Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 15

Nurses in forefront of health care policy

As National Nurses Week comes to an end, it is so gratifying to see the leading role of nurses in our health-care system.

We are scientists, leaders and caregivers who are collaborating with our health-care leaders and partners to identify innovative, compassionate and evidence-based solutions that will enable so many to live longer, stronger and healthier lives.

National nursing organizations are working relentlessly to elevate the role of nurses at local, state and federal levels.

It was deeply satisfying to learn that Oregon's Sen. Jeff Merkley and West Virginia's Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015, which would designate a National Nurse for Public Health.

At the University of Kentucky, we are preparing nurse leaders who are resilient, collaborative, responsive and have the courage to drive health policy when the odds seemed stacked against us.

We are the largest health profession, over 3.2 million registered nurses strong, and we stand positioned to provide a uniting national voice to transform the lives of our patients, families, communities and systems.

Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to promote prevention, help improve outcomes and guide local, state and national initiatives to address our most pressing and challenging health problems.

Janie Heath

Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing

University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Scott prepared for job

While serving on the Kentucky Supreme Court, I observed the endless energy and brilliant intellect of Deputy Chief Justice Will T. Scott.

He was a source of wisdom for the entire commonwealth in the finest spirit of public service. I enthusiastically support him for governor because he, much more than all other candidates, has an unmatched record of meaningful achievements on many levels of public service.

In addition to being a decorated Vietnam veteran, he has worked as a prosecutor, a circuit judge, a public defender, a seasoned trial attorney and a Kentucky Supreme Court justice.

These real-life experiences have prepared him well to assume the greater responsibility of governor. Scott has proven himself to be truly a man of our times and a protector of Kentucky values.

J. W. "Bill" Graves


Comer can break gridlock

Kentuckians are sick and tired of gridlock in Frankfort. Republican candidates for governor make many promises without explaining how they are going to get specific legislation through the Democratic House.

Only one slate has ever passed a bill in Frankfort — the Comer/McDaniel ticket. They have a proven record of consensus building in both houses to solve problems in the commonwealth.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is a former state representative, a farmer and is respected by Republicans and Democrats. His rapport with the representatives will serve him well as governor.

Sen. Chris McDaniel is a brilliant man. As a freshman senator, he was chosen to chair the powerful Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

With the respect of their peers, they can end gridlock and solve Kentucky's problems. Join with thousands of your fellow Kentuckians for an end to gridlock. Vote for Comer-McDaniel in Tuesday's GOP primary

Rick Rash


GOP disappoints

Listening to Republican candidates running for governor, one would get the impression Kentucky's economy has been laid waste by President Barack Obama's policies.

Kentucky's unemployment rate now stands at 5.1 percent, which is almost a half-point lower than the U.S. rate.

Hal Heiner claims Kentucky lost 20,000 jobs over the past two years. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total non-farm employment was 46,000 higher in 2014 than in 2012.

None of the candidates believe in global warming. One claims it doesn't exist because we had 12 inches of snow in January. Another hauled out that old chestnut, "I'm not a scientist." No, and you are not an economist either, but that doesn't keep you from prescribing largely discredited economic remedies.

Only a few crackpots, many paid by oil and gas companies, continue to deny climate change's existence.

How disappointing to see these men pander to knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

Jim Porter