Already rationing our health care
In two recent letters, Christopher Andrus on July 13 and Lorraine Humes on July 18, we were warned that government involvement in health care will lead to the rationing of that care.
Neither writer seems to know, or they choose to ignore, that health care is already rationed in this country -- far more so than in any country with "socialized medicine," as Andrus called it.
Our system conserves resources and keeps the waiting time for service down by denying routine health care altogether to millions of people.
Andrus correctly points out, "It's simply an economic reality that state-of-the-art medicine cannot be dispensed to everyone."
So the real question in not whether, but how, shall we ration health care? By a rational consideration of need, cost and benefit? Or by sociological lottery: unlimited treatment for those who can pay, neglect and early death for the poor?
What's fair? It's a moral question and one society must face up to. It does not become us, who are well off, to pretend otherwise.
Become a citizen, then practice law
Sergio Garcia should not be allowed to practice law in the United States until he becomes a citizen. What did he miss in studying law? I admire what he has accomplished, but it is not up to the
Must re-elect Obama or we go backward
The opinion of Lorraine Humes dated July 18 regarding to vote out President Barack Obama because of Medicare and Medicaid services, I don't know if you have Medicare. I do and I'm extremely thankful for this American benefit.
People forget that 92 percent of Americans are working who contribute to Medicare as well as to Social Security.
If Congress would stop sitting on its hands, stop reaching for something to criticize and pass Obama's job bill, Americans would get back to work and the pot for Medicare and Social Security would get back to capacity. You do know that Medicare and Social Security are income taxes?
If Obama is not our president for the next four years, we will go backward and not lean forward, and will lose Medicare and Social Security and whatever is helping Americans survive. Is this what you want?
Opinions are a good thing; however, people need to get educated, and get their heads out of the sand and get the facts rather than insincere rhetoric.
Questions writer's health care math
This is regarding the July 18 letter by Istvan Simon, a professor of mathematics and computer science, explaining the math on health.
It is not valid to compare a homogeneous (95 percent Nordic) population with the diverse people of the United States.
I ask Simon to please compare Norway with only the similar population in this country. I hope to see the answer soon.
Shooi C. Tom
A case where death penalty was needed
I have been an educator since 1974. For many years, I have been working with at-risk students, many of whom have suffered abuse. I have seen the effects on these young people, effects that have changed the trajectory of their lives in devastating ways.
The Freeh report regarding what the leadership of Penn State did in response to eyewitness accounts of Jerry Sandusky makes it clear -- the football program and fundraising were more important than the welfare of a generation of children who were to suffer gross abuse.
It is good that, as a result, the Penn State board requested this report and say that they will follow its recommendations.
However, there is only one sanction the NCAA could have given to Penn State that would make a clear statement the welfare of children is more important than any collegiate athletic program. The NCAA should have ordered the elimination of the Penn State football program. In this case, the "death penalty" was totally warranted.
David H. Eliaser
Influential people with strange views
How do you make any sense of the events in Aurora, Colo.?
What members of Congress say about it makes me want to cry. I give up on intelligent discussion from Congress. We pay them a lot of money to call each other names.
However, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., gives me a ray of hope. She says, "A lot of politicians know it's the right thing to try and fight for something to save lives. They don't have the spine anymore. They pander to who's giving them money." Amen to that.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., suggests there is a "constitutional right to buy high-capacity clips and magazines." Does he think that's what we want to hear?
Former Arizona Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce says, "Had someone been prepared and armed, they could have stopped this 'bad' man from most of this tragedy."
There are a lot of strange but influential people out there.