In response to the interesting perspective presented in the April 29 letter headlined “Bankrupt Obamacare”: First of all, the U.S. is not bankrupt or close to being so. Congress can solve the deficit problem if it chooses.
Its choice is between satisfying one constituency for whom any loss of pleasure is pain and another for whom any loss of pain is pleasure. Clearly, our representatives enjoy dealing with people who just want to be richer rather than those who just want to survive.
The letter places an appropriately high value on the traditional physician-patient relationship, but chooses to deny it to those who would gain it via their addition to Medicaid rolls. The letter justifies this by fear of overloading the health-care system. This seems mean-spirited as though the writer fears some change in her own access to care.
Above all, it should be recognized that denying health care to an economic class dooms it to suffering and to the use of hospital emergency rooms as a last resort for care. This form of care is very expensive at least partly because the patient does not receive regular advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, nor is he or she able to receive care before a condition becomes an emergency.
It should also be recognized that denial of care, which includes the development of an ongoing relationship with a caregiver, will lead, in many cases, to needless pain and suffering on the part of those thus denied and that the decision to exercise such a denial is potentially one of life or death. I hope the letter writer understands the gravity of such a decision.
Finally, let’s deal with death panels. Even Sarah Palin did not assert the existence of such an agency. If, indeed, there is such a group, it is the Congress. Its role is potentially even more cynical than that of Palin’s legendary panel because members of Congress are spared from confronting the results of their decisions, but they are potentially life v. death, nonetheless.
The letter concludes by saying of the Medicaid expansion, “In the end, it will probably cost us more than we receive.” I hope the writer can understand that this would be a good outcome.
Evictions at the Mayflower
One of the titles of the U.S. president is commander in chief. Perhaps we can add some local flavor to that title for the Akron City Council. It can be known as the evicter in chief, for its efforts to eliminate the homes of 250 downtown residents (“Mayflower project set to proceed to request for key loan,” April 23).
The city’s plan is nothing more than a transfer of taxpayer money to a private developer that will reap the rewards. Of course, the transfer will be indirect. Tax dollars will be used to pay back the loan that the city uses to buy the building, which eventually will be sold again.
It would be a different story if the building were changing hands between private parties. But there is something unseemly about the city buying a structure, just so it can evict its own citizens.
Let’s hope the federal government nixes this plan before it goes any farther. If the idea is so good, then there should be no shortage of developers that are willing to put up their own money to buy and renovate the building.
Crucial vote for Coventry
If you read the April 28 article on the Coventry schools (“State funding tugs at voters deliberating Coventry levy”), how can you not support the levy? The school issue on Tuesday is so crucial, I hope to appeal to the softer side of voters because we all have one.
Please understand the sadness in the collapse of a school system and community that will be right around the corner if the levy fails. Don’t think I am unsympathetic to the plight of the taxpayer, but sometimes there are issues that are bigger and more important, such as the safety of schoolchildren. Buildings need to be replaced and updated.
Students spoke at a rally Sunday and expressed that their hopes and dreams depend on the outcome of this levy. Many cuts will be instituted such as music, choir, band, cheerleading and middle school sports.
The students pleaded with the audience to let them have these opportunities they so dearly love. Some are afraid they will be made to transfer school districts, leaving friends and teachers they deeply care about.
Are we too old to remember what it was like to be a part of school activities and the need to fit in? There was all that fun and learning that came with it.
Wouldn’t it be great to leave as our legacy a new school that would be filled with the hopes and dreams of a new tomorrow? This would be something the Coventry community could point to with pride. Not only would the Excellent with Distinction rating be evident on the inside, but on the outside as well.
Vote for Issue 5 on Tuesday.
Be attentive to mindfulness
The May 1 letter headlined “State of meditation” was both confusing and misleading.
Mindfulness is an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment) originating in ancient India, whereas transcendental meditation is a specific form of meditation using a mantra or personal sound to bring the mind back to a state of quiet.
The writer asked: “Why transcendental meditation and not prayer?” TM is not the same as mindfulness, nor is it the same as prayer. Mindfulness teaches us how to focus and be aware of our surroundings so we can live an engaged life.
Prayer, on the other hand, is talking to God and not listening to God, which is where meditation practices like TM come into the picture.
We have been “talking” to God for thousands of years. How has that worked out for most people? Maybe it is time to teach children how to quiet their minds, be present to the moment, and maybe they can learn to listen to God instead of just talking. In fact, they might even learn to listen to their teachers and parents in a real, meaningful way.
It is possible that King David himself wrote in the Psalms, “Be still and know that I am God.”
For those who choose not to practice mindfulness, I highly recommend doing some research on the topic and maybe the study of consciousness will help them to understand that we are consciousness and the extent that we expand our consciousness and become aware will directly correlate to our understanding of how reality works so we can live a more purpose-filled life. That is not a bad thing to teach our children.
Mary L. Tabatcher
Support the Mogadore levy
When considering an additional tax burden, we should ask ourselves whether or not those asking for the money are going to be good stewards of our largess. In the case of the Mogadore schools, I believe the answer is an unqualified yes.
I am a proud Mogadore High School alum and father of the Class of 2013 valedictorian. My son has greatly benefited from the caring teachers, administrators, coaches and support staff that have prepared him well for college and life ahead.
On Tuesday, Mogadore voters will join the legions of Ohioans asked to approve a school levy. Too often the decision in these situations is left to a relatively small number of “undecided” voters. Here are the facts I hope the “undecideds” will consider before casting their ballots:
Mogadore currently suffers a yearly loss of $1.4 million in tax revenue due to legislation that has reduced the amount of tangible property tax paid by local industry, in particular the businesses on Gilchrist Road.
To offset this substantial loss in revenue, the district has eliminated key administrative positions. Remaining administrators have taken on multiple roles. The teachers union has agreed to a wage freeze and increased contributions to their health-care premiums.
Accepting approximately 300 open enrollment students from eight surrounding districts brings outstanding students, great athletes and future community leaders. Without the additional state aid these students bring, it would be nearly impossible to sustain Somers Elementary under a separate roof from the high school.
Additionally, the school board has refinanced the new high school building, saving in excess of $1 million over the course of the loan.
On Tuesday’s ballot is Issue 7, a 5.9 mill levy. This amounts to $15 per month for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 ($11.44 per month for residents 65 or over). Other figures circulating within the community are inaccurate.
Life in Mogadore has always centered on our schools. We are rated Excellent by the state and are highly desired for our academic prowess among families in neighboring districts. Our athletic accomplishments are well documented.
I implore you to visit the polls on Tuesday to vote in favor of continued excellence in education and great financial stewardship. Vote yes for Mogadore schools.