State’s decisions ensure all suffer
I am writing, not to stress the devastation of the coronavirus, but the devastation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of shutting down the workplaces and the economy. At the time of this writing, statewide cases were 4,146 people, which is 0.009 percent of Kentucky’s population. The chance of getting struck by lightning in a lifetime is 0.003 percent. We have more chance to get hit by lightning than dying from COVID 19.
The percent of reported influenza type A and B was 0.02 percent in 2019. If it was monitored by health care professionals, the total number of deaths that was preceded by flu, I feel there were more deaths related to flu than conronavirus.
I am not saying that COVID-19 is not serious, but I am saying we face several threats while living this life. 734 deaths from autos in 2019 in Kentucky tells me that being on the roadway is a serious threat, but do we ban automobiles on the road? 181,000 is devastating to that person who filed for unemployment, and their family, and these workers are not at their workplace, and that is devastating to a lot of businesses.
There must be things to learn here in Kentucky when 46 percent of Kentucky’s deaths has been in assisted living/nursing homes. Who is confined to their places of living more so than these people? If being confined to our homes is the answer, why have the deaths been so high in these assisted living homes?
I am searching for answers and I believe the overall public has enough common sense to protect themselves. We do not need the government to tell us how to protect ourselves. They can advise, they can report the numbers and they can tell us where the hot spots are.
I don’t need the government to tell me to seek shelter when it is lightning. By the way, one answer I will share with you: We need God and we need his church more so than ever.
Ralph E. Hart
It’s a blessing to be in business in E’town
In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, it’s a blessing to be a small business owner in the city of Elizabethtown.
It was shocking to have to close my dental practice due to the recommendations of the governor and our Board of Dentistry to slow the spread the novel corona virus pandemic.
Decisions made, affecting not only myself and my family, but my fabulous staff and my entire family of patients at Heartland Family Dentistry, were out of my hands. The resulting decisions I had to make were gut-wrenching, terrifying and heart-breaking.
Still in the throws of the shutdown, I am so grateful to the Elizabethtown City Council, the city’s Finance Department and Mayor Jeff Gregory for the Economic Stimulus Recovery Fund to small businesses and for the expedited manor in which they provided it – an impressive feat to be sure.
This grant allows my practice to meet some overhead expenses that are ongoing even though we currently cannot be open, thus, giving me the confidence to make huge investments in my practice, adding more layers of protection for my entire employee and patient family circle.
Purchases of extraoral suction devices with two stage HEPA filters as well as air purifying systems that remove matter down to 0.001 microns will add the utmost protection from aerosols produced in certain dental procedures.
Coupled with the countless standard precautions already in place, I am confident these changes will greatly increase safety in dentistry for this wonderful community.
Thank you to the city of Elizabethtown for helping make this possible.
Dr. Toni Lynn Irwin
Trust in God and pray for leaders
I’m 89 years old and have seen a lot of changes in this world – some good, some bad. My response to the letter published April 20 is, we are all God’s children.
Forget Republicans and Democrats and head of the parties. Thank God everyday for all things. His will be done on earth as in heaven.
I don’t have computers, smart phones of Facebook, any of this modern stuff, but I do have God in my heart. There have been a lot of bad things happen in this world over lots of years. Lots of people have passed away. In the book of Jeremiah 23: 16 and 22, God warned his people against false prophets who fill you with false hopes. They speak from their own mind.
We need to pray for our country and the whole world, for God’s hand to reach down, touch all of us, heal our country and pray for our leaders, both Republicans and Democrats.