Pleiku (Bob Harvey)

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Kansas unveils new 'Real ID' driver's licenses, 3 years early

I would be curious if my military retired ID card would count as Federally Approved.

August 7, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump bars transgender individuals from U.S. armed forces

Dorothy forgive me but it seems you often bring up as a criticism about those who did not serve. Would you be so kind to share your military experiences? I know serving for you is a measure of validation for issues like this. If that is true why are so many commenting? I served for 22 years. Should my opinion be any more valuable?

Last question. Where were you late in the late 60's and early 70' Certainly gladly coming home to a country where you were looked on with disdain.

July 27, 2017 at 7:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback allows gun bill to become law without his signature

Dorothy this has nothing much to do with this article. I am always disappointed when people us "not going to Vietnam" to further their point. A quick question. Did you go? If not let's not use this as an argument against someone please.

June 16, 2017 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$5 million award upheld in white professor’s discrimination case in Missouri

Wow the world certainly has changed. Or maybe it hasn't. Perhaps its just reversed.

June 7, 2017 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local man to be featured in upcoming Ken Burns documentary about the Vietnam War

From one brother to another, thanks John. Great story.

June 1, 2017 at 6:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: No defense increase

I remember the old comment, "If wishes were horses peasants would ride". I have no problem with the Friends group and their hopes for the future, but to obtain those lofty goals we must have the ability to defend them. It is disappointing to me that the US has become the world's police force but we are and the free world depends on us. To keep our freedom and the rights provided we must have a strong force to protect them from the outside and sometimes from within..

May 24, 2017 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Look for some changes now that Bill Self has been elected president

For the past couple of years we have been blasted with political news, commentary and ridicule. Why, for heaven's sake, do we have to deal with it on a sports page. Grow up LJW.

May 24, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Exercise thanks

Agree whole heartedly. The entire complex is an example to other communities on how to "get 'er done" and add to the health of the area.

May 7, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence man accidentally shoots himself while cleaning firearm, police say

I was taught long, long ago to check the chamber and remove all ammunition from the room before even thinking about cleaning a weapon. Must agree with others, they walk amongst us.

April 28, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Reforming health care

I spent nearly 30 years of my life in the administrative side of healthcare. My position has always been that healthcare is like a three legged stool. One leg contains the providers of care. The second contains those who pay for the care, i.e. insurance. The third and final leg is for the patient. More often than not in these discussions we tend to forget that all three of the legs must be equal for the entire system to work properly. Most often its that third leg that is left out of the solution equations.

Some patients usually do not want "insurance". They simply want to have their healthcare to be paid for lock, stock and barrel by anyone, as long as its not them. However we still demand to best care, the most update equipment and providers that will be their for them whenever we demand.

Back to the first leg of our pretend chair. The cost of educating and compensating the health care industry is beyond comprehension considering the demands placed on it. Long gone are the days of a family doctor taking care of your entire family by him/herself. There will always be the fear of malpractice and other civil suits being brought that force providers to run every test, perform just about any task just to "cover themselves" from a dissatisfied patient. As you may have noticed there are fewer and fewer physicians in private practice. They cannot stay financially solvent because of the huge increase in costs they are facing. Now most physicians are employees of the hospital, creating more bureaucracy and limiting care since the physicians do not have to work 18 hours a day anymore.

Finally to the third leg. Who pays for it? Insurance companies are, for the most part, independent industries. They are not non-profit organizations. If they did not make a profit they would go under leaving less and less opportunity to help pay your bills. While I agree that premiums are increasing at alarming rates it is not going into the pockets of the investors of the company. That money is trying to keep up with the increased demands of people who want free healthcare for the slightest cold as well as the triple bypass cardiac surgery or the 35 visits to the radiation oncology department to aim their tools into the smallest parts of your body in an attempt to kill those cancel cells.

Quick question then I will get off my rant. I would suppose the majority of people have car insurance. When you have your oil changed or your tires rotated does your car insurance pay for that? What about your home. Do you keep it maintained and secure by various methods? Does your homeowners insurance pay for that?

I certainly do not have the perfect answer but I have seen some very shaky stools during my time in healthcare. If they continue to wobble because one leg is not even nothing will change.

February 28, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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