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No precedent for impeachment call

Some critics of President Obama are screaming impeachment, making claims of negligence over four deaths. Where was, where is, the outrage and impeachment fever for the 241 military deaths and 60 injured from the Beirut terrorist bombing of Oct. 23, 1983? Perhaps we should be impeaching President Reagan posthumously.

It was the largest single-day loss of Marines since Iwo Jima. A total of 220 Marines died along with 18 sailors and three soldiers, and 60 other Americans were injured.

Military commanders were blamed for the deaths. But, according to today’s Obama blamers, the commander-in-chief, Reagan, in this case should ultimately bear the blame.

Conservatives and Republicans today raise the roof over four Americans killed in Benghazi. Want to impeach Obama? Shame on them all! If they have any decency, they will impeach Reagan posthumously. He ignored earlier embassy deaths, ignored Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and military advice. Seems like a high enough crime or misdemeanor on several counts.

I suggest people read the entire Rand report on embassy and troop protection. Know when to hold them, when to fold them.


Same-sex opposition rooted in the Bible

History seems to repeat itself, time and time again.

Pontius Pilate, after washing his hands, said to the crowd, do what you think best. We know what the people’s choice was. We are still suffering from that despicable choice:

Governments also have washed their hands, and the shouts “Give us Barabbas” can still be heard.

The state of Maryland (my home state), and Maine voted to allow same-sex marriage. The apostle Paul wrote that homosexuality is an abomination. He also said that they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Maryland is predominantly a Roman Catholic state. I wonder how many of those Christians are aware what Scripture has said? Have people become so callous in their trust of Jesus Christ that they forgot what the church has taught?


VA’s evolution parallels Medicare’s

The Journal Gazette got my attention with the article “VA center closes inpatient wards” (Oct. 24) and the editorial “Area’s vets get another nasty shock” (Oct. 28).

The Department of Veterans Affairs may be looking to control costs by using processes similar to those required by Medicare. Medicare rules require hospitals to use some type of screening process to determine the status of a patient. Elderly people with medical problems are finding that they are in a difficult situation. Medicare rules and the profitable association of hospitals with nursing homes are hurting patients financially.

A utilization committee must determine status when a patient enters the hospital. Utilization committees are not necessarily composed of all doctors. Medicare patients are becoming familiar with some business and manufacturing jargon: “observation status” and “utilization.” “Observation” seems to be the default status that most Medicare patients receive after screening. “Utilize” is business jargon that is often found when the meaning intended is simply use. A patient might feel utilized when they are presented with a discharge plan.

The quality of care and treatment of a patient would be the same whether a Medicare admission is inpatient or observation status. The difference, for patients, is out-of-pocket cost.