Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hits & Misses

- In the latest email blast from Councilman Doug Hawkins, he discusses the issue of requiring a prescription for over-the-counter drugs like Pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a main component in the manufacture of methamphetamine, but it also a powerful decongestant used in medicines like Sudafed. As we approach spring, more and more people will be reaching for these types of medicines to treat seasonal allergies. Hawkins says he disagrees with the proposal to require a doctor's prescription for Pseudoephedrine, as do I. I think the system that monitors who is buying Pseudoephedrine and how often they buy it is effective if used correctly. This proposal essentially transfers the responsibility to the doctor to "police" the availability of these medicines, and I think that's wrong. So, Hawkins and I agree. But the reason Doug doesn't like the idea shows just how out of touch he is with his constituents. And reality.

"I oppose this resolution," says Councilman Doug Hawkins. "It does not make sense to inconvenience law abiding citizens by forcing them to go see a doctor just to receive an over the counter prescription for cold medicine. Most people right now do not have the extra money to spend on a co-pay for a doctor's visit plus a co-pay for a prescription"

For Hawkins to assume that everyone has health insurance and can just run to the doctor is alarming and shows a basic lack of understanding. It is not because people can afford the co-payments, Doug. It's because they're uninsured.

- "Chronic vandalism" could force Metro Parks to permanently close the Sylvania Community Center. [CJ]

- There are only 52 days until Derby 2010.

- In another email, this time from the David Tandy for Mayor campaign, Tandy takes credit for getting two (2) new parking garages downtown.  He will join Mayor Abramson tomorrow for a groundbreaking ceremony. Yes, for parking garages. They are really stretching it over at Tandy Headquarters. Read more:

These are the types of projects that David has worked hard to bring to Louisville as President of the Metro Council, and the type of commitment to economic development project.

I think that quote is all ye need to know about David Tandy and his campaign for Mayor. Have a nice day, and thanks for reading The Valley Report.

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