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March 3, 2010
The special issue on "Aging Well" was full of interesting and informative articles ["How to Live to 100," February 2010]. Indeed, a special issue. But, what really caught my attention was "America's Best Nursing Homes." I have worked in the nursing home field for more than 30 years, and it was so refreshing to read a favorable article and see a listing of America's Best Nursing Homes. Nursing homes have had unfavorable press for years, and it is wonderful to see that your readers have a chance to read all the good happenings that are occurring in facilities throughout the nation. Culture change and individualized care are new buzz words, but most homes have been using many of the approaches for years. Nursing homes are rehabilitating residents during short-term stays and returning them to their former living arrangements. Nursing homes are not just a place to come and die. They are full of life and enrichment provided by employees who care. As I near retirement, it is heartwarming to see the words "nursing home" are finally becoming thought of less negatively.
John F. Walz
White Lake, Mich.
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March 2, 2010
Both sides are guilty of unyielding partisanship ["Democrats Threaten Reconciliation After Healthcare Summit," usnews.com]. The Republicans are right about wanting to write something less than 2,500 pages long. They are also right about reducing the outlandish malpractice lawsuit awards that make lawyers wealthy at the expense of our health insurance premiums and malpractice insurance premiums that are inevitably passed on to the public. The Republicans are also culpable, employing filibusters to stonewall progress like no time in history. The public wants something done. Work it out and make it understandable and capable of being managed. The extremes on both sides disgust me. I see frightening extremes on both sides, perhaps even unbridled hatred on the right with such statements as "I hope he fails." The Democrats need to listen to the valid concerns of the more moderate Republicans.
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