Keep their eyes on the target
I want to thank Rep. Adam Smith for his vote in favor of better health care for every Washingtonian.
With the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962), we are one step closer to a stronger Medicare for seniors and future generations, and stable, affordable health care options for all Americans.
This bill is critically important for those of us who rely on the Medicare program. It will protect and strengthen Medicare, reduce out-of-pocket prescription drug costs by closing the dreaded Part D “doughnut hole,” allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and cover some preventive care free of charge.
While this is an important step forward, the fight isn’t over.
I urge Rep. Smith and other members of the House and Senate to keep their eyes on the target to ensure any final health care reform bill meets the needs of older Americans.
Peggy Quan, Olympia
More oversight is needed
I think we need to step back and re-evaluate the deregulation of our financial system.
Specifically, the government needs to have a plan to control the fallout when, not if, the next large institution that is too large to fail actually fails.
The trading of derivatives needs to be regulated — all derivatives. A mechanism needs to be found to insulate rating agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poors from the institutions they serve.
And finally, financial reports need to be short and clear.
They should contain a standard algorithm that clearly conveys the health of the institution. This algorithm should be used in all financial reporting.
Bridget Flory, Rainier
Robbery, assault are lesser crimes
Justice and public safety require that people are held accountable for their wrongdoing. Second-degree offenses such as second-degree robbery and second-degree assault are wrong. They are, however, relatively minor crimes.
They rank in the category of level 4 under Washington law (RCW9.94A.515) and under statutory guidelines would call for six months to 6-years, 2-months in prison.
Under our three-strikes law, they are receiving life sentences without the possibility of parole.
As well as personal responsibility for our actions, as a society we should be responsible, too. Our very laws should uphold respect for the law. The sentence of life without parole imposed for these lesser crimes should be repealed.
Kecia Doolittle, Olympia
Catapulting toward socialism
To any and all proud Americans who are disgusted at the road our great nation is on, I ask that you contact your senators.
In December, President Obama stands ready to sign the Copenhagen climate treaty which will have many adverse effects on our nation. Among these are, double digit inflation, raising the deficit, transferring U.S. economic growth and profits, increasing U.S. job loss through cap and trade laws, increasing costs per gallon of gas, increasing our debt to communist China and moving us away from the U.S. dollar and closer to a one-world currency.
This will create a global government for the first time in history. Our nation is catapulting toward socialism and global totalitarianism.
Contact your senators and demand that they represent you in choosing freedom over tyranny!
Mimi Silver, Olympia
Constitution, not Bible, is law of land
On Nov. 12, I read a letter to the editor from a senior, Alec Beal, of a local high school very close to my own. I generally think that my fellow youth are progressive and accepting individuals, but here I am proved wrong.
To Beal I would say the Bible is not the law of the land.
It might take some time for him to accept this, but he must deal with it. As a republic, we follow the Constitution. The Constitution and the American creed — freedom, liberty, pursuit of happiness, the works — supersede all other beliefs, theist or otherwise. This cannot be compromised.
Attempting to legislate religion as Beal seems to be encouraging will infringe on our republic form of government, and it is nothing more than a poorly hidden attempt at transforming us into a theocracy. We are given freedom of religious practice, as promised. This does not extend to freedom of imposition.
Our republic is intended to follow the voice of the people without infringing on the rights of the minority. Gays are a minority. You have no trademark on marriage and are supporting the legal discrimination against gays.
To the supposed friends of Beal, I strongly encourage you, as a fellow openly gay teenager, to find better friends.
Finally, the last thing we, America, myself, or Beal’s friends need is his prayers, but we thank you for your consideration.
Michael Richardson, Olympia