published Saturday, June 16th, 2012

'Position on health care is disgraceful' and other letters to the editor

Position on health care is disgraceful

Scottie Mayfield is either unaware of what he is saying or choosing to ignore the facts when he says Medicaid is welfare that should instead be left to churches and charitable organizations.

In Tennessee, 1.2 million people benefit from TennCare, our state's Medicaid program. Most are low-income children, parents of dependent children, pregnant women and elderly and disabled adults. TennCare was designed to expand health insurance to the uninsured. How does he propose that churches fill this need? Many churches are struggling with declining membership, aging buildings and increased maintenance costs. Even if they were flush with resources, they are in no position to offer the network of services Medicaid provides.

Programs such as Medicaid were begun because churches, charitable organizations and families could only assist in limited ways for people with extensive needs.

I am amazed/appalled that as a society we seem oblivious to the importance of health care that is available and affordable. Faced with the increased health care needs of an aging population, an obese population, a youth population that already shows alarming rates of high blood pressure and diabetes, we are a nation of obtuse ostriches, with our heads in the proverbial sand. What a disgrace!

KATE STULCE, Ooltewah


Hoss possesses high standards

Growing up in and being a lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy gives you the opportunity to see how strong a small community can be. As part of the family that is heading up the reconstruction of Poe's Tavern and the City Park, I have a personal interest to make Soddy-Daisy the best it can be. Over the years, it has become apparent that the local community has the same desire. I feel that Bryan Hoss will bring what the city needs to continue building our community's strength.

Bryan has been practicing law since 2001 and has earned a lot of respect from his peers, clients and employees. As a prior employee at Davis & Hoss, I can personally say that Bryan and his partner, Lee Davis, have extremely high standards, integrity and the desire to do the right thing for all people whose lives they touch.

Soddy-Daisy is growing but still has a hometown feeling. Bryan would feel right at home as the Soddy-Daisy judge. I feel that the community would be honored to have him sit in on their bench. Vote Bryan Hoss on Aug. 2.

JESI CARNEY SHAHAN


Get rid of GOP to protect health

Seniors, if you want to keep your Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, food stamps, Meals on Wheels, any good program, you had better vote these Republicans our of office. If you don't, you are going to have the Paul Ryan plan. which is a voucher. Without Democrats in there to block them, the tea party Republicans will take all programs for middle class and poor people and cut them up so they can go on giving tax breaks to themselves (the top 1 percent) and their friends.

You had better start listening and checking your facts. I have read some editorials in this paper that are nothing but lies. President Obama is trying to help seniors, not hurt them. Health-care reform doesn't take anything from regular Medicare; it cuts from private insurance companies that offer the advantage plan.

Believe me, the Republicans are the ones who hate Medicare and Social Security. They want them gone or privatized.

CAROL PROCTOR, East Brainerd


Wage boost starts a vicious cycle

If raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour is a good idea, then raising the minimum wage to $100 per hour must be a great idea! Any argument against raising the minimum wage to $100 per hour can also be applied against raising it to $10 per hour!

The minimum wage should stay frozen where it is and perhaps gradually reduced. Every time the minimum wage is increased it is like putting the economic ladder a worker climbs during their career on top of quicksand. The worker may climb a few rungs only to find that they are back on the bottom step due to a minimum wage increase. Those who are further up cry foul as they look down to see that their comparative progress has been reduced. Initiative is diminished. Demands for increases are made and met. To pay for this, productivity and or prices must go up. Sometimes jobs suffer as businesses both cut back to meet the extra costs and others that are less skilled are considered unemployable and become a further burden to government help. It is a vicious cycle that perpetually repeats.

DEAN YANKAUSKAS, Hixson


Norton's listening sets him apart

I will vote for Judge David Norton for General Sessions Court judge.

When I met David Norton, I was under the impression that he would be like all other "big shots" I've met throughout my life. I couldn't have been more wrong.

David has a sense of compassion and understanding that any man in his position must have. He is connected with the community in a way that shows humility and respect. However, David's ability to listen is what sets him apart. Anyone who has been successful is eager to tell you about the success they have, not David.

I appreciate what he has done for Hamilton County, and it is obvious to me why David was appointed after the loss of Judge Bob Moon. I am excited to know I can vote for a very qualified public servant.

TIM CARTER, Collegedale


Issue about prayer in name of Christ

The battle over the County Commission's praying is really not about praying, but about praying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a great effort in the United States to abolish Christianity. Why? Isn't it because it is the only way that offers a true, definite way of salvation? Isn't it because it demands holiness and purity, just like the Lord Jesus Christ Himself?

I do not speak of those who commit evil in the name of Christianity or a church, but of Jesus Himself, who "... suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth." (1 Peter 2:21-22).

Christianity has been practiced in this country since its beginning. Those who are offended are wrong. Christians, even missionaries, do not go into nonbelieving countries demanding that their leaders stop praying in the names of their gods because they are offended.

Hating Christianity reveals the condition of one's heart, using the excuse of not offending anyone. What about offending the Lord?

BARBARA F. SWYGART, Sewanee, Tenn.


