If more people were as generous as Cynthia (Sponsky) Hale, we wouldn’t have more than 50 percent of Americans waiting for organ transplants dying each year. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There are now more than 114,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List.
There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.
Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.
Anyone who wants to donate his or her organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a nonprofit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die.
Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.
LifeSharers has more than 15,000 members, including 451 members in Pennsylvania.
David J. Undis
Director of LifeSharers
Mounting debt and free college tuition
The U.S. is trillions in debt. Who do we owe that to and why? Doesn’t the Treasury Department print our money? Why
doesn’t the news media bring this issue to the American people?
Wouldn’t it be nice if the politicians running for president would clear up some of the ridiculous laws that politicians made, such as giving condoms to kids, legalizing gay marriages and abortion. I doubt any of them are for the good of the people and their country. I think its only for notoriety and to fill their pockets.
Also, I heard on TV that there are thousand of American teenagers not going to college. Why? Can you believe young people from foreign countries can go to college in America for free, but Americans have to pay – and it’s not cheap. Who is making these laws? Why can’t a law be passed that, if you are from a low-income family and graduated as a honor student, you have the right to go to college free?
Also, a landlord has to tear down a trailer and shed, which are filled with trash from a previous tenant. I’m hoping the landlord won’t have to pay to get the structures off his property. By the way, the scam artist tenant took off and got away with everything because of our judicial system and lawyers, which we as taxpayers paid.
Let us go by God’s laws, not man’s.
Dorothy A. Ford
Senior scare tactics are not valid
On Aug. 28, The Tribune-Democrat wrote an article highlighting Keith Rothus’ remarks at the Republican National Convention in Florida. However, the GOP’s 12th Congressional District candidate was incorrectly accused (by Mark Critz’s campaign manager Mike Mikus) of costing seniors an additional $6,400 per year for health care under a new voucher program currently proposed by Republicans.
Let’s clear up this ridiculous assumption and finally put an end to the scare tactics being hurled by Democrat candidates this election cycle.
Concerned voters should read “The $6,400 Myth” available on wsj.com. The $6,400 has no relevance for any senior today. Further, health-care costs would drop over time because seniors would have an incentive to switch to the most competitively priced Medicare plan (of their choosing). To keep health-care costs low, we must keep our health care out of government hands and in the private sector. Private sector health care is the only true way we can keep and promote the doctor-patient relationships we cherish, too.
All concerned voters need to truly research these topics and not just get their information from one source.
This, perhaps, is the most dishonest campaign cycle we’ve seen in years, and it will get worse, unfortunately. Our most trusted career politicians are fighting for their political lives. Please, stay informed. Let’s honestly ask ourselves: What have our elected officials really done for us lately?
Secular-progressivism gaining political clout
Secular-progressives aim to drive God out of society. At the Democrat Party convention, they showed their clout within the party as over half of the delegates shouted no to putting God in the platform and booed about putting God back into the platform.
Will moderate Democrats reclaim their party or will secular-progressives dominate? Progressivism also wants massive spending and government reliance. Consider some statistics:
n In 1992, 3,300,000 people were receiving disability payments. Today, it’s a record 8,733,000. Did the workplace become more unsafe or has progressivism taken shape getting more and more to rely on government? Certainly many have a true disability, but the numbers show a problem with the system.
n In 1984, 85 percent of American workers paid income tax – now it’s 51 percent. At what point is this unsustainable? The reality is America is broke. However, the liberal machine continues to promote selfishness, tells Americans the earners should pay all the bills and the less well-off should expect free stuff. The disability is just one.
There’s enormous Medicare fraud, Medicaid chaos and a huge rise in food-stamp use, yet President Obama is promising more of the same if re-elected, and he might be since free stuff is a powerful lure and many will vote to continue their government reliance.
Europe offers a clear example how the nanny state with high taxes fails. This election is headlined by a clear difference between government reliance/expansion versus self-reliance/fiscal discipline. It’s also becoming one of Christian versus secular values.
Penn State board acted too quickly
The board of directors of Penn State supposedly are smart people with university degrees and Penn State proud. The NCAA, in my opinion, has no power to take away a history and destroy a community and state over a crime committed by one man.
This cover-up was bad, no different than what has been done by clergies, teachers and authority figures in all countries of the entire world.
The NCAA is not a court of law. Penn State could have set aside $60 million for abuse victims to get itself out of the trap that put it in a system that allows this abuse to happen.
The NCAA put no sanctions on re-ligious schools or universities for their cover-ups.
Franco Harris is a smart person. He is speaking out, at his own peril, to right a wrong. What will happen to all the students who did nothing but are being punished forever for Sandusky’s crimes?
This was an opportunity for the NCAA to grab the cash and justify stealing the future of at least 40 underprivileged kids who would have received scholarships.
Sixty-million dollars approved by the board to make it go away raises my eyebrows.
Many more stories are yet to be told before this all goes away. What will really happen with the $60 million once the NCAA has control? Full disclosure or cover-up?
Surely there are smarter people to run this board.