Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

HEALTH: Obamacare doomed to fail

It’s been three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed. The Democrats praised this legislation as the cure to our health-care system. President Obama and the Democratic leaders campaigned on this utopian idea of lower premiums and universal coverage for all.

Unfortunately, the opposite is happening. This law of 2,700 pages of taxation, restrictions and government regulations is creating a backlash of opposition from business leaders and the general public.

The reality is millions of people have seen their health-care premiums increase by 46 percent, even with federal tax credits and premium assistance. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office

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April
30th

ECONOMY: Northwest can thrive without Boeing

Re: “Don’t think a Northwest presence is a sure thing with Boeing” (Bill Virgin column, 4-21).

Boeing’s recent and continuing decisions to divide its operations abroad will put it among many multinational corporations that have done the same.

This brings to light a key feature of how the global economy works. It is based upon the reciprocal benefit of businesses and citizens to attract global capital and essentially build the city around the workers and consumers those large businesses bring.

This theory of urban development was adopted by some large cities – Chicago, for example, which faced a severe

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April
30th

EDUCATION: Wrong emphasis in schools

The letter (TNT, 4-30) regarding emphasis on subjects other than sports is right on the mark. Many years ago, Terrel H. Bell, secretary of education during the Reagan administration, believed that this was an emphasis that was missing. He believed that sports took the headlines while achievements in math, science and arts were rarely acclaimed.

When he retired he and Dr. Donna Elmquist started the nonprofit TH Bell and Associates and spent many years in an effort to give these subjects their due in an effort to improve our schools. After Bell’s death in 1974, Elmquist continued this fight

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April
30th

AMBER ALERT: Don’t opt out of these messages

Re: “State aims to fine-tune Amber Alerts” (TNT, 4-30).

I was one of the many to receive the emergency Amber Alert message early Sunday morning about a child missing. As inconvenient it was to wake up to a beeping from my phone that I have not heard before, it was for a good cause.

I think it is ridiculous people are getting upset about this. A child was in danger and needing help from the community. If it were their child, they would want that mass text going out no matter what time of the night to help bring

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April
30th

LEGISLATURE: Failure to do job is rewarded

Re: Legislature’s special session.

Greetings from the real world. It is a place where, if we did not get our job done in four months, we would be fired, not given a two-week vacation and an invitation to try again. Not to mention a daily expense account, excellent medical benefits and great salary.

These are the elected lawmakers who want to assess our governor (TNT, 4-29)? Stop the “sharply divided” Legislature, reach across the aisle and get the job done.

April
30th

GUNS: Background check is just common sense

Re: “Gun background checks may see ballot” (TNT, 4-29).

Asking for a background check on someone who is trying to purchase a gun seems like common sense. I am unsure as to why one would be opposed to such a thing in the first place.

I don’t know whether it is the fear of being on a “government list,” in which case I do not believe that the government is so weak that it needs people to buy guns to create some sort of list. If the government wants to track a citizen down, it has the power to

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April
30th

STALKING: Be careful about false accusations

Re: “New law targets ‘sick’ stalkers” (TNT, 4-28).

It is about time that something got done about stalkers in this state. The Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act seems to be a step in the right direction in making people safer.

I know people who have anti-harassment orders against other people, and state Rep. Roger Goodman’s comment that it isn’t worth the paper it is printed on is a fairly accurate assessment. Something needed to be done in order to keep people like Paulson safe. Now we need to find a way to stop Facebook (or other Internet media)

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April
30th

STALKING: Provide anti-stalking education

Re: “New law targets ‘sick’ stalkers” (TNT, 4-28).

It’s unfortunate that it took three years for this act to be created. Although this is commendable work and moves our community forward in safety and protection, more attention needs to be brought upon this issue.

Stalking by a complete stranger can be life-threatening and truly compromises human rights. In Jennifer Paulson’s case, not only was her privacy violated for years by her stalker, but in the end his actions cost her life.

Now that this bill has passed, it becomes fundamentally important to educate students about prevention. This obsessive behavior

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