Letters to the Editor

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Archives: March 2012

March
28th

MEDIA: Hold off on sensational stories until the facts are in

The shooting of Trayvon Martin and the Afghanistan massacre are examples of recent stories being swayed and built by the media. The media never seem to be able to wait until all the facts come out in a story. Two men’s lives are in the balance. While we seek justice for those whose lives have been taken, do we want truth or quick revenge?

The media do everything they can in the name of free speech to stir up every unthinking person’s passions to violence and revenge; unfortunately our society is full of these people. If media corporations would just

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March
28th

SHOOTING: I’ll give Zimmerman refuge

The man who shot the black 17-year-old – he says in self defense – will not get justice at the hands of the unjust ones (Obama’s Justice Department and the new Black Panther Party). So, he can come to my house and I will give him refuge.

It turns out George Zimmerman is a Democrat, Hispanic man, so the left-leaning ones cannot scream white racism or that the Republicans did it.

The Black Panthers have placed an unlawful bounty on the head of this man. Really? In America? Shame!

Silence from Obama about the bounty. Silence from the Justice Department.

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March
28th

ABORTION: It’s time to reaffirm women’s reproductive rights

People who refuse to acknowledge the need for women to have access to safe abortions have their heads in the sand. Let’s be clear: No one likes abortions. But people like to have sex, and having sex leads to conceiving babies, not all of them desired.

The best way to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions is to educate people about the consequences of having sex and to make sure they have access to affordable contraception – something, strangely, those who are most opposed to abortions don’t want to hear about, preferring to think people will magically give up on sex,

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March
28th

GUNS: Does law give a license to kill?

The Florida “Stand Your Ground” law is in the national spotlight. Authored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a creation of the Koch brothers, it was given to former Gov. Jeb Bush to push through his Republican state legislature with financial persuasion from the National Rifle Association’s lobbyists.

Since 2005, 23 other states have drafted ALEC’s language into their own laws. Democrats and police organizations opposing the law said it could cause the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. To date, more than 130 killings in Florida have avoided prosecution under Stand Your Ground.

In his commentary (TNT,

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March
28th

HEALTH CARE: Uninsured freeloaders option specious

Re: “Uninsured freeloaders’ option: Stay out of the ER” (editorial, 3-27).

While the editorial addressing freeloaders using the emergency room at everyone else’s expense may appear correct, it is not. The new health care law will have no effect on uninsured people using the ER.

Your theory is that we all will have insurance in place to take care of ER costs. Obamacare dictates that if you don’t have insurance, you have to pay a fine of $750. Paying this fine doesn’t give you health insurance coverage however. If you use the ER, you will be sent a bill.

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March
28th

HEALTH CARE: ACA not about controlling costs

Re: “Uninsured freeloaders’ option: Stay out of the ER” (editorial, 3-27).

The editorial characterizes opponents of “Obamacare” as fools who want the “uninsured freeloaders option.” Whether the Affordable Care Act is upheld or overturned, the reality is that there will always be people who can’t, or won’t, contribute to the spiraling costs of their medical care. A small penalty will not stampede the uninsured to buy coverage.

President Obama’s signature health reform was sold on lowering costs, and according to the editorial board, it preserved the private health insurance industry. It’s obvious that it is having the opposite effect,

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March
28th

HEALTH CARE: Present system rife with abuse

Re: “Uninsured freeloaders’ option: Stay out of the ER” (editorial, 3-27).

First of all, we all qualify as freeloaders; no one pays for the total cost of the health care benefits that they and their families receive. If you have a job, you pay a monthly premium which is subsidized by employers and local state or federal government. Group coverage is calculated to cover low and high usage.

Check out what it costs to insure yourself. If you are in the 50-to-60 age group, don’t be surprised if that cost is more than $700 per month per person. With

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March
28th

BETHEL: Why redirect school bond money?

At its Tuesday meeting, the Bethel School board approved giving the Bethel Learning Center $700,000 of Bethel School District’s taxpayer-approved bond money to build a couple classrooms and kitchen across from  Bethel Junior High), even though the Bethel School District is making the change to a 9-through-12 high school next year. Graham-Kapowsin High School will be near 1,800 students.

Bethel School District’s highs schools are in need of additional classrooms, gym space and field space to accommodate the change to a 9-through-12 high school. Currently Bethel High School’s weight room is in a portable; Spanaway Lake High School and Graham-Kapowsin

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