Readers’ Views

Your gift appreciated

To the Editor:

The Salvation Army of Fairmont would like to say thank you to everyone who rang bells for Christmas and for the donations of collecting food and toys for the community. We were able to help over 763 people with food and toys.

Many people in our community and Martin County received help because of your generosity. Your gift is greatly appreciated. Again, thank you so very much for assisting those in need.

Have a great day in Him.

In His service,

Major JoAnn Hixenbaugh

Corps Officer


CREST grateful for help

To the Editor:

On behalf of the CREST staff and board of directors, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all of the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations in Martin County that gave during the 2016 CREST Annual Appeal. We were able to exceed our monetary goal and the total was doubled by a matching gift from a Martin County resident.

Because of your generosity, CREST can continue to offer services to those in need such as friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, home helper services, minor home repair, transportation and caregiver relief services.

We are also in need of volunteers to help provide these services and enjoy the rewards of helping seniors. If you are interested in obtaining CREST services or would like to be a volunteer, please call the CREST office at (507) 235-3833.

Rob Stauter

CREST executive director


Taking on high costs

To the Editor:

With the goal of helping the countless Minnesotans who are struggling to afford and maintain their health insurance, I and a majority of representatives in the Minnesota House have approved legislation that provides emergency health care aid and access.

A lot of people in our district are hurting because they can’t afford the health insurance being offered to them. That’s why we wanted a bill that not only utilizes one-time money but gives us some reform in the future.

Specifically, the proposal provides a one-time appropriation of $300 million from budget reserves to enact the emergency health care aid and an initiative that provides continuity of care. The plan not only adds financial assistance but accountability. Reforms included will prevent double dipping, prohibit surprise billing, and allow for-profit HMOs to operate in Minnesota.

The legislation will soon head to a joint House/Senate conference committee.

We’re going to try and include every good idea that’s available, including competition with insurance companies and reducing the cost of medical care. Hopefully our final product is something that allows people to secure affordable health care and give them peace of mind.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,