Don’t experiment on the vulnerable
I am very concerned that the Brownback administration continues to forge ahead with putting long-term care services for the intellectually/developmentally disabled under the KanCare managed-care proposal.
I have worked with people with developmental disabilities through my church for 15 years, and I served on the board of the Arc of Sedgwick County for four years. I am very aware of the critical role their providers play, how personal and customized those services are, and how hard the non-profit organizations dedicated to the DD community work to squeeze every dollar for maximum results. As I understand it, per-person costs for long-term care services (and medical services) have actually decreased.
Long-term care for these individuals is unique from the other services proposed for consolidation under the KanCare program. The fact that this attempt has been made in only a few other states, and done so unsuccessfully, should be huge red flag.
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The change is so massive that by the time the mistake is recognized, there will be no going back to rebuild the former systems and relationships that were successful. Please don’t experiment on these vulnerable citizens.
Support gun rights
Regarding “House approves changes to concealed-carry law” (March 13 Eagle): Members of the House from Wichita had better get behind the Second Amendment. The following Wichita state representatives voted against the bill: Republican JoAnn Pottorff and Democrats Gail Finney, Geraldine Flaharty, Judy Loganbill, Melody McCray-Miller, Ponka-We Victors and Jim Ward.
The Japanese did not invade this country because they felt everyone had a gun. If a thought like that can stop a country from invading, don’t you think that same thought process would keep criminals from committing crimes and keep the crime rate down in this country?
As shown by FBI statistics, states and communities that do not allow concealed-carry have a higher crime rate than those that do. So either some of our elected officials want more crime on the streets, or they don’t learn from history.
My guess is that before the married 38-year-old Army sergeant and father of two served three missions in Iraq, suffered a traumatic brain injury his last tour there, and yet was found fit enough to be sent to Afghanistan this year, he never held a savage thought. In fact, it just may be fair enough to assume that none of the many other atrocities and gross indiscretions we have received reports about these past 10 years were committed by any young men who were “unhinged” before they became soldiers.
It is becoming clear that the policymakers do not have enough insight and regard for what they are making our youth do. Instead of marginalizing and discounting those soldiers who lose their grip, policymakers need to start answering for it. They begin to answer for it once they come to understand that we cannot keep sane people mired in war without it wreaking havoc and ruin on a nation that should be known foremost for its highest regard for humanity. They are wasting them, and it is becoming too late.
RON A. HOFFMAN
Rate of recovery?
I’m pretty negative when it comes to some of the police officers in this town. I’m not referring to the patrol officers or those who respond to help calls. I’m referring to detectives and those who attempt to recover stolen property.
Based on personal experience, very little is recovered. I would like to know what percentage of things such as stolen guns, cars, motorcycles, building materials and tools are recovered through police work and not through tips by the public.
I have had a vehicle and a motorcycle stolen. Once my initial contact was made with the police department, I never heard from them again.
A safe place
I saw the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” soon after it was released. It is a powerful story about a child named Oscar who looks for the puzzle pieces of his “worst day.” His father died on Sept. 11, 2001. In the movie, “the renter” helps him face his fears, tell his stories, and share the experiences of searching for truth. Both the child and the adult learn.
We are fortunate in Wichita to have a safe place where children and families can go, where there is someone to walk this journey and deal with the feelings of anger and guilt that Oscar experienced. That special place is Kidzcope, a center for grieving children and their families. Children from ages 3-18 and their caregivers meet in groups. Kidzcope is located at 9415 E. Harry, and it is there to help children learn how to live without the one they loved.
Kidzcope is also offering a free public lecture, “Understanding Your Grief: Touchstones for Hope and Healing,” at 7 p.m. on March 28 at the Wichita State University Hughes Metropolitan Complex. Alan Wolfelt, a nationally known author, grief counselor and educator, will be speaking. Call 316-263-3335 if you have questions.