read my letter.

In it, I pointed out an undisputed sequence of events: the trustee-appointed president refused to accommodate faculty recommendations for tenure, the faculty presented a vote of no confidence in the president by a large majority, and the trustees responded with a unanimous rejection of that motion.

The issue, as the professor fails to acknowledge, is between the trustees and the faculty, and not, as he says, the university as a whole.

The university as a whole consists of several parts: faculty, trustees, student body, staff, etc. The trustees, by the way, subsequently withdrew support from the president, and he is leaving in a year.

This professor's ill-considered letter has cause me to rethink my respect for Transylvania University.

Charles M. Murray


New thinking needed

If you factor the coal industry out of the economic situation in Eastern Kentucky right now, the primary residual would be an extraordinary existing railroad infrastructure.

I recently suggested to an influential business person that a dinner train would make sense. The flippant response I received illustrated the arrogant disregard some of us flatlanders have toward any kind of future for the mountains.

It was exactly the type of pessimistic thinking we need to overcome. There are some good people living up there, and they deserve an heir to King Coal.

Doug Epling


Pennies are a waste

As it turns out, a penny saved is not, in fact, a penny earned.

To manufacture a penny, it requires, on average, 2.41 cents, or more than double its face value.

Handling pennies adds an average of 2.5 seconds for each transaction, which accumulates to 2.4 hours a year.

Even President Barack Obama stated that he didn't know why the penny was still in circulation.

It costs us a pretty penny to continue making them, or $120 million for $50 million worth in 2011.

The penny is penny ante. It makes "cents" to do away with it. A penny for your thoughts?

Kimberlyn Caywood


Free to pay

The big print giveth and the small print taketh away. This might apply to the ad in the Herald-Leader on Aug. 1 for free cellphones.

The word free is used ad nauseam, but buried deep in the ad there is a mention of a $97 activation fee and shipping costs.

Free? Grr.

Tom Dixon