Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I am sorry that I did not get your name on Wednesday night after my car went off of the road. You were very kind to stop and check on me. You were the only car that stopped and for that I am extremely grateful. Your company is very lucky to have such a conscientious person working for them.
Also, thank you to the county trooper and the tow truck driver. You made a horrible event bearable.
Over the years I’ve posted a number of letters to the editor in the Post Independent. Most have expressed my concerns about things such as national debt, our responsibility to be informed voters, our need to tell elected officials what matters to us, etc.
After writing about those topics again recently, I received a single-sentence letter saying: “Keep your stupid opinions out of the Post Independent.” Having given that command due consideration, I offer the following thoughts:
First, over this country’s history, hundreds of thousands of people, both civilian and military, have dedicated themselves to preserving the freedoms that we enjoy. I count myself as part of that group. I spent 28 years in the U.S. Army, having taken an oath on my first day of service to support and defend our Constitution. The First Amendment to that document guarantees (among other things) freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to petition our government for redress of grievances. I intend to continue exercising those rights and I hope that others will do the same.
Second is my opinion that, as U.S. citizens, we have a responsibility to each other and to future generations. Edmund Burke is often quoted as saying “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Writing letters to our editors and to our elected officials may not make a huge difference, but I believe that it is better than doing nothing.
Finally, I honor the right of anyone to disagree with my views. I would be delighted to see the reasons for such disagreement expressed in open forum, but if folks can’t or won’t do that, I honor their right to let me know privately. I even honor their right to label my opinions as “stupid.” And, I respect the right of the PI editor to reject publication of my letters. However, even if that happens, I will write again, with the hope that it makes a difference and with the trust that future generations will continue to enjoy such a freedom.
What could possibly be worse than being denied life-giving health care under our current private enterprise system?
Let’s take a look at reality under government-run health care, this time in the U.K.
Just ask Sarah Capewell who, in this case, will have to speak for her son, Jayden, as he won’t be telling his story anytime soon, his voice having been silenced forever.
Jayden was born two days too early to qualify for intensive medical care even though he was breathing on his own. Specifically, Jayden was 21 weeks and five days old. National guidelines stated he needed to be 22 weeks old to be qualified for such services.
Ms. Capewell’s pleas for help were met with the midwife’s comment, “They won’t come and help, sweetie. Make the best of the time you have with him.”
Please check out “Justice for Jayden” through your favorite Internet search engine and read the full account, then please, stand for true health care reform here in the United States by “tearing down the walls” of restriction to competitive interstate medical insurance rates, tort reform, and Internet publication of prescription prices – all of which provide private industry solutions to the problem, not just more bureaucratic duplicity and red tape.
It is only by working within the framework of our Constitution that we will find necessary solutions that are Hippocratic rather than hypocritical to life.
Let us never forget the Jayden Capewell tragedy.
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