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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 9:54 pm | Updated: 9:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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Health care — Dem plan just socialism

Anyone who is interested in the Democrats’ plan for health care should look at HR676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr. on Jan. 24 and is currently in the House subcommittee on health. The bill establishes the United States National Health Insurance Program, which will place all individuals residing in the United States and in U.S. territories in the expanded and improved Medicare. It will be paid for with amounts deposited from existing sources of government revenues for health care; by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5 percent income earners; by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income; and by instituting a small tax on stock and bond transactions. It also prohibits a private health insurer from selling health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this act.

This is freedom? I think not! This is government control at its worst. Wake up, people. Everyone who has access to a computer, please go to www.house.gov and bring up HR676 and read it for yourself.

I was a Democrat for 50 years and I am now ashamed to say that the Democratic Party is no longer for the working people, they have turned into the Socialist Party.

Betty Macier

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The media — More balance, substance

A thorough examination of media fairness and balance is in order. If one is dependent on network news to be informed they will likely know more about the latest starlet and her adventures than any of the real issues that affect their lives. It is disturbing.

If I did not have C-SPAN I would not be informed. Whether I can continue to afford cable is questionable. How many Americans do not have this luxury?

The rolling 24-hour coverage of other cable stations is helpful but not adequate. Content is still more about soundbites than good old, wonderfully boring, nonjudgmental news.

I am a former adult student in a renowned journalism school in Arizona, and I am disappointed to report that elementary classes taught to first-year students focus on the business aspect of this profession. While that is a reality, I had one teacher who emphasized sports news on a par with world and national news to young, impressionable minds. It was appalling.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but maybe that is the plan: Keep the electorate ignorant. Most citizens probably do not even realize that the airwaves belong to the public, and all that is implied within that statement.

MaryLou Benigno

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Presidential race — We’ll face Dixie Chicks’ wrath

When John McCain started gaining again, I thought: Just what we need. Another peevish, war-loving, “big picture” guy who thinks everyone is stupid except him. And frail, too — so we would have that to worry about. This time, Arizona would be “at fault.” The Dixie Chicks would be after us!

My friends back east are already e-mailing me. I tell them, we would be glad to be rid of him, but would hate to do that to you. I have a chorus of “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb. Bomb, Bomb Iran” playing in a loop in my head.

Star Lawrence

Chandler

Are McCains a package, too?

Conservatives are bundling Hillary Clinton with her husband’s presidency and personal life. In our so-called gender-neutral society, shouldn’t John McCain be held to the same standards? Cindy McCain was not only caught using serious drugs, she was stealing them from the very charity organization she was running. Most people would have gone straight to Tent City but Cindy McCain, due to her wealth and influence, went to Betty Ford.

Brooke Cabaniss

Chandler

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