OPEN LETTER TO BYRON

THE BALTIMORE SUN

From: Marilynn J. Phillips

Robert B. Winans

Hampstead

It is our intention to attend the forthcoming meeting at Hagerstown Junior College -- assuming that the facility is wheelchair accessible, including an accessible auditorium and wheelchair-accessible bathroom facilities.

However, we also strongly encourageyou to hold several Health Care Town Meetings throughout the 6th congressional district, given the number of citizens who are precluded from attending -- because of distance -- the town meeting in Hagerstown.

Indeed, many persons with disabilities for whom this meeting iscritical will be unable to attend due to transportation difficulties.

We wish also to submit to you, in writing, our position on health-care reform. Although only one of us currently is disabled, both ofus are realists who understand that disability is a moment away for any individual.

Therefore, ours is a disability perspective on health-care reform, in agreement with that proposed by 35 national organizations in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

This consortium endorses five major principles, as follows:

* We expect health reform to ensure non-discrimination. That is, people with disabilities of all ages and their families must have access to health care which prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions; prohibits ratingpractices that discriminate against higher users of health care; ensures that all persons, regardless of income or health status, have access to all needed health-related services; and ensures continuity and portability of coverage.

* We expect health reform to ensure comprehensiveness. That is, in addition to acute-care hospital and physician services, comprehensive health-related services should include preventive services, including services to prevent worsening of a disability; health promotion and education services; diagnostic services;long- and short-term home- and community-based services; prescription drugs, biologicals and medical foods; mental health and counseling services; rehabilitation services, including audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech-language pathology services, cognitive, vision and behavioral therapies, and therapeutic recreation; personal assistance services and independent livingservices; and durable medical equipment and other assistive devices,equipment and related services.

* We expect health reform to ensure appropriateness of services. That is, services must be provided topersons with disabilities on the basis of individual need, preference and choice, which ensures consumer choice in relation to services and provider; ensures a range of service settings through an integrated delivery system; ensures appropriate amount, scope and duration of services; and ensures the availability of trained personnel.

* We expect health reform to ensure equity. That is, people with disabilities and their families must be ensured equitable participation in thenation's health-care system and not be burdened with disproportionate costs.

An equitable system limits out-of-pocket expenses and cost-sharing requirements for participants; provides access to services based on health-care need, not income level or employment status; andensures adequate reimbursement for service.

* We expect health reform to ensure efficiency. That is, the health-care system should provide maximum appropriate effective quality services with minimum administrative waste.

An efficient system reduces administrative complexity and minimizes administrative costs; allocates resources in a more balanced way between preventive services, acute care, rehabilitation and chronic care management; maintains effective cost controls so that all people can get the health care services which they need.

An equitable health-care system ensures not only a continuation of a good quality of life for all citizens but also the continuation of the productivity of all citizens.

As taxpayers, we endorse the abovefive principles proposed by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

BUSINESSES HELP TROOP

From: Doug Ward

Venture Group

Crew Chief

Roland Backhaus

Sr. Patrol Leader

John J. Rush Sr.

Scoutmaster

Boy Scout Troop 381

Westminster

Boy Scout Troop 381, Westminster, sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church of Westminster, has just completed its most successful orange and grapefruit sale ever.

The Scouts, with their parents' assistance, made deliveries all over Carroll County, from Mount Airy to Millers and from Liberty Dam to Detour.

We would like to thank everyone fortheir assistance that made this citrus sale such a success for the 381 Scouts. One box, or 50, every order was important to the success.

We would also like to thank the many businesses who helped us sellthe fruit or supported us by buying in quantity.

These businessesinclude the The Baltimore Sun, Aldridge Builders, Lee Arbaugh P.A., Arundel Corp., Bohn Pontiac, Casto Group, Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert, Davis and Murphy Attorneys, Development Corp. of America, Duke'sCar Wash, Flower Box, Inskeep Insurance Agency, Quality Glass and Aluminum and Bruce Rhoten Printers.

Also, the employees of Leggett's, Modern Comfort Systems, Baltimore Gas & Electric and Random House, plus many others.

Most important of all is our thanks to Baughers Enterprises and all of their helpful employees who helped us most by unloading the tractor trailer loads of fruit with fork lift trucks and furnishing warehouse space for the large inventory until we could get it all delivered. Simply stated, the sale could not have happened without the Baughers' assistance.

The money earned in our fruit sale will go toward the summer camp fund for each Scout. This money canbe used for a week at summer camp, to go on hiking and canoeing trips, or to go on a two-week horseback trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Every Scout has the opportunity to earn his own waywithout asking for a gift from his parents. Like the TV ad, he gets his money the old fashioned way -- he earns it.

Our next fruit sale will feature Temple oranges and pink grapefruit. The order cut-off date will be Feb. 8 and free delivery anywhere in Carroll County willagain take place the weekend of Feb. 15.

To place orders, contactany Troop 381 Scout or call 848-5731.

Thank you again for all your cooperation and support.

DEBT SOLUTION OFFERED

From: Frank K. Nethken

Cumberland

On June 3, 1991, I filed for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives, 6th congressional district, subject to the March 3, 1992, primary.

During the course of this campaign, the other candidates have been talking about the problems, but I am offering the constitutional solution to the recession and the financial problems at all levels of government and the enormous debt, which has encumbered most Americans.

First, unless we elect a Congress that will fulfill its constitutional obligation to repeal the unconstitutional, privately owned, debt-interest "Federal" Reserve Act, and as representatives, take control of the money system away from the greedy international banking cartel who have burdened Americans with the extreme debt through interest and have made just the interest on the national debt the largest expenditure in the federal budget, then we can look forward by the end of this decade to see the interest on this debt increased to the extent that all of the tax revenues coming in from all sources of income will not be sufficient to pay just the interest on the national debt.

President Abraham Lincoln said: "It was not necessary under our government to borrow any dollars from any bank. The government, in fact, has the authority to issue money that is in turn backed up by the taxing power of the federal government."

Under the present system, the only way we can get more money in circulation is through debt and interest.

If we repeal the unconstitutional "Federal" Reserve Act and return to a non-interest bearing constitutional U.S. note money system, the national debtand the interest can be eliminated and the over $300 billion on thisinterest can be used for a national health care program, to bail outstate, city and county governments, to restore federal revenue sharing, UDAG, EDA grants, enterprise zones, etc., to create "workfare" programs, to protect social security and its trust funds, and to reverse the flow of the money from the super-rich back to the working people who have created America's wealth.

Under this system, if excess currency is part of the federal budget, the tax rate can be lowered and we would see the building of consumer confidence to invest in America's prosperity.

We also need international fair-trade laws to get Americans back to work and to give labor a level playing field.

Our tremendous trade deficit, most of it coming from the imbalance oftrade with Japan, must be eliminated. It can be if we will elect a Congress that will discourage multinational business people from taking American jobs and technology out of the United States and chasing cheap labor overseas.

I am committed to working for these types of reforms and I fully support the concept of "Buy and Build American."

We have no other options to ensure the economic future of the United States.

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