Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Oct. 10

No health care? Give poor jobs, higher wages

If not health care reform, then it's high time the top one percent raise our federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, so we poor hard-working souls can afford insurance coverage as they do.

Tea Party supporters should not flap their gums about getting an education and a better-paying job, for they need to help create 46 million better-paying jobs for this to happen, and they have not accomplished this.

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Independent Senate candidate Ed Marksberry, Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Andy Barr are all fat cats and they don't care anything about the plight of us poor people.

They are all doctors, lawyers and businessmen — those who are controlling this country? They will say anything to get elected then the hell with us poor folks. Politicians are all bought and paid for by the one percent and they owe their souls to the company store.

From 2001 to 2008, insurance companies' combined net profit increased from $2.5 billion to $12.5 billion. Health insurance fees increased by close to 150 percent and the companies canceled millions of policies to increase profits.

With that money they bought the Republican Party to make you think that heatlh reform will increase rates. Looks like big business for the Republican Party, as usual.

Victor Privett


Guns not the issue

A recent letter supporting gun control encouraged us all to scream with frustration and demand answers.

I empathize with the hand-wringing, but no ideas came forth, except, of course, to condemn those who have guns.

Had the writer considered that gun safety can be taught to children and practiced by adults? Guns are not the issue. TV, immorality run amok, God kicked out of the schools and home, brutal video games, unmarried women having babies with no father as a moral male role model, pupils quitting school, welfare state mentality, etc. etc. just might be the problems.

Honest, concerned citizens should intelligently arm themselves so they can defend their children, homes and sacred honor.

Because the letter writer could not imagine a gun in her caring hands does not mean caring people never have guns. (For what it's worth, I volunteered in a Memphis jail for 10 years mentoring teen gang members.)

Joanne Smith


Need gun laws now

Before Dec. 14, 2012, I was just like any other typical American, consumed with my job, my children and grandchildren. But the massacre of 20 innocent babies at Sandy Hook Elementary that fateful day shook me to the core and changed my life forever.

No, I don't personally know any of the victims or their families. But to me, they represent us all ... people going about their daily lives, consumed with their jobs and children, and virtually oblivious to the danger of gun violence that threatens all Americans.

This threat became even more personal when my grandson's mother purchased a child-sized rifle for him last Christmas, just a few days after the Newtown massacre. It is the same type of rifle involved in an accidental killing of a toddler earlier this year in Kentucky.

While I have attempted to have this gun removed from his mother's home, current Kentucky law prevents me from doing so.

My grandson, only eight, has no grasp of the dangers the gun poses to his safety. When I spoke to him about it, his response: "It's OK mam-maw, if I get a bullet in me I can go to the nurse's station to get it out." So, you see, my grandson is just as vulnerable as the Sandy Hook first-graders. So are your children and grandchildren.

Don't wait for another senseless tragedy. Join the fight for commonsense gun laws. Visit www.momsdemandaction.org to learn how.

Carolyn Halcomb


Why recycle Miller?

Regarding the article on the new Kentucky Health Co-op, what was most interesting was that the CEO, Janie Miller, is a person known to your paper when she was the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

It was under her leadership at the cabinet that your newspaper filed suits in order to get records for children who died under state care. Her administration continually defied the orders of the court to release records to the press.

My family had our own dealings with Miller and found her to be inaccessible and heartless when it came to the needs of our severely handicapped adult daughter. Why on God's Earth another agency would hire her is a complete mystery.

Her statements regarding the non-profit status, "gives you the focus to what you are doing and why you are doing it," is comical considering that should have been her focus as head of the cabinet. Her tenure was an embarrassment to all Kentuckians, and especially to those who require services for their children and loved ones.

Given her track record, can we look forward to a pattern of secrecy in her new position? Why Kentucky keeps recycling these people who have proven to be deceitful is beyond my comprehension.

Looks like a perfect place for Richie Farmer to land once he is released from jail.

Scott Romano


Invest in Rupp name

Why are we not looking into the option of selling shares in Rupp Arena to retain the current historic name? It seems to have worked well for the Green Bay Packers.

I personally would buy shares and millions of fans would do likewise. I don't think the city realizes the power of Big Blue Nation. It would be an honor to frame my stock certificate and proudly display my part ownership of Rupp Arena.

Please stop the stupidity, use some common sense. Rupp Arena needs to remain Rupp Arena and thousands of other fans will surely agree with me. We'll (BBN) raise as much as you need.

David Tomlin

Margate, Fla.

Diversify opinions

This is in response to a Sept. 25 letter "Rename the paper." I, too, remember when there were two papers in Lexington, one liberal and one conservative. We actually got both sides of the news. Now, unfortunately, we get almost all liberal news and opinion.

We know the Herald-Leader's opinions are pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, anti-gun, pro-liberals, anti-Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul because those subjects are what we read about ad nauseum. Where is the other side? Is Kentucky 100 percent Democrat? Did all the conservatives move out?

It would be so nice to see more op-eds written by conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Ben Shapiro and Walter E. Williams. Is the New York Times the only newspaper in the country?

Are there any good conservative cartoonists out there? Do we constantly have to see Joel Pett's demeaning, mean-spirited cartoons about Republicans?

Opinion is supposed to be restricted to editorial pages, not in the main body of the paper. We don't need to read in news stories that someone is "far right," "ultra conservative." That's the reporter's opinion. I don't see "far left" or "ultra liberal." Please bring back reporting on and editorializing on both sides.

Nancy Davidson