Letters to the Editor, May 28

May. 27, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

Cancer survivors celebrate

I invite the community to attend a National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration hosted by Cornucopia Cancer Support Center on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at our Durham location.  This free, family-friendly event includes music, food, entertainment, crafts and a parking lot sale.  And attendees are invited to bring a photo of themselves or a survivor they care about to add to our Warrior Wall.

The National Cancer Institute defines survivors as anyone living with a history of cancer, and Cornucopia supports everyone affected by cancer, whether in treatment, post-treatment, into survivorship, as well as their family and friends.  This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate life. For additional details, visit www.cancersupport4u.org.
Lois A. Boynton
Chair, board of directors
Cornucopia Cancer Support Center

Different view on VA

There is much clamoring and teeth-gnashing about how bad the Veterans’ Administration is. I want to take a different view.

All my health care is through the VA and I can honestly tell you I couldn't be more pleased and appreciative of the professionalism I have received, whether it's my personal doctor and the nurses at the clinic or hospital doctors and nurses when I've been admitted.

I've never been treated with anything but kindness and courtesy by the professionals taking care of me. If there's an issue I think needs improving, it's the extended time to get an appointment if you need attention due to a service-related issue, which must go through the regional office in Winston-Salem. I have been waiting two months for an appointment.

The only other is often the attitudes of clerks and administrative staff at the hospital -- they act like they are doing you a favor to answer your questions, and will ignore you given the chance. It seems they are sitting in a job they dislike, collecting a decent paycheck they do like and passing time to collect the significant retirement benefits they will get. Nothing upsets me more than to watch one treat an elderly vet with disrespect.

If those in charge want to change the VA, send in somebody undercover and let them detail what they see, how they are treated, then fire those folks on the spot and give the jobs to vets or somebody who'll appreciate what they have.

Danny Johnson

Durham