Your editorial on March 14 supports raising speed limits by 5 mph on selected routes and says in part “ ... they have concluded that the higher limits ... represent more accurately the pace at which traffic actually flows ...”
This is hardly a reason to raise limits. Why not enforce existing limits?
Previous studies referenced in this paper show that speed kills!
— William J. Howard, Fort Worth
Sign up for healthcare
How thankful we should be that our government has finally demonstrated the will to attack healthcare issues.
The Affordable Care Act is just a first step in correcting the issues facing the healthcare industry.
Yes, additional tweaks are needed. Usually, any new concept or product, whether from government or private industry, requires modifications to improve.
People with regular healthcare services are neither as easily nor frequently subject to the shock of a severe medical issue and there shouldn’t be any hesitancy to seek medical services.
Young adults, who can’t get covered under their employer’s plan may stay on their parents medical plans to the age of 26.
As parents, we need to encourage adults 26 and over to apply for coverage.
People of low income will find a rebate to pay their medical premiums at tax time.
I can understand the confusion of not knowing whether to believe the relentless barrage of unjust accusations or downright untruths against the ACA.
Please go to www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform. I urge all uninsured and especially the young to get covered during the 2014 open enrollment period that ends March 31.
— Kenneth Levine, Fort Worth
Commission on quakes
In a news article of March 2, Railroad Commission spokesperson Ramona Nye made two definitive statements regarding the relationship of earthquakes and injection of production waste water.
“Commission staff has not identified a definitive correlation between seismic activity and injection wells in Texas,” and “The mere existence of faults does not necessarily indicate that a disposal well will trigger seismic activity.”
But then the bought seismologist’s job, she said, will be to evaluate the impact of oil and gas activity on known faults.
Nye is not a scientist, just a spokesperson who I feel has been instructed to make the statement and conclusions that the commissioners and politicians want to be the result.
They are kicking this can down the road past elections, acting like they are doing something.
Over a month to find a seismologist and pick a committee to look into this?
Citizens of Azle, Boyd and Springtown need to call state Reps. Phil King, Charlie Geren and Jim Keffer and say not good enough.
Better yet vote one or all of them out in November.
— Gary Hogan, Fort Worth
Rural hospitals closing
Some people have expressed concern that rural hospitals are in more danger of closing due to the Affordable Care Act.
BHM Healthcare reported that ACA implementation combined with refusal of the Medicaid expansion will lead to the closings of more rural hospitals in those states refusing the expansion.
A fourth rural hospital in Georgia is closing. ThinkProgress reported that one in four people in this hospital in Wheeler County is uninsured and that approximately 5 million working poor Americans that live in states refusing the Medicaid expansion will fall in the coverage gap.
A large percentage of clients using the small rural hospitals in these states are at or below the poverty level, and these hospitals have been dependent on reimbursement for part of their care through the government Disproportionate Share Hospital fund, which is being reduced under the ACA.
Those of us who value the personal care and handiness of these hospitals will lose.
Those states refusing the Medicaid expansion need to rethink their decision.
— Edward V. Harris,
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