Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 23

No skills, no sweat

There are unintended consequences to a higher minimum wage.

By passing such a law, Democrats would send a strong message to young people: “If you don't finish high school or seek education or job training after high school, if you have no job skills, don't worry. We are going to take care of you. We are Democrats, it's what we do. We will force all employers to pay you over $30,000 a year. A working couple could bring in over $60,000 flipping burgers.”

I imagine millions of young people shifting their minds into neutral and not caring about education. Self-determination has always made this country great. People knew they had to do things themselves. Democrats are trying to wean Americans away from this concept. Not a good idea.

Terry Burlew


Working man vs. Paul

Let’s make Rand Paul a one-term senator. Let's replace him with a blue-collar working-class family man. A United Steel Worker from Phelps, Jeff Kender refuses to have millionaires aiding and lobbying him. He won't sell us out for personal gain. He will not tell you and me one thing and do another. He knows what it’s like to put in a hard day’s work. Kender isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work. You know what you’re going to get when you send a blue-collar man to work.

Kender will put you and your family first, before political games, as we've seen from Paul. Get on board at kender4senate2016.com.

Neil Mollette


Silly as Sisyphus

Another session of Congress, another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If Congress keeps trying to push that boulder uphill, they might strain their backs. I hope they have health insurance.

Marianna Heins-Loy


Yearlong season of peace

Christmas is over, no more tales of acts of kindness or lectures of the true meaning. We now have a clean slate: A full year to show benevolence.

I would like to commend a few who sacrifice in silence. Thank you to the caregiver who tends to the needs of a loved one, the parents who provide for and teach their children, the missionary who works with the poor and destitute in a foreign land without basic comforts or safety, the person who consoles the dying, the person who is company to our lonely and nursing-home-stored elderly, the soldier who keeps our country safe here and abroad, the righteous who stand firm in their faith in the face of persecution or possible death.

I wish the birth of Jesus was not used as a calendar marker for ostentatious recognition and attention to self.

A new year and a new opportunity.

Christine McCabe


Middle class pays

Isn’t it wonderful that 500,000 Kentuckians now have health insurance? They have it because most of them pay nothing. Who does? The middle class, who can no longer afford their insurance premiums or to pay their medical claims.

The Affordable Care Act is a nightmare for the private payers, the self-employed and those who can’t get on group plans. Those who don’t get subsidies have seen premiums skyrocket. They are forced to move from low-deductible plans to $3,500 or higher deductibles. Many have lost co-pay benefits to urgent treatment centers. Families with children rely on urgent treatment centers. Now they must pay 100 percent of the bill.

Many plans no longer offer low co-payments for doctor visits, requiring the insured to pay 100 percent up to their high deductible. Health insurers have further restricted their provider networks. Many can no longer go to their personal physician.

The ACA is not affordable. It will lead to a huge increase of bankruptcies and the demise of the middle class.

Andy Strickland


Grit, George and Gipper

I have been privileged to have lived during the adult lives of John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Ronald Reagan. We could use their integrity now.

Richard C. Hoffman