Needed pain pills

I am 74 years old. I work every day. I have had a total of six back surgeries. The last included titanium to support my lower back.

With that surgery came arthritis and more back pain. Those who wrote Oklahoma Senate Bill 848 did not take into account people like me who regularly see doctors and try to take care of themselves.

I wake up every day with pain and go to bed every night with pain.

Now to get a prescription I have to go every 30 days just to see the doctor for a refill or go online for an e-visit costing $35 each. Only then can I get approval for a prescription.

Really? Whoever wrote this law did not consider people like me.

I do not like being treated like a criminal. I know (fighting opioids) is popular right now, and, yes, I know if you abuse these drugs it will kill you.

But for people like me who need help with pain to survive, this law is ridiculous.

Jack DeLaughter, Tulsa

Editor’s note: Senate Bill 848 modified Senate Bill 1446 from the previous session that had established prescription pill counts every seven days for Schedule II drug and opioids.

Need immigration information

The immigration debate has fired up again, as it has done for the past 30-plus years as Election Day nears. We are bombarded with information and misinformation daily.

Legal immigration: It would be helpful to have an article informing us about the number and types of visas with an explanation of each type. It would be helpful to know the quantity of people allowed into the country under each type.

Are the visas temporary or permanent? Who decides the number of people in each category, and how frequently is this reviewed and updated?

Does Congress have oversight?

Madolyn Tryon, Grove

Editor’s note: There are two broad categories of visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant with dozens of different types in each, according to the U.S. State Department. Visas are approved by the consular officer in the traveler’s home country but don’t guarantee U.S. admission. The Customs and Border Protection office, within Homeland Security, has the power to deny entry even with an approved visa. CBP decides on length of stay, and any extensions are approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Congress determines immigration law, including setting the per-country limit.

The waiting list for family visas is about 3.7 million people, and another 121,000 are waiting for employer-sponsored visas, according to the National Visa Center in November.

Congress last made significant changes to immigration entry in 1965. No one country can have more than 7% of all green cards. Reforms since then focused on punitive measures for undocumented immigration.

Advice to my grandkids

Every movie I see these days is filled with forbidden words to the extent it’s very boring.

People in my circle of friends use those words only rarely. But my impression is that most young people use them routinely.

Some cannot finish a sentence without using the f-word. Those folks are unable to express themselves.

Would you hire someone like that to represent you? Big mistake! Articulate people save those words for when they really need them.

When I was 15 and 16, I worked for a retired Army Capt. Edgar. He never used forbidden words, which really impressed me.

After I had been with him for two summer seasons, we had an incident after which he held his breath, gritted his teeth, shook both fists and finally exploded by shouting, “Darn!”

I thought “Wow, Edgar is really mad. I’d better be on my best behavior.”

If he had said “damn,” I would have hit the ground running.

One should practice expressing himself without using curse words or slang. You will not get into the circles of power otherwise.

You need a broad vocabulary and should practice carefully, thoughtfully and articulately expressing yourself. That along with being well groomed and carefully dressed are what is necessary to be noticed and to succeed.

John A. Brock, Tulsa

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