Seniors forced to choose between food and medicine
Tim Ryan will bring more stability to seniors
Whether we live in the city or the country, most Ohioans agree that none of our seniors should have to choose between food and medicine. However, as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, I see many Knox County seniors who are forced to make this terrible choice. It is clear that our elderly relatives, friends and neighbors should not worry about the exorbitant costs of prescription drugs.
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Fortunately, Congress recently passed and President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act. It includes multiple provisions that over time will drive down drug costs and provide insight into the cost of a prescription.
Unfortunately, no Republicans in Congress voted for this bill. They did so despite the fact that most Republicans recognize that the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable and favor federal government negotiation of drug prices. The Republican leadership is out of step even with its constituents.
We can come together to bring more stability to our seniors by voting for Tim Ryan in the US Senate in November and ensure that Congress continues to pass common sense legislation to meet our health care needs.
Everyone, young or old, should be able to wake up in the morning knowing they can afford both fresh, nutritious food and the medicines they need.
Peggy Dunn, Mount Vernon
What about unity?
In an attempt to deliver on a campaign promise about canceling student debt, it appears President Joe Biden has broken another campaign promise about unity.
I’ve heard loud and clear from Democrats, Republicans and Independents that your $10,000 loan forgiveness with taxpayer money is unfair and wrong, especially for households earning $250,000.
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By some estimates, your proposal will cost taxpayers half a trillion dollars. Some have questioned whether you have the power to do so, including Nancy Pelosi.
Debt cancellation will not help the current economy, nor will the Inflation Reduction Act. If you want to help the economy, we should go back to the days of Bill Clinton. You must impose on all able-bodied people that they have 6 months to return to the labor market. If they refuse to re-enter the labor market, their public support will either be withdrawn or drastically reduced.
Health care affordability is an issue when returning to work. Therefore, health care costs should be gradually increased according to their income.
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It seems that a divided country has become even more divided as a result of debt cancellation. For my part, I do not know how you will solve this problem.
Gust Callas, Guangzhou
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Addiction Treatment Changes Lives
The theme for National Recovery Month 2022 is “Recovery is for everyone: every person, every family, every community”. This year’s theme reminds us that while the path to recovery may be different, recovery is accessible to everyone.
We have community addiction treatment programs, drug courts, support groups, public health and loved ones to thank, because it is with their help that thousands of people find their way to recovery every year.
After:Roberts: Fentanyl “kills people unknowingly and silently.” This must not happen.
Drug addiction treatment is as effective as treatment for other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma, but it remains complex. Drug addiction and alcoholism are a chronic and relapsing brain disease. Treatment helps the individual to regain productive functioning within the family, workplace and community, and it saves lives.
The benefits of treatment accrue to individuals, their friends and family, but also to society. According to the CDC, Ohio’s drug overdose rate was the fourth highest in the nation and more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States, more than any other year on record, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
After:Slight drop in drug overdose deaths in Franklin County in 2021 belies a lingering problem
Research shows that one year after treatment, drug use was reduced by 50%, criminal activity dropped by 80%, employment increased, and homelessness and dependency on public assistance decreased.
Let’s take a moment to remember that the treatment works and that lives can be changed because of it.
Tia Marcel Moretti, President, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions
A little tip only costs kindness
When businesses and restaurants opened earlier this year, staff was, and still is, an issue. Many employees do double duty to keep the doors open.
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That’s when my sister and I started tipping workers more than in the past. We branched out with those in takeout windows, some of whom declined. As the summer progressed, we found ourselves tipping grocery cart vendors, the laundromat attendant, and the random waiters who refill our drinks at a restaurant.
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We surprise many people and those who are allowed to accept tips are very grateful. We don’t tip a lot but we want them to know they are appreciated.
Please take this into account when you are out and about and if you are unable to tip, please be kind. It costs nothing.
Linda Lewis, Westerville
School should be ‘a safe haven’ for children
I always ask my patients at this time of year if they are excited to start school. My patient surprises me when she says, “I’m excited, but nervous about coming back in person. She is worried because she is afraid of being shot.
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Towards the end of the summer, we celebrate the return of children to school nationwide. As a pediatrician, me too. Schools are the backbone of child health, fostering social and academic skills, while providing meals, home relief and resources to children who need them most.
After:In the wake of Uvalde, what is the security status of local schools when students return?
For children to benefit from school, they must feel safe there. As I try to comfort my patient, I know that I cannot ease her concerns or keep her safe at school. For her, school may no longer be a haven of peace, but I hope that one day it will be again.
Charu Gupta, Christopher Columbus