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Letters to the Editor for July 25

Letters to the Editor for July 25

  • Nothing remotely socialist about Affordable Care Act
  • Yes, control access to guns, but do i
  • Nothing remotely socialist about Affordable Care Act

    One has to wonder how Carol Morris (July 16 letter) equates the Affordable Health Care Act to anything associated with Lenin or the Soviet Union. Innuendo about what the act does or doesn’t do is just so much fodder.

    The fact is, Americans have been lied to by those who oppose anything our president has done to help those in need. Ms. Morris uses 2016 as a basis for a calculation and uses $10,000 as the average cost of a health care plan. This figure doesn’t come close to reality for today, let alone 2016.

    Perhaps the writer never experienced not being able to get heath insurance because of a pre-existing condition or being dropped because one has reached a limit. Insurance companies want only to insure those who don’t need care, and Americans are dying because these companies deny care even when it is covered. Watching a loved one die because he/she couldn’t get care because of no insurance is something that should never happen in America.

    Despite all the lies, our neighbors to the north in Canada enjoy a health care system that works. Canadians certainly can’t be called “Leninist,” and they are not a socialist state.

    Those currently covered by health insurance can only benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act. No longer will insurance companies be able to drop an insured because they reached a maximum. No longer will insurers be able to deny coverage for certain illnesses.

    The act will also lessen the financial impact on families, preventing bankruptcies. There is no downside to the act, as it is long past due and Americans can’t continue to go without care simply because they lost their job or can’t afford premiums.

    The “meat” of the act doesn’t go into effect until 2014, and by then one can be sure it will be a relief to millions. The contents of the full act can be found at www.Healthcare.gov, along with simple explanations of what the act does.

    Those calling it Leninist or socialist evidently haven’t taken the time to read it, as they are too busy spreading false rumors.

    Gary P. Guido

    Rotterdam

    Yes, control access to guns, but do it sensibly

    The gun control issue will be back on the front burner due to the Colorado murders.

    The left could not hop on the dead bodies soon enough to exploit the tragedy for political ends. The right, for the most part, went into the human cost aspect of the murders.

    Do not listen to the left on the issue of gun control; use common sense. The National Rifle Association is not without sin on this issue.

    Yes, Americans have a right to bear arms. No American is entitled to threaten or scare another with a gun. No one with a criminal background or mental health issue should own or handle a firearm.

    Yes, anyone seeking to own a firearm should be compelled to take a sensible course on firearm protocols. No judge, police chief or politician should obstruct one’s legal application to “carry.” Punitive measures to restrain gun ownership should be stopped.

    No one under 18 should own or carry a firearm. Taking courses and training with guns is OK. Surplus military firearms in any form should be outlawed. Current provisions on gun configurations (barrel length) seem to be logical.

    The amassing of large numbers of guns and ammunition is an indication a person requires counseling.

    Except to dealers, no gun or ammunition should be sold via the mail.

    Here you have it, sensible measures for “gun control.” Any takers?

    Edmond Day

    Rotterdam

    Now they just figured it out: Made in China?

    I find it quite amusing and somewhat sad that Congress finally took note of foreign-made products being sold to U.S. consumers. Of course, it took something as visible as Olympic uniforms made in China for them to notice.

    Apparently nobody in Congress has purchased a radio or television lately. They must have forgot to check the label on their computers. Probably didn’t notice the tab on their Arrow shirts, Haggar slacks or their Sketcher’s shoes. Never noticed where their Levis, Wrangler and Lee jeans came from. They didn’t look when longstanding American companies like Black & Decker or Stanley started slapping “Made In China” labels on their tools.

    It never bothered them to see U.S. stalwarts like Sears Craftsmen beginning to wear the Chinese label (they used to advertise “Made in USA”). Must be they missed the section in the paper telling us about the lead-based painted toys, the tainted apple juice or even the killer rawhide chews for dogs that came from China.

    Kind of makes you wonder. How strong do you think our economy would be today if Congress had noticed (or cared) years ago about all of the outsourcing, and had actually done something to help curtail it?

    Ralph Denison

    Amsterdam

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