Shower the people you love with love
Every once in a while, one should stop and smell the roses. I am sure there are a lot of us who do appreciate our fortunes, but it doesn’t hurt to remind us all on how fortunate we are.
Whether it’s your child, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife, we should tell that person every day that we love them. Some may have a hard time saying those words, and they show their love by their actions.
However, uttering those three words resonates like no others can. It doesn’t mean you don’t love anyone any less for not saying it, but it is nice to hear, and the meaning sinks deep.
Two particular beliefs that I tried to live by were these simple choices. Every night before I went to bed, I would give my wife a kiss and tell her that I loved her. We wouldn’t go to bed angry or end on a bad note. When I would leave for work in the morning, my ritual would be the same.
My second belief was to never end any phone conversation mad. This sounds simple enough, but we all know how hard this can be. You never know when the last time you will speak to your loved one on the phone may be. So make it count for all the right reasons.
Finally, take nothing for granted and cherish every day as if it were your last. You never know, it might be. Or worse yet, it could be your loved one's last. Make every day count and let the special people in you life know how special they are. Don’t let it be too late.
Medicare cuts will be restrictive, harmful
As a local rheumatologist who treats Medicare patients, I am deeply concerned by a recent proposal from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that could result in further payment cuts for Medicare Part B drugs.
If implemented, this mandatory payment model test would wreak havoc on patients and cause massive access and safety problems.
Many rheumatologists have already been forced to stop administering biologic therapies to Medicare patients suffering from arthritis, lupus, and other rheumatic diseases because the current Part B payment structure does not cover the cost of obtaining and providing these complex therapies to patients.
An additional payment cut would drive even more Medicare patients into less safe and more expensive settings — such as the patient’s home or the hospital — to receive needed therapies, if they can access them at all.
The proposed pay cuts are intended to incentivize physicians to prescribe less expensive drugs, but there are very few Part B biologics available to rheumatology patients to begin with, and their costs are all similar.
Biologics are complex and cannot be easily interchanged or switched for less expensive options. Once a patient finds a biologic that works for him or her, it may be the only option.
Rheumatologists welcome meaningful reforms that will make biologics more affordable.
However, the current proposed Medicare payment cuts will do nothing more than restrict Medicare patients’ access to safe and life-changing therapies.
Kimberly Ann White
Proof that Trump and supporters are crazy
Re May 22 letter, “Trump supporters are not immoral or crazy”: This is in response to Marc Smalkin ranting about Donald Trump being immoral or crazy. I personally think he is really crazy. That’s based on his rantings, name calling, and how he starts calling people names when they disagree with him.
He has absolutely no political experience whatsoever. He's been married multiple times.
As far as a businessman, first things first. Trump University was never a university. When the “school” was established in 2005, the New York State Education Department warned that it was in violation of state law for operating without a state license. Trump ignored the warnings. (The institution is now called, ahem, “Trump Entrepreneur Initiative.”) Cue lawsuits.
Bankruptcy 1: The Trump Taj Mahal, 1991 — The first bankruptcy associated with Trump was perhaps the most significant in terms of his personal finances, according to news reports at the time.
He funded the construction of the $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, which opened in 1990.
By 1991, the casino was nearly $3 billion in debt, while Trump had racked up nearly $900 million in personal liabilities. So the business decided to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, according to The New York Times. As a result, Trump gave up half his personal stake in the casino and sold his yacht and airline, according to the Washington Post.
Bankruptcy 2: Trump Plaza Hotel, 1992 — Trump acquired the Plaza Hotel in New York for $390 million in 1988. By 1992, the hotel had accumulated $550 million in debt. As a result of the bankruptcy, in exchange for easier terms on which to pay off the debts, Trump relinquished a 49 percent stake in the Plaza according to the New York Times.
Bankruptcy 3: Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts, 2004 — Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts filed for bankruptcy again in 2004 when his casinos — including the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Marina and Trump Plaza casinos in Atlantic City and a riverboat casino in Indiana — had accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt, according to the Associated Press.
Bankruptcy 4: Trump Entertainment Resorts, 2009 — Trump Entertainment Resorts — formerly Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts — was hit hard by the 2008 economic recession and missed a $53.1 million bond interest payment in December 2008, according to ABC News. In 1988, he buys Eastern Airlines, which defaulted to creditors by 1992. In 2006, he created Trump Mortgages. It lasts 18 months. In 2007, Trump premium steaks fail instantly, along with closing of its Vegas steak house behind 51 health code violations.
Do I think his supporters are crazy? Absolutely I do. Just as much as he is.
Cartoonists should show Hillary respect
Part of the space on your Opinion page is frequently occupied by two editorial cartoonists, Tom Stiglich and Ken Catalino. These two men invariably portray Hillary Clinton as nothing short of an angry, treasonous, deceptive crook, possibly even a certified witch who escaped intact from 17th-century Salem.
Notwithstanding the fact that their Hillary cartoons are typically predictable and witless, I wonder how it is that a woman who has never been convicted of even a minor crime, and who has served her country with distinction as First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State, can loom so large in these two cartoonists’ rogues’ gallery.
One cannot accuse Stiglich or Catalino of sexism, of course, because they would simply turn this around and call me sexist, for reasons one could never fathom other than the fact that their well-oiled dog whistles and reverse-logic machines are in working order.
So let us turn to a more likely cause of their anti-Hillary bile: These cartoonists are likely avid readers of or listeners to the professional Hillary-haters such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Breitbart.com, the New York Post, Matt Drudge, the tea party, Ed Klein, and the so-called congressional Republican “Freedom” Caucus.
By the way, to those of you curious as to why the nation has been in a governmental stalemate, those groups of people have based their political careers largely on their constituents’ susceptibility to the notions that women should remain in the kitchen, pregnant and barefoot, and that the Civil War has not yet concluded.
If Hillary were a private person, she long ago would have hauled these cartoonists and their “news” sources into court on libel and slander charges. As a public figure, she may still have good reason to do so, but I will defer to the lawyers on that one.
In any case, I would urge your newspaper to replace these two sketch pad fantasists with cartoonists who, even if they do not like Hillary Clinton, will at least treat her with more respect.
Sanders must quit so we don’t get Trump
I can’t believe so many people approve of such a crude buffoon as Donald Trump to represent our great country.
When candidates run for office, they will tell us what they think we want to hear to gain our votes.
When Congress is controlled by the opposite political party, even good ideas are not brought up for vote or voted down.
Trump has been flapping his jaw for a couple of months and we still have months to go. It is sickening.
Bernie Sanders should throw in the towel before the Democrats are split and we are left with Donald Trump.
Heaven help us.
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