Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

April 22, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — New ER policy called distasteful

I have been an area resident since 1995 and have always used King’s Daughters Medical Center for any medical needs over the years.

I recently accompanied a relative to the KDMC emergency room and witnessed something very appalling. They had not been in their bed even 10 minutes and had yet to even see a doctor, when an employee with registration came in and asked if my relative would like to pay their insurance co-pay by cash, check or credit card right then and there.

It was explained it was a new “convenience” being offered in the emergency department, rather than having the co-pay added onto the rest of the bill. While I understand the employee was simply following a new policy, it is one that I believe to be very distasteful, especially in the emergency room.

We have all heard the gossip about KDMC over the years and I have always given the hospital the benefit of the doubt. But after this, I believe I will be seeking any future medical needs elsewhere.

Tom Weven, Catlettsburg

Ways to thank Scout leaders

When you’re thinking of April 22, many think of an average day where you go about your business and stick to your schedule. For Girl Scouts it’s a whole other story. On this day we take the time to honor our leaders who have supported us throughout the year without much thanks.

Daisy Girl Scouts and Ambassador Girl Scouts, as well as each age level in between, all take time to celebrate their Girl Scout volunteer leaders and to show them they care.

While honoring these volunteers, it’s not always just the girls who show thanks, but also the girls’ parents and the community. Although we like to honor these great people, we don’t always know how other than just saying, “thank you,” or telling them you appreciate them. There are other things you can do to show your gratitude.

As for ways to celebrate leaders who have given their time to the girls, you can do many things big and small. You can give gifts, support troop activity or even make a certificate. But you can also go bigger. You can make scrapbooks, do service projects, bake a cake, send flowers or balloons, have a party, have a picture taken of your troop, make a giant card signed by all the girls or have a dinner. It’s not all about the presents, though. It’s about showing them you are thankful for all they do and you truly appreciate them.

Every Girl Scout needs a good leader. Don’t forget to thank yours!

Samantha Romans, Girl Scout Troop 966, Greenup

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