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Sensational omission

Really enjoyed the Ten Best Planets [June 10, 2009; by Brian clarey], however, saturn isn’t the only planet with bling. It was recently discovered that Uranus also has rings, although not as spectacular as those of saturn. Interestingly, Uranus rotates sideways on its axis, much like a wheel on the axle of a car. could be Uranus didn’t make your list because of its rather unfortunate name — which is actually a mispronunciation. For the record, it’s YooR-un-nus. Wes Isley, Greensboro

From the nurses

At Bayada Nurses, we are concerned about the North carolina legislature’s proposed cuts for a program that provides desperately-needed services for some of the most vulnerable and poorest citizens in the state. The senate’s budget includes a $55 million cut to the medicaid Personal care services program, which provides home care to over 36,000 people in North carolina, including the frail, the elderly and children with profound physical and developmental disabilities. In addition, the Pcs program supports the economy by offering employment for 20,000 home health aides throughout the state. members of the House of Representatives have proposed a $49 million cut to the Pcs program. state cuts to the Pcs program will also result in the loss of federally matched dollars, bringing the total amount of funds lost to $160 million. The average cost to care for each individual in the Pcs program is $750 per month. compare that figure to the cost of facility-based care, which can total as much as $1,700 to $3,000 per month. Aides help with bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, medication reminders and getting around. Without this help, many of the people in the program would be forced to enter facility-based care, or to manage on their own. Without the Pcs program, the frail and elderly could experience an increase in falls or accidentally take the wrong medication. In addition, without help with feeding and meal preparation, they are at risk for nutritional deficiencies or dehydration, or a worsening of chronic conditions like diabetes. This could result in a significant increase in hospital emergency room visits, putting further strain on the state’s healthcare resources on behalf of all of the people who benefit from the Pcs program, I implore our legislators to raise revenue from other sources and restore money back into health and human services so that these massive cuts can be prevented. Stacy Rapp Rosser, Greensboro

Stacy Rapp Rosser is director of Bayada Nurses in Greensboro.

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