Schansberg weighs in on health care debate
EDITOR’S NOTE: Schansberg is a candidate for the 9th District U.S. Congressional Seat.
Whatever the merits of David Ross Stevens’ reply to Kelley Curran, he lost me in the second paragraph by claiming that our health care system is “a free market system". I think I understand why he wants to put all of the blame on “free markets.” But completely ignoring government’s massive role in health care is neither accurate nor helpful for improving our country’s health care system.
How is government involved in health care? Let’s start with Medicare and Medicaid which are responsible for about one-fourth of all health care expenditures. Then, there are government restrictions on purchasing insurance and prescriptions, labor regulations that limit potential service providers, government regulations that mandate coverage of marginal services, etc.
And then there’s the biggie: the government subsidy of health care insurance purchased through firms — as a non-taxed form of compensation. The result? Ironically, too much “insurance” and far higher costs (for those who can afford it).
From here, the question is whether the role of government should be significantly increased or decreased. In my view, it would be a huge mistake to let the federal government conduct a single, highly risky, extraordinarily expensive experiment in this arena. It’s better (and constitutional) to encourage 50 states to try their hand at dealing with this complicated mess.
— D. Eric Schansberg, professor of economics IU Southeast
Reader upset with ‘Best in the City’ results
I agree with the letter writer Ms. Hope de Waardt-Jemerson, who wrote in the Sept. 5, 2008, edition of The Evening News about the poll that voted Clark Arms Apartments as “Best in the City.”
I wonder how many votes did Clark Arms receive? How many of those votes came from actual rent-paying tenants—not from me or the many, many other tenants living here? Did these alleged votes come from the Mayor’s “We Don’t Care What the Police Dept. Does” office? Did they come from The Jeffersonville “We Only Fight Crime When It Falls In Our Lap” police department? Did they come from from the “I Am Better Than Everyone” police department’s JHA Liaison officer? Or, the “Let’s Hide Our Head In The Sand And Claim Everything Is Just Peachy As Long As We Make The Outside Pretty” Jeffersonville Housing Authority? Or, our live-in building manager that gets free rent and salary, yet, only works six to seven hours a day, if that?
If, The Evening News actually polled each and every rent-paying tenant of Clark Arms, this paper would get a much different picture and entirely different results.
JHA has lied to us too many times in my eight and a half years here.
This apartment building was intended for the elderly and disabled, as it still says on the sign in front of the building. Yet, in the past few years, that mandate has changed. Now, everyone is allowed in, no matter what their status or past police record. There are more drunks, crack-heads, prostitutes, and all manner of low-life criminals allowed to rent. Not to mention, all of their like-minded friends coming in and out of the building.
In eight years, locks have only been changed once — front door and tenants’ locks. The front door locks need to be re-keyed at least twice a year! Maybe, even more often. This will keep evicted tenants and all manner of other riff-raff out, like the former tenants I’ve caught sleeping in the laundry room. Or, friends and outside family members of tenants, caught sleeping or hanging out in the lobbies. Or, the crack-heads that keep finding a way in. Or, the prostitutes who proposition other tenants in the hall after they have finished with their business.
What we want to see is the Mayor’s Office crack down on the Police Department, as they refuse to do now, to make them answer each and every call for help, and record and log each and every call, which they do not do now.
We want the city, City Council, and whomever, to hold all JHA accountable, to dare to make the changes need to insure the safety and well being of all of its tenants, no matter who have to fire, no matter how long they worked. Incompetence does not mean you are entitled to any long term benefits! Especially if they ever hope to gain our votes!
And, we demand that JHA notify and invite The Evening News to any future tenants meetings, especially the so-called Tenants Union that JHA is attempting to finally begin. This Tenants Union cannot be allowed to be filled with only JHA picks, or anyone who believe in JHA above the tenants. This Union must be filled with tenants — people who really care about where they live.
Just because we are mostly elderly and disabled, does not mean the City, the Police Department, or JHA has nay right to neglect and abuse us. We are still human beings deserving the respect of all of these “public servants.” They answer to us — not the other way around!
Since The Evening News is the only voice we can trust, we hope and pray they will get involved and really keep up with what is going on in the so-called “Best Apartments in The City” — a recognition that every tenant at Clark Arms wish were really true.
— Robert Salgado, Jeffersonville
Teacher: Here’s the truth about Pine View
This letter is to inform the community about what is currently going on at Pine View Elementary.
First off, we would like to thank you for your continued support. A huge thank you to Parkwood Baptist Church who provides after-school tutoring for our students as well as a back to school bash.
Pine View has not made Annual Yearly Progress for the past couple of years. There are two subgroups that failed to make the cut: special education and free/reduced lunch. A subgroup is counted if you have 30 or more students in that area. Once a school has “failed” the school corporation and state have responsibilities to that school to help it out of crisis mode. Instead the following has occurred:
We continue to lose teachers and aides.
We lost a special education teacher half time.
Due to teachers being taken, class size has hovered between 25-32 students the past several years.
Aide hours have been cut in half.
Since no help has been provided we must tell first time Kindergarten parents we are a “failing” school, which in turn has lowered our Kindergarten enrollment from three classes of 25 or more students to two classes of 16-17.
No PE teacher (Ours was pink slipped last year.)
— Jennifer Adams, Teacher, Pine View Elementary,/i>
Schansberg weighs in on health care debate
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