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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.
To the Editor: When Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran for endorsement for president, we reported as state convention delegates how his own Republican Party sabotaged his campaign. They did not allow the majority of his eligible delegates on the ballots (as was done nationwide). Since then we reported how he launched the Campaign for Liberty, which is active in every state. Paul has not retreated. One of his latest endeavors gaining momentum is the audit of the Federal Reserve; but you won't hear about it in the mainstream media.
To the Editor: Although the cartoon published by the R-E may have offended some, I am offended by the portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy as fair, compassionate and a champion of justice (R-E Aug. 28 and Sept. 2). For 47 years he leeched off of the public dime and was a champion of partisan politics. Didn't he just ask to re-change the rules about replacing a senator in Massachusetts because his party was involved? When there was a Republican governor, Massachusetts was urged, by Kennedy and others, to change the rules about how to replace a sitting senator.
To the Editor: If everyone is required to buy insurance and we have no public option, it's a bonanza for the health insurance companies. This is not acceptable. President Obama's address to the nation on health care was inspiring but fell short when he failed to endorse a strong public option; this is not reform. I hope our elected representatives under-stand that there is an outcry for health reform. This means a Medicare-style health care plan for all as an option. It is the only way we can keep the insurance industry's greed in check. Linda Bjorklund Prescott
To the Editor: After years when many children were left behind, we finally have a president who ranks education among his highest priorities. What's more, he planned a televised address to encourage and challenge America's schoolchildren to maximize their potential. For this effort President Obama received a sizeable vitriolic backlash.
To the Editor: Mr. Drazkowski says opening up free market (private) solution to health care insurance for competition (R-E, Aug. 21). Satisfaction ratings are higher in Medicare -- government-run -- than in private insurance. But they don't want you to know that and will try to demean and scare people about a government-run plan. And he wants to scare you into thinking that any government-run system, particularly those in Canada, United Kingdom and France, the people are very unhappy. Vested special interests are powerful and influence public policy.
To the Editor: Rep. Steve Drazkowski thinks the government has failed in health care (R-E, Aug. 28)? How absurd! So I take it, Mr. Drazkowski, you won't be using Medicare or VA health care? Oh, he didn't say that, did he! I'm dealing with my dying mother, long retired and a World War II veteran, and without Medicare and the VA, I don't know what we'd do. Medicare and VA have been very successful, we've received excellent care, no complaints.