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Friday, May 31, 2013
Cuts will hurt the mentally ill
I applaud Del. Joseph Yost for his efforts to train police in appropriate ways to deal with people who have mental illnesses (“Program for police focuses on mentally ill,” May 26 news story). He has shown a keen awareness on mental health issues in general.
Unfortunately, I am not sure the public is aware that the governor of Virginia recently slashed Medicaid-funded mental health services significantly. I know of many individuals who are losing their services due to realignments in the community services system.
These cuts will surely harm these specific individuals.
The effects of the cuts on the welfare of others may sadly be realized in some future act of senseless aggression or violence.
Jackson’s no symbol but a real Republican
In the May 19 Roanoke Times (“Cuccinelli, Jackson top GOP ticket”), reporter Julian Walker of the Virginian-Pilot wrote that E.W. Jackson’s nomination for lieutenant governor is a symbolic choice, but he didn’t say what he thinks Jackson represents. Rather than symbolic, I see Jackson as a real candidate, selected by real Republicans from all across Virginia.
After four rounds of voting at the Republican convention, more than 8,000 delegates selected Jackson from a field of seven strong candidates. Jackson had a majority of votes in each round.
Is it possible that 8,000 citizens from across Virginia conspired to select a symbolic candidate?
The usual ‘offset’: Let the poor pay
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn voted against federal money to help Hurricane Sandy victims. However, he has welcomed aid to Oklahoma after many disasters there.
Coburn said there should be “budget offsets” to the aid for Oklahomans after the horrible tornado that recently devastated parts of that state. “Budget offsets” are a practice that Republicans usually call “picking winners and losers.”
The winners, of course, will be the people of Oklahoma, who deserve the help of the public since we are a country, not just a collection of states.
Who will be the losers? I would be happy to offset with the salaries of Congress.
Making General Electric or Apple pay taxes would be another way to offset the relief money.
I would be delighted to take the money from the billions going to oil companies, as they seem to be doing fine on their own.
What source has Coburn selected? I haven’t heard — maybe the usual targets. Medicaid? Social Security? Food stamps? Unemployment funds?
Perhaps he could close down a few orphanages or old-age homes.
The losers in Republican offsets will always be those who have the least to begin with.
Early choice follows child through school
Re: John Rosemond’s column “Let kids start school on a normal schedule” (May 27 Extra section):
I taught preschool and Mothers Day Out for 13 years, and the question of whether a child was kindergarten-ready came up quite frequently.
It can be a tough decision, particularly for parents of the youngest students in the class.
Parents need to do what they feel is best for their own child, but when asked, I would always throw in this thought: At what age would you feel comfortable putting this grown child in the middle of a frat party, because the decision you make now will follow you down the road.
An extra year of preschool never hurt anyone.
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