Letters to the Editor for Aug. 15, 2013


Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

Patient care

Bravo to Dr. Norman Levy in his evaluation of Consumer Reports' grading of hospitals (letter, Aug. 11). I also read the Consumer Reports article with dismay.

Are we really comparing apples to apples? I think not. Early discharge should not be compared to quality of care. A patient discharged too soon only to return for another hospital stay for the same problem seems to be the real problem — not only from a monetary standpoint but the stress on the patient medically and emotionally. After all, isn't it about patient care?

I have been a patient in this medical community and worked side by side in the background of medical care. I've always felt that I received excellent care and was proud to have worked in the organization. I would say, “go to the hospital, get better and then go home.”

Keep up the good work, UF Health and North Florida Regional Medical Center!

Diane Rosenberg,

Gainesville

Good governance

Your Aug. 8 editorial taking Rep. Ted Yoho to task for his comments was welcome indeed. He needs to be called out for such unfortunate remarks.

Interestingly, on the same page was a column about the “talking points” the GOP congressional leadership suggested their members use during their (undeserved) vacation. Apparently those points weren't irrational enough for Yoho, who decided to venture back into racism and birtherism, neither of which is a relevant issue in today's Congress.

First it was Cliff “Freedom Fries” Stearns, who is replaced by this individual who has no clue about what constitutes good governance. I wish we could bring back the classy and knowledgeable Karen Thurman.

Yoho needs to learn that governing is about taking action — and compromising if necessary — to conduct the government's business. It is not about saying “no” to everything.

As it is, he is an embarrassment who is not serving his district in a responsible manner.

Kathleen Calhoun,

Gainesville

Sacred act

Both of my parents donated their bodies to science a few years ago. The Anatomical Board (which communicates with the families) was so considerate, and really made the donation feel like a sacred act.

The one thing that needs to be noted is there is a charge for the body to be prepared. This charge is far less than a regular funeral would be and around the same as a regular cremation.

Our church was very understanding as to my parents' wishes to have their bodies donated to science. We received the ashes back in less than a year for each of them, and had a closing memorial at the cemetery where their ashes were buried at the same time.

Having a nephew that is a doctor now, it has really hit home how much in debt that medical students feel over being able to learn so much from this donation.

Jo Young,

Keystone Heights

Seems shameful

In our heavily taxed city, it seems to be shameful to let our police officers drive their cruisers home as far as 8 to 10 miles outside of city limits. Two city police cruisers are regularly parked near Dylans Grove subdivision. This is in excess of 8 miles outside of city limits.

Along these lines of saving money, why do we not share the use of police cruisers? Think of the savings this would bring. Apparently our city leaders do not feel the need to save money and that is why our taxes are consistently the highest in the state.

It is appalling that we spend money like water in our local governments. When is it ever going to stop?

Bill Strawn,

Gainesville

Red-light traps

I urge a ban on red-light cameras. Nearly all people do not run red lights intentionally, but the duration of the yellow light is a factor. If the yellow light is very fast, it leaves people no time to get through the intersection before the light turns red.

Many of these red-light tickets are for making a rolling stop, while turning right on red. Tickets are issued even if you slow to 1 mph and can see a half mile in both directions, meaning there are no safety issues. Even a police officer would not stop anyone or give a ticket for this.

Have you heard of speed traps where you are ticketed for 1 mph over the speed limit? Now we have red-light traps.

These red-light cameras generate lots of tickets and money, but at what cost? They destroy the people's trust in government.

Raymond Wells,

Gainesville

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