What's the local impact
of new drug regulations?
Regarding the May 14 story, "Health reform may bring drug cost disparity":
Like other wire service stories in The Press, this one gives no indication of the effects of the particular news within our own region or state.
The story cites medication co-pay costs for patients with "cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-altering chronic diseases." It notes that under Obamacare, the regulation of co-pays is left to each state. Under legislation in California, for instance, the cancer drug Gleevec could cost a patient more than $2000 a month; under legislation in New York, the co-pay for Gleevec and all other "specialty drugs" will be capped at $70 per month.
My wife has a severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have stage four cancer, so this article was of very special interest to us. Nowhere was there any information about what legislation or regulations are being considered in New Jersey.
I would suggest these articles are fodder for followup by our local journalists about what is happening in our state. This is even more important during in a gubernatorial/legislative election year.
J. BRUCE NICHOLS
should share the pain
Regarding the sequestration cuts:
Lets make things fair for everyone. I imagine this would never happen, but I had a good time just thinking about it.
What if elected politicians were made to give up one day's pay every month? I'm sure it would have very little impact on most of them.
It would help pay down our debt. And wouldn't it help the lower-income government workers, especially those who have vital jobs where safety is concerned? It would be interesting to hear what other people think.
should be respectful
Regarding the May 14 letter, "This year, don't censor graduation speakers":
There is a time and place for everything, but this is something some young people need guidance to understand, even some honor students.
A commencement ceremony should be a special occasion for all the graduates and all their families. It is not an opportunity for any one person to focus on themselves and their personal agendas. Speaker may think they are speaking for all their classmates by injecting their personal views into their remarks, but what one person speaks the mind of all? What one considers unfair, another considers just. Using the podium to criticize or embarrass the administration does not demonstrate maturity and good judgment. Instead, it tarnishes memories of what should be a dignified celebration of graduating from high school.
Commencement is a new beginning for all the graduates. It is a time of congratulations for past achievements and encouragement for the future. Being chosen to address the assembled classmates and their families is an honor that carries the responsibility to be respectful of the occasion and all in attendance.
I suggest that if speakers have something to bring to the attention of administrators and fellow citizens, they should write a letter to The Press. They'll certainly get a wider audience.
MARY BETH LENNOX
Egg Harbor Township
Sandy's not to blame
for all of our litter
Regarding the May 15 editorial, "Another post-Sandy issue/Cleaning up litter":
Sandy isn't the only source of litter. Each time I leave my local Wawa, the occupants of at least one or two cars in front of me throw trash out their windows.
Everywhere you go in New Jersey there is trash along the roadways. No one is enforcing the laws against littering. Were they repealed?