Health insurance: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?’

Dear Editor:

Honolulu, Hawaii? A CNN news brief states that all tests were negative after Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains while on vacation. As relief pours over Limbaugh he makes the following public statement, “The treatment I received here was the best that the world has to offer. I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine.”

The news brief goes on to state that last year Limbaugh struck a deal with Clear Channel Communications to extend his contract through 2016 in a deal worth more than $400 million.

Phoenix, Arizona? The top story in the AFN concerns Mackenzie Saunders, a sixth-grader at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, who was partially paralyzed playing soccer. Her father Gary Saunders stated, “This is the kind of thing that hits home with every parent.” The article continues, “But now the family faces the reality of the looming hospital bill. The Saunders have medical insurance, but it is a policy where after 10 days they are responsible for 50 percent of the bill... Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch at any time to the Mackenzie Saunders Medical Fund.”

The American health care system desperately needs to be repaired. It is NOT working fine!

Fred Barlam


Kathy’s Alterations made my daughter’s holiday

Dear Editor:

As any mother of a little girl knows, holiday dresses are a big deal. There are tons of gorgeous dresses to choose from and they are usually quite pricey.

We always buy my daughter’s dress with the hope that she can wear it several times over the holiday season. This year the dress had a huge problem, the zipper completely broke the day before Christmas Eve. I was lucky enough to go to Kathy’s Alterations at 40th Street and Chandler Boulevard, and Kathy made time to fix it. She was super busy with other orders and trying to prepare for her own personal holiday I’m sure.

Her caring and professionalism was a gift. Thanks Kathy for making Jessie’s dress wearable. She was beautiful!

Kristin Hamilton


Unrated doesn’t mean no rating

Dear Editor:

Regarding the cover article on parents being able to review the health curriculum so kids may make informed decisions (“Parental Guidance,” AFN, Jan. 8); I’d like to offer a suggestion that, perhaps, no one has thought of. How about informing teens about the evils of the local video store?

For the past few months, every time I go to the video store, I am constantly noticing new releases with the motto, “Director’s Cut” or “Unrated Version.” What I came to find out after foolishly renting one, was that these are nothing more than the “originals,” with loads of added profanity, violence and all the smut you could ever imagine. In other words, if these flicks were judged by the rating board, they would be rated “X” and, therefore, unfit for general release. When I was renting something the other night, I noticed a youth in front of me renting one of these “Unrated” versions, and after he left I asked the clerk if they had any restrictions on renting those titles to someone who could not be more than 15. The answer was “no.” I asked why they couldn’t just carry the “original” titles since R-rated versions are bad enough. I was told: “That’s what they send us.” In other words, teenagers are now allowed to rent X-rated films at our local video store.

Your article wondered why there were so many teen pregnancies? Get a clue.

Micah Thayer

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