Austin American-Statesman Letters to the editor: February 6, 2021

A darkened hallway in the permanently closed Little River Hospital in Cameron on December 21, 2020. The hospital closed in 2018.

Lawmakers ought to unify

round rural well being care

In his inaugural tackle, President Biden known as for unity. One difficulty I might assume our representatives may unify round is rural well being care. Just lately, the U.S. Authorities Accountability Workplace launched a examine relating to rural hospital closures.

Texas alone misplaced 21 rural hospitals between 2013 and 2020, and the results are actual: because the crow flies, rural residents’ median distance to an emergency room expanded from simply over three miles to 24 miles. Distance will increase for essential inpatient, drug/alcohol remedy, and cardiac items have been of comparable magnitude. Making issues worse, when rural hospitals disappear, the inhabitants of medical personnel in these vital communities additionally considerably declines.

It’s my hope that beneath this new administration and Congress, our representatives can put our rural neighbors excessive on their precedence record and reverse this troubling pattern. They deserve higher. 

Tom Goodrum, Austin

What if the Capitol mob

had overtaken Pence?

After watching the home terrorist assault on our Capitol on Jan. 6 and, later the identical day, witnessing some members of Congress vote in opposition to certifying the the 2020 election, I now marvel what those self same 139 Republican representatives (16 from Texas) and eight Republican senators (one from Texas) would have completed had this mob overtaken Vice President Pence or Speaker Pelosi?

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