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Letters to the Editor 01-15-14

HOSPICES AREN’T ALL THE SAME
A Readers’ View letter by Bob Westphal (Jan. 9) failed to clarify the type of “nonprofit” hospice that Bridge Hospice purports to be.
The standard “nonprofit” hospice in both England and the United States does not bill patients. The standard “nonprofit” hospice utilizes volunteer physicians, RNs, and aides.
Once Medicare in the United States approved payment of hospice care, elder patients became the beneficiaries of welcome (or not so welcome) terminal sedation.
Since elder patients die sooner rather than later, it is not hard to be creative in creating terminal diagnoses.
Please correct me if the director of Bridge Hospice is unpaid, not to mention RNs and aides. Please correct me if Bridge has not sent out a bill to patients.
Which type of hospice would you prefer?
J.E. Kuhlman
Arcadia

HEMP WOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM
Everything Terry Cook (letter, Jan. 11) said is true about hemp. Science proved all of this years ago.
You can’t overdose on hemp. It does have nutritional value. It doesn’t destroy lives like alcohol, crack or heroin.
Many people use it daily to unwind after work, in the same way others use alcohol. They function fine every day in society.
The law demonizes these people and forces them into rehab to avoid charges.
Underage users aren’t really an argument. Kids can find it just as easily on the streets as from a reputable business. At least a reputable business could refuse sales and report them.
Anyone over 21 could buy alcohol for minors. It’s really no different in that sense.
Ironically, during alcohol prohibition, hemp was completely legal. Now it is the other way around.
Jerame K. Oates
Findlay

CAT STORY WAS A GOOD CHANGE
Regarding Robert Poe’s very uncalled for comments (letter, Jan. 13) on “Piper” the cat’s inspiring story: it’s so nice to have a story of an old cat beating the odds and being rescued from a pipe.
It was a very good change from the depressing fact we live in a broken, violent world.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I made three calls to family to talk about the article.
Animals should be equal. We’re all creatures in the eyes of God.
Robert Morris
Findlay

CONSIDER OTHER ADOPTIONS, TOO
“Piper” can only go home to one lucky household.
For all you other kind individuals that expressed an interest in adopting the cat, please consider adopting a pet from the Hancock Humane Society, Teddy’s Rescue (Findlay), or Bluffton’s TLU Rescue.
Karen Spurgat
Rawson

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