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Washington doing little to stop Ebola

Dear Editor,

Ebola in America is another avoidable crisis created by inept leadership. Our elected leaders in Washington could have handled the deadly virus responsibly without medical advice. An ounce of commonsense was sufficient to safeguard and “promote the general welfare.”
For example, Ebola did not develop in three nations simultaneously. It started in one nation and traveled to other nations. Medical experts have not reached a consensus about how the virus travels from here to there. Their failure to reach agreement clearly identified the responsible measure. Travelers from West Africa may not enter and contaminate another nation.
Incredibly, our tax-paid, bureaucratic doctors have opposed a travel-ban. They justified their opposition with petty rationalizations that callously included their economic concern for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. They topped their gobbledygook with: “Ebola has been stopped in its tracks.” Two days later, the first of two Dallas nurses contracted the virus from a patient who had traveled to America from West Africa.
The bureaucratic doctors then advanced the Ebola discussion to the next lowest level, diminishment. “Only three cases in a nation of 300 million.” That brand of stupidity disregards the undeniable fact that there used to be only one case of Ebola in all of West Africa.
Moreover, with millions of illegal aliens roaming America at will, pertussis (whooping cough), tuberculosis, measles, and mumps; diseases eradicated 50 years ago, are making a comeback due to declining living standards among the working class. Sadly, that is another undeniable fact.
The “State of the Union” is in critical condition and the outlook is grim. Its downward spiral will continue as long as voters permit elected politicians in Congress and in the White House to demonstrate self-serving, irresponsible, incompetent, dishonest, and lawless conduct right out in broad daylight with no fear of arrest or accountability.

Shafter Bailey
Lexington, Ky.

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Message still relevant

Dear Editor,

I would like to share the following speech given by Principal Jody McLoud before a Roane County High School football game on Sept. 1, 2000 :
“It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and Country.
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case law.
As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle, and if someone is offended, that’s okay.
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that’s okay.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is offended, it’s no problem.
I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth, and call it ecology.
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant and call it enlightenment.
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
For this reason, I shall render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that’s not against the law — yet.”
And ... one by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another, and began to pray. They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand. And they prayed in the announcer’s box. The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America — the seat of “justice” in the one nation under God.
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered what so many have forgotten ... we are given the Freedom OF religion, not the Freedom FROM religion.

Marvin McFaddin
Paintsville, Ky.

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Women voters important

Dear Editor:

Seventeen times, Mitch McConnell has voted against raising the minimum wage, he has vowed that he won’t let it change on his watch ... however, he has voted every time for raising his own wage. McConnell has voted four times against equal pay for women that are doing the same jobs as men.
McConnell voted against reinstating the Violence Against Women Act.
McConnell voted against the farm bill and farmers subsidizing our school lunch programs with good healthy food. Mitch voted against senior citizens living on social security. The list goes on and on of what Mitch McConnell has done to you and not done for you.
McConnell has a deceptive ad out, trying to make women voters believe that he cares about them. Yes, he cares about you so much that he has fixed it so you — the middle-class women and men — can pay the U.S. tax bills while big corporate and billionaires get off with paying zero or almost no taxes. Mitch has large financial rewards for them; they fund his election campaign in exchange for corporate tax loop holes, while he gives you and me the shaft!
McConnell also voted against healthcare facilities for our veterans and he killed a bill that would have put 42 billion dollars into veterans’ healthcare. During the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Mitch voted against upgrading the armor on military Humvees and transport trucks that would protect them against roadside bombs. Mitch is a pathetic example of a real man.
Women voters can ditch Mitch!
Let’s do it!

Alma Cowles
Bowling Green

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Your healthcare decisions matter

Dear Editor,
The Affordable Care Act has dramatically impacted the delivery of health care services across the country and this region. The impact has been both good and bad for eastern Kentucky’s doctors and hospitals. One thing that hasn’t changed is community based organizations like Highlands Health System, which remains committed to meeting the health care needs of our region.
It is great so many more Kentuckians have access to Medicaid coverage but if payment practices of the managed care organizations do not improve soon, our region risks losing skilled doctors and essential services. In Kentucky, rural hospitals and doctors have been negatively impacted by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations that claim they manage care of their members. The truth is there is little care management occurring in our region. Instead, local doctors and hospitals have to fight for timely and appropriate payment for their services. Often, patients are unaware of this dynamic. Patients can make a difference as some plans are more conscience about paying providers appropriately than others. People should carefully consider their choice of plans and take into consideration the long term impact their selection of plans has on our regional health care system. Open enrollment in the Medicaid program will begin in October and November.
The pressures on our local hospital and doctors are very real. Recently, Highlands completed negotiations with its union. To the credit of Highlands’ employees, they recognized the pressures caused by the state’s new Medicaid program and our distressed local economy. The employees of Highlands demonstrated great insight and sacrifice by increasing their out of pocket expenses for health coverage. This was done in part to preserve jobs and also to assure this region continues to have a vibrant hospital that delivers low cost and high quality care. Highlands employees come primarily from Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin counties. They know firsthand the important role a hospital plays in the overall health of our economy. It is important our region support their sacrifice and choose to use their local not-for-profit hospital. Our 600 employees and 250 doctors are committed to you and the vitality of the region.

Harold C. Warman, Jr., FACHE
President & CEO, Highlands Health System
Prestonsburg, Ky.

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Class of ‘69 thanks Ramada staff

Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Paintsville High School Class of 1969, we want to express a big “thank you” to staff of the Ramada Inn of Paintsville. A special “thank you” to Mika VanHoose and the employees for the beautifully decorated room and their gracious service. You made our reunion special and we truly appreciated all the hard work everyone put into making the day memorable.
Thank You!
Selene Blanton
Thelma, Ky.

Come to church

Dear Editor,
To the citizens of Paintsville and Johnson County — young and old — once again, God has spared our fair city from death and destruction.
Why did He spare us? There are saved, born again, praying Christians in the City of Paintsville and in Johnson County. God heard our prayers and spared us.
I believe I would be held accountable to God if I did not warn you that there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun.
Don’t you know that’s what our pastor preaches at our Freewill Baptist Church on the corner of Third and West Street?
Don’t you know he preaches the birth, death, and resurrection of our blessed Savior, JESUS CHRIST, and that Heaven is real and Hell is HOT.
Come and visit our church. I believe you will be glad you did.

Marvin McFaddin
Paintsville, Ky.

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