Letters to the editor - Wednesday (5-15-2013)

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:16 a.m.

Community Care Clinic provides invaluable service

In my 25 years here, this community has increased services provided to residents in need. Last fall, I was asked to join the board of the Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (CCC). Beyond knowing it provided medical services, I was unaware of CCC’s wide range of care and the significant impact.

Rowan has 19,000 residents who are uninsured (no private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid) and would fall through the cracks without CCC providing basic health, dental and pharmacy services to those qualified. Volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and others offer their time and talents free (69 volunteers/2,000 hours in 2012). The dedication of the staff of six and medical director is amazing. CCC and Rowan Helping Ministries are partnering to address more need.

The clinic functions through donations and grants. Support of this community is crucial to necessary growth. The annual Rowan County Medical Society Alliance “Fashions for a Cause” graciously benefits CCC — thank you to this group and our generous benefactors! 2012 statistics speak volumes: 815 patients, 2,795 medical and 889 dental visits, 26,242 prescriptions, 32 percent of patients employed, 57 percent African-American, 40 percent Caucasian, 3 percent Hispanic, 39 percent male, 61 percent female. In this economy, demands will only increase. Letters of annual appeal go out soon, asking you to contribute to ensure the vitality of this worthwhile organization (in lieu of Easter Appeal and Charity Toast). Please consider a donation to CCC. In 2012, $1 donated translated to $8 in patient care!

I am a proud board member and encourage you to make a monetary donation, volunteer your time and/or drop off the following to 315-G Mocksville Avenue — copy paper, liquid hand soap, stamps, tall kitchen trash or brown lunch bags, post-it notes, black pens, snack size baggies. The need is strong, but our resolve is stronger. Join our resolve!

— Jennifer Flynn


Benghazi does matter

The effectiveness of government is directly proportional to the seriousness of the problem. The more serious the problem, the less effective the government. This is because serious problems usually require unpopular solutions.

And how do politicians deal with anything unpopular? They don’t. If they did, they would run the risk of jeopardizing their political future. And a politician’s main priority is not you or me, but them.

I’m afraid this self-preservation is rearing its shameless head in regard to Benghazi. On 9/11/2012, our embassy in Libya was attacked, killing four Americans. During the attack, there were repeated calls asking for help. Yet for some reason, the potential help was told to stand down. Who gave this order and why?

Our government has been running around like the Keystone Kops trying to explain. There have been several revisions concocted by various agencies so that “official” statements could be made. That’s the difference between the truth and a lie. The truth needs no revision.

It’s been said that all this obfuscation about Benghazi is politically motivated. To have a terrorist attack so close to an election could have endangered the president’s chances — especially since the administration had been extolling that GM was alive and Bin Laden was dead. Better to spin Benghazi as anything but terrorism until after the election, then deal with it.

Guess what? It’s after the election, and they’re still spinning. I hate to think that politics could trump national security in this way.

When then-Senator Obama was running for president, he promised a more transparent government. In a strange way, he’s delivered it. We can now see how he’s taken government to a new level. Unfortunately, that level is approaching the basement and not the penthouse.

— Allan Gilmour


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