I applaud the Ohio General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich for taking steps to improve the quality of health care that residents of Ohio’s long-term care facilities deserve, and I urge the assembly and Kasich to keep quality incentive payments for skilled nursing facilities in the final state budget.
As the president and chief executive officer of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, the state’s largest and most experienced nonprofit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services, I know the positive results quality improvements have on our residents.
They are healthier, recover from illness more quickly and, most important, lead more productive lives. When this happens, overall health-care costs and lengths of stay decline.
Just as with any business improvement, achieving long-term cost reductions and efficiencies requires investment in staff, technologies and facilities, which carry significant costs.
Our organization employs more than 3,000 individuals statewide, among them 200 at Rockynol Retirement Community in Akron, with an annual budget of more than $14 million. Our facilities contribute to the health of state and local economies.
The quality incentive payments included in both the House and Senate budget bills will help to spur investments locally while providing much-needed certainty that rewards performance.
Laurence C. Gumina
Yet again, we have another whiny letter (“A column too far,” June 14) regarding Bob Dyer’s June 6 “New home for Barbie? Barberton!” column. I have been reading Dyer’s columns for years, and he is witty, funny and seems totally committed to the area. I swear his column didn’t contain anything remotely bad about Barberton.
It appears that people are getting just a tad sensitive to even the slightest joke. Really, how disgusting is it to complain about every little thing?
I am offended by everyone getting offended about anything and everything. It is starting to be a pain in the behind to listen to all of the whining.
I am sure there is more to life than making yourself a victim of some imagined slight. Enjoy life. If you spend your days looking for a reason to whine, then you have wasted a perfectly good chance to live.
M. Lynn Foti
Through drama into new worlds
Weathervane’s production of The Music Man is the best I have yet experienced. I was pleased to see a packed theater and I hope attendance at the 2013-2014 season continues in such fashion.
I have been a subscriber since 1999, and only once in that time span have I been disappointed in a production. None of us has a lifetime long enough to experience all that life has to offer. However, through drama, we can enter worlds different from ours and gain wisdom through the men and women who people those worlds.
Weathervane productions invite all in attendance to widen their world by trying on a life different from their own.
In a recent letter distributed on Subscribers’ Night at the Weathervane, executive director John Hedges stated that “the end objective for Weathervane — and for live theater as an art form in general — is to be a catalyst for a more tolerant, empathetic, imaginative and enlightened society.”
What a delightful way to grow in wisdom, age and grace. I hope you don’t miss out on the coming season.
Mary Ann Wiesemann-Mills
President Obama has decided to send arms to the Syrian rebels. I’m sure they will receive only standard magazines, none oversized.
I also feel very secure that none of the weapons will get into the wrong hands and come back to haunt us because each and every rebel will get a background check.