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Letters to the Editor

July 30, 2009

Support the president's vision as a priority



To the editor:

In response to Lynn Myers in the (July 25) editorials who says regarding the TEA Parties that "we are rapidly marching toward socialism...," and Tom Wilhelm who says our taxes should be lowered even though he believes in "preserving historic things...," I would like to ask them a question or two.

Where were you and your supporters when Bush was dumping the tax surplus left to him by the Clinton administration into a frivolous war in Iraq?

And why is it OK to spend billions bombing a country we invaded, then billions rebuilding it, and not OK to spend equal money rebuilding the U.S. roads, bridges, communications systems, the health care system and, not least, refocus our educational goals so we can compete globally?

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Yes we do have to prioritize, Mr. Wilhelm: Support this president's vision as a priority because it is common sense.

Pat Hamilton
Sharpsburg




Health care reform is good, but won't work



To the editor:

Reading some recent articles about health care reform, I am once again amazed how our conservative commentators continue to preach the dogmatic mantra of "socialist, liberal, big government" -- instead of taking their blinders off and looking at reality as it really is.

The reference to 47 million unemployed Americans is not misleading at all; on the contrary it represents only the tip of the iceberg. The group of people who will benefit most from Obama's health care reform are not illegal aliens or minimum-wage workers, but the self-employed middle class. Health insurance cost for self-employed business owners has skyrocketed in the past couple of years, with no end in sight. Employees of big corporations have not fared quite as badly, but they, too, are faced with continuously changing group insurance plans that provide lesser and lesser coverage at a higher and higher cost.

What about the strange idea that because of Obama's health care reform, government bureaucrats will now stand between patients and doctors? Well, there is nothing in the current health care bill that would imply that. And nobody wants that, not the president, not the Democrats, not the Republicans. And should the bill in fact have that effect then there would be plenty of ways to fix it. But, I suppose, conservative commentators must think that irrational fear should be our guiding light.

No, the real reason why Obama's health care reform is bad -- and should be rejected -- is that it does not fix the root cause of the health care crisis. On the contrary, it will in fact exacerbate it. George Will hinted at it a while back without spelling it out: Our health care system is already more than good enough, and any additional improvement thus necessarily has only marginal benefits at an exorbitant cost. Meanwhile the health care industry is busily developing new drugs and technologies to provide those marginal benefits ...

Normally, "no thanks" would be my response to a proposition with marginal benefits at an exorbitant cost. But when offered a million-dollar, life saving cancer treatment with 5 percent chance of success -- would I refuse that? Especially if some insurance plan covers the costs? Here lies the crux of the matter.

Hans K. Buhrer
Smithsburg




Wake up, America, before it is too late



To the editor:

This letter is to thank Mr. Lynn F. Meyers for his response in The Herald-Mail (Saturday, July 25) to a letter written by Ms. Linda Irvin-Craig, appearing July 13.

I was also somewhat dismayed after reading Ms. Irvin-Craig's letter. I was going to respond to her letter, but Mr. Meyers did a much better job than I could have done.

I attended the July 7 Tea Party and it was conducted in a very patriotic manner and attended by folks who, like me, are very concerned about the direction our wonderful country is being taken. I did not witness any "rowdy clamoring at him (Obama)," but that just might occur when the American people have their eyes fully opened to the direction he is trying to take this country.

Please wake up, America, before it is too late!

 

Pat Keyser
Hagerstown
  

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