Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:
Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., on Gov. Beshear's health care approach:
Two weeks after the launch of Kynect, Kentucky's online health exchange where people can shop for health insurance, it's off to a successful start.
It's also attracting favorable national attention. And so is Gov. Steve Beshear, who launched Kentucky's site and accepted the federal expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act despite opposition of some Republicans in the General Assembly.
President Barack Obama noted the success of Kentucky's program in a meeting with House Democrats, praising Gov. Beshear, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat who represents Louisville's 3rd District.
Thursday, speaking on National Public Radio's "The Take Away," Gov. Beshear said he pushed forward with the health law, making Kentucky the only Southern state to create its own health exchange and expand Medicaid, because it offers the state an "historic opportunity."
Kentucky has about 620,000 people with no health coverage and some of the worst health statistics in the nation when it comes to death and disease.
"If there's a way I can attack that and change the course of history on health care in Kentucky, I'm going to do that," Gov. Beshear said.
Beshear, whose legacy may well become that of expanding care and improving health statewide, said political debate over the law wasn't a factor for him.
"This is about our people," he said. "This is what they need."
The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown, Ky., on maintaining breast cancer awareness all year:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, being truly aware of breast cancer is much more than wearing pink for a day, a week or a month.
Drinking Five-Hour Energy out of a pink bottle or accessorizing with tiny ribbons doesn't stop breast cancer.
Cancer doesn't discriminate based on age, social class, what you wear, or even what color the newspaper is that you're reading.
The point of these things, however, is hope that the color association will, for at least one month out of the year, make people think about breast cancer.
For so many women — and more men than most assume — breast cancer is a daily awareness. They can't go on about their lives when October is over as if nothing is different, because cancer changes everything. ...
Kentucky has a higher rate of breast cancer than the national average. In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, at least 5,000 people in Kentucky were diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those, about 1,000 lost their battles.
It's easy to brush off numbers as statistics and move on, but each of those numbers was a person. They were mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, co-workers and friends who received a diagnosis no person wants to hear and either battled treatments and physical pain to overcome the disease or tried their hardest and still succumbed to it.