‘It’s time to join the rest of the civilized world’
A recent New York Times article contends “we can’t reform health care because so many people are invested in private insurance companies and the complex economic roots they have established.” This crass and callous complaint merely gives evidence to the impropriety of what we have come to accept as normal. It is what a heroin addict experiences — life on heroin is perceived as ‘normal’ while withdrawal pain and disruption is to be avoided.
So, are we to keep on subjecting the population to the scandalous depredations of private insurance and predatory behaviors of pharmaceutical companies because so many are addicted to juicy profits? Yes, reform will be “disruptive” but it is the only way to rehabilitation, national growth and prosperity.
The alternative, to continue down this path of out-of-control healthcare costs, is the road to increasing national disaster. Costs will continue to spiral, while bankruptcies, homelessness and death follows when access to health care is denied and the commonweal crumbles. America, it’s time for national rehabilitation — it’s time to join the rest of the civilized world with a universal, guaranteed, single-payer health care system. Support Jayapal’s HR 1384.
Patty Harvey, director, HCA/PNHP-Humboldt, Willow Creek
Take that to the bank, Republican Party
The Republican Party chose me to represent California’s 2nd Congressional District via a census questionnaire. I answered items as if I was an extreme Trumpie (i.e., Fox News media source, build the wall, repeal ObamaCare, etc.). Of course, what they really wanted was a contribution to the RNC’s re-election committee, so I enclosed a copy of the $35,000 hush-money check Michael Cohen received from Individual–1 in the Oval Office.
Robb Willis, McKinleyville
‘What can be done to minimize the damage?’
I was preparing to write to KHSU to suggest replacing the KHSR antenna, which sends much of its signal to sea and mountains. with a directional antenna that sends most of its signal up and down the coast. KHSR is a favorite station of many Brookings residents, but the signal is unreliable. I donated once to KHSU, but stopped due to the unreliability.
Imagine my surprise when I learned KHSU is no longer Diverse Public Radio. Why was the change so sudden and secretive? The most cynical view is probably correct. It was a right-wing takeover.
Radio stations with a liberal bias, as most university stations are, have been neutralized before. Randi Rhodes was knocked off the air in markets where she was beating Rush Limbaugh. Now, almost all talk radio is right-wing.
What can be done to minimize the damage? First, find an outlet for the volunteers. KGOE might be a good choice. They broadcast liberals Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann, so would not object to a few more liberal comments. KGOE could save money by replacing some of their current programming with music-oriented volunteers.
Second, help the staff that were fired or quit find new positions. There might not be positions available in Humboldt County, so staff members should be prepared to relocate. Perhaps a local employment agency, angered by the takeover, would be willing to work pro gratis. Sequoia Personnel Services, Job Market, and Dark Staffing Solutions have good ratings on Google.
Leonard Azar, Brookings, Oregon