Letters to the Editor - Jan. 9


Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:45 p.m.

Bought and paid for

Did anyone notice the Dec. 31 Sun editorial titled, "The next front"?

A few statements jumped out at me. For example, the one about the 42 members of the Florida Legislature receiving about $765,000 in campaign contributions from "major health care interests" in 2008 (an average of over $18,000 each).

Or that in the last general election, health care lobbies donated $102 million to state-level campaigns. And how about the $89 million to federal candidates ?

How much reform can we expect when the elected "representatives" entrusted to enact reforms to help real people are owned by the health insurance companies? When the industry is willing to spend that much money you can be sure that they are scared to death that there might be changes.

And, don't forget the hundreds of millions of dollars in premiums you, me, and employers are paying for "health care."

Bruce Lucier,

Gainesville

Let's get to work

In his Jan. 6 column, Tom Blackburn wrote "Let's get off the dole and back to work."

I'm a physician, and most of my patients are indigent. Many of them are wonderful people, but so often I see something like the following scenario: People in their 20s or 30s, on Medicaid, who have back pain due to an automobile accident, who smoke, and have (if female) multiple children and often have been involved in domestic abuse.

They want narcotics and a tranquilizer and, chances are, they are applying for Social Security disability. In other words, they want to take the easy road and withdraw from life.

I know that we have a great military, but I greatly fear that, if we have to enlarge it considerably, we may be drawing from a population of people who have learned that their neighbors will take care of them if they complain enough and who are taking steps to retire permanently, all the while continuing habits that impair their health.

James Ivey,

Gainesville

The sad truth

Democrats and Republicans pretend to represent the interest of the average American, but they do not. The decisions politicians make are mere reflections of the shadow cast by big business and the chief financial interests of this country and abroad.

On most major issues affecting our lives the American people are in agreement, but nothing changes. Why? Because these powerful forces will do what is in their own self-interest to do regardless of their ritualistic genuflections to public opinion the media portrays.

The sad truth is that both major political parties of this country represent the same major corporate interests. One look at who donates to their campaigns will show this to be true. They will continue to ignore the American public and promote their own interests until the public breaks the chains of self-imposed ignorance and gets informed, gets involved and bands together to force those in power to change their selfish and destructive ways.

Scott Erker,

Gainesville

Chilly global warming

Isn't global warming just grand? I am so hot that I just wish the temperature would rise above 32 F this week so I could continue to delude myself. Any day the temperature is above freezing is a good day in Florida.

Wayne Dixon,

Alachua

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