Curran column strikes her nerve
Ms. Kelley Curran in her Sept. 9, 2008 column in The News and Tribune wrote telling of a voiceover she heard in a new ad by the American Association of Retired Persons, joined by dividedwefail.org and other groups.
The voiceover states:
“What if you had to go to work no matter how hurt or sick you were? That’s the reality for millions of Americans who are just one accident or illness away from financial ruin. Tell the candidates and our leaders they must fix the health care and financial crisis in this country. Tell the politicians in Washington to put their petty differences aside and make health care affordable for all.”
Ms. Curran’s article did not address the question posed in the voiceover, instead she chose to write her article belittling those concerned with the well being of others, not just themselves. It’s difficult to understand why Ms. Curran would judge the motivation of someone who cares about other human beings, to the point of calling them liars and questioning their morals.
Ms. Curran alluded to the “knowledgeable person claiming we can have universal health care coverage that is either directly paid for, or heavily regulated by government and not have a high level of taxation is a liar.”
No, this knowledgeable person is not a liar, this person is informed, having read the proposed legislation introduced in House Resolution 676 by Congressman John Conyers.
Ms. Curran wrote: “Forget the principles behind policies. Forget representing those that don’t share our views on this, like whoever gets stuck with the bill.”
Forget principles? What we must not forget are the principles behind human healthcare. What we must not forget are our responsibilities to one another!
Ms. Curran wrote: “True conservatives do not feel high taxes and big government are practical, efficient solutions, nor morally correct.”
Let’s ask an “accepted” authority on “morally correct.”
We are to "bear one another's burdens," Galatians 6:1-2
Considering Ms. Curran brings taxation, and rightfully so, into the discussion of healthcare, and admits to being in the libertarian camp on the issue of taxation, believing all taxation is legalized theft . . . Consider this, you are leaving your driveway, there is a pothole; you must call the public works department to fill it. No! Wait! There is no public works department, and there are no roads. There is no stop sign where it might have been. A car hits your car. You are hurt, call the police, No! There is no police department to call and your car is on fire, no fire department either. You fortunately have a phone book in the car, you tell your child to look up the ambulance number, No! Wait! Your child can’t read, There are no schools.
I can imagine English would not be our official language because we would have no military to defend our country. So with a day like this, one might want to reconsider proper role of government and taxation.
Oh! And that bridge across the Ohio, even though it looks remote – you can forget even dreaming about it.
— Darleen Cox, Sellersburg
He wants a fair election with choices
I have been reading about the race for Circuit Court Judge, I thought all of that was settled. My understanding is that both party chairman made mistakes in filing for this office and the State Election Board voted to let both parties on the fall ballot.
As a lifelong Democrat, all I want in this election is choice and fairness. The Democratic Way is the candidate that receives the most votes wins the election. Let the good people of Clark County decide who they want for their Circuit Court Judge.
— Roy Everitt, Precinct Vice Committeeman Silver Creek 2, Sellersburg
Leave assessor’s office alone
While I am all for increased efficiency in government, I doubt the public is served well by the elimination of the Jeffersonville Township Assessor's office. Doing away with an office sounds good, but this office covers a large, densely populated area which will still need to be covered, and would add a burden on the county assessor's office, which will surely increase costs there. So where's the savings?
The Jeffersonville Township Assessor's office functions very efficiently as it is, so let's leave it alone and turn our attention to someplace in government where there really is inefficiency. I urge my fellow citizens to vote "No" on Referendum One this fall.
—— Charley Reisert, Jeffersonville
Teacher questions NA-FC administration
Is our school administration setting us up for failure? Is the administration helping us to really blow the ISTEP test to condone their closing our school – Pine View Elementary?
It’s getting to the point that this is how it looks.
For the past several years Pine View has felt that we are at the bottom of the totem pole. The actions of the administration seem to have proven my point. Pine View is a failing school, but many of you don’t know our scores immensely improved from last year. We only “failed” by 3 or 4 students.
The administration sees that we are making progress. Oh, so let’s pick Pine View apart some more.
We started this school year with a promising outlook. We had an adequate number of teachers, our classes were smaller (not our usual 28-30 students per class). We were excited to implement our new schoolwide improvement plan. So what does the administration do?
A teacher that was just hired had to be let go, our special education teacher is now part time, and we presently have no P.E. teacher. Title I instructional assistants hours have been cut. Also, it is impossible to get something fixed. Our classroom clocks have yet to have the time set correctly and this has been before Christmas of last year. We had restroom sinks that shut off for over six weeks last year that could have been fixed in ten minutes.
Our promising year now looks to be not so promising any more. We are back to our usual large classroom sizes. No assistants in upper grades. Part time assistants in lower grades. A part time special education teacher in lower grades.
All this is leaving our teachers to deal again with large classroom sizes that include the special needs students with no assistants. Not only are the teachers spreading themselves thin, but also the assistants are covering classes due to the loss of teachers and covering for the half time special education teacher that was pulled to another school.
Our teachers are compassionate about teaching. They wouldn’t be in this business if they weren’t. Our students need stability and knowing that the teacher they have today will still be there tomorrow. They need someone that will be there for them.
Please think about putting yourself in our place. How would you feel?
Rather than looking down on us as dirt, give us the credit for the progress we have made with what little resources we have been given to work with.
I would like to thank Parkwood Baptist Church for the support that they have given our students with the back to school bash and the tutoring program that you implemented for our students in need. God Bless you for your support.
— Rose Grangier, Instructional Assistant, Pine View Elementary
Reader: American Cancer Society is a lifesaver
When I found the lump in my breast on Dec. 24, 1994, I knew there was a problem. My maternal uncle had just been diagnosed earlier in November, and my maternal aunt was diagnosed a few years earlier. These were just the most recent diagnoses in our family. So when I heard the doctor’s confirmation on Jan. 13, 1995 — breast cancer — it came as no surprise, but was one of the scariest moments of my life.
But then I found hope. We are so lucky to live in the Louisville area where we have access to wonderful doctors and the American Cancer Society. When I called the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, I found an encouraging voice and some of the most helpful information I received during this time. When I made those calls, sometimes in the middle of the night when no one else would be awake, I found people who treated me like I was one of their best friends.
I then learned about the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 5K walk in our community to help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer. Through my participation, I have met many other breast cancer survivors in all stages of their battle against this disease. When breast cancer survivors come together, it gives new hope to those recently diagnosed and renews the hope in those of us that have faced this struggle for several years! It gives me confidence that one day we will defeat this disease.
Unfortunately, more than 180,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 40,000 will die. I am lucky to be one of the survivors and so is my daughter, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2002! Hearing a doctor tell you that it has been confirmed that you carry a genetic mutation and it has been passed to your daughter, and now she has this dreadful disease is almost more than you can bear. However, information from the American Cancer Society helped us through this incredibly difficult time. My two granddaughters do not carry the genetic mutation and God has blessed us. But that is why we walk. Our desire is that we can offer hope to many other survivors.
On Sunday, Oct. 26, I plan to walk beside friends, family members and fellow survivors at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville. I urge everyone in Louisville and Southern Indiana to join our community as we make strides toward a future where breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease. To get involved, or for more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 502-584-WALK, or visit cancer.org/stridesonline.
— Jean Melton, American Cancer Society volunteer and breast cancer survivor, Milltown
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