Stop trashing the environment with ballons

Editor,

There are thousands of us senior citizens that do not have nor want a compute. My reasons for avoiding them as much as possible have to do with things such as identity theft, getting scammed & ripped off, and spending time doing things that need doing, such as chores & spending time outdoors. I get my news of what's happening around me from newspapers and T.V. This, I'm often at a loss to find answers about happenings that I totally do NOT comprehend.

Something that has bothered me for many years now is Balloon Releases.

I've yet to find anyone who can give me an acceptable answer as to how TRASHING UP our environment with balloons is HONORING a deceased person or anyone else. It's depressing to me to continually find these deflated balloons in the woods, lakes and roadsides.

Can someone please tell me why I can be legally fined for littering by throwing a deflated balloon out of my car window along the road, yet it's quite legal to release dozens of balloons that trash up our environment even worse than it is?

Please don't let my death nor any ocassion be used as an excuse for other to continue to trash up our planet even more.

Thank you, 

T.J. Rollings

Knightstown

There's no malpractice protection in Indiana

Editor,

Medical providers and medical facilities are NOT required to have malpractice insurance in Indiana. Yes! If you are injured by a medical provider (doctor, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, nursing home, hospital, etc.) you can be totally responsible for your medical bills and any consequential damage costs. The person that injured you gets off without any punishment or payment to you. (Information source: Indiana State Attorney General's Office)

This is a direct quote from the Palladium-Item newspaper regarding Indiana's weak malpractice laws that offer little or no protection to people that are injured by medical providers or medical facilities.

"The added liability protection (for nursing homes) would make it tougher for nursing home residents and their families to sue in a state that has some of the most restrictive medical malpractice laws in the country. With relatively low caps on payouts and a complicated system which requires a review by a medical panel before a suit can go forward — the process can easily last two (2) or three (3) years. So the incentive to sue is already low in Indiana." (Information source: Palladium-Item, Richmond, IN, page A3, Feb. 10, 2021)

We deserve better. The laws need to be changed to benefit the people of Indiana, not just the Special Interest Groups, Businesses, and Wealthy Individuals.

Specifically:

The malpractice laws need to be rewritten to require every medical provider and medical facility to carry malpractice insurance.

The minimum benefit amount must be $5 million dollars for each individual and each occurrence with an annual cost of living adjustment on the benefit amount.

Do away with the medical panel that reviews the case before the suit can go forward. Let the court with a jury decide the disposition of a malpractice suit, not a biased medical panel that can take two to three years to decide.

Contact your state legislators, senators and representative. Tell them to author a bill or supports someone else's bill to change the malpractice laws to include the above three features. If they refuse, then consider them an enemy, not a friend.

Robert Fast

Hagerstown