Obama and blame
I am thoroughly opposed to President Obama — he’s a socialist — but I hope the GOP will not jump on the bandwagon and blame him for the VA problems. They were here before he became president, right? And I hope you will not blame Obama for the sick culture (the people who will sue anyone they can) and the awful music. Robert Bork pointed out that the culture was sick in 1996, and Dennis Prager illustrates the same thing every day.
You don’t have to blame Obama for everything.
There are several issues, the main one being his negation of the Defense of Marriage Act. Why do gays and Obama have to use the word “marriage.” Why can’t they be satisfied with domestic partnerships? That one issue alone is all you need to say about Obama without blaming him for everything else. Please, GOP, stop trying to please everybody.
Roy E. Rood
Stop studying and act
Regarding “VA audit: long waits, ‘lost’ appointments:” (front page, June 10): It is time to put away the bows and arrows and work to fix the numerous systemic issues that have “plagued the VA” for decades! Yes, these are not new challenges: backlogs, scheduling issues, lack of providers, etc., are part of the reason they ever brought Gen. Shinseki on board! The fact that Gov. Scott has to sue the VA for access to the hospitals cannot be a good indicator.
I think the ability for waiting veterans to seek private-care options is a good thing. I personally use the Brandon Clinic (MacDill AFB Clinic system) as my primary care manager through Tricare versus the VA. Hiring more VA care providers, expanding the VA’s hours of operation, and private-care options are all viable options that should be implemented, not “studied.” I think these challenges have been investigated, audited and studied enough. Did anyone think over a decade of war was going to result in better care at the VA without these changes?
I recently read a report regarding the patient-to-health-care provider ratio at GITMO. It is 1.5 to 1. The VA ratio is 35 to 1.
Shinseki was made to be the scapegoat, and a new secretary alone will not resolve these issues.
The writer is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army.
I applaud your position on the marijuana amendment on the November ballot in Florida (“Not your parents’ marijuana,” Our Views, June 10). What caught my eye, though, is the fact that lawyer John Morgan is an ardent backer (as in money) of the amendment. If his intentions are pure, he should pledge that if the amendment passes his firm would not involve itself in any case involving marijuana use.
New Port Richey
Paying it forward
Would you help a cancer patient endure radiation and chemotherapy? Would you assist a transplant patient to resist organ/tissue rejection? Would you help an American soldier wounded in action survive the “golden hour”? Would you assist a firefighter burned while saving others? Would you help a young black girl fight sickle-cell anemia? Are you a father working to provide food, shelter and clothing and want to ensure the health of your family? Donate blood.
In my travels to South Africa, Canada and 25 U.S. states as a donation advocate and recruiter, I have met recipients who are grateful beyond words for this gift of life. The inspiration for my pay-it-forward mission is Senior Master Sgt. Robert L Wise, USAF retired, who was a whole blood donor overseas and stateside. As the former director of physical plant at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, he was a frequent platelet donor. A great father leads by example, and my brothers, Bruce, Steve and Mark, and I are very proud of and thankful for our quiet hero.
Elder abuse awareness
Today we celebrate Father’s Day, but it also marks a more somber occasion: recognition of the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “One person. One action. One Nation. United against elder abuse.”
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, as many as one in 10, or 5 million, older adults are the victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation each year in the United States. As our population grows, so does this appalling problem. Indeed, for each case that is reported, national statistics indicate there are as many as 23.5 cases that go unreported.
One person can make a difference. If you suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation, report, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Visiting, calling or contacting an older relative, neighbor or friend can reduce isolation and the risk of victimization. If you know of an older adult in need of assistance, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5387) to locate available resources.
The writer is president and CEO of the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging.