Printed Letters: September 14, 2016
VA health care system works very effectively
In the aftermath of the nilitary presidential candidate’s forum, I am so tired of hearing VA bashing by presidential candidates or anyone else. I have been using VA health care for a little over a decade in Anchorage, Seattle, and in Grand Junction.
Without a failure, the care has been very good, wait times have been almost non-existent, and the electronic medical records tie it all together throughout the system. Hopefully you get my point; the VA health care system works very effectively and efficiently from my perspective. I could give many examples of short wait times for appointments, medical professionals who went an extra mile to be sure I understood what was going on throughout my treatments and an overall system I rate with an “A” or even “A+” grade.
If any veterans using the health care services in Grand Junction think they are not being well served, I will make one suggestion and one offer. I suggest you try to get similar treatment in the non-VA health care world and see how long it takes, how responsive they are and what your end result will be.
More realistic than you following the suggestion above, you are welcome to contact me and I would be willing to talk with you about your experience with the VA. To the fullest extent that can be allowed, I would also be willing to act as your volunteer advocate to help you get the best out of the system, like I feel the system has given me.
DOUG VAN ETTEN
It is time to stop turning a blind eye to abuse
This morning I was appalled to read online about the death of yet another disabled child at the hands of their caretaker — in this case his own mother!
As a person employed in a mental health related field, I am regularly faced with the grim reality of abuse among the mentally ill and disabled populations — something that is rarely addressed in media.
I feel compelled to write today, not just because of the tragedy of this boy’s death, but also because of the way this type of death is so often discussed in media. Online, on the radio, and on television these murders of disabled and/or mentally ill people by their caretakers and/or family are consistently described in terms of the poor, poor killer who was subjected to the inconvenience of this person’s very existence. This is absolutely evil.
This boy — Austin Anderson — allegedly spent days begging his mother to take him home while she watched him slowly die of heat exhaustion and dehydration. She allegedly brought him out to the middle of nowhere, wearing a diaper, and forced him out of the car and waited for him to die. A parent has one job: to care for their offspring. If a parent is unable to do so, they can seek help and resources, and can cede the responsibility over their child to a person or agency that can provide that care.
It is time to stop turning a blind eye to abuse. People with disabilities are people, too, and it is time that we stop ignoring this fact.
America’s relationships with every country are strained
It seems the president is considering a veto to the legislation giving the right of 9/11 families the right to sue Saudi Arabia claiming his concern for the already “strained” relationship we have with them.
Apparently the president is unaware of the fact that over the last seven years, our relationships have become strained with every country in the world. His administration has alienated our friends, allies, and enemies alike, even our oldest long-term good relationships with countries such as Britain, Israel, and Germany. However, apparently he feels if we keep giving our enemies more money and apologizing they will love us again. Let’s hope with a new president in four months the healing will begin!
Unlike Hillary, Trump will put Americans first
Many people are unhappy with our choices for president. But allowing Hillary to become president is the worst choice of all.
Our next president will appoint one or more Supreme Court justices. Those who value gun rights, the Constitution, common sense and freedom will be out of luck with Clinton’s choices. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. What would our country look like after 20 years with Hillary’s Supreme Court? Trump has released a list of his candidates for Justice Scalia’s replacement. Every one of them is better than anyone Clinton would choose.
I once voted for a third-party candidate. I showed my discontent with the two parties, but third-party votes probably shifted that election to the candidate I really didn’t want. Please don’t waste your vote like that.
I believe that Trump will put Americans first. We already know that Hillary won’t. Protect America. Vote Trump.