T-shirts, toilet seats, ticket fees, traffic lights. All of those items, as well as medical helicopters, were on the minds of you readers around summer’s end. Which means it’s time for the September reader mailbag.
Regarding the helicopters, and the huge fees that Carilion Clinic’s air ambulance contractor was charging until I wrote a series of columns about that, Bill Docekal of Lexington weighed in.
“Keep up the good fight!” he wrote. “It’s about time the ‘upper crust’ of Med Trans and Carilion stop bankrupting fellow citizens with their unabashed greed. I’m sure they own those plush mansions along Smith Mountain lake, while the average worker is looking to put food on their tables and god-forbid if they ever needed an ambulance flight.”
But Gerry Lake of Blacksburg said I had ignored an important human element to the helicopter story: the crews who ride on those copters.
“These women and men put their lives at risk every time they fly and often land in dangerous conditions at the scene of the incident . . . The human crews aboard the aircraft perform excellent work in difficult conditions, and their goal is to save lives, not to save a few dollars so the survivor can buy a used car with the $18,000 she didn’t have to spend.”
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.