Letters to the editor published in the September 16, 2009, edition of The Explorer.

Republican writers have been too quiet

In response to Benjamin Love's letter 09/02/09, I'd like to say as a Republican, I'm not rich, and I'm not new in town, but I have gotten over my fear of writing letters to the editor.

You see, when I was a child I was told by my mother that people who write letters to the editor are kooks. My mother had an elderly friend who would start talking about his latest letter, and behind his back she would roll her eyes and shake her head. Then after he would leave, she'd make some comments about his mental health.

So it was hard for me to write my first letter to the editor and not think about whether I am now a crackpot or not. But, if you can't beat them, join them, in letter writing, that is. I think maybe other Republicans have had to get over the same types of mental blocks. I do feel a little kooky having to spend so much time thinking about politics, but people on our side have to. We've been quiet for too, too long.

Oh, and I did see the poor Mr. Love, Democrat, standing in front of the Oro Valley Housing Projects (It's a joke, OK?). Mr. Love wonders if we're mad (a good choice of words) at the Democrats because of all the things they do, which he thinks are so very wonderful and above reproach, like nationalizing health care. He doesn't seem to know that 40 percent-plus of the health care dollar is spent by the local, state and federal governments now (which we pay for in taxes), and they are running out of money, and are looking to take over the insurance industry to get what they need for temporary solvency.

The nightmares like rationing come later. It isn't reform they're after, it's a takeover of the private sector. Stay awake, people.

Rebecca LoPorto, Tucson

Why we should all be alarmed


My wife and I were at Congresswoman Giffords' Tuesday evening town hall meeting and fully concur with Mr. Safier's editorial regarding the same.

His last sentence: 'When a mob dictates the terms of the discussion, we have a reason to fear for our democracy," reflects truly on the event and why it should cause all of us who cherish the Constitution to be alarmed.

Gavin Kayner, Tucson

Let's get this done, for the sake of children

Dear Sen. Melvin,

Thank you for your public service. Thank you for the recent opportunity to attend and participate in a town hall meeting.

Clearly, your constituents have spoken. Public education needs your help. We realize that there is no overnight fix. We as parents are in this for the long haul. We will travel all roads and turn all stones until which time that the overall landscape for public education has been made better, for the sake of our children.

The new and big businesses that you so desire to attract to Arizona will not come with the availability of a talent pool that is marginally or, worse yet, poorly educated. We all have a stake in this matter. Further, the parental choice educational alternative that you "stump" for is (15 years later) at best, unproven.

In closing, the "she" and "her" that you referred to is more respectfully known as the Honorable Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona. For any dialog to begin and move towards success for a common goal, it must be steeped in respect.

Let's get this done, for the children.

Tim Derrig, Flowing Wells

Letter has so many distortions of health facts

There are so many distortions of fact in Mr. Myers "You Say" piece (It's Cruel to Profit From Pain, Misery) I will not meet your word count to fully respond.

First, comparing health insurance companies to banks is in and of itself very misleading.

Second, asserting that the private sector solution has been tried and it does not work is factually incorrect. Unlike Mr. Myers, I will site sources. The problem is not the private sector, but federal and state regulation. The Goldwater Institute website can provide corroborating studies, more can also be found on the web, and commissioned by various state governments.

Ponder these points:

1) The premiums collected in each state shall only be used in those states. Insurance companies cannot co-mingle out-of-state money with Arizona money. Insurance works best when the largest populations spread the medical risks amongst them. See: Premera ordered not to sell LifeWise plans in Arizona. The state argues the company is tapping Washington policyholders' surplus funds to subsidize low-priced plans in Arizona. (The Seattle Times, August 16, 2007.

2) Each state mandates medical coverage. In 1997, The National Center for Policy Analysis commissioned the actuarial firm Milliman & Robertson to analyze a dozen health insurance mandates. The analysis found that if all 12 mandates were included in a health insurance plan, they would add up to 35 percent to the cost of health insurance. Arizona has 30 mandates insurers must obey. ERISA's mandates are as egregious.

3) U.S. News and World Report, Aug. 25, 2009, reported the industry average gross profit margin was 3.4 percent. Giant, United Healthcare, had a gross profit margin of 4.1 percent.

Add medical malpractice costs, no individual tax deduct-ability, to the problem, and premiums are guaranteed to increase. Covering pre-existing conditions under these current conditions would probably bankrupt every company.

P.S. -- The Department of Health and Human Services Office, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, says: in their 2005 survey: "While non-citizens are 7 percent of the population, they are 21 percent of the uninsured." I couldn't resist.

Kenneth Gareau

To what, whom to you pledge your allegiance?

What do you pledge allegiance to? My allegiance is not to some human being or leader, but rather to the principles of our Founding Fathers. I hold the same allegiance that they did centuries ago.

Every day growing up, I remember pledging my allegiance to the Flag of the United States, which is something that has been debated today as unconstitutional.

The Preamble of the Constitution and Gettysburg Address shed tremendous wisdom on basic principles appearing to be forgotten. It is unfortunate the pledges that I grew up are currently being put in jeopardy. The fundamental principles just shared are etched in my very being. Likewise, the principles of the Federalist Papers are also planted deeply within my being.

It seems today, there is a different drummer advocating an allegiance that could be destructive. History has shown the path of destruction when allegiances are given to leaders. Such allegiance can lead to an enslavement of all human souls. In that environment, everyone is trained to think and react the same way, leading to a mesmerized and false conclusion of unity and well being. Disagreement is not tolerated. It is my way or the highway.

For me, my life is simple and is based upon principles that have weathered the test of time and sacrifice. I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States of America. With red symbolizing the blood of all from the inception of this country; white representing purity and honesty, 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies and the original principles of our Founding Fathers to the 13 colonies.  Finally, the white stars within the blue field symbolizing freedom and unity within this land.

These are principles that were cherished by our Founding Fathers, who had both wisdom and foresight to embrace for you, for me and for this land.

So, the final question is to what and whom do you pledge your allegiance to? I am beginning to wonder if we have forever lost the meaning and significance of "ask not what you country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Bob Black, Oro Valley

Giving power over healthcare to government

Millions of Americans who have never carried a sign or demonstrated in their life have gone to Washington, D.C., to protest government takeover of healthcare. In Tucson at least 3,000 people told Gabrielle Giffords they do not want government in their healthcare and still she insists on supporting a public option.

Every small business that wants to keep their current healthcare will be taxed 8 percent and every individual person who wants to keep their current healthcare will be taxed 2.5 percent, forcing everyone into the nationalized healthcare system.

In England, people are pulling their own teeth out with pliers and vodka. In Canada, people wait so long for treatment that they die before they can get the care they need so they come to America for treatment.

In Oregon, state healthcare bureaucrats sent a letter to Barbara saying they would not pay for the expensive cancer medication she needed. The state would, however, pay for physician-assisted suicide. "Women's healthcare" includes funding abortion, and now healthcare will include funding for euthanasia. Every medical professional, hospital, church, ministry, insurance company, and individual will be forced to pay for and provide these services.

Rep. Joe Wilson sits on the committee where amendments were rejected to require proof of citizenship to get into government healthcare. Sounds like care will be given for illegal aliens in spite of the rhetoric.

Government is the one who has made a mess of healthcare insurance and added to the costs of healthcare and now government will own all medical records and have direct access to our bank accounts.

Government healthcare is not just about taking over 17 percent of the nation's economy. It is not just about the money. It is all about power. Government bureaucrats will have power over life and death. This is what Gabrielle Giffords supports. We need someone to fight for us. We need Jesse Kelly.

Lynne St. Angelo, Oro Valley

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