Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 22, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Another law without impact

What, meth labs are not on the decline? But the Kentucky General Assembly fixed this problem by making it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy allergy medicine.

Laws that have no impact on criminals? Say it isn’t so.

Gary Stevens, Olive Hill

Marriage needs to be privatized

The U.S. is a nanny-state!

Our federal government treats its citizens like small ignorant children who don’t know any better, and who need a wiser adult supervisor to tell us what is in our better interest instead of leaving our life choices to ourselves.

In particular, the idea of marriage is one of those areas where our government has overstepped its bounds. The federal government has no right to amend its laws to define who and what constitutes a marriage, and it certainly does not have the right to dictate who can and cannot marry. At some point in time during our personal development, we reach a moment where we are well aware of what is in our own better interest.

Whatever life choices we make are ours alone, and we are responsible for how we take care of our health and mental stability. The government has no say so in what I put in my body, or take out of it, or who I choose to join it to.

For centuries, marriage was under the private dictates of religion. Marriage, for most of human history, has been a religious act, and rarely one instituted by the state. When the U.S. government decided to seize control of marriage (issuing marriage licenses, which is a tax!), it took over what had traditionally been overseen by churches and other religious bodies.

At the heart of the issue of marriage equality is the idea of control. That’s what our government is after — complete control of people’s private lives. Unfortunately, that is the dark side of an imperial system of government. The institution of marriage needs to be privatized again, and left in the hands of religious bodies, and the government needs to get out of the business of controlling who can marry who.  

Jeremy T. Wheeler, Ashland

New ER policy called distasteful

I have been an area resident since 1995 and have always used King’s Daughters Medical Center for any medical needs over the years.

I recently accompanied a relative to the KDMC emergency room and witnessed something very appalling. They had not been in their bed even 10 minutes and had yet to even see a doctor, when an employee with registration came in and asked if my relative would like to pay their insurance co-pay by cash, check or credit card right then and there.

It was explained it was a new “convenience” being offered in the emergency department, rather than having the co-pay added onto the rest of the bill. While I understand the employee was simply following a new policy, it is one that I believe to be very distasteful, especially in the emergency room.

We have all heard the gossip about KDMC over the years and I have always given the hospital the benefit of the doubt. But after this, I believe I will be seeking any future medical needs elsewhere.

Tom Weven, Catlettsburg

Ways to thank Scout leaders

When you’re thinking of April 22, many think of an average day where you go about your business and stick to your schedule. For Girl Scouts it’s a whole other story. On this day we take the time to honor our leaders who have supported us throughout the year without much thanks.

Daisy Girl Scouts and Ambassador Girl Scouts, as well as each age level in between, all take time to celebrate their Girl Scout volunteer leaders and to show them they care.

While honoring these volunteers, it’s not always just the girls who show thanks, but also the girls’ parents and the community. Although we like to honor these great people, we don’t always know how other than just saying, “thank you,” or telling them you appreciate them. There are other things you can do to show your gratitude.

As for ways to celebrate leaders who have given their time to the girls, you can do many things big and small. You can give gifts, support troop activity or even make a certificate. But you can also go bigger. You can make scrapbooks, do service projects, bake a cake, send flowers or balloons, have a party, have a picture taken of your troop, make a giant card signed by all the girls or have a dinner. It’s not all about the presents, though. It’s about showing them you are thankful for all they do and you truly appreciate them.

Every Girl Scout needs a good leader. Don’t forget to thank yours!

Samantha Romans, Girl Scout Troop 966, Greenup

Opposition to gun law critcized

Gun control or gun rights?  Every person who has an opinion on the subject should read the Machin-Toomey amendment and make up his or her own mind.

 I read the 49-page draft amendment that was defeated in the U.S. Senate Wednesday and don’t understand the opposition against it.

On the right, the federal government would be restricted from compiling a list of firearm owners or any federal gun registry.

 It would allow any person to transport a firearm or ammunition they legally own through any of the 50 states without fear of local gun-control laws.

Non-advertised in state person-to-person sales do not require background checks, nor do transfers between family members.

On the left, it would close the gun-show loophole and require the 47 states that rarely or never report persons adjudged mentally incompetent to own a firearm to start reporting these persons or lose a portion of their federal funding.

If it gives more rights to law-abiding gun owners and reduces the change of a restricted person from buying a gun it sounds like good law to me.

  Isn’t that what our Congress is supposed to do?

 Charles Myers, Shannon, Ill.

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