Letters Monterey’s bag ban is just Cheap Mulberry Bags wrong

Bag ban is just wrong After much thought about the plastic bag ban in Monterey, I believe the ordinance targets the wrong group. Why should the consumer suffer .Mulberry handbags? It’s the bag manufacturer who should be targeted. It’s real simple. The grocery store chains buy them, and they have enough clout within their corporations to simply demand that the bag manufacturer produce biodegradable bags. Also, this 10 cent for each paper bag is ridiculous. So now the grocery store is making a profit on bags, this only helps them, and they do not have to buy plastic anymore. We have family in San Jose where there is the same no-plastic-bag ordinance. Some go without bags, and others will drive another two miles to shop where they don’t ban the bags. Stop making the consumer suffer and force the plastic bag manufacturers to make biodegradable bags. I think these type of city ordinances are shortsighted and wrong! Scott Greth San Juan Bautista Blame useless war for soldier’s horrific wounds If ever we need a reason to end war, we need look no further than The Monterey Herald of July 15. Words are not adequate to describe the emotion I felt when i read the article about 25-year-old Travis Mills, who lost all four of his limbs in combat in Afghanistan in a useless, unjustified war. The picture Advertisement accompanying the article shows him legless and armless, attempting to hold his 7-month-old daughter. Congressmen and those in the White House who are responsible for sending troops to such a war should be forced to read this article daily. The picture should be worn visibly on their persons as their identity as they go about their political duties. Whatever other accomplishments these people achieve in their careers are completely negated by this atrocity. Glen Kardel Salinas Mills’ story an inspiration Thank you for printing the sad but inspirational story about Army Staff Sgt. Mills’ horrific injuries suffered from his third deployment to Afghanistan. His bravery, courage, and patriotism are what make America strong. Thank God for courageous service people like him, and thank God for his combat buddies and his family members for their support and sacrifices. We salute all of you! Millie Rose Monterey CHOMP values safety and quality As leaders of the medical staff at Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, we take quality and safety seriously. Recently, we have heard from people concerned by hospital care ratings in which, frankly, we didn’t fare well. Other highly respected institutions such as UCSF Medical center, UCLA Medical center, Cleveland Clinic and Scripps Memorial Hospital scored similarly. We urge consumers to be confident the information they are reviewing is accurate and complete before relying on it to make care decisions. We do not believe the information used in these latest ratings met those standards. At CHOMP, we rely on rigorous evaluations from outside organizations such as the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation organization. Speaking on behalf of the 11 physicians on the hospital’s medical executive committee, I assure you that we are continuously working on safety and quality improvement initiatives, such as the recent move to bar-coded medication administration, to ensure that the right patient gets the right medication at the right time, and an effort to reduce the occurrence of central-line bloodstream infections — which resulted in none in the most recent 12-month reporting period. Safety and quality are always our top priorities. Donald Goldman, M. D. Chief of staff Wants better balance in choice of cartoons In a July 7 column on editorial cartoons, Editor Royal Calkins addressed readers’ comments about a too liberal or too conservative viewpoint by the paper and defended the choice of political cartoons and the criteria for how they are selected. The editorial said at one point; “My suggestion is for readers to look beyond one cartoon, one caricature, one column. ” Being curious, I had done just that .Mulberry Briefcases. I looked at every cartoon on the Opinion page since April 1 and put each one into a category. I counted about 145 cartoons. Overall they show a clear pattern. Sixty of the cartoons were either anti-Republican or anti-Romney. Ten were anti-Democrat or anti-Obama. The rest were general in nature. That means of those 70 political cartoons, 86 percent were anti-Romney/GOP and 14 percent were anti-Obama/Democrat. Only six times were they both included on the same page. Hopefully we can see better balance in the future. Will Roff Carmel Medicare depends on commercial insurance To the reader from Carmel who extols the virtues of the Affordable Care Act, citing her excellent experience with the Medicare system, please understand the following: Medicare is only viable because the program is heavily subsidized by commercial insurance .Cheap Mulberry Bags. In California, Medicare pays hospitals one-third the amount private insurance compensates these institutions for an equivalent level of service. Virtually every hospital in California would close under a Medicare reimbursement schedule. The high quality of care you receive with Medicare is possible because the younger working population is paying high commercial insurance rates to subsidize your care. The major accomplishment of the ACA, particularly in Monterey County, will be to expand the Medicaid roles, a program most notable for the fact it pays providers far less than Medicare. It is so generous of you to want to expand the availability of comprehensive insurance without regard for the fact others in the private sector and/or the taxpayers will have to pay the bill.

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