Letters to the Editor

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 11:00pm

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: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:18

Yeah, whenever I hear "Imagine" I get a little upset...

"Beautiful Boy" is the real killer...because you know he would not get to see him "come of age"...

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 2:18

A little off the track, but how about:
"You can leave your hat on" Randus Newmanus

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 2:19

...or is that Random Newbie ?

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:19

Bigus Dickus?

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 2:20

George Harrison made it to Carl Perkins funeral. Good guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:20

yeah, i get teary-eyed with "Beautiful Boy" too. So sad.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 2:21

I am going to take a break before I get all misty here. If I don't get back before you leave. Have a good weekend.

I will be working most of it.

By: pandabear on 6/19/09 at 2:21

I like it gdia :)

(...although, how would you know that about Randus....?)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:21

I bet George Harrison was a cool guy. I have his last CD and I enjoy it even though it didn't get the best of reviews or airplay.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:21

Ramen Noodles?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:22

Have a good one, Nemo! Try not to work too hard.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:22

I don't, Panda, I don't know why but "Randus" made me think of Monty Python...and after I spit water out my nose, I posted that response.

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 2:31

Norwegien Wood...always a good one. I remember when Lennon died too. I still can't believe it. "Imagine" what he could've done over the years since then.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:34

I got bored last night and pulled up the Jefferson Airplane on American Bandstand in 1967 on youtube. It was hilarious how Dick had no idea what to make of them...

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 2:35

Off the music subject, John Joseph Houghtaling died Wed, at age 92. He invented the Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed back in 1958. That's older than me!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:39

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:41

Blanket, have you heard the acoustic version of that on the Anthology Cd's? It is AWESOME. Really intimate and beautiful.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:42

Yes, I have heard the acoustic version. It makes me want to cry it's so beautiful!

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:45

I prefer the demos of some songs because they show the true intent of the songwriter before it's destroyed by production. That's one of them.

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 2:45

gd: Pull up Smother's Brothers on You Tube. Watch "Hey Jude", "Revolution", "The Who"..My Generation.

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 2:46

Blanket, Harrison wrote some great classical music. Is that the CD you have?
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Spent many a night on the "Magic Fingers". Often ran out of quarters. Now take that and run it through your dirty minds. ;D

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:48

I watched them too Dargent. For the Airplane that is...I don't even remember how I got to them, I started out watching the Doors and ended up with the Jefferson Airplane.

But I loved how one brother told the audience to sit back and smoke a...banana...Then when they're ready to do the second song, Tommy says that it's going to be a treat for all the banana smokers out there...they were really ahead of their time...lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:48

CAH, it's "Brainwashed." "Stuck Inside a Cloud" is a great song.

http://www.amazon.com/Brainwashed-George-Harrison/dp/B00006LSM3/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1245440878&sr=1-12

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 2:51

Now we're talkin'...no more political crap.
Not that anyone cares, but I lived 10 miles from George Harrison on Maui, Hawai'i.
Best GH song: "Here Comes the Sun".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:52

"Here Comes the Sun" is a magical song.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:54

He wrote that about the Beatles...he felt, at the time, that things were getting better and they were all getting along again...and they were for the most part until Paul released his solo album.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:56

I would almost say "Something" is his best song...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 2:56

g, that song gives me chills.....

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 2:57

And Paul wrote, "You Never Give Me your Money" about that as**hole lawyer Klein who stole all of their's.
Watch the collage of The Beatles in India with the Maharishi. Unbelievable stuff.

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 2:59

Frank Sinatra said "Something" was the best song ever written.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 2:59

One of the things about the recording that I love, other than his brilliant solo, is that they are all singing the last verse. That incredible harmony they had was unbelievable.

By: gdiafante on 6/19/09 at 3:02

That's saying "something" considering how many songs Frank knew.

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 3:14

How about "The End"...."And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"....they were all in on that one. Kinda reminds me of Black Sabbath. You too?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:15

has anyone here had a friend with a heroin addiction?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:16

dargent, that reminds me of Waynes World - lol!

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 3:24

Ms. Nazi...I think you got your movies mixed up. Wayne's World has Alice Cooper in one, and Aerosmith in another. No Ozzie Osburne.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:25

It wasn't a movie, it was a skit on SNL. I think it's when Madonna was on there.

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 3:28

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow guys, and I'll be back for some second hand news on Monday. Hope you all have a great weekend!

CAH, here's a quarter from me to you, in honor of this great inventor...enjoy your magic fingers massage!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:29

check out the sub woofers:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:30

http://preview.tinyurl.com/lw32mq

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 3:31

http://tinyurl.com/lw32mq

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 4:04

Wow! This is bring back a lot of memories.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 4:37

Any memory is a good one at your age, Nemo. ;)

By: EddieA on 6/19/09 at 8:33

FOX News has announced the Obama administration will begin their long-awaited immigration reform next week. I am curious how closely the 2007 novel ‘George’s Flag’ is followed. In the novel, the fictional third political party tricks the Democratic president and the Democratic Congress to pass the Hispanic Workers Investment Program and Tax Incentive Act. The Hispanic Workers Investment Program and Tax Incentive Act changes immigration law to waive the application fees until the person is settled and they are given a path to citizenship. They are then required to repay the money. Companies who hire the new immigrants are given a tax credit. Immigrants in the United States illegally are urged to return to their country and apply.

If President Obama follows ‘George’s Flag’ he will use words from the novel such as: Hispanic immigrants are a part of America’s past and America’s future, America wants to give every person an equal chance, America is investing in their future and America’s future, their contribution will bring billions of new tax dollars.

Of course, there is also the section in the novel where amnesty is given to more than twenty million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. These “shadow citizens” are given full voting rights. It is this group of immigrants who will form the backbone of the fictional third political party.

By: EddieA on 6/20/09 at 10:03

Is the Obama administration preparing for a battle for reparations?

The Senate passed a resolution apologizing for the United States government’s role in slavery. While the resolution does not state reparations are in order, many people responded to this resolution saying, “this was an admission of guilt”, preparing the way for reparations.

Recent events in the Obama administration parallel events in the 2007 novel ‘George’s Flag”. The novel is the fictional story of the creation of a third political party and the election of the first Hispanic-American president. A complementary copy of the novel was sent to the Obama campaign in 2007 and elements of the novel may have worked its way into the campaign. Most notable is the Obama presidential campaign’s use of the fictional third political party’s campaign message of Hope – Hope for a better life for parents and their children. Hope for a better America.

In the novel, the fictional third party’s president sends a legal team to the United States Supreme Court to argue the concept of reparations at the start of their second term. The person who argues successfully before the court is female and Hispanic. She uses the concept of the “Human Element – how laws affect people”. This concept was created just for the novel and did not exist at the time of the book’s creation in 2006. The result is the passage of the African Descendant Reparations Act.

Ironically, the person who argues before the United States Supreme Court fits President Obama’s criteria for the selection of the replacement for retiring Justice Souter – female, Hispanic, and she understands how our laws have affected the people.

Is this a coincidence or is the Obama administration’s selection of Justice Sotomayor preparing the court for a battle for reparations; that will occur during his second term? Will the United States’ Legal Team use the same arguments before the United States Supreme Court that were successfully argued in the novel ‘George’s Flag’?

If these events do occur, it adds credence to the author’s claim that the fictional novel of the election of the first Hispanic-American president was used to elect the first African-American president.