Seniors’ quality of life
Financially savvy persons are aware that sometimes an amount spent now can result in a savings later. This is important to realize when advising citizens and our local, state and national elected officials to recognize the wisdom of funding and maintaining services that allow senior citizens, some with limited abilities, to remain in their homes. This can be achieved with facilities outside of the home, such as adult care centers that provide opportunities for physical, mental and social interaction. Sadly, the alternative to these options is often placement in a nursing home at a greater financial expenditure.
Please encourage fellow voters and your lawmakers to support any measures to enhance quality of life for our senior citizens.
Get ferry service running
Form will truly follow function when public transportation is included in any pier plan for St. Pete (“Firm proposes $24 million pier plan,” Metro, Nov. 8). A public ferry situated at The Pier will result in businesses and services that accommodate the needs of both commuters and visitors. We are long overdue to have transit options to get across the bay, as there is a threat of a backup on the bridges at virtually any time we make the long trek.
It is only 13 nautical miles from the St. Pete Pier to the Channel District in Tampa. The trip would take about 35 minutes. Speaking of Tampa, Channelside needs a boost, too, and a public ferry station could be the catalyst there. There is a wonderful and underutilized streetcar in Tampa that would accommodate commuters and visitors arriving by boat. St. Pete would benefit from cruise ships in the Port of Tampa, too.
It’s time to get this ferry service running, Tampa Bay area. Most visitors are surprised that we don’t have on already.
Charlie vs. Rick
Regarding “Crist jumps into race with raised fist” (front page, Nov. 5):
You’ve got to love Florida politics. Good-time Charlie is back and better than ever. And that may be a good thing. Not everyone is excited to see Charlie back, but I will say that in the grand scheme of things, Charlie has always been in it for the long haul. Rick Scott is still in the midst of laundering his image after that messy HCA/Medicare issue. And if he’s governor long enough, no one will remember. Florida voters definitely lost even more credibility by electing him after that little scheme surfaced.
This election, its time for Florida voters to stop texting while voting. But I imagine that if all teachers, their friends, relatives, plus all those public service employees and ex-public service employees, among others, who Rick threw under the bus over the years united, Charlie might just pull this election off.
Silverware for bullets?
The EPA has regulated the lead-smelting industry out of the country. The last company to produce lead, located in Missouri, is finally calling it quits over recent EPA regulations 10 times more stringent than last year’s requirements. More expensive bullets is another way to disarm the population. When they ran out of cannonballs, people loaded forks and spoons in their cannons in Disney’s first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. Maybe we will be forced to melt our silverware to make bullets.
President Obama’s apology on Thursday was no apology. He knew full well in 2010 that his statements about being able to keep your own insurance and doctor were untrue, yet continued to repeat it, knowing he had to say it in order to win the 2012 election. The next lie to be addressed is the one he stated many times, that most families will save up to $2,500 a year when they enroll in the new government insurance. The facts are that families will generally be paying more, and they will have higher deductibles! The next lie is that your policy, which has been or will be dropped, was a substandard policy, and families will be better with the new government policies.
Sun City Center
Don’t stigmatize mentally ill
With the recent shootings that have taken place in public places, news reports increasingly tie the issue not to gun control but to control of the mentally ill. I have worked for more than 20 years with people with severe mental illness, both inpatient and outpatient, and I would like to assure readers that the vast majority of people with mental illness do not harm others — even when they suffer from extreme paranoia and psychosis. People with mental illness are all around us — they are our families, our friends and our colleagues. The majority of people with mental illness are fully functional in society, and those around them have no idea they live with mental illness. Even people with severe illnesses, such as schizophrenia, can keep their illness under control when they receive appropriate medication and care.
It is true that many of the homeless and drug-addicted have mental illness, but unfortunately, the harm they do is to themselves, not others. When newspapers stigmatize the mentally ill, they fan the flames of discrimination and fear. We need to extinguish those flames. If we further stigmatize mental illness, those who need help will be even less likely to seek it.
The writer is a licensed clinical social worker.