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Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Newsday readers respond to topics covered.

Walter Wenger visits his severely disabled son, Steven,

Walter Wenger visits his severely disabled son, Steven, in a hospital in Kingston, N.Y., on April 18, 2017. Photo Credit: AP / David Klepper

Get Big Pharma to pay for rehab

I’m horrified and extremely angry at what has become a severe crisis in the United States: the addiction to opioids [“Overdose crisis: Match words with funding,” Editorial, Aug. 9].

People who would have never thought of using heroin are dying of overdoses. Why? Because they became addicted to these drugs that doctors prescribed liberally as painkillers. The pharmaceutical companies are accused of downplaying the addictive potential of these drugs.

Now, finally, this countrywide addiction has been called a national emergency, and funds will be provided for treatments. All at the taxpayers’ expense. So we pay twice, once for the drugs and now to get people off of them.

I read that the Ohio attorney general is suing the five opioid manufacturers in his state. He thinks they need to be held accountable for misleading doctors and the public. I agree wholeheartedly.

At the very least, the pharmaceutical companies should be forced to pay for the rehabilitation of those who have become addicted.

Brenda Reiss, Greenlawn

Group home neglect is unacceptable

As a parent of a disabled son, I found “Hidden horrors of neglect” [News, Aug. 11] disturbing on so many levels. What words could describe the physical and mental suffering of Steven Wenger, who was neglected in a state-operated group home in Rome, New York?

It’s unconscionable that this man had to endure repeated infestation of maggots in his breathing tube requiring several emergency room visits.

It seems to me that the caretakers in this situation are afforded more protection than the vulnerable and helpless disabled individuals. The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is charged with investigating the most egregious reports of abuse and neglect in residential facilities.

The Justice Center reached a conclusion that failed to identify the employees who were at fault. This is totally unacceptable and raises serious questions. Who and where were the mandated reporters in this group home? What protections were put in place for the other residents of this home?

It is also alarming that state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was thwarted while trying to audit the Justice Center. Families like mine need to know that the Justice Center is doing the job is was created to do.

Judy Eisman, Great Neck

I just read the article about Steven Wenger. To have maggots crawling near his breathing tube is 100 percent unacceptable.

His father says he knows this man isn’t important to anyone else, but he is a child of God and should not be mistreated.

I agree. Every human being is important, and something like this should never happen. The state should be ashamed.

Catherine Sehy, Calverton

Anti-bully action should begin in DC

The scariest thing about President Donald Trump is not that he has the nuclear launch codes but that he uses his phone to bully people [“The president’s on the line,” News, Aug. 4].

World leaders have been called, and hung up on. Trump claimed that the Boy Scouts’ leadership called him to say his political speech to the scouts was great — a claim the Boy Scouts denied.

I find Trump’s tweets to be moronic, although I must admit I look forward to them for my first chuckle of the day!

I seem to recall that first lady Melania Trump said one of her program initiatives in the White House would be concentrated on cyberbullying. What happened? Maybe she should start in the White House!

Gary Schaefer, Manorville

Repeat robocalls seem pointless

I’ve been receiving robocalls for more than a year from someone about my electric bill [“Possible solutions to reduce robocalls,” Letters, Aug. 17]. They say that Congress is passing a bill to lower electric rates.

They’ve called three or four times a day from what I estimate are at least 10 numbers. I no longer answer them.

This is extremely annoying, and I do not understand the point especially after a long period of no response from me.

These calls should be stopped by our phone service providers.

Lorraine Marrero, Valley Stream