Reaching a doctor

is tougher than ever

As an older couple, my wife and I are starting to develop some conditions that at times need immediate attention. I'm certain we're not alone in this situation.

My issue is in trying to contact our doctor, now known as our "provider." You call and are given a list of options. Finally you get the department you want and are asked to leave a message for a call back. When they call you back, you may not be near your calendar to confirm you don't have a conflict or you may be driving.

When you go to your doctor's office, the staff is busy on the computer or on the phone. (Doing what, I don't know. They never answer it.)

Doctors used to be "hands on." They touched you, listened to your chest for a few minutes. Today, they sit at their laptop and type in a description of what you say your condition is and just look at that specific area or refer you for an X-ray or blood test. Then you have to make another appointment.

Considering all the new medical offices and centers that have opened over the past 10 years, there has to be a greater ratio of doctors to patients than ever before in our area.

And doctors now use an auto call to remind you of appointments. Good idea, except when you get called every night for a week, and if you don't wait until the end of the message and press 1 to confirm your appointment, they cancel you and bill you. If you try to call back because you missed their call, you're back on the options-to-choose-from list.

LOU TATE

Linwood

U.S. cannot afford

$250 million for Egypt

Regarding the March 4 story, "U.S. giving $250M aid to Egypt":

Here is one for the history books.

The government of the United States, while facing big budget cuts, taking money from hospitals and reducing unemployment payments, is sending $250 million to support Egypt.

Something is wrong here. Or is the dog going in circles trying to bite its tail?

LEONARD CORBO

Somers Point

Liberal bias apparent

in AP sequester coverage

Regarding the March 6 story, "GOP holds firm against increased taxes":

This Associated Press article shows how the liberal media slant the news to favor President Barack Obama.

I understand the liberal media mind, thanks to my experience as a national coordinator for Henry "Scoop" Jackson's 1976 Democratic presidential campaign, when the very same media virtually drove the selection of then unknown Jimmy Carter. I see the same pattern with Obama.

In the words the writer uses, such as "investing in education," he reveals where he is coming from, using a favorite Democratic term to camouflage "higher taxes." The writer implies that subsequent polls will blame Republicans for any problems. Any knowledgeable person knows how the language of poll questions can be slanted to achieve a specific outcome.

Being up against a stacked deck, the Republicans may lose the battle, but at least they chose an honorable stand to save the nation from economic destruction by Obama and his fellow Democrats. Eventually, when those who drank the Obama Kool-Aid are wallowing in the mess of their own making, maybe they will see the light.

TONY De ANGELIS

Villas

Where's the beef

in Balles campaign?

Frank Balles has so far run a very aggressive campaign attacking state Sen. Jim Whelan's 30 years of service to Atlantic County. With all this negativity so early, it raises the question: What has Frank Balles done?

Sure, Balles has done a good job as Atlantic County sheriff since 2009, but, to quote the old commercial, "Where's the beef?' Where is Balles's track record on revitalizing Atlantic City, promoting alternative energy, or providing greater care for our seniors?

Jim Whelan certainly has a record that could be scrutinized, but at least he has a record of accomplishments.

PAM CONROY

Egg Harbor City

Christie's rebate cut

hurt senior citizens

One of the first things Gov. Chris Christie did after being elected was to eliminate the Homestead Rebate. This really affected seniors. To make matters worse, he cut funding to municipalities. This caused an increase in taxes, so the seniors got hit with a double whammy. When it was suggested that a millionaire's tax could restore the Homestead Rebate, our governor said no.

These moves cost me close to $1,500 more in property taxes the very first year he was in office. One would think that the state would be in good financial shape with the money he kept at the expense of people who really needed it.

Christie goes to town hall meetings and tells people how he has reduced taxes. If he were Pinocchio, his nose would be a mile long.

Polls show he will be re-elected. If so, it will be a sad day for the people of New Jersey if he is.

Christie has restored about half of the rebate but now wants to push the 2013 rebate to August, into next year's budget. The man is full of gimmicks.

Remember, you get what you vote for, and in this man you really get it.

JAMES KEEBLER SR.

Egg Harbor Township

Whelan shouldn't talk

about others' 'greed'

Regarding the March 5 story, "Casino group: Ban PokerStars from Atlantic City":

I find it extremely ironic that state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, can state that Caesars Entertainment is "motivated by greed" when he is sponsoring a bill to place a tax for every mile you drive your car.

Senator, anyone who would even consider such an absurd bill is motivated by greed. You are the pot calling the kettle black. Quit bankrupting the transportation fund and live within a budget for once in your political career (which will soon be over, I hope).

I would hope at least Gov. Chris Christie would see the folly in this bill. Every New Jersey citizen can.

MARTIN KOZAK

Cape May Court House