LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, March 17
Carmichael: La Grande City Council fails to ‘stay local’
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the Feb. 21 article regarding the city council voting to switch audit firms to a company in Pendleton. Other than “it is considered best practice to switch firms,” no reason or explanation was given why it was “best practice” to go out of town for services provided by our local auditors.
Maybe in a larger city, with many different firms offering such services, it may be felt best practice to share these contracts. But La Grande is no metropolis.
Seydel, Lewis, Poe, Moeller and Gunderson are very much a part of our community not only in their businesses, but also personally they are totally involved. I was very disappointed to read that the council voted to give business to Pendleton. We are always urging folks to “stay local” to “support our local businesses.” I would like to see the city fathers promoting this same attitude and practice.
Lucas: Our nation is naked and pitiful in the sight of God
To the Editor:
If we are wondering (and I think we should be) why our nation is disintegrating, think on these things:
In this land, we have ridiculed the absolute truth of God’s word, and called it “pluralism.” We have worshipped other gods and called it “multiculturalism.”
We have endorsed perversion and called it “alternative lifestyle.”
We have rewarded laziness and called it “welfare.” We have frowned on the right to discipline our children and called it “children’s rights.”
We have sanctioned political bribery and called it “lobbying.” We have drugged out schoolchildren and called it “psychology.” We have committed treason by passing military secrets and millions of jobs to godless nations and called it “free trade.”
We have worshipped the creature more than the creator and called it “animal rights.” We have killed our unborn children and called it “pro-choice.”
We have abused power and called it “politics.”
We have ridiculed those who speak out against sin and called it “hate speech.” We have appeased enemies who seek our destruction and called it “anti-discrimination.”
We have banned prayer from the public schools and called it “separation of church and state.”
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it “freedom of expression.”
We have banned Bibles in our schools but distributed condoms and called it “planned parenthood.”
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers with revisionist history and called it “politically correct.”
Shamed-faced and blushing, we should fall upon our faces and bow before God, asking for mercy for our souls.
Oh, America, it’s time to acknowledge our personal and national sin and repent, turning to the true light of the Christ of God that gives purpose and direction to people and nations that seek him.
Jim Lucas Sr.
Mudd: Medicare Advantage funding should be protected
To the Editor:
Medicare Advantage is a program that provides seniors all across the country with a variety of health care options that traditional Medicare doesn’t offer.
My Advantage plan is through Humana Gold Plus, and while, thankfully, I don’t use my plan much, I have been very happy with the care I have received. In recent years, this program was hit with $200 billion in cuts. Any further funding reductions could drive up costs and reduce benefits for the millions of seniors who rely on this program.
I am fortunate to live with my son who takes very good care of me. However, many seniors are not as lucky and have fixed incomes to live on. Future cuts to Medicare Advantage will likely mean that co-pays will rise, and so will premiums and prescription costs. This will certainly negatively effect the finances of seniors on a small, fixed budget. I worry about how future cuts to Medicare Advantage would affect my fellow seniors, because I am aware that there are many other seniors who would be more adversely affected than I.
Thankfully, at 87 years old I am very healthy, so I don’t have to use my health care plan much. However, it comforts me to know that if something goes wrong, I will have quality coverage through Humana. It is important that the government protects the funding for Medicare Advantage, because many seniors rely on the program for quality and affordable access to health care.