The Hendricks County Flyer
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:31 PM EST
To the Editor:
My wife and I are expecting our first child. As you can imagine, I am excited (and a little nervous) to welcome a new member of our family into our lives.
In addition to the obvious things new parents do to prepare - painting the baby room, buying a car seat - there are more practical, financial considerations to take into account as well. At the top of the list is medical coverage. We want to make sure our new child has the best health care possible. These days, that can cost a pretty penny.
With a child on the way, the last thing I can afford is unnecessary legislation that will raise costs for families like mine. Recently, I read about a proposal being pursued by some lawmakers that would require all Hoosiers to see a doctor when they need cold or allergy medicines containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine. It goes without saying that these Indiana leaders are trying to do what's right. I commend them for trying to address meth production and abuse in our state.
But in my opinion, the prescription mandate approach will do more harm than good. Not only will it raise healthcare costs for decent citizens, it will also lead to lower paychecks for employees forced to take time off work to see their doctor. I also find it dubious to claim that such a law would impact the meth problem since the vast majority of the American meth is imported from Mexico.
It's essential that we make progress against meth, but we can do so without hurting hardworking families.
December 7, 2013
When I woke up Saturday morning, I gave a customary online scan of Friday’s sports, mainly for a recap of the Pacers’ home game against Milwaukee.
November 18, 2013
Most people recall where they were upon hearing significant news in their life, whether it was positive or negative. I remember where I was when I heard now-former Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens was going to the Boston Celtics.
November 12, 2013
Having gone to a football school in the heart of basketball country, I was never around soccer in my youth, and thus haven’t been a soccer guy in adulthood.
November 5, 2013
I hate to say it, but I'm afraid we've seen this before.
October 29, 2013
There have been a lot of big games played in Indianapolis, none bigger than the Colts' unforgettable win over New England in the AFC championship seven years ago.
While next Monday's visit from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won't eclipse that monumental event, there is no doubt that the city has never and will never experience another night like No. 18's return.
October 17, 2013
There is no denying that Twitter has provided a once-impossible glimpse into the minds of sports figures. It has also infinitely increased the ability of those figures to make absolute fools of themselves.
September 18, 2013
July 20, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
A man flying from Louisiana to California fell asleep during his flight and awoke alone, locked on the airplane at the airport.
December 9, 2013
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