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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.
To the Editor: Last week, President Obama asked Congress to pass a health care reform bill before they recess in less than two weeks. I believe there is a need for health care reform in this country.
To the Editor: Congressman John Kline believes communicating with and hearing from constituents is the best way to accurately represent their views and values. To better serve Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District residents, he has launched a new, improved Web site -- http://kline.house.gov -- that makes it easier to contact him and learn about the services and resources he can help provide. A "Contact John" link on the home page enables visitors to e-mail the congressman directly.
To the Editor: Last summer my son had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Kiwanis Safety Camp for grades 4 through 6. This all-day event was fun and educational for a small fee of $15. My son learned about safety in many different fields, such as water, fire, bike, etc.
To the Editor: Our area is filled with local talent, and if you miss one concert, play or exhibit, there's usually another good show somewhere nearby. However, every now and then a traveling show comes through ... and if you missed the Wind Energy Forum at the Wanamingo Community Center July 9, you really missed out. With industrial wind projects being of such great magnitude, you would have hoped for the forum to be bipartisan, but unfortunately even the panelists (none of whom were from this area) were hopelessly one-sided.