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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am


An entertaining season

I would like to thank the TinCaps players and organization for another great season. It's a pleasure to be at the games to witness the competition and entertainment, but mainly the good sportsmanship and camaraderie that takes place on the field. It's great to see the players strive and improve through the season. I'll be watching for you in the bigs. And also, thanks should go to the umpires. Very few of us have thousands looking over our shoulder when we are in high-pressure situations. We are not perfect, nor is it right as fans to expect the umps to be perfect. I know they, as well as the players, do their best, and that's all that can be expected.

Thanks to all and, after the playoffs, I'll be counting the days until next year.

Lynn Kirkpatrick

Columbia City


Unless Congress acts, health funds in jeopardy

The U.S. Capitol may be hundreds of miles away, but readers should understand the actions our leaders take have a direct and immediate effect on our community.

A case in point is an endangered health care program that already delivers results for the American taxpayer: community health centers. Last year, Neighborhood Health Clinics provided services to 8,607 medical patients and another 8,384 dental patients; 6,720 of our patients were children. Health centers like ours don't just save lives. We also lower health care costs, create jobs and reduce hospital visits so fewer dollars are spent on “sick care.” But unless Congress acts by the end of this month to extend funding, the consequences for us and other health centers and our patients will be drastic.

The program would be reduced by about 70 percent. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services itself has projected that the effect would be dramatic: closure of 2,800 health center locations, elimination of more than 50,000 jobs and a loss of access to care for more than 9 million patients. Locally, it would result in Neighborhood Health Clinics seeing 3,242 fewer patients. This is a program that has been in place for more than 50 years and enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress. Right now, more than 75 national organizations, representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, health centers, children, patients, the faith community, financial institutions and health care industry partners are banding together and calling on lawmakers to extend health center funding before Sept. 30. Will you join us? Call the advocacy hotline, 1-866-456-3949, to reach your members of Congress.

Let's hope leaders pay attention and fix the funding cliff. Our health depends on it.

Scott Jackson

Neighborhood Health Clinics board chair

Dems have no answers

What does the Democratic, er, far left, Party stand for besides redistribution of income, unrestricted entry into the USA, violent anti-police/authority rioting, tearing down of historical monuments that don't appeal to their sense of morality, total disdain for the Constitution, brainwashing with liberal-biased ideas at all educational levels, any and all things anti-Trump/Republican/conservative?

No ideas on how to solve the huge financial debt burden just waiting to explode/implode the economy. No answer to the millions of impoverished on food stamps and other welfare programs except to toss more federal money we don't have at the problems. No answer to the influx of undocumented/illegal persons flooding the country (the Democrats are counting on their eventual votes). No answer for the terrorist/foreign threats that are in fact, very real, except to try to appease (how has that worked in the past?). And so on ad nauseum.

Wake up, America, this country is in crisis mode.

Rich Polk

Fort Wayne