Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 12

Seniors could be harmed by health care reform

As health reform bills take shape in Congress, it is useful to keep a few facts in mind.

The government cannot give someone something without first taking it away from someone else.

If the new health care plan is going to cover 47 million uninsured, then 250 million Americans are going to see the quality of their health care reduced.

There are a limited number of doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, medical laboratory equipment, etc. So if millions more will be using a limited resource, then everyone else will have to wait much longer for medical care.

An important question is who will be harmed most by health care reform? Since senior citizens are the largest users of health care, then it is logical to recognize that seniors will be the most harmed by health care reform.

Reform is needed and can be accomplished, but certainly not in the way that Congress is going about it so far.

What Congress is now developing is health care destruction. This is change, and I hope it won’t happen.


Gates offers fresh perspective on issues

As a retired Air Force veteran, and an active real estate agent who has relocated to Olympia three years ago, I enthusiastically endorse candidate Janine Gates for Olympia City Council, Position No. 5. She brings new perspective, judgment and insight into the many challenges our city faces. She is a true representative, as she actively seeks out opinions on critical issues from citizens; and voices their concerns. She is a dynamic leader; with the energy, commitment and drive needed to influence positive change in our community. I have witnessed Janine Gates interact with voters and listen to their complaints, concerns and encouragement while door bell ringing in various neighborhoods. She is informed, respectful and caring. Please join me in voting for Janine Gates.


Death penalty wrong on moral grounds

A recent editorial concluded that Washingtonians needed to discuss the death penalty and decide whether Washington state should continue it. I agree and I think we should end it for the following reasons: We know that the death penalty cost the people of the state more money than even life in prison. We know the death penalty does not deter capital crimes and only provides revenge for a very grievous crime. We know the death penalty is not fairly administrated. People who can afford very good attorneys do not get the death penalty. People, who are poor and cannot afford the best attorneys, do.

The greatest reason for eliminating the death penalty though is the moral issues. Corrections doctors have resigned rather than participate. Religious leaders and human rights groups such as Amnesty International ask that it be abolished in the U.S. Through capital punishment, all the state’ citizens participate in the death of another human. The question: Why do we kill people to show killing people is wrong? is a good one.


Gates seeks consensus on tough issues

I have been meeting with citizens door-to-door with Janine Gates, who is running for Olympia City Council Position No. 5. I have witnessed her enthusiastic conversations with Olympians, and I’ve been impressed with her ability to draw out people’s concerns. Her sincere interest in their opinions is remarkable, and she shows a solid understanding of the issues.

I was first drawn to become involved in Gates’ campaign because of her early leadership on the proposed isthmus height rezone. Gates’ concern about the lack of inclusion of the community led her to be the first citizen to testify before the Olympia City Council on this issue. In her statement, she said: “I urge you, the City Council, to please listen to concerns about this project and consider all sides. Together, with Vo, maybe we can envision alternatives.” Clearly, her testimony reflects her willingness to work together and is a tribute to her consistent involvement in our community.

Although I am a resident of Tumwater, I am concerned about issues that involve our state capital and the environment. It is evident Janine Gates will look at the implications of regional issues as an Olympia City Council member and make decisions that will represent the best interests of all.


Health care reform short on tort reform

One telling sign of the soundness of any legislation is whether the politicians formulating the laws are willing to live with the legislation they enact.

So, one may ask, are the politicians promoting the current national health care system overhaul subjecting themselves to their own actions? The answer is a simple, “No.”

If it isn’t good enough for them, why do they think it is good enough for the rest of us?

And if the legislation is so bad that they won’t subject themselves to it, why is the president in such a big hurry to get it passed?

Worse, the legislation does not address one of the most necessary components: tort reform.

This legislation is sick and insane. God help us if it passes.

SHAN GILL, Olympia