Letters to the Editor: Feb. 26, 2014

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Where’s help?

Through no fault of my own, like many others I have found myself unemployed and with no savings left. Foreclosure is knocking at the door any moment, and of course I have no health insurance. (Yes I signed up for ACA back in Dec, but they don’t have their act straight, and I can never reach them by phone or E-mail to get an update.) In any case I have developed a dental emergency. A bridge has come out and needs to be reglued. The dentist at Mercy Medical is not there Tuesday and has no appointments in the foreseeable future. The waiting time at UofL is 4 to 6 weeks approximately, with a hefty chunk due up front. I have called around and have found no dentist that is willing to work with me on a sliding scale or reasonable payment plan. I am desperately trying to find work with dozens and dozens of applications out there. In the meantime I have an emergency, and no one in small town America (Shelbyville/Simpsonville) is willing to help. I even contacted dentists  of friends who would vouch for me, and no one would show me any kindness.

I am not a low life. I am a college-educated woman who has found herself in a horrible situation. I am not asking for free treatment...just the ability to make payments so this potential serious issue can be dealt with. Re-cementing a bridge...not major surgery.

I hope no family member of one of the many dentists I called is ever in a situation like mine. Lack of care or concern for your neighbors is truly a sad state of affairs

Abbe Henkel



Save the planet

Every time I go to the Family Activity Center to walk on their mile loop, I meet someone there walking too. It’s a very beautiful way to get some exercise. However, if we don’t change the way we live, in 100 years the carbon dioxide in the air will heat up the earth, causing glaciers to melt and oceans to rise and terrible storms that could make life on earth uninhabitable.

But there are things we can do to stop global warming. One thing is to switch from incandescent to CFL light bulbs. CFL’s use much less energy and last longer. Only be careful if you break one to clean it up with gloves because they have some mercury in them. Second, if you buy a new car, buy a Toyota Prius or a Honda Civic. These get about 55 miles to the gallon, which means you burn fewer fossil fuels to go the same distance. Third, you can recycle paper, cardboard, [some] plastic with a recyclable symbol on it and glass at the recycling center on 7th Street. Fourth, buy local food. The average American dinner travels 1,500 miles before it ends up on our plate, according to “Go Green,” by Nancy H. Taylor. We could burn fewer fossil fuels by buying vegetables and eggs at the farmers’ market or purchasing a share in a CSA. (Call the Cooperative Extension Office to find farmers). Fifth, have a home energy audit done to see if you are heating the neighborhood. Energy cooperatives offer, for free, programs to tell you where energy leaks are in your apartment or house.

Finally, continue to research about how to protect the environment. You can check out books at the library. Let’s work together to create a beautiful future for our children.

Beth Pena



Casino gambling

I firmly believe Gov. Steve Beshear is trying to keep Kentucky money in Kentucky. Those trying to tell people how bad this idea is need to drive across the state line to casino parking areas and count the Kentucky cars on any day they choose. These people are giving their money for Indiana roads and education. Many days my car is there. My motto is: Somebody is going to win. It may as well be Kentucky.

Shirley Gill