How many of us would do business with a company that is operating in the red, spending beyond its means and well on its way to bankruptcy? I would think most of us wouldn’t. However, that is the financial state of our government in Washington that wants us to accept its funding for its Medicaid expansion plan.

I know the plan promises to pay 100 percent of costs until 2016 and then decrease to 90 percent of costs in 2022. Does anybody really believe the government will be able to do this? Right now, the cost of setting up the health-care exchanges is 100 percent over what was allowed and the exchanges are not up and running as planned. As with most of the projected costs of Obamacare, they are falling far short of what is real.

Some of the plan supporters who were in Columbus said that this Medicaid plan would save lives. I believe it will do the opposite. The expansion of Medicaid rolls will add a strain to medical care givers, who are not now sufficient enough to meet the demand. Patients will have to wait weeks to get an appointment with their physicians and maybe months or a year for other treatments and operations. What we will find here, as in other countries with state-run health care, is that many will die while waiting for operations that could save them.

In order to control costs, it will become necessary to limit the care that is given. There is a panel in Washington already set up to make the decisions that used to be made between doctor and patient. Age is another factor in these decisions. And I’m sure that as the costs spiral, there will be more limitations on those qualifying for specialized or long-term care.

What we need to do is stop looking to the federal government as the answer to our needs. This would give us the freedom to provide services without burdensome regulations that pour out of Washington.

We can work together to find innovative and creative ways to provide medical services that would be less costly and still provide much needed care.

We should not let ourselves be smitten by the dollar signs from Washington. In the end, it will probably cost us more than we receive.

Loretta Hurite

Cuyahoga Falls

Pay it forward ?in Coventry

I am a proud graduate of Coventry High School. I have lived in Coventry Township most of my life. My class will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The current Erwine Intermediate on Portage Lakes Drive was our high school. That building is almost 100 years old. The building on Cormany Road that is now the middle school was our junior high.

It is obvious that maintaining these old buildings as well as Turkeyfoot Elementary and the high school is quite expensive. This necessitates using operating funds that should be used for educating students to provide a safe environment for students and staff members.

Cuts have had to be made in staff and services. In spite of this, Coventry schools are rated Excellent With Distinction. However, students are leaving the district due to the condition of the buildings and the cuts.

On May 7, we have an opportunity to make it possible to build a new high school, make renovations to existing buildings, reduce the number of buildings, develop a permanent improvement fund and pay down debt by voting for the bond issue and permanent improvement levy.

I have been blessed with a good education because past residents of our community were willing to sacrifice and pay the necessary taxes. I believe that it is my privilege and responsibility to pay it forward.

Please join me in voting for the Coventry schools.

Beth Haas

Coventry Township

Representatives ?of the NRA

I would like to see the Akron Beacon Journal once again publish a list of important bills that have come before the House and Senate in Washington and how our so-called representatives voted.

In fact, most of them no longer have the interests of their constituents at heart. They’re too busy catering to the wishes of the thousands of lobbyists in Washington, notably the most powerful group in the country, the National Rifle Association.

Our gutless wonders are terrified that the NRA will cut off the financial bribes to their political coffers or, worse yet, if they do not do the bidding of the NRA, their opponents will receive the endorsement of the powerful NRA.

This is the same association that wrote to representatives assuring them that it would indeed happen.

Perhaps we should rename these hallowed chambers in the Capitol, “The House of NRA.”

I would like to require that those who voted against registration and think everyone is entitled to an assault weapon are forced to view an autopsy of a victim who died due to their pressured vote. The above-mentioned voting record could serve as a powerful tool in making an educated decision when they come up for re-election.

Tobi Battista

Tallmadge

Merits of ?mindfulness

I read with interest Dr. Terry Gordon’s excellent commentary on the recent exclusion of mindfulness from the Plain Township schools (“From mindfulness to mindlessness,” April 25). It is unfortunate that a few complaining voices can scuttle a worthwhile program because it ostensibly is linked to Eastern religions.

As Gordon points out, it is also a part of Western religions, including Christianity. Unfortunately, his article may have left the impression that mindfulness is essentially a religious activity.

That is not true, however, because mindfulness has been used within psychological practice and has been shown to lead to a variety of positive mental health outcomes. Specifically, it has been shown to reduce levels of anxiety and depression, two very common psychological problems.

It has been shown to reduce emotional reactivity, improve behavioral regulation and increase levels of subjective well-being. It is also relatively easy to teach and implement. It can be an important tool in increasing mental and even physical health and is not only religious in nature.

E.Thomas Dowd

Professor emeritus of psychology,

Kent State University

Akron