Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 27

Not my job? If you have one, better think twice

David Smith, president of the Kentucky Association of State Employees, made an excellent observation regarding the problem with many people in the workforce. I am referring to the Herald-Leader article about shoveling snow.

As a former small-business owner, I, too, was called upon to perform many unpleasant tasks.

I completed duties that I had been trained to do such as invoicing, billing, payroll, taxes, customer service, ordering product, employee grievances, delivery detail, etc. I also cleaned the office, took out the trash, swept (or shoveled) the porch and steps.

These duties were not in my job description, but were necessary to keep the business profitable. I didn't have a safety net to catch me if something was not completed.

In these very hard economic times, such a narrow viewpoint of performance expectations confirms that being blessed with a job evidently is not enough.

Perhaps the fact that I held the responsibility of making sure I actually made money after paying all the bills inspired me to endure having to go beyond my "training."

Beth Hamm


Run, Rand, run

I believe we should change the law so Sen. Rand Paul may run for two offices at the same time.

I think we should allow him to run for as many offices as he chooses. Then maybe if he is elected to the high office of wastewater taste tester of Bovine, Tex., he will stop being the great source of embarrassment he is to all Kentuckians.

Damian C. Beach


Work together to fight poverty

Half a century ago President Lyndon Johnson began his "war on poverty" in the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

Recently, Pope Francis declared concern for the poor the top priority of his papacy, and led by example: raffling off 13 gifts and using the proceeds to benefit the poor.

In the last 20 years, poverty has been cut in half and could be eradicated by 2030.

Many programs have been implemented in Eastern Kentucky to help the poor, yet it was recently announced that six Eastern Kentucky counties rank among the nation's 10 hardest counties to live in.

Clay County, with 12.7 percent unemployment, is considered the roughest place in the nation to live.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have joined the fight against poverty, working on the bipartisan initiative Shaping Our Appalachian Region.

The idea is for people from all backgrounds to work together to develop programs within these and other rural communities that will help all Kentuckians thrive.

Let's join with these few courageous leaders and work across political lines to help all families in Eastern Kentucky, Lexington and around the world eradicate poverty.

Greta Nichols, Morgan Meade, Barry Holt


Corporate control of women

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that owners of closely-held, profit-making corporations do not have an obligation to provide employees with access to health care which includes contraceptives that offend the employer's religious beliefs.

A corporation should not have this level of control over its employees and women have the right to decide what happens to their bodies.

The court split 4 to 5, with none of the female justices in the majority. Although Hobby Lobby only objected to some contraceptives, the fact remains that a corporation was given the power to dictate how women use birth control.

Where does it end? Will corporations be given control over more critical aspects of a person's health?

This is also a very real issue, especially for clients living in poverty whom we serve. This could also negatively affect the client population in the cities where social workers will be serving.

A ruling like this is very detrimental to the general reproductive health issues of many women, especially those living in poverty.

We hope for the benefit of these women, something can be done about this ruling.

Tela Warren, Cesilee Newsome


Domestic violence

Ray Rice, Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen — all three are commonly talked about, not for their talent or skills, but rather for the acts of domestic violence they committed against their spouses.

Why is it that when someone famous is involved in domestic violence it is all over the news for days, but when it happens to the woman who lives down the street we pretend we don't see her tears and bruises? This is simply not acceptable.

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year. Domestic violence can affect anyone at any time. It is a global issue.

It is time to bring domestic violence to the forefront of our local and national discussions. It's time we talk about what can be done to reduce these numbers, rather than focusing our attention on the famous people it affects.

Domestic violence isn't going to go away just because we pretend it's not happening.

Kentucky, with an average of 22,269 domestic violence cases investigated per year, needs to be the first to stand up against domestic violence.

What will you stand for, Kentucky?

Megan Neace, Sarah Schoocraft, Kara Hardesty