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November 19, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Nov. 19

It’s time for sweeping changes

It’s time to bring in a university professor to teach a basic course in logic to Gov. Mike Pence and the state legislature. They seem to have difficulty in thinking clearly and recognizing how one activity impacts another.

Pence wants to develop a massive educational campaign to begin to bring down our infant mortality rate in the state. One key way to do that is to ensure that mothers have adequate prenatal care.

Education can teach them the need for that, but what does a woman do when the nearest obstetrical care is as much as 70 miles away? If you are working, it would require a full day off work for driving time and office time with the doctor.

If you do not have a car, it is a Herculean task to get regular care. We need to focus on why we have a state where 30 counties lack obstetrical care. If we are interested in attracting business to this state, the lack of obstetrical coverage is a real impediment to young professional couples. Logic would tell us we need to work on this issue as a root issue.

 Of course, doctors need payment for their services, and that means that patients need to have insurance. Thankfully, the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance companies now cover pregnancy and childbirth rather than considering it a pre-existing condition. (It’s called caught being a woman while applying for health insurance).

Now many women will not face that painful dilemma of paying more for health insurance than men, and then discovering too late that it doesn’t cover their pregnancy. There isn’t any good news for the 300,000 to 400,000 low income Hoosiers who will not have health care coverage since Gov. Pence chose to refuse federal funds to expand Medicaid.

The governor says they can go do any hospital emergency room to get medical care. Any thinking person would recognize the faulty logic in depending on a hospital emergency room for prenatal care. Education without access is a useless exercise. It’s basic logic.

One key factor that works against a healthy pregnancy is smoking. We have cut smoking cessation programs so education without access to programming that would help a person quit is a useless exercise. Indiana is one of the last states in the country that still has not passed aggressive nonsmoking measures by establishing legislation that would prohibit smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

The statistics show that when the places where people can smoke is limited, the smoking rate goes down. Our state legislators just can’t seem to do the right thing. Simple logic. We need legislation to begin tackling this beast.

I ask that those who govern to please consider seriously what is happening in our state. I have begun to say I live in “Indissippi” when folks ask where I live.  

We now share all of the worst health and economic statistics associated with the Deep South. Sorry governor, “Indiana Works” is just not a truthful advertising claim. It’s time for serious and sweeping change in our state.

— Susan Ryan, Floyds Knobs

Former employee congratulates paper for milestone

Monday, Nov. 18, marked the 141 year anniversary that the Evening News/News and Tribune has been published.

I have the 75th year edition (Nov. 18, 1947) on my wall here in my office since I was one of the employees who was working there at that time.

I started working there at age 12 during the war and it gave me a life experience that let me continue in the printing business all my life.

At age 82, now I continue to broker printing since I no longer want to be in production.

I did not leave until the Korean war started and I came to California and stayed here after getting discharged in 1954.

I have many memories of the days when we printed the paper on the press feeding it one sheet at a time.

I have seen many exciting changes in the business since those days.

Again, congratulations on 141 years.

— Bob Board, Palcentia, Calif.

 

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