Letters to the editor – Monday – Nov. 9, 2009
‘Against’ vote not sign of ignorance
I am writing in response to the article by Lee Barnes on Nov. 5 and the county commissioners quoted in it.
I am a Spencer resident who voted against the regressive sales tax that our commissioners slipped through in an off-year election, counting on a low turnout. I resent being called uninformed or conservative.
Jail construction and emergency radios were not the issue on the ballot. Both items must and will be done.The issue was how to pay for them.The board of commissioners chose this route rather than living up to their budgetary responsibility.
This is just another way to shift the burden of paying for government from those who most benefit from it to those who can least afford it.
ó Gene Wray
Health reform will affect generations
As the Apostle John wrote in his first letter, it is better to be cold or hot, but not lukewarm.
Real health-care reform should not make mandatory for all to purchase health insurance from private insurers. This would be immoral, contrary to all democratic principles and a violent action against the people.
If any senator or representative feels unable to support reform that allows individual states to form a single-payer health-care system (HR 676), if they so desire, then he/she should not vote at all.
Please remember that all of you are also members of a community. What affects a group of people will also affect the whole society, because we do not live isolated from each other. What you do now about health reform will also affect your children and future generations.
ó Miguel Reinoso
Hold Congress accountable
The US House of Representatives has just passed HR3962, the trillion-dollar-plus healthcare control bill.
It passed by five votes, 220 for, 215 against. Remember those five votes.
The NC representatives voted as follows:
Yes: Butterfield, Etheridge, Miller, Price and Watt.
Voting No were: Coble, Foxx, Jones, Kissell, McHenry, McIntyre, Myrick and Shuler.
It is very important that we remember this vote since some of these will be running for re-election in 2010.
Whatever you believe about the bill, we must hold these people accountable.
ó Jack R. Kee
Country needs moral leadership
Yes, Jesus did tell the man to give his money away, but He knew also that the man loved his money more than God.
Just as today, mankind is in deep love with their money.
Look around you, you see greed and avarice everywhere you turn. It seems as if our higher education system has taught how to take or rob other people of their money. You see no moral leadership in this country anymore.
Look, see what mankind has done to this nation ó we are on the verge of self-destruction. We have no leadership or anyone to stand up for what is right. Man has changed the times of the year, he has changed God’s sabbath, he has done away with his laws and holy day to insert their own. He refuses to preach the true gospel of the coming kingdom of God.
But God also made the three richest men on earth in their time, Abraham, Job and Solomon.
I pray that we turn this nation back to a God-fearing nation.
ó Paul Anthony
Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 328
I am disabled and could not mow my yard this past summer. But, thanks to the wonderful Boy Scouts, Scoutmaster Lewis Safrit and the men of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, my yard was not only mowed, but the vines were cut back and the grass clippings were gathered up and disposed of.
Don’t ever let anyone say the Boy Scouts do not do plenty of good for a neighborhood, because they are always willing to pitch in and help when needed. I definitely know that Troop 328 is, and again I say thank you to all of them, especially Scoutmaster Safrit.
I am sure God has and will continue to bless you all. I know He surely did me when I called and talked to the Rev. Comer for help.
I am a very grateful citizen.
ó Margaret Keys
AARP stand at odds with members’It was interesting to see that the AARP is set to endorse the health care legislation. I wonder if a small group of people feel that they are qualified to guess what we, as members, feel.
I am 68 years old and wish nothing to do with that health plan until someone can explain all 1,900 pages of it. Things like how much pork is in it. Is it like most of the bill, containing things that have nothing to do with health care?
The government has done a great job with Medicare. Look at all the money it has lost to the crooks. They can’t control that, so how are they are going to control the insurance industry when they own it?
I personally feel that the government, state or federal, has no business owning private industries.
ó Hubert R. Adams