Wall must separate church and state

The recent, disturbing trend of theocratic entitlement oozing from letters on this page is enough to make even the most jaded of us sick to our stomachs. Religion does not govern the United States. The people of the United States govern the United States, regardless of where they spend their Sundays.

If the framers meant to establish a Judeo-Christian utopia, then they did a horrible job of it, with their godless Constitution and limitations of religious influence on government -- and vice versa. If you are a Christian, you have no more of a right to govern this country than any other citizen of any other faith, or non-faith. Your religion is your business and yours alone. Do not try to pervert our democracy to make it mine. Indeed, Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state" is as essential to the rights of the religious as it is to non-believers. For if one religion claims hold on the power of governance, it becomes a threat not simply to freedom of religion, but to freedom itself. And so I say, Mr. Jefferson, build up that wall!

CHARLES DUESLER, East Ridge

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Rickaroo said...

Two great letters on the importance of health care for all. Thanks, Kate Stulce and Carol Proctor, for saying what needs to be said.

It is totally beyond my comprehension how so many people in this country can think, even in the farthest regions of their minds, how health care is somehow a privilege, only for those who are rich enough to afford its exorbitant costs or fortunate enough to still have a job with a company that provides it. We are the only developed country in the world with such an archaic and senseless model for a health care system. The fact that we treat health care as a commodity, sold on the open market, does not make us "exceptional," it makes us stupid and downright uncivilized. Our health should never have to take second place to insurance companies' profits.

June 16, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.
anniebelle said...

BARBARA F. SWYGART, sorry to burst your little make believe bubble you live in, but here are some facts about our founding fathers and how they felt about religion. They were witness to what happened in Europe with hundreds of years of religious wars, all Christians in these battles mind you. Read it and see it can surpass all the bull you've been fed, obviously. And, furthermore, who said anything about 'hating' Christianity - that's another absurd lie you've carry in your pea brain. http://www.alternet.org/belief/155890/the_truth_about_religion_in_america%

June 16, 2012 at 6:37 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Dean Yankauskas, your letter makes up an absurd option so as to recite the extreme views of the right wing that currently rules the Republican party. You, and they, want to deny working men and women a meager living wage, while subsidizing oil barons and letting greedy banksters ruin the economy for everyone.
The contrast could not be more clear. Democrats support a decent life for all Americans. Republicans want to eliminate the middle class and make workers into poorly-paid serfs who must beg for survival.

June 16, 2012 at 6:46 a.m.
riverman said...

Nice try Katey-did, but you never explained why Medicaid is not welfare for the parasites of our economy.

June 16, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.
ThomasAY said...

I disagree with moon4kat. Mr Yankauskas nor the Republican party are denying anyone anything. Most people that start on minimum wage do not stay there. As they become more skilled and more productive, most merit an increase in pay which is paid for with their improved productivity. True, there are some that do not possess the talent or skills to progress beyond minimum wage, there may be a need to provide them with some extra help (much of which is already available). Increasing the minimum wage is not the answer.

June 16, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
Livn4life said...

So that godless Constitution has principles based on what? I guess the secularists just came up with morality without any guidance. I don't think so. And come to think of it what are any laws based on? If one examines closely he or she will find the Judeo-Christian did come into play with those founding fathers. No one is for establishing a state church. It is just wrong to continually ignore and deny that Christian principles have been a big part of the development of this nation. To reconstruct history and recommend biased websites some just buy into completely is not helpful. When Christianity is wiped from our presence and we who adhere to it become criminals, you can bet your bottom dollar the demise of this country is not far away. Oh, we are almost there now.

June 16, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.
Easy123 said...

The Constitution isn't based on the Bible.

Yes, you can derive your own morals without use of a book or guidance.

http://godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/TenCs.htm

Yes, you are for establishment of religion. It's the Christian doctrine. And you're right Christian principles advocated slavery in the United States and the oppression of women.

From the Treaty of Tripoli, submitted to the Senate by President John Adams

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"

You're wrong. Just because you believe your claims to be true doesn't mean they really are true. You have presented no evidence and I have presented plenty to debunk your claim.

June 16, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.
degage said...

actually easy you haven't presented anything believable only your inncesent bias.

June 16, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Please explain how anything I said or presented is biased. I'd love to hear it.

June 16, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.
degage said...

easy your ilk can't see anything but what you want. you are to thick headed. By the way did your buddy Happy go on vacation?

June 16, 2012 at 8:33 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Offer some proof against what I've presented. I dare you. Until then, you have nothing.

June 16, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.

Actually I was sick for a few days, thanks for your concern.

But seriously "your ilk can't see anything but what you want. you are to thick headed." ?

Do you not even realize how the person that describes is yourself? Jesus even had a parable about that.

If you can't even listen to the lessons of your own purported Savior, that discredits how much you've actually paid attention to him.

And the Constitution has values based on a variety of works, not just Christian experience, but including pagan traditions in Greek philosophy and Anglo-Saxon history.

Then again, since you can see how much Christianity derived from those same things (go ask yourself where that Christmas Tree came from!), it's not like Christianity operated entirely on its own either.

June 17, 2012 at 1 p.m.
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