Letters to the Editor

Stop blaming Bush
for Obama’s mistakes
This letter is a comment to a man’s letter from Pontotoc on Aug. 2. He blamed President Bush for the “mess we are in.” I believe there is enough blame to go around. The last two years of President Bush’s term, the Democrats got control of Congress. Also, President Clinton sent jobs overseas when he was in office.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we have a country left at the end of the current president’s term. It remains to be seen.
The Pontotoc man better hold on to the seat of his britches, along with the rest of us. I firmly believe if it rained on the other side of the world, President Bush would get the blame for it.
Oh, and by the way, hold on to your pocketbooks and your freedom.
Judy Dunaway

Uncommon kindness
noted in clinic visit
Recently during my wife’s visit to the Infusion Center, it came a flash flood, leaving water over ankle deep between our vehicle (in the handicap parking) and the center.
Neither of us could handle an umbrella and get to the car so one of the employees named Nita removed her shoes, took our keys, braved the rain and brought our vehicle right up to the door. That is just another example of the courtesy that we have been shown in Tupelo. Thanks, Nita.
Joann and Franklin Russell

Opposition urged related
to animal health legislation
I am writing as a member of the veterinary community to express my concerns with H.R. 1549 and S. 619, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which could potentially harm animal and human health. I strongly urge opposing the bill.
For more than 40 years, antibiotics have been used to protect our food supply and improve animal health and welfare. More than 95 percent of antibiotics used for livestock are devoted to therapeutic uses for disease conditions. Denmark and the Netherlands have instituted bans on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters (AGPs), but antibiotic resistance patterns in humans there have not been reduced. The bans did, however, result in increased death and disease among animals, greater amounts of antibiotics used to treat and prevent disease, and little evidence to suggest that antibiotic resistance in humans has declined.
n The United States currently has several layers of protection in place to ensure antibiotics used to keep animals healthy do not harm public health including FDA approval, post-approval monitoring, judicious therapeutic use guidelines, and various monitoring and surveillance systems.
n Veterinarians are the only health professionals that routinely operate at
the interface of human and animal health.
n Veterinarians are already limited in the tools that we have available to protect human and animal health.
To get a balanced overview on the use of antibiotics in food animals, please take the time to review the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) response to the Pew report (which is being used to advocate for the passage of PAMTA). You can read the AVMA’s response at
http://www.avma.org/PEWresponse. Once you review the AVMA’s response, I am confident that you will understand the negative ramifications of banning antibiotics on animal health and welfare and food safety and will oppose the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).
Please feel free to contact Dr. Christine Hoang (choang@avma.org; 800-248-2862 ext. 6784) or Dr. Ashley Shelton (ashelton@avma.org; 202-289-3210) at the AVMA should you need any additional information.
John Tyra

False health information
troubles Amory resident
As a senior, I’m skeptical about all the false information how health care reform will cause problems with Medicare.
I truly believe insurance reform will strengthen Medicare, give seniors more choices of doctors, and help each and every American in the long run.
Reform will improve Medicare’s quality of care by cutting down on paperwork, focusing on wellness and prevention, and rewarding health care providers.
This will all add up to more choices and better care. It troubles me to hear how some folks want seniors to believe that if health reform passes Medicare will be cut. We cannot expect future generations to have better lives unless we start now working toward those goals.
Eldora Smith

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