This is Viewpoints for Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014 

Medical Center cut

I have and still do have high hopes for our new government to begin to make sound decisions for our community. However, the decision to fund the Tubman African American Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences at the expense of the Medical Center in eliminating funding for indigent care for citizens of Macon who cannot pay is reprehensible.

I have followed the funding of indigent care for over 30 years while employed at MCCG as a senior vice president, now retired. My responsibilities included the indigent care clinic and emergency department.

The Medical Center fulfills the community’s responsibility to provide care to the poor, which costs millions of dollars each year.

The monies allocated to the Medical Center have never met the true cost of funding this care, but cutting all financial support is irresponsible.

This action simply shifts the cost of indigent care to the paying patients of the hospital. The indigent patients funding is not the responsibility of the Medical Center and its patients -- it’s the county’s.

Museums are a luxury, the health of our indigent citizens is a necessity. Shame on you for suggesting the Medical Center should be forced to see these patients in an already overcrowded and abused emergency department without support. Think about it; do the right thing.

-- Bob Kimsey

Macon

Cutting greenhouse gases

I am delighted the EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations.

Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In the meantime, each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of plant-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and dairy product alternatives, as well as ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are readily available online.

-- John Bennett

Macon

In need of enlightenment

Apparently, Irvin Giedd, of Eatonton, has an issue with my comments about Benghazi. I was merely noting the fervor about Benghazi and the lack thereof to all the attacks on American embassies and the resulting deaths during the Bush administration. Maybe Giedd can enlighten me.

-- John Smith

Warner Robins

Use the vote

I do not deny Mount de Sales’ right to refuse employment of anyone on religious grounds. I believe that religious organizations cannot be forced to allow or provide that which goes against their core beliefs.

The morality of gay marriage is not the concern of lawmakers. They are only concerned with the legality. The church is concerned with the morality of gay marriage and cannot determine the legality. If the clergy or any religious denomination has issue with laws passed by legislators legally allowing gay marriage, abortion or any other moral issue, I would suggest they use the power of their vote to elect candidates who oppose those laws and will work to have them changed.

-- Mike Liotta

Macon

Give it time

Your editorial condemning the Safe Carry Protection Act misses all its marks. But no need to get into panic mode just yet. It’s not going to cost the taxpayer lots of money to administer the plan as you proclaim. Administer what? Your example of having a screening process set up when going to the tax assessor’s office is one example of big government in action.

So, just go to the assessors office and conduct your business. Nothing’s changed. Why should there have to be paid, certified police officers to check some law-abiding gun owners license inside the tax office or any other government building? Nobody has done anything wrong. Why add compliance when none is needed?

This is another way anti-gunners waste money in the guise of getting votes. This safe carry legislation will hurt no one and may save someone’s life by possibly adding a gun against a would-be criminal. Give the act some time to work first without throwing needless dollars away, crying over nothing. I’m betting no law-abiding individuals intentionally get killed, hurt or insulted -- to the chagrin of all the gun haters.

-- Mike Malone

Bonaire

Today’s prayer

O God, here is my praise to you. I give you all the glory and honor for the many doors you have opened for me in the past couple of days. No one could have opened them but you. You said in your word that my gifts would make room for me. Thanks to you for blessing me with my gifts. Thank you for seeing the best in me. Amen.

-- Bessie R. Brown

Manassas, Va.

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