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December 9, 2012
Salem News

SPAN Ohio endorses full Medicaid expansion

To the editor:

Ohio lawmakers are currently debating expanding the state's Medicaid program for those with low incomes, as all states are encouraged but not required to do under the Affordable Care Act.

Unless Ohio enacts the full expansion of Medicaid by 2014, many low income Ohioans will have no health coverage. As Americans, we care about each other and we must advocate for policies that promote the public good. Medicaid expansion is critical to that common good.

Many people think that if you are poor enough, you get Medicaid, but that isn't always true. Non-disabled adults without children are generally excluded from Medicaid, no matter how little they make. Many of those eligible for the Medicaid expansion are employed in low paying jobs without health insurance, and their unreimbursed care is a cost driver for everyone. We must expand coverage to those who are eligible under the Affordable Care Act.

Across the globe, only universal coverage systems control health care costs. Absent comprehensive reform, expanding Medicaid will reduce the costs shifted to those who are insured when physicians and hospitals provide unreimbursed care.

SPAN Ohio supports comprehensive reform by expanding an improved Medicare to all Americans. Until this is a reality, the full expansion of Medicaid is a moral necessity and we endorse the full expansion of Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

There is no doubt that Medicaid saves lives. States that have expanded Medicaid have a seen a 6 percent decrease in death rates. It is easy to dismiss those who die nameless and faceless, but they are someone's son or daughter, mother or father.

Every 1,000 uninsured Ohioans results in a death due to lack of care. Across America, every year, deaths from lack of insurance exceed all the American deaths in the Vietnam War. This is morally unacceptable.

Deborah Silverstein,

State Director, SPAN Ohio,

Kent

Abuse is not an animal but a people problem

To the editor:

Why is it that in our society, when abuse occurs, the first thought that comes to mind is "What did the victim do to deserve it?"

In the case of rape, we ask what was the woman wearing. In the case of child abuse, what did the child do to push the adult to that extreme action. The playground or workplace bully hands out his abuse because his victims are weak or "different." Right? How ridiculous is this mentality? Isn't the abuser the problem?

Such is the case with animal abuse and neglect. Every citizen needs to understand that animal abuse is not an animal problem, it is a people problem. A person is behind both human and animal abuse and neglect.

The true cause behind an act of violence or neglect won't just go away. In fact, unaddressed, such a desire to act violently will intensify. It is documented that over 70 percent of the time, an animal abuser will go on to commit acts of human violence and/or commit crimes against property.

The media reported that in Columbiana County, in 2012 alone, a young defenseless calf was set on fire and a chained beagle beaten to death by a human. Near Salineville a dog was hanged from a tree and two more dogs shot in the face and dumped. What does this say about your community? Is your pet or property next?

The media did not report hundreds of other cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment addressed by the Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC) in 2012 including starved and emaciated horses and the dog abused during a domestic violence dispute or the cat rescued by a boy in spite of an adult's order not to. But HSCC knows about them thanks to concerned citizens who to made the decision to make the call.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County provides a service to your community to the tune of responding to over 70 calls about irregular or concerning human behavior per month.

As your local law enforcement responds to calls from citizens about crime against people, the trained and court sworn humane agents respond to concerns about actions toward animals. Calls of concern about pets in East Liverpool tops the list followed by Salem, Lisbon, Columbiana and every single community in our county.

Does this service provided by HSCC have value to you? If you say yes, then you need to donate and support this local non-profit organization which advocates for not only animals but for other victims of abuse.

Contrary to popular belief, HSCC is not a county agency and does not receive one dollar of taxpayer or governmental funding. Please share this information. Our greatness as a community will increase as our tolerance of violence decreases. To find out more about "The Link" between animal abuse and human abuse or to arrange a speaker for your group or organization or to report abuse, please contact HSCC at 330-332-2600.

JENNY PIKE,

Butler Township

Freedom in America has turned on itself

To the editor:

It is striking how much a pendulum can swing! At one time, Americans were free to do what they felt was proper and right with the assurance of justice and protection.

The American goal of freedom had reached its peak, and America stood with unwavering loyalty to her people.

Then the unthinkable happened. Freedom, the strength of America, turned against itself. Americans have pushed for freedom so much that we have gotten our freedom to be free of freedom. What's that mean? Take religion for example: Each religion is free to practice its own beliefs. It may be the belief of one religion to force their beliefs on another religion. A prime example of this is what the Obama administration is doing. Whether blind or not, Obama's "religion" is coming out strong in the form of Obamacare.

Since when is it right to make a religious group pay for a tax, such as abortion or contraceptive pills, when they clearly stand against it? Is it ethical to make Christians pay for something that is clearly unethical? Of course not! This is nothing short of hogwash and an attack against religious beliefs. Such an attack is not only unethical but anti-American.

Where is America without true freedom? So may I suggest that Americans ask the question, "Where is freedom going?" Where freedom goes, America follows! If we don't turn things around and get back our freedom then we lose America and the foundation that gave us freedom.

MATTHEW DAVIS,

Salem

McGuires say thank you for benefit dinner

To the editor:

We would like to say thank you to each and everyone that participated in the benefit dinner in our behalf . We would like to give a special thanks to the Winona Friends Church for the use of their facilities and their staff that worked so hard. The Trinity church that gave so much of their time to help make it so successful. All our friends and relatives. Thank you so much, the proceeds have been such a big help. God bless each and everyone of you.

JUNIOR and LINDA McGUIRE,

Hanoverton

Strongly feels that there is too much TV violence

To the editor:

I strongly believe that there is too much violence on TV. First of all, kids learn bad things because there is so much violence on TV and they think it's OK to do those tings since people on TV are doing it.

A second reason is that, some people that watch violent TV become violent themselves and that becomes a big problem. The most important reason is that, violent TV encourages people with guns to use them wrongly. Therfore in conclusion I think there is too much violence on TV.

KALEB DAY,

Salem

 
 

 

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