Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

June 5, 2014

Training for mental health responders offered

Veteran has experienced both good and bad at VA

I am a current Veterans Administration patient, and I would like to thank Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for her passionate commitment to getting the VA issues exposed and resolved. The treatment here from all the medical personnel has been superb but getting an appointment to see a doctor is a different story. I experienced firsthand the failure to hear back from requests for appointments and waited four months to see a primary care provider. Additionally, the wait time to see a specialist is deeply concerning.

This is not about “poor customer service.” This is about widespread, endemic flaws in a bureaucracy that is leading to untold misery and death. The system is broken and the doctors and nurses are frustrated as well. I believe that this issue is not going to go away; it is not going to fade off. I believe this because Jackie and other fiercely committed advocates will not let that happen.

— Bill Wargo

Elkhart

Training for mental health responders offered

Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness? During a recent backpacking trip, I experienced several. On one hot sunny day, a day hiker offered sunscreen, preventing sunburn. On another occasion my body and spirit were refreshed by watermelon slices offered as we passed through a residential area. Our feet were spared extra miles by a senior citizen picking up mail at the post office, who offered us a ride to a local restaurant. These were all unexpected, but greatly appreciated.

After one of these events, my sister made the comment “ We should purposely practice random acts of kindness.” A discussion of where else we had experienced or participated in random acts of kindness in our lives followed her statement. Most random acts of kindness don’t require a lot of time or cost. It is easy though to stay caught up in our own busy lives and not look around to see what is happening in our families’, neighbors’, co-workers’ lives.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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