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November 17, 2010

Inbox — Nov. 17, 2010

Letters to the Editor

Applaud Bravery

I was so impressed by the bravery of Geoff and Amy Lawson and Zach Nord for telling their stories of depression (LEO Weekly, Nov. 3). My family was touched by teen suicide in the 1970s, when people didn’t talk about it within their own families, much less in public. Too many people think they are alone in their feelings when, in fact, there are many others suffering through the same experiences. As the veil of secrecy is lifted from depression and suicide, maybe we can prevent others from thinking they have no other alternative than to end their own lives.

Sarah Volk Chandler, Highlands

Not Alone

I know this may sound twisted, but I was beyond delighted to see your Nov. 3 issue’s feature on depression in young adults. As a 20-year-old who has lived with depression for the last six years, I know how difficult it is on not just yourself, but also on the folks around you. I felt fortunate that I was able to send this article to my mother and have a good discussion with her about it afterward (considering it said some of the things on my mind that I have never been able to tell her directly). It even made me feel better knowing I’m not alone and that there are other people in the city who can empathize with the pain and frustration ... because no matter how many hundreds of thousands of people live in Louisville, it doesn’t make the loneliness of depression any lighter.

N. Combs, Highlands

Silver Depression

I read the interesting article on depression by George Halitzka in the Nov. 3 LEO. It was very informative and thorough, but it did not mention the fact that mercury poisoning is first manifested clinically by depression. The World Health Organization has stated that the amount of mercury that is absorbed by those who have mercury amalgam fillings (“silver” fillings) is greater than all other sources — food, air and water combined. I had a close family member who dealt with depression, and when I removed the mercury amalgam fillings, symptoms improved. After going to another dentist later, they were advised to replace the fillings again with the mercury amalgam. When doing so, this patient became severely depressed and was admitted to the hospital for three months. After the hospital stay, I was asked to remove the mercury once again, and this person has been considerably better for more than 20 years.

The FDA is revisiting the issue, in hearings on Dec. 14 and 15, to determine if mercury amalgam should be removed from the conditionally approved list — as “grandfathered in,” with no proof of safety. Also, people who die of Alzheimer’s disease have a large amount of mercury in their brain tissue. It is important to have the removal treatments completed under the proper conditions, with suction and breathing systems in place to insure the safest possible procedure. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.org) has more facts.

Bob Lavely, East End

Less Government

I read with anger Jonathan Meador’s Nov. 10 cover story about the mistreatment of Chapook Dizayee at the hands of “our” government — the government Paul L. Whitely Sr. said in his letter is “we the people” and “not the villain (Sen.-elect Rand) Paul makes it out to be.”

Really? Who believes that the arbitrary and capricious behavior of immigration officials in Dizayee’s case is an aberration?

Officials of “our” government have asked me why I was “in a car with two black women,” have pulled me off a bus to question why I was on it with my niece, and have stopped me to inquire about my reason for walking down a street. “Our” government has so hindered economic activity and self-empowerment that I am practically forced to accept money it has taken from others. “Our” government has ordered me to buy health “insurance.” “Our” government has taken money from workers at Taco Bell to fund the Yum! Center. A true litany of the idiocies, inefficiencies, inequities, iniquities, malignancies, abuses and excesses of “our” government would be infinite. A listing of benefits would not.

Thomas Paine said, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” “Our” government is veering toward the intolerable. It is often a villain. I can only continue to vote for people like Rand Paul who will try to shrink it.

Rich Mills, Shawnee

Religious I Am

Somehow I get the feeling that Ricky L. Jones really doesn’t care for those of us who have a belief in a higher power ... namely God. As a practicing Catholic, I find his disdain for religious people very unbecoming from someone with so much influence and prestige. As he often ends his diatribe with “keep the people out of the hands of fools,” are these the same “underpaid” fools whose taxes support his high, bloated salary? He continues to bash those religious people whose taxes support the university that accommodates his firebrand political views.

I personally find Jones’ remarks about religious people offensive and quite simplistic. Granted, some religious leaders have taken advantage of people’s grief and situations. God will take care of them one day. Yet most religious people seek comfort in prayer. Most of us pray to God for a peaceful world in which all people can live in peace. And yes, Catholics do believe in the sanctity of life, because life is a precious gift from God. We also believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman — not for procreation purposes, but because it is the natural way of life. Jones, there is an old saying: If you believe in nothing, you’ll fall for anything!

Keith E. Lewis, Downtown

Two Issues

Two letters in the Nov. 3 LEO about the political scene fail logical tests. One refers to the principles of those who oppose the Iraq War. The writer ignores the fact that the war was not a visible issue in the campaign. I opposed the Iraq War and am disappointed that Obama sent more troops to Afghanistan, but Obama is winding down both wars. Congressman Baron Hill has made it evident to those who pay attention to him that he opposes the Iraq War and that after the resolution endorsing that action, members of the Pentagon told at least some congresspersons that they had been misled by military officials.

The second letter refers to taxing the wealthy but suggests that would mean the government taking over at least “some portion” of such businesses as Heinz. The national debt can ONLY be reduced in two ways: cutting spending or raising taxes — or both. That debt was being paid down when Clinton left office — and for the only time since Eisenhower left office, under whom the highest tax rate was 90 percent. Under the second President Bush, taxes were cut, and then for the first time in our history, a president waged a major war without increasing taxes.

Thomas Wolf, New Albany

Taxed

Each time I hear sentiments on taxes such as what Bob Hogan expressed in the Nov. 3 issue of LEO, I can’t help but respond with the facts. As Warren Buffet notes — a man who knows a little bit about achievement by virtue of being one of the wealthiest men in the history of the world — tax rates, both highest marginal and capital gains, have been lower during the past 10 years than at any other time during the past 50 years. It is perplexing that in such a historically low tax rate environment that the Tea Party (taxed enough already) comes into prominence. Why now? Perhaps they have been listening to FOX News too much and reality too little.

No one likes to pay taxes, just as I don’t jump for joy when I pay to fill up my car or send in my mortgage payment. However, wars and hundreds of thousands of troops around the world aren’t free. Freeways and bridges, homeland security, food inspectors and national parks do not magically appear without a cost. Is there waste in government? Absolutely. However, as a middle-to-senior manager in various businesses for nearly 20 years, I have seen firsthand that many organizations suffer from inefficiencies, not just the government.

Next time taxes come up, please stick to the facts. Given that the government deficit has continued upward (as much under Bush as Obama), record low taxes are probably too low. Being fiscally conservative means admitting to the need for higher taxes to make up for the reckless borrowing of the past.

Joseph Vap, Highlands