We must say that we tend to think the number of issues floating around recently is somewhat overwhelming. In fact, there are times when we feel we are having trouble keeping track of them all. And so, we thought we might attempt to sort some of them out.
We were most pleased to have gotten a positive report from a friend who, unfortunately, had a brief overnight stay at Bassett recently. She had been in the hospital earlier this year and wanted us to know that the care this time was very good and a seeming improvement from the first visit. We were delighted to hear this, trusting that we will receive more such reports in the future.
However, we must say that we were not particularly happy to read an opinion piece titled “Americans pay too much for health care” and written by Froma Harrop, which appeared in the June 6 edition of The Daily Star. Of course, her thoughts on the high cost of health care were not new to us. But we must say that we found her closing to be somewhat chilling when she wrote: “When it comes to Medicare, meanwhile, the question should move away from, ‘How do we sustain it?’ It should be, “What, exactly, are we sustaining?” We find the mere fact that she would pose such a question to be troubling. And the fact that it seems she does not know what the answer is, in our opinion, truly alarming.
As expected we received a response to our suggestion in last week’s column that the Eagle Street Block Party might not be a real block party. Our roving Eagle Street reporter, based on her thinking, gave us the following statement:
“The purpose of the Block Party on Eagle Street is to have an open and welcoming party for everyone on the street. And while there has been thought given to blocking off the street for the party, it has never been done. However, organizers do reserve the right, with the proper village permit, to do so.”