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Letters to the editor – Sunday (10-11-09)

Beware of telling employer that is ‘not my job’
No, it isn’t ó your job is in China, Mexico and other countries.
When we had good presidents, there was a tariff on imports. If we have a tariff today, where is it going? Into someone’s pocket.
People go to “Wall-Marks” and support other countries; no longer do they buy American. If you look at the labels, you can see where your job has gone. If you do most of your shopping at those stores, then do not belly-ache about having no job; you are supporting a foreign country. If you look, you will see that 60 percent or more of the cars on the roads are made in other countries. Those jobs are also in foreign countries.
Our government gave stimulus money to banks, GM and Chrysler. Now GM is closing Saturn. When are the banks, GM and Chrysler going to pay back the stimulus money? What do you think caused our national debt to be so large?
Our president, whom I voted for in good faith, was going to do something for this country. He has not, as far as I can see. When the congressman from South Carolina said, “You lie,” he was right. The president did lie. Here in our own county, our jobs are given to immigrants. They go to the health department and are taken care of, as well getting benefits from the Department of Social Services.
If you are fortunate enough to have a job, be careful what you say. If you’re asked to do something and tell the company “that is not my job,” then it may not be your job because in a short while all the jobs will be in foreign countries.
Be careful, America. We are being sold down the river by our so-called leaders.
Remember: “In God we trust,” not the politicians.
ó Paris Martin
Salisbury
Where do rights begin?
Richard Roberts (“Where do rights end?” Oct. 9) asks us to believe there is no right to health care and contends those who believe otherwise are socialists. The first right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. This most fundamental right has been denied to hundreds of thousands of people in this country because they lack health insurance. In a new study appearing in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers estimate that 45,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are associated with not having health insurance. During the six years of the study, it was found that people without any health insurance were 40 percent more likely than to die, regardless of factors such as age, gender, race, income, education, health status, BMI, exercise, smoking and alcohol use.
What about our other rights guaranteed by our founders … to liberty and the pursuit of happiness? How free is the family that is forced into bankruptcy because of medical costs? How can the ill pursue happiness when they must worry that their insurance will be canceled?
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans without health insurance rose to 46.3 million last year, from 45.7 million in 2007. One of six adults under 65 is uninsured. Don’t these Americans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that they are being denied?
I wonder if Mr. Roberts has or will refuse to participate in Social Security and Medicare since they are provided by the government and involve paying taxes that may benefit someone else. I hope he will participate. Otherwise, you and I may be paying for his visits to the emergency room.
ó Nan Lund
Salisbury

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