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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Denying health care

EDITOR: This is a response to George F. Will's Friday column (“Is this Obamacare's four-word Waterloo?”) Will is so happy to see any force that hinders the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I'm pretty confident that he has good health insurance. Why is he so eager to deny others this same resource?

The 34 states that didn't develop exchanges chose this course not because they are looking out for their residents but because they want to spite the president. Do these governors really want to watch out for the poor in their regions?

These governors could have exercised states' rights, as California did, by creating an exchange, but they refused. So when the federal government steps in, Will has a fit because persons using the federal exchange will still get a subsidy.

He closes his column by saying, “If the IRS can do both, Congress can disband because it has become peripheral to American governance.” Well, where has Will been these past four years? Congress could have fixed the Affordable Care Act months ago but instead voted many times to repeal it.

Because Congress has already become peripheral, the executive branch must now go it alone.

NOEL J. O'NEILL

Willits

Zane just did her job

EDITOR: Let me get this right. Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane is accused of not being an “impartial decision-maker” because she took the time to visit a proposed winery site off St. Helena Road (“County will reconsider winery project,” Friday). Usually elected officials are blasted for not doing their jobs, not for doing them.

Zane apparently had the nerve to actually visit the site herself and make inquiries to regulatory agencies about whether the site met the necessary environmental standards. Heaven forbid.

I guess the fact that the proposed site isn't even in her district makes it even more egregious to opponents.

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