Meridian Star


March 2, 2014

Letters: Sunday, March 2, 2014

MERIDIAN — City's sidewalks

need attention

    With the efforts to revitalize and beautify downtown Meridian there is an area that has been neglected.

    Friday night as I was carefully walking on the sidewalk on 5th Street going to the MSU Riley Center from near the courthouse a couple from out-of-town was walking behind me. I overheard the husband say to his wife, "We couldn't get away with this where we live."

    He was talking about the condition of the sidewalk. In talking to him, in addition to the broken concrete, he pointed out the fallen pods from the trees, and such. He said the roots from the trees damage sidewalks and that can cause the irregularity in the concrete.

    Turns out he is over the department that maintains streets, sidewalks and landscaping where they live in South Mississippi. He added that his crew regularly blows off the trash or debris from the sidewalks and keeps them safe and clean.

    He told me of a man in a Mississippi town who slipped on that same kind of debris and was very seriously injured.

    I hope the people who can do something about this problem read this and take action before such an incident occurs here.

    Activities in downtown Meridian are attracting a lot of patrons from out-of-town, as well as residents from our area. Just as we want the buildings to be beautiful and to provide an overall pleasant experience in our city, we must not neglect safety issues such as walkways.

    Carolyn Starnes

The value of community pharmacists

    To the Editor:

    As a local community pharmacist, I wanted to call attention to a troubling lobbying effort by big health care in Washington. Pharmaceutical companies and chain drug stores are trying to limit the coverage of seniors with Medicare Part D plans.

    Regulators at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are considering new rules that would expand pharmacy choice for those on Medicare. However, opponents of this rule are misleading policymakers and patients and disregarding the value that community pharmacists provide.

    CMS should allow any pharmacy that adheres to their standards to participate in Medicare’s preferred pharmacy networks. And our health care industry must continue to embrace the critical role of providers, including pharmacists.

    It makes good medical sense for local pharmacies to continue to provide hands on advice and even better for patients’ well being and health.

     If patient choice is important to you, I ask you to urgently contact Senators Cochran and Wicker and tell them you deserve to be able to get your prescription medicine from any pharmacy you choose.  

    Just as you are allowed to choose a repair shop for your vehicle, you should be allowed to choose who you trust your prescription needs to. The timing is critical as the comment period ends March 7, 2014.

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