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Listen, folks, let’s cut to the chase. We have to have health care reform because we can’t afford not to. There is no dispute on that, but we also know how government works, and it is not going to be a fair, honest discussion of issues and compromise, and why should it? One side wants to stall, prolong and defeat it in order to maintain the status quo and profit levels of drug companies. While the other wants to provide health care to everyone at a fair reasonable cost.

No pre-existing condition, no cancellations because of claims, choice of plans including a government option that will level the playing field on cost. We have seen the fight and misinformation that has spread throughout our country. It has accomplished a certain amount of confusion and fear, which was its goal. So not only can we not afford not to have health care reform, neither can we afford to let this chance pass us by. We elected a president, a congress and a senate that campaigned on this issue and those people are depending on this party to follow through. This is the time for men and women of strong will and character to step up to the plate and do the right thing, pass health care reform for the American people. As FDR said the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.

Jim Childers



New Castle

I have waited to write this letter concerning Ted Kennedy, so as not to appear politically biased. My family originally came from Buttonwood, Pa. (They then moved to Pomona, N.J., and eventually, on to Rifle.) My grandparents lived only a few doors away from the Kopechne family in Pennsylvania. As a child, I visited with my grandparents most summers and spent time visiting with their neighbors and friends. It was a closeknit neighborhood back then. Sadly, it changed.



History is being distorted about Ted’s behavior: the events and the consequences of his depraved and irresponsible acts on that fateful day in Chappaquiddick, Mass., when Mary Jo was left to die. Let there be no doubt: Mary Jo was abandoned for the sake of the Kennedy family name; including Ted’s arrogance, his political aspirations and his sense of entitlement.

He never accepted his responsibility nor his shame; even though he admitted his guilt to “leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury.” It was not until the following day , the “enablers/handlers” reported the accident to the authorities. He proved, more than once, that he believed he was The American Royalty with his elitist behavior. For those of your readers who believe he represents the best qualities of our American people, I feel quite sorry for you.

This is not intended to be political rhetoric. This is about the lack of the higher human moral qualities upon which our nation was founded. In many Americans’ minds, Sen. Kennedy does not deserve a “free pass.” This “Lion” was bought and paid for, as were the rest of the members of his “dynasty.”

I do not expect everyone to agree with me, but I do have the right to clarify the facts as I know them to be true.

Thank you for your time,

Tom Ashworth

Rifle


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