Letters to the Editor - March 1
Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 at 1:39 p.m.
A thing of beauty
Every once in awhile we have an experience that helps us to step back and to appreciate the amazing beauty of God's creation.
For some the Olympics have been that experience, when we see what an unparalleled feat of engineering that is the human body and what the human body is capable of accomplishing.
For a colleague of mine it is the springtime circling of the cranes as they gather their own colleagues and prepare for their annual trek north and gracefully demonstrate an unfolding plan of nature that is truly awe inspiring.
For me it was the concert of the Concordia Choir at First Presbyterian Church last week. There is nothing so unique and so beautiful as the human voice singing, and the Concordia Choir gave a performance that confirmed that magnificently. While their performance was certainly "Olympic" in its demonstration of technical prowess and stamina, the sheer beauty was simply overwhelming.
Thanks to Mark Coffey and the folks at First Presbyterian Church for the gift they gave all of Gainesville this week.
The limits of Barack Obama's power
Many people do not recognize the limited power President Obama has in solving the present financial crisis.
Monetary policy is set by the Federal Reserve. Fiscal policy originates in the House of Representatives. All the taxes collected and spent are the result of bills passed by Congress.
Over the past decades presidents have assumed responsibilities they were not supposed to have. The Founding Fathers did not want the country to be governed by a powerful president.
Today the country has a president who wants to lead but has little authority and a Congress that has authority, but doesn't want to lead. Is it any wonder the country is in the condition it is today.
Rates are rising
A few months ago I warned that without health care reform and a public option, today's insurance rates would seem like a bargain when corporate health care companies realized that they didn't have to compete on rates or for customers.
Now Wellpoint is increasing rates by $300 per month to many of its customers, and Anthem Insurance is pursuing a 33 percent increase in rates in California.
We complain about too much government in our lives and yet without these controls corporate greed goes unchecked.
I hope people heed the warning that without competition and reform, people able to afford insurance will become a minority and additional trillions of debt will be incurred by all of us supporting the uninsured.
No respect intended
A new law allows people visiting National Parks to carry firearms into the parks. I heard that some celebrated the passage of this law by going to Gettysburg National Park with their guns and having a barbeque.
Gettysburg is the scene of the greatest carnage in American history. More than 50,000 soldiers lost their life in those three days on that battlefield in Pennsylvania.
The carrying of firearms on to the sacred ground at Gettysburg is incredibly crass. Too bad the right to bear arms isn't tied to one's ability to think.
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