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Leters to the editor

November 03, 2007

Ambulances are taking senior citizens for a ride



To the editor:

As a follow-up to a recent letter in this column regarding ambulance services, I, too, needed their service recently. I surely thought such an important and vital service would automatically be covered under my Medicare and supplemental policies.

I did ask the attendant while he was still in my living room what the charge was and he said he was not allowed to talk about that.

Subsequently, I received an invoice from a company in Denton, Md., stating Medicare had denied the claim and they were billing me for their flat rate of $500 plus $70 mileage for a total of $570.

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I immediately wrote, stating I was trying to live on Social Security and if they would send me an amended bill for a reasonable amount, I would remit immediately. In response, I received another bill for the full amount.

I am not a member so I have no alternative but to pay the bill in full, or so I am told.

I certainly have no objection to paying a fair and equitable amount but in my mind $570 is an obscene, unfair and exorbitant amount for a one mile drive to the E.R.

I, too, applaud all the volunteers and paid personnel, but there does not seem to be much caring, mercy or compassion from those in charge for the sick and elderly in their communities or those struggling to survive in this economy.

Evelyn R. Pfeil

Williamsport




Pennsy townships have a fine friend in Bob Thomas



To the editor:

As duly elected officials of a thriving municipality, we know firsthand what it means to the people of our jurisdiction to have a friend in county government; one who is not only accessible at all times, but who understands our plight when it comes to unfunded state-level mandates, and, more important, who has the experience to help us find solutions to these issues.

Bob Thomas is that man. When it comes to putting the people of Franklin County, Pa., ahead of politics or personal interests, Thomas can always be counted upon. We have dealt with Thomas on a personal level for at least the past six years and he has always exhibited a professional approach to problem-solving. And, he has delivered for the people of this township on multiple occasions during that time.

As an example of his leadership, he was instrumental in establishing the all-important Franklin County Council of Government, which he chairs and on which all municipalities have a voice. This committee helps bring local and county government heads together once a month to discuss vital issues important to our communities.

And, with two sitting commissioners retiring this year, we must have continuity in that important office to ensure that critical community quality-of-life projects do not suffer or expire altogether.

Thomas has pledged that he will continue his steadfast support for local government programs. Further, he will make the transition of two newly elected commissioners transparent to the people of Franklin County. We encourage all voters of Franklin County, and especially those of Quincy Township, to support Thomas at the polls on Nov. 6, as he has supported us in the past.

Bob Gunder

Wilbur Sanders

Kerry Bumbaugh

Quincy (Pa.) Township Supervisors




Casinos can grow big because patrons lose



To the editor:

Casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Charles Town, etc., have grown because they were built on the losses of gamblers. The winners are those who own and operate the gambling establishments. Common sense tells me that MGM Mirage Inc. didn't make the $5 billion it will be using to build a "massive casino resort" in Atlantic City (Cumberland Times-News Oct. 11) on winners.

It was made by preying on losers!

The legislature of the good state of Maryland voted against slot machines a few years ago. Those in favor of slot machines have found a way around that and brought in paper gaming machines. The Times-News printed an article almost half a page long explaining the differences between paper gaming and slot machines. If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and walks like a duck, then it must be a slot machine.

You can find statistics for both sides of the fence. I ask Gov. Martin O'Malley and all of our representatives: "Who will pay for the high cost of coping with gambling addictions, responsible gambling education, broken families, abandoned children, local roads, public safety, etc.?" Some will argue we're already dealing with these issues since we border states with legalized gambling. What will the cost be when you don't have to drive, but can simply walk around the block?

Leave gambling to Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, etc. Keep legalized gambling out of Maryland along with the assorted social problems and costs to families. Let's find another way to pay for that "big white elephant" called Rocky Gap!

Barbara Herndon

Cumberland, Md.

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