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Doctor’s billing process creates ill-will with patient

I would like to share what happened to me on the morning of March 28, when I visited my doctors office that I have been going to for the last three years. I see this doctor every six months because I am a breast cancer survivor and a BRCA gene carrier.

Here’s what happened: I got to the office and there were new papers to fill out. One of the papers stated they needed to add a credit card number to my file because they have experienced people not paying their bills that

Yes, I have insurance and I pay my co-pays at time of service. I have never owed this doctor a dime. Plus I don’t know all the people that have access to my file. Also I have great credit. I don’t fall into the category of non-payer. So I felt a credit card number was not needed. I was told if I didn’t put a credit card number on file the doctor would no longer be able to see me. What kind of doctor is this? Is this the new health care?

Lisa Sheply

Hanover Township

Helping spirit in full bloom throughout Daffodil Days

The daffodil is the first flower of spring and because of the American Cancer Society it has been symbol of hope for cancer patients for the past 40 years.

On March 18-24, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties saw spring bloom in the form of the little yellow flower. Volunteers from every area donated their time to wrap, deliver and sell daffodils, helping to spread hope and fundraise for lifesaving programs, services and research.

In Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, patient-service programs such as Road to Recovery and Look Good…Feel Better are allowing those affected by cancer a better quality of life. The funds raised also allow access to cancer information and services around the clock through the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or at cancer.org.

I would like to thank the organizing committees for their dedication to the mission of the American Cancer Society.

Your efforts leading up to and during American Cancer Society Daffodil Days® were truly amazing! To those who participated in Daffodil Days® — drivers, on-site volunteers and packers — thank you! Your efforts will hopefully ensure a world where one day no one will ever hear the words, “You have cancer.”

Finally, I would like to thank all of those who supported this year’s Daffodil Days® by purchasing flowers. A special thanks also goes to Dottie Henry and UGI for their sponsorship, BlueCross of Northeast PA volunteers for helping wrap the daffodils and Viewmont Medical, NROC and Lackawanna Ambulance for their years of continued support!

Spring has arrived in the Luzerne and Lackawanna counties because of you!

Nicole Jorgensen

Income Development Representative

American Cancer Society

Trio looks for support in run for school board

With the Wyoming Area School Board election quickly approaching, the taxpayers of the district have the opportunity to elect first-time candidates, with no political affiliations to any current or former school board directors or other candidates. As candidates, we want the public to know that this is their opportunity to define the future of the school district. Past election results have been costly to all the taxpayers. With a combined forty years of leadership and strategic financial business planning, we bring new problem solving processes and business management skills for a better future, but we need the public’s help!

Why is it important to have new voices, new perspectives and new candidates? Former and current school board members have failed to address the needs of the district, paving the way for the financial crisis we face today. The board has consistently overextended themselves, spending more than they have received.

As we all know, this will not work in your home, and it will not work for the district. As taxpayers, homeowners and parents with six young children in the district, we understand the need for financial stability in our homes and in the workplace. Make your vote count May 21 and help create a new beginning!

John Paul Bonin,

Michael J. Brown

Kimberly Prebola Yochem

Wyoming Area School Board candidates

Elephants backs no place for young children to ride

I heard the Shrine Circus was considering giving elephant rides to children before the show.

Elephants and other animals can easily get startled or scared by noises, flashes, and anything unusual and this can make them take off and run, as has happened in many cases of elephant rides for young children. You are talking about a 4,000 pound to 8,0000 pound elephant taking off with children on it.

I believe parents should be forerwarned about such potential accidents where children can get seriously hurt. These accidents happen all the time with circus animals.

March 7, 2009: At least 15 children and one adult were injured when an elephant who was being used to give rides at the Murat Shrine circus in Indianapolis, Ind., became statled, stumbling and knocking over the scaffolding stairway leading to the elephant ride. People on the elephant’s back and others who were standing on, under, and around the scaffolding were injured. Their injuries were treated at the scene. The Shriners had leased the elephant from exhiitor Will Davenport, dba Maxzimus Tons of Fun.

Silvie Pomicter


Voice of the Animals


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Whatever happened to the news media with which we grew up? I remember when I was in high school (way back in the ’60s), my family would listen to the evening news with Walter Cronkite. He was a very well-respected and credible news anchor.

Never once did I think his reporting reflected his opinions or views on any given subject. The facts were compiled and he reported them. I can honestly say the only time I saw significant emotion was when John Kennedy was assassinated. He slowly removed his glasses, continued reporting the facts as they came in, yet tried to compose himself. I do not know if he got any sleep during those horrible days, but I am sure it was not much. That was true dedication to his craft.

Something happened the other day to one of the most respected news journalists of our time. It saddened, yet angered, me. Bob Woodward (who was instrumental in exposing Watergate) suggested President Obama move the goal posts with regards to sequestration. Someone from the White House staff promptly told Bob Woodward in an email that he would regret his statement.

Since when are elected officials (including the President of the United States) no longer approachable? Another example of this media infatuation with our president was a recent “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft. Kroft interviewed the president and Hillary Clinton. I was able to tolerate about five minutes of the lovefest. Does anyone remember some of Mike Wallace’s interviews on “60 Minutes?” Some of the people he interviewed were kept on their toes. That was investigative reporting and interesting TV! Where are these people?

I noticed a very disturbing trend with this administration. If the news media is granted access to the president or are allowed to attend a press conference, you can be guaranteed he will not be challenged in any way. He handpicks the individual and is never given a challenging question.

It has been six months since the tragedy at Benghazi and most of the questions go unanswered. I recall the Watergate coverage very well. The media was relentless and investigated every lead. Where are they for the Benghazi probe?

Does anyone think about the bereaved families of these people? We now know we Americans were lied to and deceived by this administration. Perhaps there is another “Deep Throat” who will come forth. I shall never give up hope.

Fran Spencer


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