The biggest bully
EDITOR; Donald Trump fits the category as the biggest, baddest bully on the block. He has made America look so bad that we are now the laughingstock of the world. No manners at all, he just bullied Republicans in Congress to vote against Obamacare or else. What do you call that?
What a disaster he is. I can’t believe the Boy Scouts allowed him to speak before the boys as he bad-mouthed his foes with impunity. I’m waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller to gather all the facts so impeachment comes as soon as possible.
For universal health care
EDITOR: So Ron Felton (“Heath care: A commodity,” Letters, July 25) thinks that we need to “return” to a free market in health care. Yep, years of runaway costs predating Obamacare are his solution to this complex problem (who knew it was so complex?).
I’ll tell you who knew: those of us who have worked in health care for decades. I became a registered nurse in 1971, and I was as sure then as I am now that universal health care is the only compassionate solution for this problem.
We need to eliminate the middle man (insurance companies), control drug prices and cover every person. We have the means, and only cold-hearted individuals are standing in the way of the future (and our esteemed legislators with their lifetime Cadillac care plans).
EDITOR: Single-payer health insurance, which to me means government-run and controlled health insurance, concerns me.
Granted, I’m on Medicare and don’t profess to have the answers. But the plight of “baby Charlie” in England raises a worrisome point. The hospital and the “state” refused to allow his parents to remove the child and take it to the United States for an experimental procedure. The court, siding with the state, ultimately refused to even allow him to go home to die in peace with his parents. In effect he became the property of the state.
Then we have the State of Oregon determining, in its infinite wisdom, that a family has “limited cognitive abilities that interfere with (their) ability to safely parent the child” and they, the state, have the right to remove children from this family. Do a search on “Amy Fabbrini.”
One can never know all the details in either case, but to think that some agency of the government can exercise this much control over children and their parents is very scary. And, just my opinion, a version of these tragedies is a likely ultimate outcome of single-payer.
Never too old for kittens
EDITOR: I want to respond to a letter written by Sheri Graves who mentioned that she had been denied a kitten adoption based solely on her age of 73. I hope she will come to visit the Sonoma Humane Society. We would love to place one of our kittens, or any of our other deserving animals, in a loving home.
Your age does not diminish your ability to love, respect and care for an animal.
At the Sonoma Humane Society, we encourage the human-animal bond at every age. Pet owners in their senior and retirement years, who tend to be at home often and have more time to devote to animal care, can provide some of the most desirable homes for pets. At Sonoma Humane you’ll find discounts for senior adopters, as well as a pet guardianship program, Loving for Life, which provides pet owners with peace of mind for the future.