I say “hurrah for Dubyu.“ (re: “The Worst?“ Random Thoughts, 10/2). He may be the worst president we have had ever, but he has surely woke the world to the horrors of corporate global imperialism.
If you read the chapter on Bill Clinton in Micheal Moore‘s book, “Stupid White Men,“ you will see a list just as long and just as complete as the one on Bush in “The Worst?“ In fact the point of Mike‘s chapter is to get people to think the list is about Bush. So where were the millions not in the streets during Clinton‘s eight years? The liberals were asleep and the conservatives were concerned with Bill‘s sex life.
The problem is not who is in the White House, but rather who or what is really in power? Who or what is calling the shots in the global economic and political system? Change will not come from the White House or even the Congress, but from those who put their lives on the line and get in the streets. They will change the system from the bottom up. They will create a true democratic system. We must strip money and corporate domination of power so that our votes will be the true power. So again thanks Dubyu for the wake up call.
Randy Bond Beulah
Blue-print for disaster
The “Blue Ribbon Panel Report to the Governor“ has finally been released to the public.
The report consists of 36 pages of the same baseless allegations that the community has been subjected to, ad nauseam, for the past 300-plus days. A more mind-numbing compilation of tainted data has probably never been presented to the good citizens of northern Michigan and I include the reports produced during
recent periods of local unrest, e.g. the Save Our Schools controversy and the melee concerning the remodeling of St. Francis Church. The report ascends to new heights of arrogance as it recommends that NMH voluntarily concede sovereignty over its administrative and personnel records to a state-run bureaucracy staffed by personnel who are themselves members of organized labor. This would be a blueprint for disaster and should be resisted mightily.
In conclusion, I suggest that NMH continue to provide the best medical care possible for those of us in northern Michigan. Also, please continue to treat your loyal employees with the respect and admiration that they deserve; to do otherwise will allow the malcontents to take control of the hospital. If that were to happen the community will be witness to the policies of deterioration and divisiveness that inevitably accompany the arrival of an organization such as the one currently
attempting to destroy Northern Michigan Hospital.
Bill Mayer Petoskey
Thanks are due
After reading Mr. Alberts comments on 9/11, I could not help but wonder wether we should buy him a plane ticket to Afghanistan (Letters 9/25). Perhaps we could dress him up like a woman and give him to the Taliban. Or better yet have him go to Iraq and help our soldiers sift through the mass graves and identify a few skulls. Maybe he could go to Palestine and sit down with Arafat and get the road to peace back on track. We have not had an attack on this soil since 9/11. I‘m sure this is due to the efforts of our government. Maybe a little thanks are due .
Scott McLaughlin via email
Elections: a better way
Of course Marshall Raftery‘s “The Next President“ is correct but it will not come about without major changes in the way we elect our leaders (Letters 9/250. Although change will not happen until the people demand it as our founding fathers did, I do have some suggestions:
Directly elect the President.
Have a National Voting Weekend (Friday evening to Sunday at 6 p.m.); make
it easy to vote!
Throw out all the fancy equipment and go back to paper ballots and ballot boxes with poll and count watchers of all parties. So what if it takes 12 hours to get the results; it‘s done like this all over the world... ask Jimmy Carter.
Limit all campaigning to the last six weeks prior to election day and
limit the money parties can spend.
In short, make the candidates responsible to people, not special interest groups and lobbyist.
Micheal M. Cromley Afton
Fair Coverage of Contraception
A recent contract between the UAW and General Motors should be noted by all of us. Hopefully it will pave the way for other contract negotiations in the future.
In the contract that was just ratified, UAW workers gained health plan coverage for contraception. At first glance this may seem like a minor victory. However, consider the facts:
Prescription contraceptives are prescription drugs, and should be treated as such. More health plans cover Viagra than contraceptives.
Contraceptives have a proven track record of enhancing the health of women and children, preventing unintended pregnancy, and reducing the need for abortion.
Although contraception is part of basic health care for couples, far too many insurance policies exclude this vital coverage while covering all other prescription drugs.
Women pay on average 68% more out of pocket for health care expenses than men, much of this due to the cost of contraception. On average, women can expect to pay nearly $8,000 over their lifetime just for coverage of basic contraception.
Even the Michigan Senate has recognized the lack of coverage for contraception to be a major problem. Senators Hammerstrom and Scott have introduced two bills- - SB 470 and 471 -- to address the issue. The bills are currently in committee and hopefully will be considered soon.
It‘s time for employers to follow in the footsteps of General Motors on this issue. Coverage of contraception is only fair!
Karen Christensen Walker TC