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November 23, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 24, 2013

Tech fails, but change positive

The failures that have occurred with the ACA (Affordable Care Act) website reflect on the deficiencies or limitations of technology and our unquestioning, unrealistic faith in it as a solution to our problems. Anyone who has integrated technology into their daily activities has experienced, frustration, embarrassment, loss of time and cost related to trying to use technology. We have for example the failures of processing Indiana ISTEP  scores by the testing companies, and the fiasco with IBM processing welfare enrollments in Indiana.

Many older individuals resist using technology because they don’t understand how it works. Some embrace it, but rely on technically savvy individuals to implement the needed technology. Although this is an explanation for initially low enrollment, it also can be explained by procrastination and a tendency to hold on to money until the last possible moment, e.g. tax time. Those opposing the implementation of the ACA have so  flooded the market with misinformation. This has further fueled the flames of panic. Unfortunately, the administration has allowed itself to be sucked into panic mode.

We are on the verge of significant positive changes. We can continue to delude ourselves, or really make it better and more affordable. For the good of the country, the obstructors should roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help make the system work.

— Raymond Quist

Terre Haute Take care of your own trash, please

This letter is to the person who dumped their trash in a neatly tied yellow store plastic bag on Woodsmall Road at the CSX crossing. I have the last four digits of your credit card. The trash consisted primarily of wrappers and napkins from fast-food restaurants in Oakland City and Evansville. Also, there are two energy drinks and a cheap kids toy empty package.

Why neatly wrap the trash then place it along Woodsmall Road? What kind of parent are you teaching your kids it is OK to dump trash along our roadways? I live alongside Woodsmall Road and often have to clean up after idiots like you that have no consideration for the beauty of nature along our roads, nor do you have respect for people who live there.

Take your trash home and throw in your own front yard, or better yet, in your trash can for pickup.

— Jerry Lehman

Terre Haute

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