Letters to the Editor

Be Yourself

Grasp firm the helm that steers your ship of life,
And sail to leeward on the seas of strife;
Skirt wide the brewing storm and hidden shoal,
For you alone are captain of your soul.

Be friendly with all men if you so yearn,
But choose your friends with caution and concern;
For if a cherished fool should go astray,
You too must stand to face a judgment day.

Be not a fool who argues without cause,
Make clear your statement calmly without pause;
Be patient with the one who orates long,
Deny him not his right to get it wrong.

Hitch not your fortunes to another’s star,
Strive at your pace and be whoe’er you are;
Trail blaze the forest yet to be explored,
And climb the mountain never climbed before.

Embrace the noble cause with fervor grand,
But spend not all your arms in just one stand;
Some battles may be won, some lost by far,
But he who triumphs last doth win the war.

Cletus Louis Drone  
St. James

Can’t be heartless

    Medicaid, funded by state and federal funds, provides health care for one in seven Missourians living in every county in our state. Medicaid recipients are our neighbors, family and friends who are low income seniors, people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and parents who work but have a very low paying job.
    Health care is a lifeline—especially for all who are struggling to make ends meet.
    Representative Trent proposes HB183 which requires Medicaid recipients to work a set number of hours per month or lose the only health care they have. What happens if a someone is between jobs? Is ill? Cannot find or afford child care or find dependable transportation to and from a job, especially in our rural areas?
    Most disturbing, what happens if someone who is either exempt from the requirements or is working and cannot meet the bureaucratic reporting requirements—or the overloaded state department loses their form? What happens is the state takes away their Medicaid—the only health care they have and that is cruel and inhumane.
    We cannot become a heartless state, so call your Representative and Senator and tell them to oppose HB 183.
    Everyone benefits when they have access to health care whether it be Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.
Maxine and Ken Horgan
Mountain View, Mo.

Health department tackling big problem

    This letter is to acknowledge Honor Evans, RN and her staff at Crawford County Health Department for efforts in carrying out collaborative work to address an important issue in our county.