A way to upgrade veterans’ care
As a veteran who occasionally uses the VA hospital for routine visits, I’ve often wondered why I just couldn’t take my veteran’s ID card to a civilian hospital and, once my eligibility is verified via a quick swipe, use that hospital.
I could receive the same quality care as non-veterans in a clean, modern, well-staffed hospital. The fee for service could be pre-negotiated, and the civilian hospital would get paid from the government via an electronic fund transfer.
The existing VA hospital could be vacated and the government would save money on building maintenance, capital improvements, etc.
We have some of finest hospitals that provide excellent health care right here in northeast Indiana and yet our vets are treated in a marginal facility that was built in the ’50s.
I know it sounds simplistic, but why not?
MARSHALL D. SPRINGER Ossian
County neglecting its duty to dogs
I made a phone call to the shelter and was referred to the sheriff’s department to report that a young dog was being chained out during all hours of the day. The dog has no food, no water and no shelter. This occurs in all types of weather.
After reporting this, I was told one doesn’t have to provide shelter for their animals and that there is no law as to how long an animal can be chained outside with no shelter, food or water. This is not considered abuse? Neglect? Since when?
Apparently, these officers have completely forgotten Indiana Code 35-46-3-7, which states: Dog owners cannot purposefully abandon or neglect their pet. The legal definitions of abandonment and neglect are highly nuanced, but for the purposes of containment, you cannot permanently leave your dog if you don’t provide for its long-term care, such as adequate food or drink.
I have always been an animal lover, and it pains me to see so many animals being abused, neglected or just plain tossed away because their owners don’t care about them anymore, yet the people in the position to help protect these animals don’t seem to care anymore either, of course until it’s too late.
RONDA ROSS St. Joe
‘American’ applies to many nations
I am a citizen of the United States who recently moved to Fort Wayne from Southern California. We lived close to the border with Mexico, which meant that I was asked by the Border Patrol on a daily basis whether I was an American.
The presidential candidates and most people I know refer to Americans constantly when they really mean citizens of the United States.
Yes, I am an American, but also American are Canadian, Mexican, Argentinean and Brazilian citizens as well as citizens of all North, Central and South American countries.
Let us not insult our neighbors by excluding them in our common vernacular. They deserve better.
JOE B. DICKERSON Fort Wayne