You will laugh until you cry
Recent letters regarding the CentrePointe pit are hilarious. Nicholas Sprouse's take on the city versus developer exchange of letters is perfect. If Sprouse isn't a politician he has missed his calling.
Robert Treadway has a great idea for the world's largest cockfighting pit. Along with his suggestion of adding turkeys and ostriches, why not sandhill cranes?
We already have a hunting season for them. I hear they are vicious ... sigh.
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Support Art League
I hope the city of Lexington and its citizens will take the time to support the Lexington Art League during its time of trouble. This organization has done a lot to bring the arts to everyone and to make the arts more inclusive.
Jack Lee Wollman Jr.
Restore U.S. lead
I don't know if raising the minimum wage would hurt, and it might help in the short term, but we need a better attack program for the future.
Over the past 30 or so years, we have lost an estimated 10 million manufacturing jobs to other countries. We are the nation that put man on the moon. Our vision, innovations and inventions brought us products we enjoy today.
We are letting our heritage as the world's manufacturing leader slip away. Too much is at stake — our standard of living, national sense of pride, love of country and maybe even ability to defend ourselves — to allow that to happen.
It will take a unified national effort to turn this stubborn job-loss trend around. Corporations need to change their missions, and Congress needs to come on board. Our educators need to stress pride in work and patriotism. and be on the cutting edge of preparing the workforce for these jobs.
As we have lost jobs, hourly wages have stagnated, and many have experienced no improvement in their standard of living. If we don't come together and turn this disaster around I am fearful of our future. Are you?
Ignorance is curable
A May 11 letter, "Climate always changes," discounted man-made climate change (which 97 percent of practicing climate scientists have concluded is real) by arguing that the Earth has had numerous ice ages and therefore climate change is natural.
Ever hear of the Milankovitch cycle? Google "ice ages," and you can spend days studying, as you should if you wish to comment knowledgeably.
Never rely on one viewpoint, especially your own unstudied one, or that of non-expert, self-serving politicians, folks with vested interests or media pundits. And, determine the relevant expertise of the sources before you reach a conclusion. If you lack access to the Internet, go to the public library and ask for free help.
Politicians allow those funding their re-election (e.g., Koch Brothers, personal business interests) to feed them unlearned "non-facts" on this issue. That's self-serving deception and probably not immediately curable. Ignorance of expert scientific consensus (willful or otherwise) is, however, curable with effort. If you don't trust the experts in matters of science, at least recognize that your entire secular American life (medicine, food, comfort, transportation, etc.) depends on best expert consensus developed only through thorough study of the science.
Questions for hospitals
Large amounts of outrageously high hospital charges are not paid because insurance programs actually pay much lower fixed fees or negotiated rates. That leaves the uninsured to struggle with insurmountable hospital bills.
Those who have had no insurance usually had little or no money and therefore paid little or none of the enormous charges. In Kentucky, 400,000 of those people were added to the Medicaid program, which means that hospitals are now paid for care which previously was uncompensated.
Yet, according to the Kentucky Hospital Association, this will result in higher losses and lower operating margins for hospitals. Does this make sense to anyone?
The KHA also suggests that the Medicare/Medicaid policy on reduced payment for readmitted patients has created a financial burden for hospitals.
This policy came about in part because a high patient-readmission rate within a short time frame might be an indication of inadequate quality of care or a lack of appropriate coordination of post-discharge care. Would it not be less expensive for all concerned if hospitals got it right the first time?
Maybe it's the hospitals that should be reformed rather than the insurance companies.
Jimmy D. Helton