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Today, there is increasing worry and frustration with the cost and variation in health care quality, as well as the apparent lack of plans to resolve this in the near future. From the White House to Wall Street and main streets, from corporate board rooms to the small business owner, to families raising small children and retirees, there is a well justifiable fear that escalating health care costs will result in mediocre health care and increased health care rationing. Most proposed solutions to the health care crisis focus largely on making consumers share some of the financial responsibility for health care bills. Our analysis documents there is not enough money available today or tomorrow to support our present, fragmented health care delivery system.
Would you like a little sand with your asparagus? At the same time we read about efforts to produce and consume more local food, we learn about a proposal by a local concrete company to put a huge sand pit on prime agricultural land just east of town.
Sponsors of HB 2023 claim the bill protects union members. This bill doesn’t protect union members. It tries to destroy unions with a brazen assault on 1st Amendment rights.
One thing I have learned is a keener appreciation for the miracles of modern medicine. Above all, I’m in awe of Lawrence’s outstanding hospital.
Civility — respect for the opinions and needs of others — is a requisite for a healthy democracy. Unfortunately, it is in short supply in the United States, and our nation’s leaders deserve a good portion of the blame.
If Dean Anderson and his professors successfully transform KU into a glorified trade school, the losers won’t just be students. As historian Edward Gibbon argued, the Roman Empire fell largely because its citizens forsook their society’s formative moral and intellectual values and became easy prey for Gothic hordes. Tragically, at KU, the barbarians aren’t at the gate, but ensconced in the highest levels of the university’s faculty and administration.
The city’s plan to use a benefit district to fund additional parking near the renovated Lawrence Public Library raises some fairness questions.
There are millions, 47 percent, who pay no income tax, and a record number of Americans who receive food stamps. Obama and his spokespeople are again using the “fear factor” and telling voters if they vote for Romney, they will lose all their federal assistance. In addition to Obama and his aides, the major media also are engaged in what they can do to paint Romney in a negative manner.
To the editor: I’m really tired of pedestrians not using crosswalks. It seems to me that jaywalking is part of being a Jayhawk these days. Bolting out on Mass. Street is common place these days, I know, but when driving, do you drive on the sidewalk? Do you run red lights? If you said “no” to either of those, then use crosswalks instead of just slithering across the street in the thick of traffic. If you do use crosswalks, wait until it’s green to cross the street. If you have small children, keep a hold of them, please, so they don’t run out into the street unknowingly.
To the editor: We are all encouraged to walk wisely as Carl Burkhead has stated in his Sept. 10 letter. Matthew 5:16 teaches believers what we must do if we are to serve Jesus and so make disciples of those who do not walk wisely. Chapter 5 starts with “blessed are” then gives a list that Jesus mentions so that his followers will be especially aware so his light shines through us. In verse 13, Jesus teaches us that we are the salt of the earth, “but if your salt has lost its saltiness, you will be thrown out since you are no longer good for anything.”