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Letters

  • Doctor shoppers are multiplying

    On Saturday, March 22, 2008, a patient called my office complaining of a toothache. The name sounded familiar and alarming. My records indicated that I last saw this individual in 1999. After several calls to area pharmacies, he was identified as a "doctor shopper" at that time.

    "Doctor shopping" refers to the practice of a patient requesting care from multiple practitioners, often simultaneously, without making efforts to coordinate care or informing the practitioner of the multiple caregivers.

  • Needs help with school project

    My name is Tessa Wicks. I go to Evansville (Ind.) Day School and I am doing a report on Kentucky.

    I would appreciate it if you could put this letter in your newspaper. I would appreciate it more if your readers could send me artifacts from Kentucky. My report will be 20 pages long.

    I am studying the climate, geography, history, famous people, economy and industry, travel, tourism and recreation. If your readers could please send to:

    Tessa Wicks

    Evansville Day School

    3400 North Green River Road

    Evansville, Ind. 47715

  • Troops instrumental in success of surge

    I wanted to write and thank the community of Campbellsville for its support of our nation's sons and daughters serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Campbellsville and Campbellsville University hold a special place in my life.

    I graduated from Campbellsville University in 1984 and have served as an Army chaplain for the past 16 years. I grew up in Hodgenville and still have family living there. My daughter is currently a freshman at CU.

  • Volunteers sought for 2008 PRIDE Spring Cleanup April 5-19

    Another spring is unfolding across Southern and Eastern Kentucky. As the redbud trees begin to blossom, I urge all residents to help in removing unsightly trash from Taylor County's roads, streams and hillsides during our annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup on April 5-19. Recruit your friends, family and neighbors to help.

    You can help by volunteering for cleanup events already scheduled by your local PRIDE coordinators. A list of activities near you can be found at www.kypride.org or by contacting PRIDE Coordinator Debbie McNear at 465-7729.

  • The potholes

    The other day I pulled into the gravel parking lot of a store I do business with and in the middle of the parking lot was a good country mud hole, the likes of which I hadn't seen in years.

  • Disenfranchised

    I have just returned from the Madison County Kentucky Courthouse disappointed and disenfranchised. For the first time in my life, Kentucky's vote will actually matter in a Presidential Primary, but I will not be allowed to participate.

  • The IRS needs your help

    Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals ($1,200 for married couples) will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child.

    People must file a 2007 tax return. That's it. But here's where the IRS needs help.

    Millions of people are eligible but may not know it. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don't file a tax return. This year, they must file to receive the payments.

  • Global Youth Service Day

    Hundreds of young people from your community will join thousands of youth across the commonwealth to serve their communities as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27.

    Global Youth Service Day is an annual event organized by Youth Service America. It is the largest service event in the world, mobilizing young people to identify and address community needs through service and civic engagement. The event also educates the public about the role of youth as leaders and resources in their communities.

  • New farm bill would stimulate economy

    While Congress and President Bush recently completed work on an economic stimulus package for America, farm interests have been pushing for another type of economic boost known as "the farm bill."

    Sometimes mischaracterized as a subsidy program for large-scale corporate farms, the nation's farm policy actually goes a long way toward providing a sense of economic stability in rural communities. And it does so with a broad reach.

  • Think before you vote

    To parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents and those who really do have concern about what kind of nation and city you live in, do the parents of school kids really want their children to spend eight hours at school, 3-4 hours of homework so they can score high on a Commonwealth Accountability Test System to help Kentucky school systems look good or maybe smart as other states?