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Letters to the editor: March 18

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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 9:47 pm | Updated: 2:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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MEDICARE

Industry profits draining funding

As a Medicare recipient, I am outraged that I have to pay $24 more each year in premiums to subsidize overpayments to insurers whether I’m enrolled in a private plan or not.

Thanks to this sweetheart deal, Medicare pays private plans about $1,000 more than it costs traditional Medicare to cover the same senior. That adds up to $54 billion in overpayments over the next five years and $149 billion over the next 10 years.

These government subsidies will cut two more years of solvency from Medicare’s trust fund. The continued privatization of Medicare is helping insurers reap record profits while seniors are footing the bill. Now you can understand why private insurers have so much to be thankful for this year.

It’s time Congress eliminates these ridiculous industry subsidies.

Seniors are thankful for the traditional Medicare program they trust and depend on. Unfortunately, that program is being destroyed in favor of industry profits.

PATRICIA BRITTELL

MESA

LABOR UNIONS

Endorse a better way to organize

Call your member of Congress and tell them to support the Employee Free Choice Act. Workers are unable to unionize because corporations wrote the laws and they are willing to intimidate and harass their employees out of voting for unionization.

A worker in an organizing campaign has a one in five chance of being fired for union activity.

The Employee Free Choice Act would allow workers, not corporations, to choose the process for electing to join a union. EFCA guarantees that if a majority of workers wants a union, they can have one, allowing them to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.

Corporate front groups have mounted a massive campaign to block the Employee Free Choice Act. Nearly three-quarters of the public — 73 percent — support the Employee Free Choice Act. Call your member of Congress and encourage them to support America’s workers by supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.

COLE HICKMAN

TEMPE

Protect the private ballot

As a small-business owner, I write to you with the hope of raising awareness about the undemocratic and politically driven legislation known as “card check,” or the Employee Free Choice Act.

If passed, this legislation would radically alter the landscape of the American workplace by stripping employees of their right to vote privately in union elections and intentionally keeping employers uninformed about organizing drives. Rather, a union could be organized simply if a majority of employees sign cards.

I am strongly against this legislation because it eliminates a worker’s right to a private ballot, which is inherent and fundamental to the American democratic system. Under existing law, a private ballot election is guaranteed and administered by the National Labor Relations Board. This prevents workers from being vulnerable to misinformation, intimidation and coercion by union advocates.

Perhaps the most frightening consequences of the proposed “card check” system is that workers could face binding contracts if negotiations between labor and management stall; contracts that workers are never even allowed to vote for.

Furthermore, these contracts would be imposed by an arbitration board put in place by the federal government.

As it stands now, small businesses are already near the breaking point trying to cope with the crippling credit crunch, health care costs and uncertainty of this economic recession.

All the while, organized labor is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in political campaigns. Small-business owners certainly don’t need the additional challenges that would be brought upon them by “card check.”

STEVEN KRAMER

GOODYEAR

REPUBLICANS

GOP has lost touch with national interests

I was a Republican once, back when conservatives worked to adjust government programs to better serve the people and worked for a more open approach to foreign countries such as China, Vietnam and others.

Now we have a Republican Party that has convinced Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., there can be no reconciliation between the Republican Party and President Barack Obama. They believe the Republican Party is the nation and that orchestrating Obama’s failure is much more important than the needs of the United States and its citizens.

DAVID SCHWARZ

SCOTTSDALE

PRESIDENT OBAMA

Change of course necessary for success

My letter to President Barack Obama:

You must stop this madness and insanity. The debt you are putting on America will cause economic, cultural, liberty/freedom and moral damage to all of America in a degree worse than any other disaster in America’s 200-year history.

You are an intelligent person, so we don’t see why you can’t see what a horrible disaster you have been espousing on national television.

You are inflaming many millions of true Americans who want the vision of our wonderful founders continued. You don’t seem to care if America is destroyed. America is God’s creation and he will destroy anyone who attempts to destroy his promised land.

Please don’t go down as the worst president in America’s history. You won’t enjoy it and neither will we. You are following and listening to the wrong people. They will destroy you if you continue on your present course.

I am a veteran of World War II. I did not fight for the freedoms of America only to have you come along and destroy it.

WAYNE WHITLOCK

GILBERT

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