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Sour-grapes secessionists arenít thinking long term

There are states and people wanting to secede from the union. Really? This cries of sour grapes to me. Reminds me of little kids who get mad because they didn’t win so they take their marbles and go home.

Do you have any idea how many times, over my past 40 years of voting, that I’ve had someone in office that I didn’t really like or want, but had to tolerate it? I think they tell them in sports to “suck it up.”

Let’s look at the facts. We have problems in this country but, compared to some other countries, we have it pretty darn good. We don’t have dictators for decades as some have. Now that is sour grapes – can’t get them out of office if you wanted to.

President Obama is doing the best he can with the hand he was dealt. For those thinking that seceding is the answer, who would be the president or king of your perfect little universe, and what would they do so radically different that would show up Obama’s country?

To quote Rodney King: “Can’t we all just get along?” Working together and stopping all the backbiting and nitpicking would be a great start.

In all my years of voting, this is the first time (other than that guy from Texas) anyone has wanted to secede from the union. You really need to examine your reasons for wanting to do this, as I think your biggest reason is the guy in the White House for four more years.

CHERYL A. JANEWAY New Haven

Information essential to diabetes management

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. An estimated 7 million people remain undiagnosed.

Early detection can help decrease the chance of complications such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and blindness.

Today, we know more about who is at risk for diabetes, and physicians are better able to diagnose the disease. We also know that diabetes is more common in certain ethnic groups – blacks, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are genetically predisposed to developing diabetes.

Once diagnosed, it’s important for individuals to follow the program their physician prescribes.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which serves Indiana’s Hoosier Healthwise and Healthy Indiana members, works closely with members with diabetes. Members can get information and support from Anthem’s Diabetes Management Program, a program designed to help members understand and follow their plan of care.

Diabetes is manageable. We want to give our members the information and support to be successful at managing their diabetes and avoid complications of this disease.

DR. KIMBERLY ROOP Medical director, Hoosier Healthwise and Healthy Indiana Indianapolis

Four freedoms guide the American way

In the future, we should seek four essential freedoms:

Freedom of every person to worship God in their own way.

Freedom of speech, honestly and with integrity.

Freedom from want.

Freedom from fear.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will not negotiate for it, we will not sacrifice for it, we will not surrender for it, now or ever.

The Constitution itself, plainly written as it is, should be the safeguard of our federal government.

Life is not what it is supposed to be. It is what it is. How we cope with it makes the difference.

TOM HEINY Fort Wayne

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