Ballots are cheap, freedom isn't

In my Berkley, Michigan and a number of other Oakland county precincts, they ran short of ballots. I know that turnout exceeded expectations. I also know budgets are tight.

However, nothing is more important than the vote. I would suggest that clerks be required to print a number of ballots equal to the number of registered voters. Any leftover ballots would represent the cost of the printing and paper not used. A small price to pay for freedom.

Carmen Sarotte
Berkley, Michigan

Senate should bolster medical workforce and curb opioid abuse

Michigan cancer patients and their families need all the support they can get. That’s why I was thrilled to see the House of Representatives recently pass the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). 

This bipartisan bill would bring relief to patients and families by expanding palliative care — a type of coordinated medical care, administered by a team of doctors, that offers relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. By treating the whole person, and not just their disease, palliative care empowers patients to focus on getting better, resulting in better health outcomes and reduced costs. 

Expanding palliative care would also help grow and sustain Michigan’s health care workforce. PCHETA would provide palliative care training and education to doctors, nurses and others, preparing medical professionals in our state to meet expanding health care needs. PCHETA could also play an important role in addressing the opioid epidemic. By increasing research funding for alternative pain therapies and educating our health care workforce in core competencies on treating pain and symptom management, PCHETA would equip health care professionals to provide better care to cancer patients.

Now, it’s up to the Senate to make that difference for Americans fighting cancer today. I’m calling on Michigan’s senators to work with their colleagues to pass PCHETA and help give cancer patients and their families the care and support that they deserve. 

Heather Hall
Sterling Heights, MI

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