August 2, 2013

Letters to the editor: Collins' immigration vote helps families

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In the meantime, remember: "There, but for the grace ..."

Bill Thomas


Nemitz puts patient's fight for coverage in perspective

I wanted to take a moment to write and say that I am grateful for Bill Nemitz and his uncanny ability to get to the heart of the matter. His July 21 column ("Patient's live-or-die decision is still her own") is only one of many that I have found to be thought-provoking.

I would like to thank Bill for reminding me that life is not black and white. It is so easy to judge others and find them wanting.

Gail Kennett has a terrible disease; her family is struggling with her, and yet she continues to savor time with her husband and family. The Kennett family is dealing with an extremely difficult situation.

Insurance companies deal with black and white, and the complexities of life don't necessarily fit neatly into their system.

My initial reaction is: Why can't the insurance company work with the Kennett family and try to develop a reasonable option such as hospice or home health care or additional assistance in a long-term residential facility?

Mrs. Kennett has the desire to live, and she is finding value in her relationships with her family. I certainly wouldn't want to be in the position of rationing that out. Life is so very complicated. My heart goes out to the family.

My hope for everyone is that when we encounter difficult situations, we can all take a deep breath and remember that until we have walked a mile in someone else's shoes, any opinions we have are purely academic. Bill, thanks for reminding me. Keep up the great work!

Lisa Nash


Rules make Portland pool pleasant site for swimmers

Jolene McGowan's point in her July 27 column about the importance of swimming lessons for children is well-made ("Port City Post: Don't let the rules of the pool keep kids from building swimming prowess").

But I have to disagree with her derisive assessment of the Kiwanis Pool as "the rule-pool." It is precisely because there are rules for its use, and because those rules are consistently enforced, that the Kiwanis Pool is an enjoyable recreational outlet for Portlanders.

The rules exist for the safety of pool users and for the maintenance of the pool and building. Unfortunately, rules are not popular in this age of entitlement.

I salute the Portland Aquatics staff for running very nice pools, which we are all lucky to have and enjoy, and for enforcing the rules, which make the pools a pleasant place for all. They also offer swimming lessons in a more appropriate format than a crowded open swim.

Diane Whitmore


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