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May 28, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: May 29, 2013

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Cancer society to inspire with luminaria ceremony

A week ago today marked the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday, and while the organization has led the way in saving lives from cancer and creating more birthdays, the society is committed as ever to making this cancer’s last century and finishing the fight.

In an effort to rally community members around this important cause, a special, communitywide “Every Candle Has a Name” luminaria ceremony was originally scheduled to take place last week on the Big Four Walking Bridge. With less than favorable weather conditions expected, the Society postponed the luminaria ceremony to Thursday, May 30.

The luminaria ceremony will honor, remember and celebrate the lives that have been touched by cancer through the lighting of up to 5,000 bags lining the Big Four Walking Bridge and its ramp. The society will be celebrating its birthday from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Big Four Walking Bridge with the luminaria ceremony to begin at 10 p.m.

Community members are invited to attend. For a minimum $10 donation, a luminaria bag can be dedicated in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer. For more information, call 502-584-6783 or visit lightupbigfour.org.

In the past 100 years, the Society has learned that cancer hates noise, commotion and action. Progress comes when communities join together and speak out — when victories are proclaimed and action is taken. The society’s wish for its 100th birthday is that people join together in taking a stance against silence and in taking action to help finish the fight once and for all.

— Stephanie Feger, communications and marketing director, American Cancer Society, Louisville

Reader peeved at Pence over health care

While Gov. Beshear in Kentucky is expanding access to health care, here in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence passed up an opportunity to create 30,000 new jobs and boost our economy by more than $3 billion. These jobs would have been immediate, and we all know they’re sorely needed.

You might ask yourself why Pence would do such a thing. The answer is simple: politics.

Expanding health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act would have created those jobs, and Pence, who came to us from the divisive halls of Congress, would rather let 400,000 Hoosiers go uninsured and take a pass on these new jobs to prove a political point.  

You may agree or disagree with the premise of the Affordable Care Act, but it’s hard to disagree with 30,000 jobs and increased access to quality health care.

The Indiana Hospital Association and a number of other organizations supported the expansion because it’s the right thing to do for our neediest populations and for our economy.

Governors across the nation, including other conservative Republicans, are embracing the funding because it means jobs and insurance for residents.

I’m disappointed in Pence for putting politics over the best interests of Hoosiers.

— Susan Ryan, Floyds Knobs

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