Letters to the Editor for June 26, 2013


Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Critical issue

I would like to commend the Alachua County School Board, namely Chairwoman Eileen Roy, for taking a great step in the right direction by addressing a very critical issue. Roy recently called for a workshop to discuss alternatives to school suspension. She noted the fact that students who are suspended are more likely to drop out and acknowledged that sometimes suspension is the best option.

Behavioral problems exist just as math problems do. Just like math problems, I believe that there is always a solution. The School Board should consider the current student code of conduct, individual school operations and how other districts have successfully managed the same matters in deciding on alternatives for school suspension.

I am pleased this workshop will allow for community input as resolutions to these issues depend on more than the individuals within our school district. The community should also assume a role in the accountability of these alternatives.

Juliun Kinsey,

Gainesville

Seamy underbelly

Oops! Someone at the Shands medical-industrial complex let the cat out of the bag when they stated their $20,000 price for antivenin. Experts anguish over rising costs of U.S. health care and the falling health statistics for the public, as if they were clueless.

The reason is as simple as the reason Shands is run by a CEO, not a doctor. Health care in the U.S. is business. That means extracting as much money as possible from consumers, insurance companies and governments that pay for it.

Actually the money comes from us all in the taxes that fund Medicare and Medicaid, filter through our convoluted health care system and wind up in corporate boardrooms. Just ask our governor. He knows all about the profitable, seamy underbelly of the U.S. health business.

I have a solution. Ask Shands and the Sebastian Ferraro Foundation to partner and cover the costs. They're all about the kids, aren't they?

James N. Roland,

Gainesville

Rational critique

Thank you, Carl Ramey, for articulating a rational critique of the stance of Florida's legislators in refusing to broaden access to Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act (column, June 23). Approaching the issue from a political perspective, you presented compelling evidence that our legislators are rejecting an opportunity to provide health care for our state's most needy citizens.

It is incomprehensible that those in charge of ensuring the health and well-being of Florida's residents could be so short-sighted, politically motivated and mean-spirited as to reject this opportunity to broaden health care coverage ญญญ— in a state that is already embarrassingly low on all markers of health care quality and access.

Gov. Rick Scott, who is reported to have amassed millions by being a health care executive, started this debacle when he was at the forefront of the charge to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and now he and his political cohort should be castigated for their insensitivity.

D.M. Treloar,

Gainesville

Think before voting

Does the issue of $70 million in IRS bonuses upset you as much as it does me? I am a retired military man and prior to the Obama administration, we received regular cost-of-living pay increases in our retired pay.

This year we received a 1 percent increase in pay for the first time in six years. This was promptly eaten up with new taxes. When I questioned my retired pay center why we had not received anything for five years, they said Congress felt the economy was in such good shape they didn't feel it was necessary to take care of their retired military people.

This country is going to hell in a handbag, people. You had better think long and hard next year during midterm elections as to who you vote for. Bill Nelson has to go, for one.

Jim Kohl,

Gainesville

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