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November 18, 2018

Help with opioidsRe: “Board has a weapon to fight opioid crisis — approve it,” by Thomas R. Kosten, Another View, Oct. 22:Last month, I asked the state’s Drug Utilization Board to focus on saving lives. They did it by recommending that new opioid addiction treatment drugs be added to the preferred list of Medicaid medications. This is a critical step toward expanding access for all Texans to safe and effective medication-assisted treatments.I speak from experience when I say these drugs save lives. I am the peer policy fellow for RecoveryPeople, a nonprofit that supports peer recovery from substance use and related mental health issues. I am also a person in long-term recovery from opioid and cocaine use.Opioid abuse is on the rise in Texas, and recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration data indicates that 1 in 10 Texans are affected by substance use disorder. I hope the Legislature will build on the board’s success and create open access to these medications for all Texans, not just those with insurance.Carl F. Hunter II, AustinSAWS’ old billingHere we go with another SAWS rate increase.I suppose with the projected growth of the San Antonio area over the next 20 years or so, utility rate increases are a fact of life.However, SAWS could help itself (and us) if it would modernize its billing system. I have paid my CPS Energy, SAWS and other bills electronically for several years. I get an email notice from CPS stating my bill is ready for review online and I can choose to review it. SAWS, however, sends me a mailed bill. Seems like they could get together with their CPS counterparts and figure out how to send their bills electronically, thus saving postage, paper, etc.I realize there are those who do not have or want to utilize computers, and that’s fine. But the majority of folks in this day and age are receiving and paying their bills electronically, so isn’t it time for SAWS to move to the electronic age in terms of billing?I asked SAWS this question several years ago and was told, “We’re working on it.”Steve SpearIt’s an invasionLeft-wingers condemn President Donald Trump for sending troops to our southern border to assist the Border Patrol even though he is complying with a mandate imposed by our Constitution. Section 4 of Article IV provides that the United States “shall” protect every state against invasion.Being equipped with armaments is not required. Reasonable minds will agree that a horde of foreigners attempting to force their way into our country is an invasion.Damon Ball

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