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1984 all over again

If you read the book, "1984", a book written about 50 years ago, you might wonder if the author was writing about 2009 instead of 1984.

The book speaks of the leader being on television nearly every day, having a TV link to schools to indoctrinate the young minds, telling you what you can and can't do, taking your money to give to the poor, etc. In short, taking care of you from cradle to grave. We have not quite gotten to Big Brother watching your every move, but that may come.

If you have not read the book, do so.

Ted Storck,


The right reform

Niel Ritchie's Commentary which appeared in the Sept. 2nd issue of the Morris Sun Tribune titled,"Health Reform Can't Fail," makes it sound as if opponents of the current health care reform proposals are opposed to all health care reform. That is not an accurate picture of what people are saying.

I agree with Ritchie that "lies and deceit" should not derail much-needed reforms. I also agree that fear mongering should not be a part of the health care debate. But I feel that Ritchie is the one who does not understand that it has been President Barack Obama and his liberal allies in Congress who have been guilty of fear mongering tactics, lies and deceit in order to push the current proposal through.

Unfortunately, he does not understand that the current Congressional plans do mandate such things as death panels, forced abortions and rationed care. No insurance company gave me such information. Some of the sources that state that are: the Declaration Alliance; The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Christian Seniors Association; Coral Ridge Ministries; the American Center for Law & Justice. There are many more.

I believe that it is Ritchie who is the one duped into thinking that the elderly, the uninsured and other Americans would be better off under the current proposal.

If controlling health care costs is truly a concern of Obama and his Congressional allies, why have they refused to look at tort reform? Ritchie is wrong in believing that the "for profit" attitude of insurance companies is what is causing the high cost of health care. Private insurance companies in the free enterprise system at least give us some choices and some competition. With a government takeover, there would be no more free choices and no more competition left and we would be worse off than we are now because government programs have been proven time and time again that they are not managed efficiently, without waste and without long waiting periods. According to WHO, the United States has the quickest response to health needs (there is no waiting). Canada has arrangements with hospitals in northern states, including Minnesota, to accept patients that can't wait for care.

It is lawyers who actually cause the high health care costs because of the large amounts they and their clients want to receive for malpractice suits. Doctors have to pay extravagent insurance premiums to be protected from the expense of possible law suits against them.

Yes, we do need Health Care Reform and few disagree with that. However, we need the right kind. If Democrats refuse to let Republicans offer any solutions, we are better off with what we have now, compared to what ObamaCare would bring us.

Evelyn A. Guggisberg