News and Tribune

February 19, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 20


Who will help with health care costs?

After spending nearly 40 years in the tax paying work force of the country, I retired three years ago. I now worry that the Social Security program that I paid into all of these years may not be there for me. 

I believe one of the problems with Social Security is the disability portion of that program. Checks are being handed out to many undeserving applicants. I understand that many recipients are truly disabled and I’m glad they receive financial help. The reality is that there are thousands and thousands of checks being sent to people scamming the system, with the help of lawyers who will “work hard to get the money you deserve.” There doesn’t seem to be a method to verity the legitimate claims from the fraudulent claims.

Another area of government waste is in our tax system. There are some families while on food stamps and government housing while unemployed that continue to have children that they cannot afford. I’m not saying all recipients fit this category. These programs are necessary to help those down on their luck. For those that continue to have children, their tax refund will increase. This should stop now.

On the subject of health care, I keep hearing the word “affordable.” I don’t see how it can be. Doctors spend a lot of money to educate themselves in their field of expertise. They should have the opportunity to retrieve those costs. Hospitals continue to grow and grow. They, too, will make their money back. Insurance companies pay their CEOs mega bucks to keep their costs down. (Don’t forget their multimillion dollar bonus.)

Pill companies charge out-of-this-world prices so their executives live high on the hog. So tell me, who is going to take a cut to reduce health care costs? None of the above. If only we were all Washington, D.C., politicians and received free health care for life.

— Tony Mullins, New Albany

 

Reader supports local florists

To my dear friends Dan and Becky Christensen:

In your recent letter to the editor regarding supporting your local florist, I couldn’t agree with you more. 

Buying from you local florist, you get the personal touch that chain stores don’t offer, nor can they give you flowers based on special requests. I have ordered flowers for every occasion and my local florist offers love and care that you do not get from the chain stores. Buying from your local florist also bonds you with that florist. They know your likes and dislikes and most always you can place your order by phone and don’t forget the delivery that chain stores don’t offer.

I have been dealing with my local downtown florist since 1991 and I have never been disappointed and I pay less than the chain stores. I’m greeted by my first name and often my flowers are double what I ordered and flowers are not the only thing they have in stock. This is a true statement based on many orders from my local florist.

If you don’t have a local florist, I would like for you to try one versus a chain store where you have to pick from what they have to offer rather than something special or color that you wanted.

— Candy Wilson, Jeffersonville

 

Library archivist honors Dr. Hess

We at the New Albany-Floyd County library were saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. P. Patrick Hess.

Dr. Hess, as a long term library board member, played an integral role in the shaping of the library that you know today. What you may not know is that Dr. Hess was both a prolific artist and lover of the arts. As a board member, he played a crucial role in laying the groundwork to help bring the sculpture “The Search” by Barney Bright to the library’s steps. 

In appreciation of his work, a painting by Dr. Hess titled “I Was About to Play One More Hand” is on display in the library as part of the “History of the Search” bicentennial exhibit. While the staff at the library will miss Dr. Hess as a longtime patron and benefactor, more importantly, we will miss him as a friend.

— Matt Eidem, Indiana Room archivist, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library