Letters to the Editor - Jan. 18


Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

McGwire's tears

Your editorial on Jan. 13 quoted Mark McGwire saying "... I wish I had never played during the steroid era." The Sun then attributes the quote to "Mark McGwire, admitting that steroids and human growth hormone helped make him baseballs home run king in 1998."

The fact is that McGwire's tearful "admission" before the television cameras specifically denied that steroids had helped him hit home runs. According to McGwire, the steroids only helped him recover from injury. His God-given talent helped him hit home runs.

I think McGqire's tears were genuine. He probably really believes his steroid use did not help him hit home runs. But, he's just lying to himself. McGwire is not a victim here, despite his tears.

Jose Caseco had the perfect response to McGwire's tearful "admission." Canseco said, "There's no crying in baseball."

Steven Mossburg,

Gainesville

Access is crucial

The more than 600,000 Floridians living with mental illness face tremendous hurdles to living normal, healthy lives. Accessing health care should not be one of them.

The proposed health reform bills address several crucial obstacles individuals with mental illnesses face when trying to access comprehensive health care. Affordable coverage would be extended to four million Floridians, and those with insurance would receive vital added protections, such as free preventative services and the elimination of limits on coverage and benefits.

Individuals with mental illnesses and other pre-existing conditions would no longer be discriminated against by health insurance companies. Medicare beneficiaries (more than 500,000 in Florida) will see 50 percent of their drug costs paid for when they reach the doughnut hole.

I would like to thank our Congressional members who have worked so hard to move this monumental legislation forward and encourage them to continue advocating for the millions of Floridians who cannot continue to wait for quality, affordable care.

Judi Evans,

Executive Director

National Alliance

for Mental Illness

Tallahassee

Thanking veterans

You may notice them while you are out shopping or driving because of their hats, shirts and jackets, their license plates or their bumper stickers showing their pride of having served.

I'm talking about our veterans. They were there for you when our country needed them, and now they serve our community every day.

On Jan. 30, 6 p.m., at the Paramount Hotel, The Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board will recognize outstanding veterans and non-veterans serving our veteran community at the 5th Annual Veterans Award Night. The public is invited to attend and meet veterans from all services. Space is limited, tickets are $25 each. For more information call 352-264-6740.

Terry Martin-Back,

Alachua County

Veterans Advisory Board

Gainesville

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