Sometimes the Cupboards Are Bare
Thank you for your well-written and generally balanced article concerning hunger in Cleveland and the unfortunate and complicated controversy involving the Hunger Network and the Cleveland Foodbank ["Food Fight," June 30, 2010].
Because it is a very important ingredient in that controversy, I must disagree with the statement that the Foodbank has always been able to supply the necessary foods in the right volumes. In the past we have routinely had to purchase foods that we deem necessary from commercial suppliers, because they were not available to us in the quantities needed from the Foodbank.
Arch Stevenson, Buyer and Co-Director
Parma Hunger Center
(a Hunger Network agency food pantry)
I'm not surprised by ODOT ["ODOT Fights Noise Pollution by Whacking Trees," July 7, 2010]. After all, they're the ones who put up the "Ohio Scenic River" signs on the highways and built bridges guaranteed to block all views into the river valleys. I guess we're supposed to know what we're not seeing.
When Docs Get Screwed
Maude Campbell is to be commended for her excellent article on Dr. Randt's termination from St. John Medical Center ["The Doctor Can't See You Now," June 9, 2010]. An important fact the article didn't mention is the support rally held for Dr. Randt and attended by dozens of his patients two days after his termination in front of the hospital. One patient after another, many having never attended a demonstration in their lives, stepped forward to speak publicly about how well their beloved physician/friend cared for them and how angry and frustrated they are at St. John's for inhumanely robbing them of their trusted doctor.
Also important to this story is that Dr. Randt is an active "Medicare for All" health-care reform advocate. He is a member of SPAN-Ohio (Single Payer Action Network) and has spoken often on supporting "The Health Care For All Ohioans Act," HB 159. With the passage of this bill, all Ohioans would have health care, and hospitals would receive a yearly check from the state health-care plan to pay for fixed costs. This would allow them to budget annually with funds already on hand. It would relieve hospitals from the market pressures that cause them to resort to such "unhealthy" measures as terminating doctors who actually care enough about their patients that they take the time to do the job right.
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