Farm bill enables abuse, neglect of animals
For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 3:19
I love that passage we all have the same breath, yet we continue to regard animals as a commodity devoid of the ability to feel pain. We reduce them to crates so small, they are unable to lie down or turn around, and we slaughter devoted horse companions that are no longer any use to us.
And now the House of Representatives narrowly passed the farm bill that includes the King amendment. The amendment could allow the overturning of every voter-approved animal welfare ballot measure relating to agriculture.
Nothing to see here, folks that’s what they want you to believe. Don’t pay any attention to how you get your food, it’s not a good idea to become educated and see the horrific abuses and neglect inflicted upon your food source by factory farmers. As long as you can get it cheap at Wal-Mart, all is good. The more important issue is getting money from the factory-farming special-interest groups. Right, Marlin Stutzman?
It is believed by many that horses and other animals are compassionate, kind and empathic. But it’s probably not in your best interest to actually believe that because then you might be inclined to care, and that would mean no more veal for you.
TAMMY CASTLEBERRY Fort Wayne
Proposed Medicare cuts worry kidney patients
I am one of 400,000 Americans with irreversible kidney failure. I am a dialysis patient in Crown Point, Ind., where many of my clinic mates are in the group of the 85 percent of patients with kidney failure who rely on Medicare’s end-stage renal disease benefit for life-sustaining dialysis care.
I am writing to express my concern over the recent proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would cut Medicare’s end-stage renal disease benefit by 9.4 percent and the potential effects that cut would have on my dialysis care.
Limiting choice and availability of treatment options may affect my ability to be employed, stay out of the hospital and live an active life. Further, I am concerned that my access will be reduced to crucial staffers such as nurses, social workers and dietitians.
Finally, these cuts threaten to close smaller rural clinics, and this would undoubtedly affect my clinic in Crown Point. We take dialysis three times a week for four hours a day, so having a clinic that is close to home is imperative. Please remember we have no choice; you submit to dialysis or you die.
Here is a link to an online petition where people can protest: www.change.org/petitions/center-for-medicaid-and-medicare-services-cms-withdraw-the-proposed-cuts-to-dialysis-centers-and-esrd-patients.
JAMES W. MYERS III Indiana advocate for the National Kidney Foundation Crown Point
Case used as diversion
Shame on this administration for using the Trayvon Martin case to take the attention away from the scandals that still need to be dealt with and give explanation as to why they lied about their actions in each scandal. The case is closed.
DENNIS REIMSCHISEL Grabill