Healthcare costs  


The tragic deaths of the couple in Ferndale grieves me beyond normal sorrow. Although I didn’t know them, my very recent experiences with medication costs seems to parallel theirs. On July 1 my two kinds of insulin tripled, as did Xerelto and, to a slightly lesser extent, Eloquis, which performs a similar function in the bloodstream. I could not and cannot bear these costs.

In investigating the dynamics of these sudden leaping costs, I discovered a gruesome reality: the more a patient absolutely needs a medication for preserving his/her life, the more the insurance charges. These meds are classified as “premium,” which means highly needed, highly required to stay alive. The choice becomes “pay or die.”

My insurance (the only option in Whatcom County) follows industry-wide practice, which follows general federal guidelines. The individual with life-threatening chronic conditions can easily get crushed by the ruthless system.

Please ask your doctor how to bail out of this vicious extortion. There are ways.

— Gary Hardaway, Lynden

On hate in the United States  


The country, as we all know, is in a state of extreme turmoil down to family fighting with family and neighbors fighting with neighbors. I have seen firsthand my fellow Christians latching on to the hateful rhetoric being put out as the norm and I have been so angry that the church has shied away from making clear that this hate is not who we are supposed to be and reminding everyone what Jesus taught.

On Aug. 9 I was finally relieved when the Christian Reformed Church in North America released a very clear and concise statement regarding this hate that has taken hold and called to action those of us that are in the CRC to actively fight it.

The problem is I don’t think it has gotten the attention it deserves, especially in our community that is so populated with denomination members.

— Sarah Arnold, Lynden