Letters to the Editor

September 30, 2010

Editor's note: The letters below had been scheduled to appear in the print edition of the Sept. 30, 2010, Herald-Mail but were pulled to make room for the editorial honoring the late Nick Giannaris. The letters are now scheduled to be published in the Herald-Mail print edition on Monday, Oct. 4.

Insurance companies show true colors

To the editor:

Showing the need for greed, several large insurance companies have already said in advance they could deny insurance coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions guaranteed by the new laws by not offering any new policies for children at all.

Insurance spokesmen explain their potential consideration of an end run around the laws by anticipating that parents might not purchase insurance for their children until they got sick, affecting the insurance companies' bottom line and their commitments to Wall Street. Ironically, the new health laws do have provisions protecting commitments to Main Street stating that individuals and companies must carry some form of insurance if they can afford it.


Other end runs around this new health law are already planned. One effort will be made to protect those who can afford health insurance, but choose instead to gamble now, like the insurance companies speculate the parents of kids will in the future, by trying to go without protection and not pay anything into insurance until catastrophe strikes.

As it is, more than 50 million Americans are without health insurance. Most could not afford insurance if they wanted, through no fault of their own.

Most insurance companies are on board and will try to cooperate with rather than evade the new health care laws because they know skyrocketing costs of our present system forcing them to charge more and more for less and less coverage has no future.

If we don't pay attention to what is happening now there may be no tomorrow for some kids with pre-existing conditions.

Ken Hollar

JFK run would appear to have plenty of money

To the editor:

On Sept. 21, the Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously for the county to pay for the sheriff's department to provide traffic control and emergency assistance for the 48th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon.

The cost to the county taxpayers was estimated to be about $3,960 by race director Mike Spinnler.

Commissioners President John F. Barr presented a proclamation celebrating the event and praising the "noteworthy efforts" of its organizers.

And the president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tom Riford, estimated the annual local impact of the JFK 50 Mile race at $350,000 to $500,000.

I, too, offer my congratulations to the race organizers for a job well done for almost 50 years.

But since the entry fee for those 25 to 65 years old is $150 and the fee for those under 25 or over 65 is $125, it appears that the organization is awash with money from the more than 1,000 entrants for this one-half day event.

So, please accept our congratulations and then return our money and pay for the traffic control and emergency assistance out of the entry fees you have collected just as you pay for the race director's salary.

I am positive that if the commissioners try real hard and consider the 10.6 percent unemployment rate in the county in August, they will be able to find better uses for $3,960 of our taxes than to give it out as a gift to an organization that is already awash in money from fantastically high entry fees.

Daniel Moeller

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