January 23, 2009

Letters to the Editor

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No letters were printed this week; here are the letters from last week:

Priest’s ministry efforts at Butler University are making a difference

I was pleased and excited to see your article on Father Jeffrey Godecker’s ministry on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis in the Nov. 28 issue of The Criterion.

It is exciting to read about how Father Jeff’s ministry is making a difference in the lives of the young Catholic (and non-Catholic) students on campus—future leaders of our Church!

It is nice to see the renewal that Father Jeff experiences in his work with these young people and how meaningful that it is for them, and the difference it is making in their lives.

I hope that the archdiocese will continue to place emphasis for its ministerial resources on college campuses in the future, creating a spiritual home for students away from home in such an important formative period in their lives.

- Eric Boes, Indianapolis


Memo to president-elect: Don’t mess with Medicare Part D Program

As President-elect Barack Obama invites Americans to forums all across the country to offer suggestions about how best to solve the many challenges facing the U.S. health care system, I hope the new administration and Congress will avoid tampering with Medicare Part D.

For those of us over 65 years of age, the Part D Program has been and continues to be a critical benefit for seniors.

As a heart patient, Medicare Part D has enabled me to afford the four prescriptions vital to my continued health and well-being.

It also allowed me the flexibility to choose generic equivalents which allowed even more savings. Like most American retirees, my wife and I live on fixed incomes so cost savings on the medications prescribed by our physicians help a lot.

In my opinion, and in the opinion of many of my friends, the Part D plan works very well.

We all had the option of choosing the individual plan with which we felt most comfortable and which provided the most economical medications.

It would be very detrimental to many elderly constituents if they were forced to change, and certainly would be even more confusing and less cost effective.

In the rush to “reform” the system, my hope is that policymakers and our new leadership in Washington don’t forget the older constituents of Indiana and this great country.

- Raymond Schultz, Indianapolis

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