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Letter: Government service

January 10, 2014

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To the editor:

I would like to take exception to George Gurley’s Jan. 5 column, “Government oppresses more than it serves.” As one who has served his country in World War II and in the Korean War, I try to recall a similar headline expressing the sentiment of the John F. Kennedy “ask not” era. I cannot. In the interim, government landed a team on the moon, explored the rings of Saturn and Mars and focused on the beginning of our universe. As any fool can plainly see, these programs were bound to involve duplication and needless expense, as well as failures and deaths.

Last Jan. 29, the Journal-World reported Census Bureau data that almost 13 percent of the state’s population, 361,000 Kansans, do not have health insurance, with 343,000 on Medicaid. Patient Services Inc., a charitable foundation of Midlothian, Va., reports that over 18,000 Americans die each year because they can’t afford health insurance. As one with leukemia and health insurance and a benefit of a daily blocker pill that costs $7,000 a month, my thanks to those who care. To the others, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Comments

Richard Heckler 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Without trillions upon trillions of tax dollars flowing into our economies this economy would be history across the board.

What does the sick medical insurance industry cost America?

--- http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2008/0508harrison.html

--- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

and http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2009/10/bill_moyers_michael_winship_in.html#more

Meanwhile how much could America and consumers save?

--- http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf ( very interesting findings)

Rick Johnson 11 months, 2 weeks ago

George,

Who do you think pays for your meds? The Government? Nope, it's your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and your kids if you have any!

Mooney does not grow on trees George! That is why our Government is broke and beyond recue, because of the people thinking like you George!

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half’s going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody’s going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

Bob Forer 11 months, 1 week ago

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

pla·gia·rize verb ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz also -jē-ə- : to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas.

Rick, your paragraph that begins "You cannot legistlate the poor into freedom...." was lifted (stolen) word-for-word from a quotation attributable to Adrian Rogers. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/167272-you-cannot-legislate-the-poor-into-freedom-by-legislating-the.

Not only that, but out of the ten comments you have posted so far on this website, fully three of them contain this same quote, none of which you properly attribute to its author.

Congratulations, your PBA (plagiarism batting average) is a cool .300.

May I suggest that next time you have the inkling to improperly steal what belongs to another person, you do the decent and moral thing and attribute that quote to its rightful owner,..

If you don't, you are simply stealing from another for your own benefit.

hy·poc·ri·sy noun hi-ˈpä-krə-sē also hī-\

on second thought, I think I've given you way too much to handle all at once. Let's save that lesson for another day.

Leslie Swearingen 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Seriously? There are those who would begrudge George the medication that he needs to save his life, and medication and health care for others who are in very serious conditions?

Bart Johnson 11 months, 1 week ago

Why does a month's supply of pills cost $7000? Are these made of gold or something? Instead of demanding that your neighbors pay for this at the point of a gun, why don't you wonder why it costs so much?

Steve King 11 months, 1 week ago

There's a big challenge Bart. It's called protectionism.

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