Local ambulance company overcharges
I would appreciate someone explaining to me how a leading ambulance company here in Modesto determines its charges. I have a friend in Bend, Ore., who was involved in a traffic accident. Due to the location it was necessary he be transported to the nearest hospital, which was an hour away. The charge for this ambulance transport was $1,000.
My wife broke her shoulder and the leading Modesto ambulance company charged $1,780 to transport her to Doctor’s Hospital, which is two miles from our house and took all of 20 minutes. Do you think there might be a little greed involved?
Robert Sample, Modesto
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It’s ‘Uncovered California’ during delay
Covered California makes you pay for “coverage” even when you are not really covered. My son applied for coverage in June. He was instructed he had to wait until July 1 to apply and was told the application would take two to three months to process. He called every two weeks to check the status. On Sept. 23, he received letter dated Sept. 18, saying coverage is approved and that it started on July 1. He has to pay almost $900 for July, August and through Sept. 18, even though he was not “covered” during those months and no services were available to him. We called Covered California and were instructed we can decline the coverage and reapply for a new start date, but the process would be the same. You have to pay for “coverage” during the waiting period, even though no services are available! And this is supposed to be for poor people! What a rip-off!
Jenna Browne, Modesto
Dam near bay is just not smart
To the geniuses who want to dam the Golden Gate (Letters: “Dam at bay is a good idea,” Sept. 22 and “Build dam where bay begins,” Sept. 16): Please explain where you would place this proposed dam that it would not be affected by the four very active faults in that zone, and how do you think it would affect the activity of the dozen or so fault zones between the peninsula and Vallejo? Also, where will all the displaced people and farms go? If you look at the website: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org, you will see that even a foot in elevated sea level will inundate much of Stockton, Vallejo and parts of Lodi and Sacramento during storm surges. Up to 10 feet in rise gets most of Sacramento and more of other cities. Think of it, eventually we could ride speedboats from Bakersfield to Redding! Yes, we might be able to make the Central Valley into an inland sea again. Every action has consequences and I believe this one would be more destructive than constructive.
Ed Brown, Oakdale
Sheriff’s lawyers stoop low
We now know how desperate and how low Stanislaus County lawyers will go (“ County seeks psych records,” Page A1, Sept. 16) – lower than pond scum! Facts: Locksmith Glendon Engert was sent to do a job and the Sheriff’s Office failed miserably in disclosing the danger of the assignment. The Sheriff’s Office sent not only Engert, but its own deputies. The Sheriff’s Office made a serious error in judgment and put these men in harm’s way, resulting in their deaths.
The information they are demanding from Engert’s widow is outrageous and, frankly, none of their damned business. The county is now going to an all-time low to avoid paying for the wrongful death of a working man, doing his job and following orders. I cannot imagine the torment Irina Engert is going through and I hope and pray justice is served. But I am not holding my breath.
Merry Creed, Sonora
Tree-huggers left holding (no) bags
I remember back in the 1970s the environmentalist tree-huggers got all upset over paper bags being used by retailers. “They’re killing the trees!” they shouted. So the retailers switched to plastic bags and the environmentalist tree-huggers all jumped for joy and clapped their hands. Forty years later the tree-huggers are upset with the plastic bags because they aren’t biodegradable, so our state lawmakers passed a law to ban the plastic bags and the environmentalist tree-huggers jumped for joy and clapped their hands. Then the environmental tree-huggers went to the store and were ecstatic because there were no more no paper or plastic bags to be found. But they couldn’t jump for joy because in one hand was a head of lettuce and in the other a package of veggie burgers.
Jon Ferdig, Los Banos
Must I join church to get help?
I was doing laundry when someone asked about my job status. They suggested I go to church so they could help me find work. When I told this person I’d lost my job because I didn’t go to my supervisor’s church, it didn’t bother him. I needed to go back. But it bothers me that people can hurt others in the name of God and expect others to still love their God. If Christians would help undo the damage done by other Christians it would help their reputations and the country. Stop blaming the victims and show some caring. I went to church for 18 years and didn’t see much love. It’s love without having to convert that will help people want your religion; not just showing kindness only to your own, but to all.
Margie Brogdon, Modesto