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Just read the article on the great new facility for Shelby County trash (“New garbage facility to cost residents more,” Feb. 11). We have already paid for landfills in Shelby County. I did not know “money grows on trees” to pay $2.5 million for the facilities. We already have good facilities. The one at Waddy is clean and well run. When we have to start paying more to take our trash away (we already pay property taxes), how much is going to wind up thrown out on our county roads? Maybe we need to go back to the “good old days” and find the “sink hole” on the farm and throw it in. We need to tell our county leaders to stop wasting money we don’t have.
As nurse practitioners working in every corner of Kentucky, we are keenly aware of what goes into the state’s dire health statistics. Nationally, Kentucky ranks among the worst in diabetes, obesity and cancer, and towards the bottom in the number of primary care physicians practicing in the state. That’s a bad combination.
In fact, in many of our state’s 87 medically underserved areas, a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife is the only full-time primary care provider. In light of these facts, we should be doing everything we can to expand and improve access to health care.
Instead, a paperwork requirement is aggravating the shortage. In order to write prescriptions for routine medications, nurse practitioners must have a prescribing agreement with a physician. It’s a piece of paper that sits in a file in a drawer. The agreement doesn’t require the physician to see our patients, consult with us or be liable for patient care.
The problem? Without that signed piece of paper, we can’t prescribe the most basic medications, leaving patients without the care they need. With an unblemished, 17-year track record of appropriate prescribing, we believe this paperwork obstacle should be removed.
Please ask your legislators to support Senate Bill 51 to remove this paperwork requirement and improve Kentuckians’ access to health care.
Jean Stodghill, Shelbyville
Julianne Ewen, president, Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
Jail is an example
Your article about our jail (“Shelby County jail built to last,” Feb. 6) immediately reminded me of the late (great) former Shelby County Judge-Executive Bobby Stratton, who endured the Great Depression and was tempered by service during WWII. Just imagine, in this day and age, writing a check for a multimillion-dollar project. Here’s a role model for any public official. It reminds me of my dad, the late Howard Pearce, “If you can’t pay cash for it, you don’t need it.”
I enjoyed Steve Doyle’s article on the Super Bowl (“They stole the Super show,” Feb. 6). Thanks to him for putting into words the sentiment felt by many of us who were raised in a farming environment. I still have my 1958 FFA jacket that I wore with pride. Well done.