Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Government’s track record not so good

I agree with Robert Silverman who in his recent letter states that health care reform is essential.

However, I do not think that we must reinvent the wheel to achieve reform. In fact, given the track record of the government in health care — Medicare, veteran’s health care, and the various state systems — a shift to a public option is scary.

Search for a doctor in Olympia who is accepting Medicare patients. They are becoming fewer and fewer.

My wife, who is a school nurse in Grays Harbor County, used to recommend the state insurance for lower income families. No more.

Those families can find no doctors who will take them. Simply put, doctors can’t afford to have the public option patients they have now. Will that change when there are more? No. It will crash the whole system.

Let’s not go there.


Be careful what you pray for

I am responding to the letter by Darrell Barker in which he says that prayer doesn’t work. If the God to which he refers is a sugar daddy, then I agree with him, prayer does not work.

This is not the God I worship. The God I worship is the ultimate reality in the universe. For me, prayer does work.

My prayer would consist of honest thinking, checks and balances, oversight and regulation of the financial institutions. However, there is a warning included in prayer. One must be careful what he asks for because he might get it.

While saying this, we must remember that one part of the situation is human nature.

This has not changed since man was created. Our government, after all, is the creation of man’s thinking and for that reason is not perfect. It is, nonetheless, the best product of that process.

Politics reflects all sides of man’s nature. I have been following the congressional debates for several weeks. I find that despite all the faults and frailties of man, that the outcome of the debates usually reflects wisdom.


State must deny Cap Med’s application

Providence St. Peter Hospital helps our community. Let’s support its work.

The Olympian got it right when it said that the Department of Health should deny Capital Medical Center’s application for an elective angioplasty service, only a few miles from the one at St. Peter Hospital.

Capital’s argument about providing choice is uncompelling. The whole idea underlying the certificate of need process was to avoid the high costs of duplicating expensive health care infrastructure. St. Peter has a high quality program, and uses any proceeds it generates to provide health care for low income people.

With the right decision, the state can ensure access to proven, high quality angioplasty service — already in place at St. Peter — while making health care available to more people who need it.

Capital Medical Center will make millions if it gets its way — money that would flow to its stockholders. Yet, it provides one of the lowest levels of charity care of any hospital in this state.

In stark contrast, St. Peter provides one of the highest levels of charity care and services that no one else is willing or able to provide. If St. Peter can’t generate the resources to offer those services, people in our community will go without.

If its application is granted, Capital will send more money to its distant investors and do nothing for the less fortunate in our community. Distant investors or local people in need? The decision before the state is a no-brainer.


No justice in murderer’s release

Democracy is government of the people. When the interests of the people are not well served by their government it’s time for action.

The release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison, having served only eight years for the murder of 270 people on a Pan Am flight 103, is one of those occasions.

His release is a mockery of justice, without justice democracy has no cornerstone.

Kenny MacAskill, Scotland’s justice minister, claims he ordered al-Megrahi’s release after consultation with the U.S. secretary of state and seven senators. Were you well served?

Who deserves compassion on the scales of justice; a mass murderer with cancer, or the 270 people, mostly Americans, who were exterminated in one of the worst terrorist acts in history? Justice needs compassion, but in this case there was neither.

Recently, the press expressed concern regarding facts in al-Megrahi’s trial. Yet we know the following are true: Pan Am flight 103 was brought down by an explosive device triggered by an electronic timer.

The same device was discovered in the hands of Libyan agents who worked under al-Megrahi.

Before the tragedy, Kaddafi, the self-designated hero of the Arab world, vowed revenge for the accidental downing of the Iranian airplane by the USS Vincennes.

Libyan celebration of al-Megrahi’s return is a mockery of those who perished on that flight.

Speak out to your representatives in Congress.

Demand your government represent your interests and those on Pan Am flight 103. May we find true justice for them.