Letter to the Editor

Bill would ensure seniors can afford cancer screenings

Our lawmakers should be doing everything they can to help Hoosiers fight cancer. That’s why I’m urging Rep. Trey Hollingsworth to cosponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, H.R. 1570.

Colorectal cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer death in men and women, combined, in America. In 2019, it is estimated to take the lives of 1,110 Hoosiers. But it doesn’t have to be this way; colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, and many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to regular colorectal cancer screening.

These preventive screenings are covered with no cost sharing for patients under private health insurance. But, due to a current loophole in federal law, older Americans on Medicare may owe up to $365 out-of-pocket if a precancerous polyp is discovered and removed during a routine screening colonoscopy — a reality that creates a significant barrier to individuals accessing this lifesaving screening. We should not let potential expenses deter Indiana’s seniors from receiving the cancer screenings they need.

Our representatives in Congress have the opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation that will close this loophole and help ensure that seniors can get lifesaving screenings without worrying about incurring big bills later.

Please join me in calling on Rep. Hollingsworth to help advance this important effort to protect our seniors and reduce the cancer burden in Indiana.

— Mary Kost, New Albany

Community should support News and Tribune

The philosopher Descartes said, "I think, therefor I am!" A good newspaper definitely can help face the honesty of the reality of our existence.

Who, What, Where, Why and When are questions establishing the cement by which all "objective truthful journalism" can be based. The News and Tribune, in my humble opinion as an avid reader, strives for high journalistic standards in reporting the news. Retaining our God given right under the Constitution of freedom of speech via freedom of the press, such as this paper, should be supported seriously by our community. By advertising in, purchasing and occasionally writing an "opinion" piece to the editor we protect each others freedoms.

"A penny for your thoughts" or your "two cents worth" in this opinion page of the paper could possibly be as mentally valuable as common sense (Common Cents.)

So, "do we have a free press?" So, "yes, for a dollar a copy." Thank goodness this remains a sick, non existent joke. Benjamin Franklin with your printing press, and that of the News and Tribune, our community has much to be positively thankful for.

— H. James Janson, Clarksville

Dog owners should keep pets controlled

Did anyone bite you at work today?

On average, nearly 15 mail carriers per day will say, "Yes."

Postal Service officials report that in 2018, 5,714 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bites in urban, suburban and rural settings.

Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when dog owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs.

To ensure mail carriers' safety, dog owners must securely lock their dog in another room until a delivery exchange is done. If outside, dogs must be leashed at a distance from the mailbox.

When a carrier feels unsafe, mail service could be interrupted, not only for the dog owner, but for the entire neighborhood. When mail service is interrupted, mail must be picked up at the Post Office. Service will not be restored until the dog is properly restrained

With your help, we can keep our carriers, your neighbors and your dogs safe. Thank you for protecting your pet and our mail carriers as we continue to bring packages and correspondence to your door each day.

— Douglas A. Byrn, Postmaster, Charlestown Post Office

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