From: Beverly B. Byron
I would like to thank all of those who attended the health-care town meeting in Hagerstown on Jan. 14.
The turnout of some 200 people last week as compared to the very few who attended my four health-care forums in 1990 impressively demonstrates that health care has taken its place on our national agenda.
Nearly 250 members of Congress held town meetings that night to hear from their constituents on where we go from here on health care. I suspect the opinions expressed across the country were similar to those heard in Hagerstown. That is, that health-care costs are too high for too many people.
It is neither fair nor cost-efficient to havepreventive health-care services beyond the financial reach of millions of Americans.
It is wrong to know that certain people are beingdenied health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions,and that residents in particular areas cannot seek basic care because they have no doctor. It is a problem for all when businesses must choose between providing health insurance or laying off workers.
Aseveryone at the meeting heard, I have not yet endorsed a specific health-care legislative package because, as proposed, I do not believe that any one plan provides the antidote to our health-care ills.
But while reform is imperative, we have to recognize that change does not come without costs. We will need to decide elementary questions, such as how much health care we want and how much are we willing to be taxed for it.
Whatever our approach to reform, my feeling is we should be providing prenatal care to reduce premature births, and health care to children in the early stages of an illness rather than admitting them to a hospital for acute care a week later.
I support moving toward more primary care where preventive health services are emphasized. I favor giving self-employed individuals the same tax deduction as that provided to corporations and support the adoption of malpractice reform to bring down costs. We have some of the best health care in the world, but we have to find more and better ways to cut its cost.
Coming up with a health-care plan is going to be a complex undertaking. But having heard my constituents in Hagerstown, and met with them across Western Maryland, I am well aware that health care is truly a national priority. Congress comes back to a very tough job, finding health-care alternatives. You can be sure that the voice of Western Maryland will continue to be heard.
THANK YOU TO OUR NEIGHBORS
From: Guy Haynie
My family and I would like to thank our neighbors and friends for their prayers, flowers, food, cards and support during our hours of need following the death ofmy wife, Laura "Jo" Haynie.
She succumbed to multiple respiratoryand heart problems on Jan. 16 at our home. My daughter, Bonnie Lee Mullins, and I were by her side.
A former resident of Parsons, W. Va., she had worked at Springfield State Hospital as a licensed practical nurse. She later worked for Dr. Bertrand Gau in Sykesville.
She and I operated The Trading Post here until health problems forced her to retire. In October 1972, we moved to our home here, where she devoted her strength and efforts to creating the pleasant home she loved so much.
She was stricken with respiratory problems in 1975 andhad been continually on oxygen since 1982.
Additional survivors include three granddaughters -- Gay Loskarn and Joy Baker, both of Sykesville, and Tina Whiteside of Westminster.
I would also like to thank the Rev. "Bud" Brown for his love, understanding and comfort through our ordeal. His service was beautiful, and his words were what Jo would have wanted.
Our thanks also to all at Haight's Funeral Home for their warmth, kindness and love in helping us through this trying time.