Letters to the Editor

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 12:00am

Don’t force health care on everyone

My family has always been fortunate enough to have health insurance provided through my husband’s company. The co-pays have been low enough, and I’ve been very happy with the experience I’ve had with my insurance.

As a mother of two, I can’t imagine having to choose between taking my sick child to the doctor and buying food for my family. It is horrifying to me that some mothers actually have to make this decision because they can’t afford insurance.

It is unsettling that we are recognized as the wealthiest nation in the world, yet many people in our country aren’t able to receive necessary health care because of the high costs.

Something needs to be done in our country so that all families have medical care just like mine. I fully support any efforts to help the uninsured; but having had a positive experience with a private insurer, I don’t think government health care should be forced on everyone.

Those who prefer to keep their private insurance should have the choice of doing so, but not at the expense of a government plan.

Laura McLaughlin, 1617 Graybar Lane

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245 Comments on this post:

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 12:40

I'm afraid the flash will go off neme and they will confiscate it. We have 3rd row seats. I don't want to blind Stevie in her stink eye!

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 12:40

MamaG, have you ever been "Tempted" by "Black Coffee in Bed"?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 12:40

I want to go to the Cold Play but I was on vaction in Virgina to see my daughter.

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 12:41

Fleetwood Mac w/o Christine McVie? Nicks is 57 and Mick is chopped liver. They want the money. Who's going to sing their hits? Nicks and Buckingham. Mick Fleetwood and John never sang a note.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:42

I wanted to go to Bonneroo. Buffett, Springsteen and Phish?? Killer lineup.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:43

That's not true Dargent, "Behind the Music" showed that John sang two notes in 1978...

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 12:44

Pain: I caught that coitus interruptus once but a shot of penicillin cleared it right up.

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 12:45

You betcha House until I got "Another Nail in My Heart" and had to go "Up The Junction" where someone was "Pulling Muscles from a Shell!"

Neme--Cold Play's new stuff sounds okay. I've never been a big fan myself.

Blanket, that sounds like my kind of fun...when is that festival? This weekend?

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 12:45

Fleetwood Mac could give us their take on Medicare.
They're all on it by now.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 12:45

I got a freind that goes to Bonneroo every year. He calls me when Springsteen was on. He does to get me.

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 12:46

Well, they may not have Christine McVie touring anymore but the tickets were free, so I figured, hey, why not?

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 12:46

gd: Yeah, and Ringo belted out The Beatles best.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:48

Yeah, me to Nemo. I disowned her when he showed me pictures of Spingsteen on stage with Phish...she's DEAD TO ME...

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 12:48

LOL House!

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:48

What, you don't like "Octopuses Garden"?? Harrison's solo is magnificent...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 12:48

yes, Mama. I believe it is.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 12:51

http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/content/lifestyles/jazz-blues-stars-headline-jefferson-street-festival

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:51

The way they ran the harmonies through the Leslie speaker to create that effect...I tell you it was all Ringo's idea...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 12:52

Harrison has always been so overshadowed by Lennon and McCartney - what a shame. He's so gifted and such a wonderful songwriter.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 12:52

Cold Play last CD is sort of spritual to me. It is great on the open road.

I got U2's latest in the car now, Plus the new Springsteen Outlaw Bob is the first cut.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 12:53

...so I get here just in time for the "disintegration hour".

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 12:54

blanket:
You talk about Harrison like he's still alive.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:54

Blanket, his contributions on "Abbey Road" were the best on the album, hands down. But I think by then Paul and John were "phoning it in"...that's why you have the second side full of one minute song parts. And who the hell gave the green light for "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"????

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 12:55

i wish he were, panda.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 12:56

Maxwell's Silver Hammer - lol! I still laugh when I hear that song.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:57

The White Album is still my favorite...the second disk...that's a desert island record if there ever was one.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 12:57

Where have you been all day panda? Could have used some of your wisedom here.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 12:57

Rocky Racoon

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 12:58

Everybody's got something to hide except for me and my monkey

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 12:59

My wife has an Uncle Albert.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 12:59

Nemo:
I had some wisdom earlier too.

Then someone bumped me and now I'm just an everyday man.

That's it: "Everyday Man" sung by Rocy Racoon...I mean Ringo.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 1:00

Rubber Soul

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:01

I prefer Revolver...

Tomorrow Never Knows blows my mind every time...

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 1:02

"Hey Bulldog," was/is one of my favorite Beatles songs. Thanks for the link Blanket! Neme, the last CD I bought was last weekend--Black Eyed Peas new one. It's pretty good but I like Elephunk best. I like music that has a good beat, no matter what kind (genre) of music it is.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:03

Revolver is still my favorite with Abbey Road running a close second.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:05

I think Revolver was better than Sgt Pepper...although "A Day in the Life" has got to be one of the best songs ever written.

I have the 45 record of Penny Lane...the B-side is Strawberry Fields Forever...

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 1:07

I liked Yesterday. It made me think of what is real and what counts.

Help is good too and a funny moive.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:09

The Beatles song that has gotten me through some very tough times is "Why Don't we Do it in the Road"...brings a tear to my eye...

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 1:09

Strawberry Fields. Love it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:10

"A Day in the Life" is one of the best songs ever written IMO too. The Beatle's stuff could be so deep but so palatable too.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:11

Yesterday is one of those guitar songs like Free Bird and Stairway to Heaven...if you play guitar you have to know that one.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:12

"For No One" always gets me.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:13

Beautiful song. I think "In my life" always makes me pause.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 1:14

Why don't we do it the road. My wife play that for me, but would not try it. lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:15

I still remember crying the day Lennon was shot.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 1:16

Oh, man, I remember that...Howard Cossell announced it during MNF...that was one of those "I remember what I was doing when..." moments.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 1:17

I'm still in shock over Lennon's murder.

His "Woman" still tug at me.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 1:17

Oh man, you guys are making my keyboard wet.

What about "She came in through the bathroom window" ?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:17

I still remember what I was doing when I heard that Kurt Cobain died too. I was at work.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 1:18

"So I quit the police department and got myself a steady job."