Letter to the editor: A greedy decision

To the editor:

On Oct. 20, we listened to a particularly enraging radio program broadcast on Kansas Public Radio concerning how 36 part-time employees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital are to be stripped of their health insurance as a cost-savings measure.

Russ Johnson, the CEO of LMH Health, did not have a direct answer as to the logic behind this decision, nor how much this would save, but the radio interviewer did note that Mr. Johnson, along with some other top executives and medical personnel, have salaries of at least half a million dollars.

It is apparent that LMH, along with many other institutions, does not have a financial problem regarding salaries and benefits, but it does have an ethical problem: Its decisions are fueled by greed.

We need to look beyond ourselves and exhibit compassion for those among us, such as the 36 employees, whose loss of health insurance could prove a significant hardship.

Margaret and Tad Kramar,



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