No extension for you, sir – Twin Cities

No extension for you, sir

Another sign of pure bureaucracy is “good for me but not good for you.”

In November, I received notice from the Minnesota driver’s license department that I had to see an Ophthalmologist every year because of my diabetes. I contacted my healthcare provider almost immediately to secure an appointment. First available was Jan 18, 2022, probably due to Covid 19 and all other backups.

This will be three days after license holders say they will cancel my license for non-compliance. I called the license holders on the phone and after 45 minutes of waiting I finally managed to speak to one. I explained my situation and was told there would be no exception or renewal and that my license would be canceled on January 15th and I would need to apply again.

Curiously, that same day, our dear governor announced that expiring license plates and tabs would be extended to March 15 due to supply chain issues. Now a 79-year-old man needs to run around town, with his driver’s license cancelled, trying to meet a series of bureaucratic demands. But when the situation was inconvenient, all King Walz had to do was wave his hand and say, “let it be written, let it be done”.

BH Bentson, Inver Grove Heights

Call it the COVID Addendum

With overcrowded hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area and a flurry of COVID cases, would anyone think of using the vacant stores in strip malls and malls like the dedicated COVID care facility?

For example, in the East Metro area just steps from M Health St. John’s Hospital Maplewood a few blocks, has the old Sears store at Maplewood Mall and in the Birch Run strip mall, the old Marshall store. Call it M Health St. John’s COVID Annex. Rotate your medical staff between the two and use the National Guard to run offsite facilities.

Certainly our state of Minnesota has a disaster program that needs immediate activation… this is not a drill.

Barbara Bicha, Ice Bear Lake

https://www.twincities.com/2022/01/14/letter-no-extension-for-you-mister/ No extension for you, sir – Twin Cities

Sarah Ridley

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