That has to be the explanation. Any other excuse is stilted and stupid.
Every few days one reads a story that demonstrates that bureaucratic thinking has taken over this or that process, and that as a result untoward events have occurred.
But the July 20 article documenting that the Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency has allowed brutal murderers and rapists back into the public because their “home” country refuses to repatriate them (“Without a country, offenders go free”) is imaginable only in a country that has lost its bearings and decency. This can’t reflect constitutional issues as claimed — our constitution does not ask we act so phenomenally stupidly and without regard for the public’s safety.
Anyone involved with allowing this to occur — from the court sophists who “reasoned” their way to such drivel, to the ICE (which has attempted to fly under the radar), to our complacent elected representatives — ought to forever be ashamed.
As portrayed, this is a prime example of extreme incompetence.
Paul Bearmon, Edina
It’s easy if you know where to look. Here …
I was incredulous at the disservice Mike Meyers’ commentary on Medigap plans was to the population of folks making decisions about Medicare and supplemental insurance (“And the icing on the cake?” July 20). I will admit that resources to figure out options and make choices are not obvious, but with a little digging you can learn of some great nonprofit support services.
I’m a firm believer that we can educate ourselves, whether we are computer-literate or not. Two years ago, I was about to turn 65 and experienced the deluge of mail and phone calls and felt similarly overwhelmed. But I also learned of the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, which offers help by phone through the Senior LinkAge Line (1-800-333-2433) available to Minnesota residents. Also available is one-on-one counseling through community outreach. I met with a volunteer counselor at the Southdale Library and I learned that there are two types of Medigap — Advantage and Cost — and what they meant.
After deciding which was for me, I made calls to three providers armed with a list of questions. I chose which company to go with based on the quality of those calls and have not regretted my decision. There’s nothing wrong with buying from an insurance agent, but it is a shame to put yourself solely in an agent’s hands.
Suzy Hillard, Minneapolis
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Go to the source, which is www.medicare.gov, and get all your information laid out in a clear, understandable way. Notice that this is a “dot-gov” site, not a “dot-com” site. Click first on the tab “Supplements & Other Insurance.” On the page that loads, click on the side tab labeled “Find a Medigap policy.” Next, enter your ZIP code. All the information about all the available policies from all of the providers are laid out and compared with one another in such a clear fashion that it will take you only an hour or so to decide which is the best for you. Toward the end of each year, you can go back to this site and decide again whether to renew your policy or choose a different one.
And for people who are deciding between real Medicare or the for-profit alternative called Medicare Advantage, go to the same medicare.gov site to get information about the policies and costs. Medicare B, which is the part of Medicare that covers drug costs, is also clearly laid out at this site.
Billie Reaney, St. Joseph, Minn.
Plenty of arrows still being slung
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