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To the Editor: As I read the transcript of President Obama's July 18 radio address, I agree with his opening statement that health-care reform "affects the health and financial well-being of every single American and the stability of our entire economy." However, I begin to wonder if there's a grain of truth to what the president continues to say: "I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade." According to preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the coverage provisions of the House bill (HR 3200) wi
To the Editor: In June of this year, my husband and I ate at a local restaurant. When it was time to pay for the meal, my husband gave the waitress his credit card and she took it out of our sight. We now know that was probably a big mistake. Two days later, charges started appearing on his account that weren't his charges. This was a wake-up event for us. I just wanted to share this experience with the community. Never let your card out of your sight. Sandra Peterson Prescott
To the Editor: Thank you for the article regarding the expansion plans for Hidden Valley Campground in Welch (R-E, July 23). I am a concerned neighbor who has lived across from the campground for eight years. I still marvel at the beauty of the river and the valley and I want other people to enjoy it too. In the past few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of campers and tubers, negatively impacting the quality of life for nearby Welch residents. I am concerned with the amount of litter and garbage strewn along the river and roads.
To the Editor: As a mother of a child with a disability, I urge parents to take advantage of the programs Red Wing offers to children with disabilities. According to Red Wing School Board minutes June 2008, there are many programs that children are qualified for that allow them to receive services at no cost to the parent(s), such as physical, music, speech, and occupational therapies. Another service offered is personal care assistance. PCA services allow parents to hire someone to assist with the daily living skills of a child.
To the Editor: There are commercials out there with actual senators telling us that the current health care reform proposal will only put government bureaucrats between us and our doctors. And we know how badly government runs programs. Are you kidding me? Those very spokespersons are the bureaucrats running the government and they already benefit from our government's healthcare option. My new health care program is to quit smoking, then take those dollars I save and contribute them to any new candidate running against any incumbent in office. Teresa Maples Red Wing
To the Editor: Much has been made in the main stream media of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's comment that a defeat of "Obamacare" in Congress could be Obama's "Waterloo." When the coalition of national European armies faced Emperor Napoleon of France at Waterloo, Belgium, in 1815, nothing less than the sovereignty of all European nations was at stake. For over 25 years, Napoleon had conquered much of Europe and was the most powerful dictator of his time. Thank God for the Great Britain's Duke of Wellington and his European allies who defeated this megalomaniac once and for all.
To the Editor: One of the main arguments against publicly funded health care is you lose control over your care; government will control it. If you think that, do you not understand most people have little control over their care now? Health insurance companies do though. They tell you what hospital you can go to and what doctors they will pay for, and, if you get a chronic illness, they just might say, "no mas." Health insurance companies even control the job you seek or keep. Most jobs taken depend on what kind of health care you get.
To the Editor: I was happy to see that the Republican Eagle was going to look into the saving the city obtained by cutting the summer recreation (R-E, July 11). I do want to add that my husband and I now live in Red Wing and are also looking at selling our home and buying a new one. Summer recreation is one of the things keeping us in Red Wing because other communities don't have the offerings that Red Wing has had in the past. If opportunities for our children are being cut, the benefits to staying in Red Wing are also being reduced. Rachel Walter Red Wing
To the Editor: My wife and I have paid health insurance for over 35 years through our employers. Last year, I used it for the first time as I contacted viral pneumonia during a trip to California. The illness tipped me over the edge into type 2 diabetes. My health insurance company has put off payments for months for the following reason: They claimed they didn't have enough information, which turned out to be my Medicare A number. This number had nothing to do with our claims.
To the Editor: Wondering about this year's Red Wing Diversity Festival? The diversity committee is putting together an exciting, ninth annual event. The theme is one of unity building: "Diversity - Equality - Community." Our country is going through difficult economic times. By experiencing the differences in cultures we move toward equality and an increased sense of community for all. This year's festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the beautifully updated Central Park.