Listen to guardians about DD care
“Still not listening” (March 15 Eagle Editorial) mirrored my recent experience in Topeka regarding KanCare. Two of us guardians – a sister and a parent – stood in a packed committee hearing room 30 minutes past the scheduled time only to be told that we could speak only two minutes. It was especially frustrating because those representing organizations were allowed to speak longer, and they were asked questions about how our family members would be affected – questions we should have been permitted to address. These hearings might be the only education some representatives get, and education is necessary to make good decisions concerning the removal of developmental disability services from KanCare.
During the hearings, committee chairwoman Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said she wanted to protect the clients, not the providers. She can’t do one without the other. Service providers make it possible for our developmentally disabled family members to live in the community, have jobs, activities and friends. In my son’s case, they are responsible for keeping him alive, as he might run into the path of a moving car if not supervised. In order to continue these services, providers must be protected from long delays in payment, reduced rates, and the costly administrative burden that other states experienced when insurance companies took control.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said recently that he would “cut through the baloney” and tell President Obama to open up drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in the continental shelf, and in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. But if more domestic oil drilling worked as well as politicians say, you’d now be paying about $2 a gallon for gasoline.
U.S. oil production is at the same level it was in March 2003 when gas cost $2.10 per gallon. A 36-year analysis by the Associated Press found no correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump (March 22 Eagle). Since February 2009, U.S. oil production has increased 15 percent, yet prices in those three years went from $2.07 per gallon to $3.58. It was a case of drilling more and paying much more.
So after the baloney has been cut, what do you have left? The fact is that “drill, baby, drill” has no effect on the price of gasoline. I encourage everyone to go back and read the article in The Eagle.
Have oil reserves
President Obama said in a recent energy speech that Americans aren’t stupid. But he expects us to believe him when he said that “the United States consumes more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but we only have 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves.” He also claims that “we can’t drill our way to lower gas prices.”
According to the Institute for Energy Research, we have 1.4 trillion recoverable barrels of oil in the United States, enough to fuel our present needs for about 250 years. Obviously, the president thinks Americans are stupid and that they will believe anything he says.
STEPHEN L. GUGLETA
Need to adapt
Regarding the letter writer who thought the participants in the demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline and Koch Industries should have ridden home on their bicycles (March 21 Letter to the Editor): Why must it be all or nothing? Why must one surrender current technology in order to advocate for change? Why can we not continue to use present technology, while developing better technology?
The Kochs and others have a vested interest in the status quo, and they will use their vast resources to maintain that status quo. Should we really wait until the Earth’s resources are depleted before we begin to make changes to our technology?
I believe the people of this country still have the creative ability to make the changes needed in the world today – changes that will protect the environment and yet allow us to live in a comfortable manner. If we don’t, someone else will.
I have little doubt that many attendees did indeed ride their bicycles, and many drove their hybrid or electric powered cars. Of those who flew, I wouldn’t be surprised if they paid a carbon-offset fee. The point remains that until the current system of technology is upset, there will be no motivation for innovation.