Letters to the Editor July 11, 2009

Written by The Daily Triplicate readers July 11, 2009 09:54 am

Looking for photos of the veterans float from the Fourth

I anxiously waited to see pictures of the veterans float from the Fourth of July parade. To my surprise there was not even one picture of the veterans float in the paper. I checked the Web site for photos that I might purchase of the float and the veterans. None there either.

What is up with that? I was under the impression that they were the grand marshals of the parade. You would think there would be at least one picture of the float. My father and several other good friends were on that float, but due to mechanical problems with cameras, we now have no pictures of them on their day. If anyone has any pictures, please contact me. I would appreciate seeing them and purchasing some from someone. I can be reached most days at the Sheriff’s Office. Thank you.

 Julie Shafer

 Klamath


Former local resident pays $54 for health care in Canada

$54. I pay $54 a month for health insurance. Yes, I live in Canada, and yes, we have single-payer, “socialized medicine.” In Canada, “socialized” means working together to benefit society. It’s not a code word for a repressive, autocratic regime.

So, let’s see what my socialized medicine gets me. When I have a health concern, I see a physician anytime I feel I need to. I pay no additional fees. I don’t worry about pre-existing conditions. I can go to a walk-in clinic, or I can make an appointment with my family physician. Walk-in clinics are available all over the province, and they are as well appointed and well staffed as the doctors’ clinics. Indeed, some of them are hosted in the same suite as family physicians, and they are staffed by those same physicians. They are open extended evening hours, giving patients more access to quality healthcare.

Generally, I prefer to see someone who knows me and knows my history, so I see my family physician. My family physician typically sees me within 48 hours of my call for an appointment, and often the next day. In either case, I give my name at the desk, and after sitting a few minutes (a long wait is 20 minutes), my BC-registered physician walks into the room. We consult. I leave with a professional diagnosis and a prescription or lab test requisition if needed.

I don’t need a lot of health care. I’m usually healthy as a horse. But two years ago, I had back pain that had me lying on the floor in pain. It got so bad that I often had to crawl on my hands and knees to go to the bathroom or the refrigerator. Miserable doesn’t begin to describe it. Still, during the 16 months it took to get well, I saw a doctor anytime I needed to. I received an x-ray, a CT scan, and an MRI scan. I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist. I never paid more than the $54 per month government insurance premium.

So when I visit my hometown of Crescent City and see the raging debate about a single-payer system, I’m deeply perplexed. Why would anyone want anything else? $54. Think about it.

 Molly (Thompson) Eichar

Crescent City


Food stamps are needed for those that are on SSI

I think people need to get food stamps that are on SSI. The government needs to feed the people who get a cut in their check. What are we to do?

We got two cuts in ours and we are both disabled. My husband is in bad condition and needs food to live. I spend all my time taking care of him. It’s hard on me. I have to buy things and he needs to pay rent.

Wake up government. It was us that put you into office.

Suzanne Littlefein

Crescent City