Letters to the Editor

August 18, 2009

Learn details of Obama's plan before deciding

To the editor:

Let me preface my remarks with a quote from author Ayr Rand: "Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others." And perhaps those in government should remember the doctor's creed: First, do no harm.

Few would argue the cost of medical care, and thus medical insurance, is higher than we would like. We did not arrive at this position overnight, and there are no quick, painless cures for it.

There are a multitude of issues within the health care system that can be addressed, which each can play a role in correcting the overall problem. Pharmaceuticals, insurance, hospitals, tort issues and cost transfers, among others, all must be addressed to have meaningful reform. Many problems are the result of current laws, such as lack of portability of insurance for those moving from one state to another.


An effective way for the government to help solve these problems is to rewrite the appropriate laws so the private sector, through open competition on a level playing field, can compete to best serve the public. Thus, the government can act as an umpire, protecting the interest of the citizenry.

Opposition to the "plan" being forced down our throats does not mean support of the status quo. Considering our nation's financial debt, I don't understand why the government wants to be administering this segment of the economy. Well, actually, I do. If all the money goes through them, the more vested interests will need to bribe lawmakers for favorable treatment. And if private citizens think they will win that bidding war, good luck.

Many are fooled by the promise of lower costs because they are told somebody else will be paying. Eventually, they become that somebody else.

Take the time to go beyond the headlines and learn the details of Obama's plan before deciding your position on this issue.

David E. Hansen
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Who do you want to have buy your Tylenol?

To the editor:

If you use Tylenol, you pay for it!

In response to Kathleen Lake's letter to the editor ("Our government is not universally incompetent," Thursday, Aug. 13, page A4), I would remind her that if you live in a free country (be it the USA, England or any other free nation) the government has no money.

With that stated, it means that whatever the government pays for is with money received from its citizens through taxes or other means. What it boils down to is this simple basic question: "Do I want to have the freedom to buy my Tylenol if and when I want to buy it or do I want the government to tax me to the extent it can impose a bureaucratic surcharge in order to imply it is providing the Tylenol to me for free?"

I still believe I am the best judge of how I want to spend my money and believe you should be extended the same privilege with your money. However, if you are willing to surrender all money to the central government, we would no longer be a free people, but a nation depending on the largess of a central government to provide us with whatever benefits, medical or otherwise, it feels inclined to provide regardless of our desires. This is called a socialist, Marxist or communist regime.

I agree with your headline, but I fear the competent areas are outnumbered by the incompetent ones, not because of the people, but due to political interference and ridiculously written laws.

George Rogers
Waynesboro, Pa.

Fisher House volunteer thankful for donations

To the editor:

As a volunteer for the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for America's wounded and hospitalized forces and their families, I want to thank the Hagerstown area for the $743 donated on Aug. 8 and 9.

Also, thanks to Sue Edwards-Doyle, chairwoman of the Leitersburg Peach Festival, Leitersburg Ruritan and Sam's Club Yard Sale, sites of the donations.

Bless each gift and each giver.

The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall said, "The measure of life ... after all ... is not its duration, but its donation." Our military made their donation to you. Will you donate to them?

For more information on the Fisher House, call me at 717-762-8288.


Frank Scheib
Fisher House volunteer
Waynesboro, Pa.

Talking about another's sins isn't satisfying

To the editor:

I have to wonder what satisfaction one gets from talking about another's sins. Sins that might have been confessed and forgiven. We all pay a high price for them. Punishment enough.

If one needs this kind of entertainment, it is sad, especially if it did not affect their lives in any way. We are human and prone to sin.

It tells us something about those who open these cans of worms, causing renewed hurt. Sometimes, it is best to let sleeping dogs lie, as they can turn around and bite you.

Tomorrow awaits the best that we can think, the best we can do to improve ourselves, thus improving the lives of those around us. It is time to forgive and ask forgiveness.

Frances Moats

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