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Our readers write — letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 8:01 pm

We all deserve best health care
To The Editor:
I am an advocate for AARP fighting for fairness for Americans who are 50 or older. We all deserve a chance to get top quality health care for a fair price whether it is from a private health care agency or from the government.
We also deserve to be able to care for our parents who need quality health care and can’t afford it either. I, for one, want my parents to have long-term care when they need it and be safe from outragous health care costs. I love my adopted parents and want to stand in the gap for them when they need it. They are still employed now and they may have health care coverage through the church where dad works. I am not sure if that is the case or not, but dad said they are taking good care of them.
My brother, who is disabled, needs an advocate, too, and I will do that for him. He has told me that the treatments he needs for arthritis and another serious illness he has cost a lot. He deserves to have the best care he can get.
Toni Arnold
Union City
Time to stand up
for our rights
To The Editor:
I’ve just read an article in the September issue of “The American Legion” magazine and it has literally made me sick to my stomach. The article, titled “Monumental Challenge,” talks about the ACLU’s lawsuits to remove the Mojave Desert cross (which was erected in 1934) that honors World War I veterans. They contend that all veterans should be honored, not just the ones of a certain religious group.
What is happening in this country? Why is it that a few people are being allowed to tell the many how they can worship and honor their dead? What about my rights to worship as I see fit? My child is grown now, but if he were in school, he would not be allowed to pray or read his Bible in school because it might upset some of the other students. So what? If someone didn’t like what he was doing, they would have every right to leave. But my son would probably be expelled from school and be labeled a disruptive influence on others.
I want my rights back. I want to be able to stand in the middle of my yard and pray and read my Bible, no matter who might see me. One of the main reasons this country was established was so the people could worship freely. In fact, the First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, if “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” that means they can’t make any laws preventing me from exercising my right to worship as I see fit. Which means the ACLU should shut up.
Also, the 10th Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Yep, that’s right, any powers not prohibited are reserved to the people, and since the First Amendment expressly prohibits Congress from saying how I can express my religious feelings, that should take care of that.
It’s about time that “We the People” stand up and say, “I want all my rights back.” Even in the Declaration of Independence, it states, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” What is the ACLU going to try to do next, remove God from the Declaration?
Virginia L. Jones
By the people,
for the people

Editor’s note: The following letter, which was submitted to The Messenger for publication, was addressed to Congressman John Tanner and hand-delivered to his office.
To The Editor:
To you, (John Tanner), a lifelong family and personal friend, I must write to say, “No government health care as this plan proposes.” I am not in favor of government-controlled or mandated health care. I agree with you that issues of health care need reform and change, but not in this radical way. I want to call the doctor’s office of my choice for an appointment.
Our economy needs stability, but not with huge, disastrous government stimulus money or bail-outs. I fear, reallly fear, the unlimited spending by our president. Where is this money going and who is overseeing the allocations of it? I pray the total spending package won’t be appropriated. The American citizen should be able to easily have an account of every dollar.
The war on terror needs to be fought with intent and purpose, not with apologies, Miranda rights and secondhand smoke.
Why is drilling in America a bad thing? This would create jobs, income and energy independence. Please, no Cap and Trade, ever. Give American industry a helping hand.
I would feel more confident if Congress and the Senate were in charge of the workings of our nation, not the Czars. Why does the FCC need a Diversity Czar, Mark Lloyd? Long live freedom of (moral) speech.
John, you know more about these matters than I will ever know, but there is one thing I do know and it’s that people are saying that in their lives and the lives of their families that there is a prevalent, foreboding feeling, all is certainly not well. People are afraid, really afraid of losing their rights, choices, freedoms and liberties to the rules, laws and regulations of this government. John, please do something. This is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people, not a country of the government, by the government, and for the government. Please, please, please let’s not come to that.
Local projects that you have secured are of great value. They are appreciated with much gratitude. We’ve got bigger fish to fry.
I love you and your precious family and always have. You, as my representative, should consider my vote of “NO” to Obama’s health care plan and should know of the fear I have for our nation’s future.
Paula Chapman
Union City
voices welcomed

To The Editor:
It’s too bad some folks on the left can’t stand the idea that conservatives have a voice. Aren’t these the same people who believe in tolerance? Seems to me they are the most intolerant people of all. (Messenger Features Editor) Glenda Caudle has a right to her opinion. She is employed by the newspaper to give the readers a conservative view. Many of us look forward to her editorials and insight. After all, she is the lone conservative voice in a newspaper that is the mouthpiece for John Tanner.
It’s OK if you believe Mr. Tanner is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but some of us feel a little differently. We believe 20 years is about enough. We know that after a time the bread can become stale. We’re no longer content with status quo.
The health care issue has awakened a sleeping giant. Americans are speaking out against a government-run, single-payer system. We have come together and taken a stand. Our voices are ringing loud and clear. We don’t believe that government has the answer.
Generally speaking, conservatives believe what the late pastor, Adrian Rogers, wrote and I quote him: “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
For many years, conservatives have tolerated anti-war demonstrations, the jeering of the Boy Scouts, eight years of Bush Bashing and years of gay rights, abortion rights and same-sex marriage proponents marching in the streets of America. These are the real angry mobs filled with hate for God-fearing Americans. So here we are and we’re here because we have that right. We’re like Popeye the Sailor; we’ve had enough and enough is too much.
I attended both the “Meet with Us, John Tanner Rally,” and the impromptu “Hit and Run Tanner Town Hall Meeting,” held at Kiwanis Park. All the whiners should have been there. It was democracy in action. It is what America is all about. Freedom of speech.
The day that those from the left cannot protest and those from the right cannot assemble for a rally, and the day that Glenda Caudle cannot express an opinion in the newspaper, will be the day that America dies. 2010 is just around the corner. Your conservative vote is needed to breathe life back into America.
LaVaughn Cummings
Union City
Published in The Messenger 9.02.09

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