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Letters

  • National Home Care Month

    More than 11 million Americans would rather be treated in the comfort of their own home when they are sick, than a hospital, nursing home or outside health care facility. Millions more will be added to our ranks in the near future.

    Our country's ability to maintain an effective health delivery system will be decided on how we care for vulnerable populations of Americans such as the aged, the chronically ill, the disabled and children.

  • Elizabethtown restaurants not affected

    A few nights ago, my wife and I went to an Elizabethtown restaurant for a special birthday dinner. It was so nice to not have to worry about any secondhand smoke no matter which of the restaurants we chose due to the Elizabethtown smoke-free ordinance that went into effect several months ago. Every report I know of is only positive about their ordinance.

  • Cigarette smoking can be slow-motion homicide

    Like numerous communities in Kentucky, Campbellsville is seriously considering the important step of prohibiting smoking in restaurants. This is taking place all over the U.S. as people become more and more aware of the serious health consequences of exposure to other peoples' smoke.

    In my capacity as a professor at Western Kentucky University for 25 years, I was in Campbellsville many times, teaching students from Campbellsville.

  • What about making tobacco a drug?

    You printed the article about smoking (by Staff Writer James Roberts). Well, how about making tobacco a drug same as marijuana and all the dope that brings in billions of dollars yearly? Alcohol drinks are very bad, too.

    Campbellsville would not even be where we are today. Farmers depended on tobacco to pay off their bills and equipment. Today, in these times people get all doped up, with dope of all kinds. They get drunk, come home, spend their money, beat up their wife and children. Now the peddlers are selling dope to school children.

  • Don't water down Smoking Ordinance

    Who will Campbellsville City Council listen to - business interests or those interested in protecting the health of our workers? We'll find out in December when City Council next discusses a possible smoke-free law.

    At issue are the perceptions that smoke-free laws are bad for business and that installing ventilation systems will reduce secondhand smoke exposure. On both counts, nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Keeping Cat Hollow open was right thing to do

    Thank you, Magistrate Milford Lowe. You saw the bigger picture of keeping Cat Holler (Hollow) Road open and had all the facts.

    My name is Stan Lowe and I live in Illinois, but my dad, Norman E. "Doc" Lowe was born in what was called "Lowe Town" back off of Cat Holler (Hollow) Road. So was my grandpa Norman Lowe and my great-grandpa William Lowe. My great-great-grandpa Obediah Lowe, was one of the pioneers of this part of Kentucky. He migrated from Virginia back in 1816. My ancestors, unlike the current owners, have paid taxes in that area of Kentucky for almost 200 years.

  • Don't need Council to take care of me

    Not only is it a lie that second-hand smoke is the third leading cause of death in the country, and not only is it a lie that 1,000 deaths in Kentucky resulted from second-hand smoke last year, not one person has ever died from second-hand smoke. Show me a coroner's report that says so.

    More precisely, if you review all the scientific studies of environmental tobacco smoke that have ever been completed, no significant scientific correlation between ETS and increased mortality can be shown.

  • A post-election prophecy

    Having just elected a governor who unashamedly ran on a platform of expanding gambling in the state of Kentucky, please allow me to make the following predictions:

    1) Within 12 months of the expansion of gambling in the state, whether it be a floating casino docked on the Ohio River, poker machines at truck stops, or expanded off-track betting facilities, the chapters of Gamblers Anonymous will increase significantly.

    2) Within six months of expanded gambling in the state, police sub-stations will begin to appear close to all major hubs of increased gambling.

  • On smoking ban

    I am so tired of reading the paper each week and it telling us that we can't smoke in public places. If you can't stand the smoke, keep your tails at home, inside a big balloon or something.

    So, now I'm saying ... what's worse, smoking in a restaurant or blowing your doggone nose at a table while I'm eating? That burns me up.

  • Justice ... For all or for some?

    Have you ever wondered if the judicial system honestly works like everyone makes it out to? Recent events that have happened to my family have made me have second thoughts about the system that officials say is suppose to "protect" me.

    These recent events have only caused problems for my family and I and have us thinking it protects the guilty more than the innocent.