Letters to the Editor for March 31, 2013
Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.
Too many letters to the editor and editorials are placing the driving under the influence citations of political candidates in the “we all make mistakes” category. Why is it “moralistic” or “judgmental” for us to expect much better of the people who lead us?
Shouldn't the youthful readers of your newspaper be told that DUI is not a normal rite of passage or akin to getting a parking ticket?
DUI is not just a little mistake. It is a huge mistake in judgment, and often a fatal mistake not only to the driver but to passengers in the car and innocents on or beside the roads.
Statistics show that of the 12 million persons with Florida driving licenses, only one-half of 1 percent have the poor judgment that results in a DUI citation each year. The statistic for those running for mayor of Gainesville in April is 100 percent. Are we lucky or what?
Stop the cuts
My husband and I have a Medicare Advantage plan, and we rely on its benefits and services. We don't want to see our health care costs go up or our benefits reduced due to another cut to the program. We're on a fixed income and cannot afford any more increases.
Because of health issues, we need a good plan. Two years ago, I had cancer and a double mastectomy. Now my husband has Alzheimer's disease. He helped me when I had cancer, and now I help him. With our problems, we really need Medicare Advantage. In the future I'll need eye surgery, and I hope that funding cuts won't affect vision care or other benefits.
Our congressional delegation needs to stop the proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage. Like most other seniors, we worked hard all our lives and deserve a decent health care plan at this stage in life.
As a minister, community leader and president of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, I support the great efforts of the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force.
Honest, decent and hard-working citizens must not be denied all wages that are rightfully owed to them. Denying these wages is hurtful and stressful to those who are trying to provide for their families, especially in this still-weak economy. If proper wages are denied, not only does the worker suffer, but innocent children and other family members suffer as well.
The denial of wages translates into a terrible form of economic injustice that must not be allowed to exist. I urge the Alachua County Commission to work as quickly as possible to establish a strong and workable wage-theft ordinance that will offer not only protection against wage theft, but an avenue of recourse for those seeking what is owed them by their employers.
Rev. Milford Lewis Griner,
Enforce the rules
A Gainesville Sun article titled “DCF: Medicaid paying nursing home bill for wealthy” showed how some people are taking advantage of the law that allows for spouses and other family members who care for loved ones in nursing homes to receive compensation. Changes being considered by the Legislature could cause catastrophic hardship for thousands of Floridians.
Lawmakers created personal service contracts for family member caregivers to be reasonably compensated, as are caregivers from the private sector, for their assistance. Caregivers often have to leave their jobs or work part time to devote the hours needed to provide their relative with services that Medicaid does not.
Limiting these contracts will cause great financial and emotional stress on caregivers and their loved ones. Instead of more legislation, enforce the rules already in place.
Samuel W. Boone Jr.,
Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys