Letters to the Editor

September 22, 2013

Letters to the editor on Obamacare, Ike airport, WSU recruiting, honoring veterans

The Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, for those of us who are seniors and on Medicare. I, for one, like it.

Why go backward on health care?

The Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, for those of us who are seniors and on Medicare. I, for one, like it.

I am now eligible for a new yearly wellness exam with my doctor. My prostate cancer screenings and diabetes screening tests are now covered. My wife’s pap tests and mammograms are now covered, as well as her recent colonoscopy. Our flu shots are now covered. We have not seen any dramatic changes in our insurance premiums. We still have the same doctors we have had for the past 38 years.

I reached the Medicare Part D prescription gap (the doughnut hole) in April, but thanks to Obamacare the gap is being closed. It saved me $1,316 in July and will save me the same amount in October.

Why in the world would I want to repeal Obamacare or defund it? Why would I want to go backward? Why would I want to start all over again, particularly with our current “do nothing” Congress? It took us 50 years to get this far. Unfortunately, a lot of seniors do not realize that they have been benefiting from Obamacare for the past two years.



Cost isn’t decor

Regarding “Doctors don’t need fancy offices” (Sept. 19 Letters to the Editor): Most improvements in offices have been done on expensive electronic record keeping mandated by the federal government. My own office expanded recently to accommodate additional doctors and providers. There is no expensive tile, marble, brass or chrome.

We all understand there are multiple reasons for higher health care costs, but the cost of offices is most often due to increased federal regulations. Doctors have been pressed to make severe cutbacks in supplies and equipment because of all the federal requirements and decreased pay to doctors. Please remember this when you vote.



Honor Ike

As a historian, I support the proposal to name Wichita’s new airport facility for Dwight D. Eisenhower. In my view, Ike may well have been America’s greatest postwar president.

Eisenhower’s support for airpower is unquestioned. He employed it as the linchpin of the Normandy invasion. He sought and signed legislation to found the Air Force Academy and NASA. Under his leadership, the B-52 entered service in 1955. That year, he signed legislation to support airports like ours.

Eisenhower’s overall leadership shaped the revolution that made Wichita an even more important air capital. To argue that his role did not bring us jobs would be to ignore irrefutable facts. Ike’s library is in Abilene because he, unlike many political figures, never forgot where he came from. Neither should we.



WSU disappoints

As a marketing professional, I am disappointed in the hiring of an out-of-state headhunter (marketing group) to help Wichita State University recruit new students (Sept. 18 Eagle). Doesn’t WSU have the W. Frank Barton School of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship, which have regional and national presence? Doesn’t WSU have the National Institute for Aviation Research and other strong recruitment tools?

To me, the decision communicates that WSU is able to teach but has no ability to adapt these academic tools to solve real-world problems such as how to recruit new students.

These are basic marketing problems: How to attract a customer? Who is my competition? Who are my peers? How to use technology and social media tools to recruit? I am hopeful the university at least knows these basic marketing questions and how to solve them. Apparently not, since WSU president John Bardo has issued a one-year, $700,000 contract.

I can guarantee that there are local marketing professionals who could have solved WSU’s needs at a lower-cost basis and more quickly. Another option could have been to give each student or alum $100 for each new student they get to register for classes.



Honor veterans

There was little celebration on Constitution Day last week, even though more than 650,000 Americans have given their lives in combat since 1776 to preserve the Constitution. The shortage of patriotic outburst can be compensated to a degree by celebrating Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The date commemorates the signing of an armistice with Germany in 1918 to halt combat in World War I. The day became a legal federal holiday in 1938. In 1954, as a result of lobbying by a World War II veteran, U.S. Rep. Ed Rees of Kansas introduced a bill to recognize other military participants, and the bill was approved and signed by President Eisenhower, a combat veteran and a Kansan, on May 26, 1954. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Of the 23 million living American veterans, 17 million have served in combat. What better way to honor them all than to participate in Wichita’s Veterans Day celebrations? Attend the parade. Visit Veterans Memorial Park, located between Veterans Parkway and the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. It’s across the river from Exploration Place. While you’re there, observe the many military monuments of remembrance and ponder their significance.

Take a look at the lovely, currently empty location of the American Revolutionary War Memorial that will honor the founding documents of this nation and the lives given to obtain them. Contact us at www.amrevwm.com for additional information.



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