Letters and comments for April 6, 2012

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Letters and comments for April 6, 2012

Health care for all 


To the Editor:

It is a difficult place to be in right now. Watching our health care system struggle over commercial interests and legal constraints is counter-productive as is wasting money and energy in political battles. 

While I support the Affordable Care Act, because it is the best our representatives could compromise on, I do believe we need to go the extra mile and move ahead and declare that our country will have a single-payer system for all Americans. 

Some call it “Medicare-for-all,” or Universal Health Care. We would not need the high courts to decide this and, like Social Security, it would be available to all.

By having it available to all, we join together to make us a healthy nation. 

Why shouldn’t we be the healthiest nation in the world?

Health care, like education, should be a right, not a privilege, in our land.

Teresa Smith-Dixon

La Grande



No hyperbole 


To the Editor:

It occurs to me that it has become a normal thing to say things that are patently not true, take people’s words out of context or to offer distorted versions of something another person has said.

What ever happened to honesty, truthfulness and integrity?

Repeatedly I read in the newspaper or hear on television someone saying something they couldn’t possibly know for certain.

For example: “A vast majority of the people who live in Eastern Oregon are outraged” or “Americans want” or “the president thinks.” 

This kind of hyperbole is not helpful.

Obviously, it tells us what the speaker or the writer believes and probably wants the rest of us to believe. 

But unless they have polled everyone in Eastern Oregon, they cannot know how many are outraged.

When someone says, “Americans want ... ” I have doubts that they know what they are talking about.

And how can anyone know what someone else, much less the president, is thinking?

How wonderful it would be if we would all rely on the actual things people say and ask them to elaborate if we don’t understand.

Rather than saying what someone thinks about something, ask that someone to tell you what he thinks.

That could lead to a clearer understanding.

Maybe not agreement, but mutual respect.

Evelyn Swart



Leave forest open


To the Editor:

I read with interest Norm Cimon’s comments concerning maintenance of roads. Norm spent a lot of time with his
former employer, and I
appreciate that. But, let’s get real.

I spend a lot of time in the
surrounding forest. Other than an occasional grading of the main roads, it is rare that roads are even maintained let alone upgraded. 

How can a no-maintenance
program be more cost effective than paying for someone to travel those roads to cite those who “trespass” on land that belongs to all of us?

Let’s put some sanity back into the system.

Leave the roads open.

Leave the forest open.

There is enough wilderness.

Bob Nelson




Don’t limit access 


To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the Forest Service: 

Please tell me why our government spends thousands of dollars to make structures in the United States accessible to the handicapped, but your agency will spend thousands of dollars making much of our forest off limits to those same individuals?

My neighbor is a disabled Vietnam veteran. He gave up his ability to walk freely through the forest in service to our nation. 

Who are you to take away his ability to access over half of the portion of the Wallowa-Whitman still accessible?

Over 25 percent of the Wallowa-Whitman is already roadless, being designated wilderness — why do you want to limit the ability for those who gave so much to our country to visit the remainder?

Joel Hasse

La Grande