Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 24, 2009 7:05 AM

School coverage welcome

It was good reading something unique about the Iowa School for the Deaf (“Iowa School for Deaf opens up its arms,” Aug. 21). I attended the school for 10 years until graduating in 1975, when there was no mainstream program in Decorah. I’m proudly in my 30th year teaching. Living in the dorms at the school prepared me for college dorms at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., as well as for our current students to attend colleges across our country. Thank you for the article.

Wendy Rustad
Council Bluffs

Health scam

Absent the piratical skimming of the corporate health-insurance empire, the nation can afford good and timely health care for all its people. For individuals, it is not a question of if one needs health care but when. The question facing the nation is if we the people still have the will and commitment to get done what needs to be done.

The Ponzi scheme run by the corporate health-insurance empire constitutes taxation without representation — of the corporate health-insurance empire, by corporate health-insurance empire, and for the corporate health-insurance empire.

Their exorbitant premiums and costly family plans — which, from 2000-2008, on average, doubled from $6,438 to $12,680, according to the nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation — must be passed on to the American people by fringe-benefit-providing business and industry. A huge chunk of the take is pocketed by the insurance carriers (a euphemism for freebooters). It is their own private sales tax and tariff that inflates the cost of what the American public buys at home and tries to sell abroad.

The scam is underwritten by tax-exempt money and tax-provided subsidy that support the piracy and leaves some tailing available for actual health care. Private health insurance is a racket!

Sam Osborne
West Branch

These are perilous times to believe in liberty. Because I oppose Obama’s expansion of government (government-run health care), people assume I was for Bush’s expansion of government (wars, domestic spying, suspending habeas corpus for detainees, monitoring domestic travel, etc.).

Such is the world through the lens of left-versus-right glasses. I’ve been lumped together with neo-cons, called a Republican agent, and faced such comments as, “Think of [alternative-energy subsidies] this way: It’s a new weapon to use against the Middle East. It’s weapons research. That should satisfy your tiny repubtard mind.”

I’ll note that I voted for neither McCain nor Obama — neither for the old white guy who believes in bank bailouts and expanding foreign, undeclared wars, nor for the young black guy who believes in bank bailouts and expanding foreign, undeclared wars.

In both cases, dissenters were/are portrayed as fringe, radical, unreasonable, and irrelevant. In both cases, the conflict is crammed into a paradigm of left versus right, and, in both cases, it’s an uphill battle for those of us who oppose an expansion of government.

Roman Skaskiw
Iowa City

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