Teacher grateful for support
To the editor:
I would like to thank everyone who supported my efforts as I worked to maintain my first grade teaching position. I presented to the school board a packet with 13 letters from colleagues, peers and parents who shared their views of why I should stay in this type of classroom.
I appreciated all who supported me professionally as well as the many
friends who gave me encouragement throughout the last six months of
working through this challenging process.
Another take on single-payer
To the editor:
After reading Mr. Sundin's June 8 letter, I'm wondering where he is getting his information.
I did some research online and on the paperwork I hold from the Mad as
Hell Doctors and Public Citizen.The latter is a non-profit,
non-partisan group which has been looking out for the rights ofU.S.
citizens for the past 40 years.
Mr. Sundin writes that thegovernments with single-payer systems are
rationing health care.Wrong.Myhealth insurance company rations my
health care by telling me what they will pay for.120Americans die
everyday because they have no health care.Zero people die in Canada
due to lack of health insurance.
With single payer insurance for all, we each get a card which allows us
to go to any doctor or hospital in the U.S.Doctors are not employees
of the government. Hospitals remain in private hands. Youwill get a
free choice ofdoctor and hospital. The doctor can make the choice of
how to treat you based on what he and you decide, not what your
insurance will cover as is done now. Single payer is the only health
care system which will save enough money to cover everyone. By
eliminating the health insurance industry, we will save $350 billion a
year in administrative costs and profits. With that money we can cover
those who lack insurance now and fully cover those under insured. You
can bet the insurance companies are putting out all kinds of faulty
information in the name of"news" to scare the American public.
The drug industry is fighting for billions in profits.With single
payer, the payer would wield clout and the cost of medicines would
drop.An enlightened single payer would result in a sharp increase in
public health funding. No more bills, no more deductibles and no more
co-pays.Costs to the family would remain about the same or slightly
lower because more people would be paying into the pot.
By the way, the Premier of Newfoundland did not go to Boston for medical care. He went to watch a ballgame.
Kids need a wild place to play
To the editor:
I would like toshare a personalresponse to the front page story's
concern over the Boys Jungle near the river.Thank goodness the kids
have a little bit of a wild spot to turn to right in the heart of
town.I think kids need a wild zone like this. Too bad it isn't
considered a haven.
Kids set up risk-laden bike jumps in their own yards, neighborhoods and
where they can, not just this lot.The pit sounds like an unsafe enough
condition that needs filling up, maybe topped with a young fruit tree
or edible berry bush would be a plus.
No Trespass signs, it seems to me,only make it unlawful, does not completely deter.
I have heard more stories than I can count from oldsters who did crazy
things when they were kids and survived. They generally end their tale
by talking about the lessons of improved judgment that came about, and
how sad they are forkids today.
I grew up on the east coast in a very modest suburban neighborhood of
the 1950s. Our favorite hang-out? The mucky woods on the other side of
the fence where there were frogs, no cars, no parents, and no school
rules. We were just ourselves in a small patch of a natural world.
I'd like to point out that, principally,underage alcohol-drinking
occurs becausean adult hasprovided it - either by someone who buys it
for them and is seriously breaking the law, or by a parent/guardian who
has alcohol in the home and doesn't keep track or doesn't care.