Pulse of the Voter: Residents discuss health care, immigration and Russia investigation

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of CNHI’s Pulse of the Voter series.

GLASGOW — Solutions to three major federal issues —immigration, health care and the Russian investigation— will most likely be affected by how people voted in the midterm election.

The Glasgow Daily Times recently spoke with Barren Countians about those issues and found most were deeply concerned about all three, whether or not they share the same opinions.

Glasgow attorney Bobby Richardson felt there is enough evidence present to investigate President Trump’s involvement with the Russians.

“Whether there’s any wrongdoing I couldn’t say,” he said. “The fact the president, in my opinion, has been too cozy with the Russians is cause for the country to be concerned.”

Richardson continued that he is not sure if there was any collusion or not, but said he is concerned about the relationship between the United States and Russia.

Paul and Frances Bastien believe the investigation is a waste of time.

“They’ve investigated it and they’ve investigated it and they haven’t discovered anything yet,” Paul Bastien said.

Frances Bastien also said she thought it was a waste of the government’s money.

“It looks like they would have found something by now,” she said.

Instead of investigating, Paul Bastien said federal government officials should be legislating.

Melissa Hughes Smith doesn’t think there is any doubt that there has been some wrong doing in regard to the Russian investigation issue.

“Whether anything comes of it is another story,” she said. “It’s taken almost two years to come this far in the investigation. I also worry this could happen again.”

On the issue of health care, Peggy Allen, a retired registered nurse, said she is uncertain what 2019 will bring in regard to health care.

“Without a doubt I wish somebody could tell me the answer to that. The political arena has become so complicated that I think a majority of us don’t understand it any more. I guess on the issue of fake news, a term we used to never hear, but apparently is avery real thing these days, most people are stepping back and saying what am I to believe, so that is confusing,’ she said.

Even though Allen is retired, she still maintains her nurses’ license. She continued that she feels she has been made aware of the need for to be better informed as far as what the representatives of the American Nurses Association is doing.

The organization has a political action committee and an article published in Nursing World stated the candidates the organization endorsed during the midterm election were victorious and that they look forward to working with them.

“I guess as a nurse that makes me feel a little more positive, but I guess it brings to mind that I need to be more understanding (about) what those issues are that they addressed and be a better informed nurse and voter,” she said.

Allen pointed out that nurses represent the largest segment of health care and that there’s more than 4 million nurses nationwide. In Kentucky, there are 7,300 registered nurses.

“That’s a very significant number of healthcare professionals who could make an impact. And of course, I’ve heard this for the last several years now, but like for the last 16 years nurses have out ranked all other professions in Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics Survey and are viewed as the most trusted profession,” she said.

“I say that just because of the fact that nurses do have a lot of power to make changes. I guess more of us need to realize that and to become better informed and more active in the political arena.”

As far as the immigration issue, LaDonna Rogers disagrees with what the federal government is trying to do.

“Our country was founded on immigrants. Our country is a group of immigrants, so I have a lot of issue with the fact that we are trying to control the immigrant population,” she said.

Rogers continued to say that as far as how Mexicans and other Latinos are being treated at the U.S. Border with Mexico, she said, “Those people are trying to flee a bad situation and have come with their families to someplace that is supposed to a better place. Taking the military to the border to keep women and children out is a little excessive.”

Mike Padgett, pastor of Glasgow Bible Church and someone who has done mission work for more than 40 years, supports the building of a wall at the U.S. Border with Mexico.

“We definitely need control on the border. I think it’s sad the Hispanics have been fooled into thinking in this particular case that they are going to have opportunities that were not there for them,” he said.

Padgett keeps up with the news about what is taking place at the border on a daily basis because it is an issue that interests him.

“I think they should have a legal means of crossing over the border and enjoying what you and I enjoy, but they have to understand that there are laws just as I had to understand when I lived in Costa Rica that there were laws I had to abide by,” he said. “Those laws are in place to protect the citizens and the sovereignty of that nation. It’s just the way it is. You can’t infringe upon the sovereignty of a nation whether it’s us trying to do it, or them trying to do it.”