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To the Editor: On Aug. 31, the Tomah (Wis.) Journal quoted Congressman Ron Kind: "I think those who have access to the veteran's health care system and their families understand the hard work and dedication the staff puts in. There is a lot of quality care, and it's a model for the coordinated, integrated care we should be striving for nationwide." Kind was perplexed at opposition to government-run health care.
To the Editor: Has our country lost its mind? It appears the party of the loyal opposition has morphed into multiple fractions without direction or boundaries -- with the most prominent representation nothing more than the height of hypocrisy fueled by fear and uninformed inaccuracies -- much like the fantasy terror of the latest 3-D fright flic that hit the theaters Labor Day holiday weekend. I have to ask, where is all of this motivation, involvement and dedicated passion when it comes to local community civic responsibility, the voting booth or seeking the truth with facts?
To the Editor: Each day our men and women of the armed forces continue to be called to leave their loved ones to support our freedom. We, the American Legion Post 54 Red Wing, are dedicated in supporting our military troops. One way we have been successful is by sending care packages to our deployed military folks. This is a call to citizens of the local areas asking for your support in donation of items or cash donations so that those items can be purchased; currently there is a list of items that have been identified located at the American Legion Post.
To the Editor: We are all concerned about the effects of global warming and, in response, wind turbine developers have been marching with their "green" flags. This of course allows them to reap huge financial benefits from the tax dollars paid by you and me. One argument we keep hearing is wind turbines will reduce our reliance on foreign oil. In 2008, U.S. oil consumption was 71 percent for transportation, 23 percent for industrial, 5 percent for residential and commercial, and 1 percent for electrical generation.
To the Editor: I welcome the news that four of eight unions representing city employees have agreed to a one-year contract extension that keep wages "flat" for the next year (R-E, Sept. 19). However, what might be "flat" in the public sector is not the same in the private sector. Flat wages in the private sector would mean no raises, nada. In the public sector that could mean no cost-of-living increase, but that significant step and lane increases still apply. The term "hard freeze" used in the public sector means no increases whatsoever, no COLA, step, or lane increases.
To the Editor: I often hear those who favor a public health care option say that if you think Medicare is failing, you better not be using it (R-E, Sept. 12). Why do people who argue the success of Medicare use it? They don't use it because they feel entitled, they use it because they have been paying for it out of no choice for years with contributions taken right out of their paychecks. It is their right to use any such care that is afforded to them. The government was supposed to handle the program differently. And now it is going broke.
To the Editor: The third-grade teachers at Burnside are once again seeking your help in finding a group of volunteers for the sixth year of Project Listen. Our children have enjoyed continuing success with building intergenerational community relationships along with enjoying the fun of reading. We have documented their success through journals and parent surveys. We are looking for people who would love to listen to a child read! It's easy and the commitment is minimal. We are asking volunteers to give one hour of time, twice a month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To the Editor: I am supportive of health care reform and I am a Republican. The U.S. spends more for the health care for its senior citizens and poor (approximately 20 percent of our population) than Europe spends for its entire population and we have a much higher mortality rate. The most important fact about health care reform is that approximately half of our federal budget goes toward entitlement programs for the elderly and poor, with Medicare cost rising faster than any other program. Twenty-five years ago these programs represented 20 percent of our federal budget.
To the Editor: In the AAUW tent at the Diversity Festival I had an opportunity to express my thoughts. I wanted to share them with you as well. The summer recreation program was canceled because Red Wing (my city) did not have enough funds. The state government did not supply us with enough money to afford it. I know many kids were disappointed including myself. Many parents were mad that the city government did not send that notice until two weeks before class. I lost my whole plan for my summer. Many high schoolers lost the jobs they thought they were going to get.
To the Editor: In the 1960s, Diane and I and the boys lived in a small town on the edge of the Sandhills in Nebraska. Some of our neighbors and acquaintances were active in the John Birch Society. One , a local pastor, encouraged his congregation to bury guns and Bibles; to prepare themselves for the communist hordes who would invade this little part of the world. Several doctors discouraged elderly patients from signing up for Medicare because this program was the beginning of a communist conspiracy to take over the health care system.