Letters to the Editor: Nov. 21, 2012

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How nation responded to election

An open letter to John Shindlebower (“This election was disheartening,” My Word, Nov. 14): I too can relate to your pain. Not many years ago I watched in disbelief as the Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush as  president even though he had lost the popular vote and, in all likelihood, the Electoral College. I watched in shock as he sat in an elementary school reading class holding a book probably two levels above his reading ability as our nation was attacked; an attack his administration had been warned had the potential to occur.

I was shocked when we entered two wars; one on completely false pretenses, and neither fully funded. I was also shocked as greed and corruption ran amuck in our banking industry; while our housing industry collapsed and thousands were left homeless. Again, in total disbelief I saw a hurricane ravage New Orleans and thousands suffer while "Brownie" did a good job. I have watched the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class struggle to survive. I have witnessed big businesses ship thousands of jobs overseas while American workers were forced to work longer hours for less pay and their retirements and benefits slowly disappear.

And how did we resolve this? We elected a Democrat as president; a black man at that. During his first term in office, the auto industry was saved; unemployment declined; the housing industry began to improve; newer and tougher banking controls were enacted; and a broken health-care system was put on the road to recovery. And not to forget, he has ended one war and is in the process of winding down the other one. He even had the nerve to actually help hurricane victims and work with a Republican governor. S, what did we do? We re-elected him as minorities, women, young people and middle-class voters flocked to the polls in record numbers. We now see the possibility of the freedoms offered by this great nation of ours being within reach of all people regardless of their race, sex or sexual preference. We see the possibility of the middle class rebounding and...wait a minute...John as I rethink this, I'm not sure anymore why you are so upset. Oh, I get it. It's like the nation is throwing itself a party, and you didn't get an invitation.

Bill Young





In response to Mr. Shindlebower's forum, I can only say "really?"

Katie Sjothun



Passport Health serves us well

As a local eye doctor, I see a great number of Passport Health Plan members and have for over a decade. The federal government recently changed a rule and has allowed other insurance plans to come into Shelby, Henry, Spencer and other counties as alternate providers to Passport. The state has gone as far as to randomly shuffle the deck and disperse 75 percent of previously covered Passport patients to other insurance plans. While I have heard that competition is good from one side and how only the government would break an unbroken thing from the other, one thing remains constant:  Passport is a really great plan for its members.

That is why I have urged my patients that currently have Passport to call 855-446-1245 and tell the state Medicaid office that you want to stay with Passport. If you have friends, clients, patients or family on Passport, I would urge you to do the same. The opportunity to switch ends on Dec. 15, so it is important to make this call soon.

Some plans will urge you to try their plans, but you don't have to. And why would you? Passport is widely known as one of the country’s best health-care plans in terms of quality, and it has many innovative programs to help members improve their lives and those that they love. This has all been done while saving the state of Kentucky millions of dollars.

It’s not often you will hear someone from the medical community champion the cause of an insurance company. However, Passport, in my opinion, has been solidly working for my patients, treats my office fairly and has done so for about 15 years. I believe in what they do and how they do it. In fact, I have been a volunteer on the Passport Partnership Council as the vision representative for 14 of those 15 years.

Again, I urge you to call the number above or inform those you know that have Passport to do the same. Soon.

Dr. Dan Bowersox



Northside resident responds


Regarding the article about the new Northside Early Childhood Development Center (“Residents skip meeting,” Nov. 14). I have been a resident of 9th Street for over 40 years, and I was in attendance at the recent meeting. I am very interested in what happens in my neighborhood. The representatives from the school system, contractors and other people involved in this project were very informative and answered all my questions.

This sounds like a wonderful development for the neighborhood and though we will have some inconveniences it will be worth it. I also work part-time at the library, but I attended the meeting as a resident of the area, and after reading your inaccurate headline I was compelled to emphasize that fact.

Tola Stevens