Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 10, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Honor and pray for our veterans

The U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, has granted us freedom of speech, religion and the right to bear arms. The first three articles of this great document spell out the separation of powers (legislative, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives); executive (the president) and judicial (the Supreme Court), therefore preventing one power from ruling over the other powers.

Fast forward to 2013. We need to ask ourselves if we are still abiding by the laws that were set up to make our nation as intended or whether we are in violation of the system of checks and balances.  Are the people to represent us listening to us and protecting and upholding our “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”  Is this nation performing as a democracy or is it moving toward a monarchy or dictatorship?

Like so many other men and women,  my husband (now deceased) took the oath to serve and defend this nation. Following his service in the Alaskan earthquake, he was an engineer fighting in harm’s way in Vietnam and taught English to the Vietnamese. Today he would find it difficult believing what is taking place in our government.   He loved our country and our state where he was born and died. But mostly he loved God, his family and friends.

In honor of our veterans who have given their best to serve our nation, I urge you to pray for them and thank them for their service. It is they who deserve our eternal respect. Pray also for those who lead our country and world. Freedom is not free.

Etta Jane McCarty, Morehead

Ali: From hero to draft dodger

I love John Cannon’s writings. He writes about things of my generation and I identify with a lot of the articles he writes. I still have the article he wrote sometime back about being disappointed by one of his sports heroes, Pete Rose. I remember Pete well.

This took me back to a cold night in 1964. Wade Everman and I were sitting in an old 1950s model car drinking illegal beer and listening to Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of world. We were ecstatic! Kentucky had never in our lifetime had any kind of championship boxer and this was the big package! We were very proud, slapped hands and cheered for Cassius Clay.

Now, fast forward a few years. Wade and I and most of the able-bodied men in Carter County were in the military service and most of us were in Vietnam.

Cassius Clay, on the other hand, changed his name to Muhammed Ali and ran to Europe to avoid military service. Take Vietnam out of the equation because the Army had a program that if you signed up you could pick your duty station and avoid Vietnam. This program was real because I know several men who did it. Cassius Clay was just having too good of a time with his big money and notoriety to serve his country for a few years, and that is a fact.

You talk about being disappointed in a sports hero! Cassius Clay went from being one of Kentucky’s biggest heroes to just another wealthy draft dodger. They are a dime a dozen.

Personally, I think Wade Everman, Bruce Everman, Mike Cook, Tony Pope, Kip Littleton, and all the other veterans in Carter County ought to be signing autographs in parking lots and have their names put on a plaque in Frankfort.

Muhammed Ali ought to be living in Europe eating plum pudding and bratwurst since that is where he ran to while the war was going on, and I think he should have plenty of company. Nuff said!         

 Randall K. McGlone, Grayson


Unity needed to fight Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, today there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including as many as 80,000 Kentuckians. This number is expected to grow to as many as 97,000 by 2025 if we don’t do all we can to stop the disease today.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It affects all of us. That is why I was more encouraged than ever when a bipartisan Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). This project spurred the creation of the first National Alzheimer’s Plan for the United States.

With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the cost of Alzheimer’s care and services will continue to rise, straining our overwhelmed health care system and threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. Congress must illustrate its understanding of the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease and come together to commit the necessary resources to begin to change the trajectory of the disease.

The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer’s Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education, care and support. It is vitally important that Congress include these resources in fiscal year 2014.

We are at a critical juncture and now have a road map and strategy for the first time to fight Alzheimer’s. We urge President Obama and Congress to put aside partisan politics and focus on finding common ground that will enable us to marshal the resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of the disease for the millions living with Alzheimer’s today and the millions who will face it in the future.

Greg Gilbert, RN, Hyden

Healthy babies worth the wait

In honor of November being Prematurity Awareness Month, it is important for us all to remember that healthy babies are worth the wait!

As a doctor who delivers babies in Elizabethtown, I see many pregnant women who are a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy and are feeling really uncomfortable. Some are ready to schedule a delivery by induction or cesarean section before they have reached their 39th or 40th week of pregnancy. They know friends or family members whose doctors have agreed to schedule such a delivery.

But I know that healthy babies are worth the wait. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby’s health — and I won’t schedule a delivery before that unless there is a medical necessity.

Development of important organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy. Research published in the past few years shows that the risk of infant death doubles when a baby is born at 37 weeks of pregnancy as compared to 39 or 40 weeks.

I have been working with the March of Dimes and our local hospitals to eliminate medically unnecessary c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy because all babies deserve the best opportunity for a healthy start in life.

This past year, the March of Dimes celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to give all babies a healthy start in life. Some 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and medical breakthroughs, including many that have benefited premature babies.

If you and your pregnancy are healthy, talk to your doctor about waiting until labor begins on its own to deliver your baby so more babies will get a healthy start in life.

 Dr. Michael Nethers, MD, Co-Chair of the Program Services Committee for Greater Kentucky Chapter of the March of Dimes

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