Letters to the editor on U.S. Postal Service, immigration, Israel, safety-net clinics, Wingnuts
08/14/2013 5:29 PM
08/14/2013 5:29 PM
Postal Service needs support
It was unfortunate that “No more mail at your door? Delivery changes weighed” (July 25 Eagle) did not go a few steps further.
Though the U.S. Postal Service has spent millions of dollars automating a manually intensive operation, management is probably convinced, as is Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that the ultimate removal of all nonmanagement staff would solve all the problems the Postal Service has. That’s not true.
Issa’s reform bill negatively affects every aspect of the Postal Service – from imposing a two- to three-day delivery standard for first-class mail, which makes it no better than junk mail, to outsourcing the mail to entities like Federal Express or UPS, which would expect to make a profit on the mail.
Under Issa’s bill, the Postal Service would become a part of our country’s past. That would violate the Constitution and negatively change the communication delivery system of people who don’t have access to the Internet or the dollars that would be charged by for-profit entities.
There are other bills in committee that Issa refuses to allow to be considered because they would solve the primary problem the Postal Service faces, which is the mandated payment of $5 billion a year to fund the future benefits of employees who don’t work for the Postal Service or haven’t even been born yet.
I hope patrons of the Postal Service will contact their representatives to encourage them to support the Postal Service in its continued endeavor to provide first-rate services at the lowest price offered in the mailing industry.
Free to leave
The Eagle’s circulation has been in decline for several years now. If its executives want to know why, they should look at the front-page article “Many in Kan. anxiously await immigration reform outcome” (Aug. 11 Eagle). I believe the majority of informed citizens in this community have recognized that The Eagle’s politically lopsided, emotionally driven stories are nothing more than leftist propaganda.
Why is The Eagle trying to sway the public to believe something that basically isn’t true? The article said that Cornelius Peters “has been working on residency status for 13 years but, in the meantime, couldn’t visit his family in Mexico” (because it would trigger a 10-year penalty).
This is at best only half-true. Peters is a Mexican citizen and can return to his family in Mexico anytime he chooses. He is not a prisoner in America.
The anguish this Mexican citizen is suffering is the realization that he might have to return to his country and he doesn’t want to go. That’s not exactly front-page newsworthy.
The Eagle published a wonderful article about the bravery of a Syrian father and the generosity of the Israelis (“Syrians brave risks to seek treatment in Israel,” Aug. 10 Eagle). In addition to treating Syrians in need, Jewish physicians in Israeli hospitals treated 219,000 Palestinian patients, 21,000 of them children, in 2012.
Many of the Arabs treated in Israel are treated at the Hadassah Medical Center. In 2005, Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of its policy of trying to foster peace by treating patients of all ethnicities and religions.
In 2010 Israel was among the first nations to respond to the earthquake in Haiti with a medical field hospital. The Israel aid mission conducted 319 successful surgeries. It delivered 16 babies. In all, it treated more than 1,110 patients. Additionally, the Israeli search and rescue team rescued a number of people trapped under the rubble. Stories like these abound.
The Eagle article was positive, unbiased and refreshing.
STAN R. HARDER
Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Aug. 11-17 as Primary Care Safety Net Clinic Week. This recognizes the clinics in our state that provide a “safety net” for the most vulnerable Kansans – those who are uninsured and underinsured.
In 2012, these clinics provided comprehensive primary care to more than 235,000 people, regardless of their ability to pay. The clinics play a vital role in our communities by helping their patients stay healthy and out of emergency rooms. In Wichita, the Center for Health and Wellness, E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic, GraceMed Health Clinic, Guadalupe Clinic, Mother Mary Anne Immediate Care Clinic and Hunter Health Clinic perform this crucial service.
Besides providing needed services, these clinics help boost local economies by providing jobs during the current difficult job market.
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved wishes to thank the state and local legislators, private foundations and many individuals who recognize the important role that safety-net clinics play in the overall health care system in Kansas.
Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
The Wichita Wingnuts are back in town, and I hope it is standing room only at their games.
This is one of the best baseball teams Wichita has ever had. Do you want to see home runs and great hitting? You will. Do you want to see superior defensive plays? You will. Do you want to see some of the best pitching? You will. But the catch is that you’ll have to attend the games.
Come out to support the Wingnuts. Don’t take the chance of losing them. So “Go, Nuts.”