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There's an awful lot of name-calling going on now about health care, which I'm sure the politicians love. Keep us busy arguing and they can do as they please. But beyond the arguing, people do have some good ideas, and I think our elected officials should listen to them.

Paying off medical school students loans in exchange for service in clinics, enforcing our borders, tort reform; allowing insurers to offer different plans to meet different needs, etc. There are many things that could be done besides spending trillions of dollars and creating a new bureaucracy.

Instead of arguing between ourselves, let's hold our elected officials accountable. Republican or Democrat, if they continue to throw our money away on plans like health-care bureaucracy, cap and trade or bailing out failed companies while leaving the average citizens to pay the bill, they need to be thrown out of office. — Frank J. Vetter, Eagle Point

Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. He got the facts right. His integrity was unchallenged. The moral ground he stood on was rock solid. He believed that the Vietnam War was a mistake, and he told America the truth. He was a national treasure.

What many of us do not know is that for many years Walter Cronkite was at the forefront of another anti-war campaign, the so-called "war on drugs," also known as the Second Prohibition.

Like the earlier prohibition, which gave us the likes of Al Capone, the current drug prohibition generates crime at incredible rates and is the reason the United States leads the world in jailing its own citizens. It is at the root of the epidemic of murders in Mexico, with tens of thousands dead. It costs the United States about $69 billion dollars a year to fight the war, although most Americans (75 percent) oppose the war. And the opposition cuts across all political parties.

I am confident that if Walter Cronkite could speak from the grave he would say, "Instead of flowers, send a contribution to the Drug Policy Alliance. Call or write your congressman to end the war. Write President Obama!" — Lou Goldman, Ashland

Since we're hell-bent on fixing damn near everything, let's fix some major "free market economy" annoyances.

Calls to India to fix "product improvements," product packaging that can be opened only with a bayonet, pages of tiny print instructions in obscure languages, vast displays of merchandise with no helpers, helpers who aren't, intrusive programmed phone calls, insulting advertisements, confusing mailings from communications giants, 12-page phone bills, weasel-worded warranties, irritating music while you wait for the next available whatever, and 75-word limitations on pleas for better customer service. — Sam Campbell, Talent