Tea can be hazardous to your health
To the editor:
On Nov. 4, 2008, the American public, by a wide margin, elected Barack Obama president (375-173 in electoral votes or, in ballots cast, 8.5 million more votes than John McCain).
The Democrats also had control of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
From Day 1, Obama made it known that his top priority was to improve the health care system in our country . Early in the president’s first term, he reached out to any and all who could and would be affected by this new law. Physicians, health care providers, insurance companies, citizen groups, unions, independent business owners, manufacturers, almost any type of organization that would be affected, were there and represented.
After all was said and done, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare, was cobbled together and began the long and tedious journey through both houses of Congress.
On March 23, 2010, the battle was over, and the bill was signed into law.
Six months later on Sept. 23, 2010, phase one began implementation with a family-friendly adjustment that allowed parents to keep dependent children on their policies until age 26. People with pre-existing medical conditions could not be excluded, and the amount of the premiums were to be recalculated so the lion’s share would be applied to actual health care .
On June 6, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled after many challenges that Obamacare was in fact legal and passed constitutional muster. On Nov. 6, 2012, the country spoke out once again and President Obama was re-elected by a sizeable margin.
One would think that the health care doubters might realize that the voters had settled this issue once and for all. The tea party faction wants to repeal the signed and sealed law or else shut down the entire government and go home.
Please, all you tea party obstructers, do the whole country a big favor and skip the repeals and gridlock and just go home!
A tale: NRA to the rescue
To the editor:
While I was driving on a very lonely road, lost, and getting a little nervous, my car suddenly lost power and rolled to a stop miles deep in a pitch black forest.
As I sat in the car staring into all that eerie desolation, the parking lights begin to dim, and I figured that maybe I should try hiking somewhere for help. But after taking just a few steps down the road, I heard, seemingly in the not so far distance, a coyote howling, or maybe even a wolf, and quickly retreated back into at least some small resemblance of security.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, three well-meaning rescuers, I’m sure, stopped alongside my broken-down car.
The first to stop was a patrol car with its strobe lights radiating through the woodland in familiar blue and red flashes. The second good Samaritan’s car wore a rear number plate that read, “Clergy.”
Lastly, looking over at the third car’s side window, I was just able to make out a National Rifle Association emblem. This was the rescuer that I was most happy to see.
Obviously, a fictional, although not an impossible, tale that has been told before in one form or another, by citizens such as myself, who over time, have come to this very same opinion .
Celebrating 40 years helping disabled kids
To the editor:
I would like to express gratitude to our community for the support that the Professional Center for Child Development has received over the past 40 years. On Sept. 10, the Professional Center for Child Development celebrated 40 years of service to the children and families of our community.
We opened our doors on that first September morning 40 years ago at the Parish of Christ Church, Andover. Thanks to the rector, the Rev. J. Edison Pike, the wardens, vestry and parishioners who gave us the space, support and encouragement, we were able to begin to meet the needs of young disabled children living in our area. Within a few short months, as we began to grow, we realized that there was a substantial need for our services.
Cynthia Stocking and I, as co-directors, began in 1973 with three children, a $100 grant, and three volunteer nurses. Today we are a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency/private school that provides vital educational, therapeutic and social services to over 1,500 children each year. Over the years we continued to expand our mission and now offer six programs to serve children of all abilities, including those children our agency was established to benefit – those with disabilities or complex medical conditions.
On behalf of the board, dedicated staff and families of the Professional Center for Child Development, I wish to thank our community, the families we serve, individuals and local businesses, service groups and foundations for their encouragement and generosity. Our growth and success would not have been possible without your strong support.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of these wonderful children. Together we can ensure that children of all abilities achieve their full potential.
To learn more about our history in the community, visit www.theprofessionalcenter.org.
Veryl D. Anderson
The Professional Center for Child Development