Letters to the Editor for July 30
Speak up now to protect next year’s Social Security COLA
Recently I read of the possibility of Social Security recipients not receiving a cost-of-living increase for 2010. It has not been confirmed, and there is a possibility it may not happen. It has not happened in the last 30 years.
I have yet to see a comment from AARP or anyone else on behalf of the elderly regarding this matter. Seeing as every other commercial on TV has to do with AARP insurance or whatever else they can sell you, wouldn’t that money be put to better use trying to protect their benefits?
Regarding [the possibility of a COLA freeze]: Say the increment was going to be just $20. It may not seem like a lot of money, but what if that $20 was budgeted for medication? So the patient cuts the dose in half due to financial difficulties, and even though they take the medication, it is not producing a therapeutic effect. This may put the patient at risk for a heart attack.
Now this patient is in the ER, and needs CPR. Now the patient is on a ventilator in the Intensive Care or Cardiac Care Unit and lingers there until they die. Now you have a hospital bill of $100,000 that goes to Medicaid. Because they didn’t have the $20 to pay for their medication!
Anyone who took the time to read this, please complain to anyone who will listen! Do it now. Do it for your mothers and fathers.
Fashion designers need to stop abusing seniors
What gives with all these fashion designers and retailers? Do they hate their mothers and grandmothers, or all women in general? Are they taking it out on all of us?
I am beyond being an anorexic size 4, 5, 6, or even a 16 by today’s sizing. Never have been, never will be. I don’t have a size 38DD cup for those scooped-neck tops. Nor do I want anyone reading those cute sayings on my chest. I could buy the “extra” top to give me the layered look, but I have enough layers already.
Contrary to what the AARP magazine and others portray, many more senior women do not choose to run in a marathon or go sailing on a yacht with their Viagra-induced husbands or “significant others.” I don’t want to look like a tropical forest nor do I need bangles and sequins to get attention. I’m not out to snag a man, although I do lead a busy social life. And what’s more important, I have money! I did it the old-fashioned way — how foolish — I earned it and I saved it so that now I can spend it!
But how dare they charge $50 or $60 for a top that they pay a pittance to someone in Bangladesh or other Third World country to produce? Stores have racks and racks of the same style clothing, and racks and racks all on sale at 50-60 percent off. Duh, isn’t that a clue?
How do I get their attention? Must I picket their company like Lady Godiva to get them to notice? Not a pretty sight, I assure you. But it might make some other like-minded women shoppers brave enough to follow suit.
Galvanized steel the best bet for guardrails
Those rustic guardrails mentioned in the July 27 editorial, “Keep those rustic guardrails,” may look aesthetically pleasing in the Adirondack Park, but where snow and snow-containing road salts accumulate they are a misapplication of the weathering steel they are made of.
When weathering steel is not exposed to freely flowing air, it corrodes similarly to all unprotected carbon steel, getting thinner and thinner over time and not providing the road barrier protection intended. It becomes unsafe for drivers and a maintenance headache for the state Department of Transportation.
The selection of hot-dip galvanized steel guardrail by DOT makes sense because the zinc metal coating applied during the galvanizing process corrodes at a very slow rate, protecting the underlying carbon steel from corroding at all for decades, even in the harsh Adirondack environment. The guardrail retains its structural integrity, drivers are safe and there is no costly maintenance for many years.
Additionally, the typical shiny hot-dip galvanized steel can be dulled, making it blend into the natural surroundings or, if so desired, painted any color. Painting over the zinc not only provides the color desired but extends the service life of the galvanized guardrail from 1.5 to 2.5 times.
Either of these solutions delivers a safe guardrail for decades, a tax savings the citizens of New York can count on, and a pleasing-to-the-eye safety barrier for all Adirondack Park visitors.
Philip G. Rahrig
The writer is executive director of American Galvanizers Association.
Why universal health care is so important
Recent letters to this newspaper have talked at length about the high cost of providing health insurance and care to all Americans. But we tend to forget the downside of our patchy health-care system.
Several years ago a homeless man was found dead in Minneapolis. He was identified by employees of a bar near wherever he found shelter. Because his cause of death was unknown, an autopsy was performed by public health officials.
When the autopsy revealed that he had died of tuberculosis, the local government urged all patrons of the bar to be tested. A total of 41 people tested positive. Fortunately for them, they learned of their disease before it killed them and received treatment which ensured their recovery.
During the summer recess, we all have a chance to consider our national dilemma. How do we provide health care for all our citizens — young and old — as many other countries do? Or do we accept the status quo with all its faults? I hope we and all government employees, elected and otherwise, can work this out.
As we consider what should be done, we should be open to considering systems that work for many other countries, including our neighbor to the north, which has universal coverage and has also negotiated uniform drug prices for all their citizens. Surely we can do the same
Government can’t be trusted with health care
How can I believe our government will deliver quality health care on a consistent basis when their postal department can’t deliver my daily newspaper on a consistent basis?
Health care should be a right for all Americans
For the sermon at the July 25 Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, our priest spoke of health care.
He said it was time to take it away from the politicians, and make it a human story; that people didn’t choose to have existing conditions or lose their job; that these things happen to all people, whether rich, middle-class or poor; that health care should be a right, not a promise or luxury.
I believe he has it right. Why can’t others?
Jo Ann Sorsby