Letters to the Editor, Feb. 15, 2012

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Democratic mistakes


Are we the only ones who noticed a few weeks ago in The Sentinel-Newsthat Gov. Steve Beshear stated there would have to be a lot of cuts in Kentucky’s budget because of lack of funds?

Another article on the same page stated that the vote for more gambling to be made legal in Kentucky was coming up and implied that would help with the short fall. Really?Was that supposed to give us hope for Kentucky to be a better place to live and work? If so, it didn’t work at our house!

We also have been following the news regarding the merger of U of L, Jewish and Catholic hospitals. Much to our surprise and astonishment Gov. Beshear nixed that sale quickly. I thought he was looking for avenues to save our much-over-taxed, middle-income workers some needed assistance. Are we the only ones who were highly suspicious when Gov. Beshear denied the merger of the U of L hospital with the Jewish and Catholic hospitals? Could the reason for not accepting Jewish and Catholic hospitals’ offer to take U of L out of the overtaxed-middle-class wallets been the Jewish and Catholic hospitals’ love of all life, born and unborn, have been the reason?? (No we are not Catholic.)

Now the president of the United States is pushing as hard as he can to make all people of all faiths to put aside our deeply held beliefs that lifeis to be protected making our churches and synagogues to pay for insurance to pay for abortions etc. (Surely Planned Parenthood would be glad to offer contraceptives.)
Wake up people of all faiths and nationalities! What is wrong with this picture? We can no longer vote our pocketbooks to the exclusion of our moral obligations!

I remember when the Democratic Party stood for the little guy who did not otherwise have a voice. What happened? We did not leave the Democratic Party. They left us!

Ron and Flo Chandler



Help the aging


It's time to cut waiting lists and not the services helping people live independently. Elderly are waiting for services from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, yet Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget is cutting another 6.4 percent. These cuts include programs helping people live in their own homes and includes meals-on-wheels. Aging Kentuckians are on waiting lists for basic services helping them live in their own homes longer.

Making hard choices when the budget is short is tough for all of us, but there are already too many older Kentuckians struggling to make ends meet. Even in a tough economy, it makes sense to spend on programs that help seniors live in their own homes. Over time, in-home services help keep seniors out of expensive nursing homes and off Medicaid. Seniors deserve dignity and a choice to decide where they live. They should not have a stranger telling them when to wake up, go to bed and when and what to eat. Mostly they need help with getting up and down, help with a bath, getting a good meal, laundry and help in keeping the home clean.

My sister, who passed away in 2007, had this kind of care. Without it, I don't know what she would have done except gone on Medicaid and stayed in a nursing home. This would have cost the State a lot more.

Kentucky can do better and after a lifetime of work, seniors deserve to be a higher priority. Contact your legislators and Gov. Beshear, tell Frankfort to pass a budget that fully funds aging services. It's the right thing to do.

Owen D. Humphress


Shelby’s farming growing


It has been said that agriculture is dead in Shelby County. Nothing could be further from the truth. Agriculture in Shelby County is alive and well. In fact the county is blessed with a large, diverse group of young farmers.

Shelby County’s young farmers grow fruit and vegetables that show up for sale in your local grocery stores and also growing sod, trees and scrubs. There soon will be retail cheese produced in Shelby County. For the first time since prohibition there are grapes growing here.

There are young farmers growing corn, soybeans, hay, milking cows, raising beef cattle and tobacco. They are doing all kinds of farming and doing a great job of it.

There even are young farmers who didn’t grow up on the farm. That says a lot for the county’s established farmers. These young farmers need help, and they are getting it.

When I talk to farmers from other parts of the state and other parts of the country, they can’t believe the numbers of young farmers Shelby County has.

Yes, Shelby County farming is alive and well. Take a look around, and you will find that unlike many parts of this country, our farming has a growing  future, thanks to these young farmers.

It’s one more thing Shelby County can be proud of. I hope you are.

John Wills