I just wanted to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed your article “The boys of summer” (Feature, 6/14) — one of the best articles I have read in the VC Reporter (and, indeed, anywhere) in a long time. I found it beautifully researched, full of curiosity and enthusiasm.
Keep it up!
Illegal immigrants at epicenter of epidemics
I recently read in the daily newspaper a letter by a Dr. David Carlisle (M.D.) who was replying to the Supreme Court’s decision to upload the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Carlisle was adamant in insisting that much more needs to be done to ensure that an adequate number of primary care physicians are on the front lines (especially in poorer communities) and that illegal immigrants have equal access to purchase (or be mandated to purchase) private health-care policies, stating that both of these things are critical to maintaining public health and public safety in our country.
At the risk of sounding anti-immigrant, the fact is that immigrants can bring with them dangerous diseases. Especially when they are smuggled in or arrive illegally on their own. It is also no secret that illegals do not seek health care until their conditions reach critical (and contagious) stages.
If we ever suffer through a future killer epidemic in this country, the odds that the epidemic will have at it’s epicenter a community of secreted-away illegal aliens are very high indeed.
As Nancy Pelosi said upon passage of the Affordable Care Act, “This bill is only the beginning. Congress will undoubtedly need to revisit this bill and work on amending it in the future as specific needs become apparent.”
Upholding the laws passed by Congress is standard operating procedure with the Supreme Court, and upholding the Affordable Care Act is no exception.
Clean up your act!
In response to Kit Stolz’s article “Plastic invasion, The consequences of convenience on the human body,” (Feature, 7/5) I would like to add that people, in the interest of convenience, which is a euphemism for laziness, quickly entrust outsiders, i.e., the health-care and food industries, with their health, apparently unwilling to accept that their mental, physical and emotional well-being is a direct result of their habits. I categorically state that no matter what is wrong with any aspect of a person’s health, it is not the result of a pill deficiency but instead is caused by what a person is eating, thinking, being or doing (or not doing in the case of lack of exercise or sufficient sleep) and that given the proper motivation, when a person finally becomes sick and tired of being sick and tired, that’s when things can change.
It is no secret that what you eat and drink, whether or not you exercise and sleep sufficiently, how you manage stress, your connections to others, all affect your immune system, which is the body’s only actual defense against disease and decay. Toward that end, instead of giving your power over to others in the health-care industry, which only provide pills (for a price) that do nothing but suppress the symptoms of illness while bringing on a host of side effects which, you guessed it, cause a need for yet more pills, you can buy and prepare organic food, drink pure water, exercise, shut off the electronic gadgets so that you have time to visit with your friends and neighbors in real time, and then go to bed at a reasonable hour.
As Plato states in the “Allegory of the Cave,” people perceive life through a lens darkly. Improve your lens by cleaning up your act; come into the light! Therein lies the solution to many of life’s problems. It has never been simpler or more complex than that.