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Police officers deserving of more respect

After reading “Raising middle finger at police = free speech, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati rules” (March 14, Cincinnati.com), I am saddened by the state of our society.

In the need to explore the limits of our rights, we lose our civility.

We are in an era where kindness and unity are being pushed more than ever, and this is a step in the wrong direction.

While I respect the court’s decision, I can’t get over the fact that morality is deviating further away from legality with every ruling.

I am fortunate enough to live in a country where our First Amendment rights are protected at all costs.

But I think officers deserve more respect than they are given.

Rachel Anderson, Liberty Township

Smitherman followed wife’s dying wish

Regarding Jason Williams’ PX column and Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman’s release of his wife’s audio recording: Do not put this on Mr. Smitherman or his wife (“Wife recording not about politics, Smitherman says. Sure looks it” March 14).

If I were in her shoes, I would have been furious and most likely have done the same thing.

After all, she also had the right to free speech; and you obviously didn’t like it.

I am willing to bet that Mr. Smitherman followed her dying wishes, and I do not care how you feel about how they responded.

And yes, the “gang of five” really need to resign.

They certainly will not be getting my vote in the next election.

My prayers and best wishes to the Smitherman family.

And I apologize to you for the mean behavior of others.

Beverly Sollmann, West Price Hill

Patients struggle to access lifesaving cancer treatments

As an oncologist, it pains me to see patients struggle to access lifesaving cancer treatments due to rising drug costs.

Regrettably, the government’s proposed International Pricing Index (IPI) model will do little to address this problem.

The IPI model will insert third-party vendors between oncologists and their patients, reducing the ability of doctors to make important treatment adjustments.

Although lacking any clinical expertise, vendors would dictate access to Medicare Part B cancer therapies.

Recently, I met with Ohio lawmakers – including the offices of Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup – to urge them to protect access to Part B drugs.

Dr. Randy Broun, Montgomery

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