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Posted December 5, 2009 | comments 8 Comments

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Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

It's not surprising that Gene Rigelon again resorts to spouting unsubstantiated "statistics" against those of us who dare to rely on facts as we reject the propagandized "change" being foisted on us via many current ideologically motivated agendas.

As ever, the typically factless Rigelon mentions numerous "statistics" while conveniently failing to include even one reference for credibility. Only a fool would believe his undocumented claim that condoms "have been proven to be 95 percent effective."

Sorry, Gene, but if you and your fellow lackeys would do some real research, you might learn some truth. I now document another authoritative source that exposes the sham of your useless figures: the pro-contraception book "Contraceptive Technology" -- known as the "family planner's bible" for physicians and health-care providers -- states that after the use of just 10 condoms, the probability of at least one condom failure is 57 percent. For intelligent readers, I also reiterate a previously cited authoritative quote: "Counting on condoms is flirting with death" (Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan, Cornell University Medical Center).

Regarding Rigelon's obvious diversion from facts in my letter to the unrelated subject of "health-care reform," he would do well to follow the wisdom of fellow atheist and Obama supporter Camille Paglia whose article in Salon.com blasted the Democrats and their proposed "health care":

"Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the health-care bills). ... Such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy."

Rigelon needs to do some authentic research instead of relying on fiction from www.whateverfitsmyagenda .com. Rigelon's rants about many diverse issues are textbook cases of George Orwell's maxim: "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respe-ctable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

John W. Fusto
1112 Happy Ridge Drive
Front Royal
Nov. 24, 2009

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Now that the totally unnecessary Iraqi war, a deeply flawed and costly Bush decision, is winding down, more attention is being directed toward Afghanistan. To extract us from this exceptionally expensive and embarrassing situation with grace, President Obama must now consider, and ultimately commit to, one of several extremely grave options, none being foolproof.

Field commander, Gen. McChrystal, has stated, with some doubt, that the Afghan war might be won over time with a significant increase in ground forces. The polls are said to indicate that the American public has lost favor with the whole miserable mess and wants to get out of both countries. The president, on the other hand, takes most seriously his pledge and obligation to protect the citizenry from enemies, both foreign and domestic, and therefore must judiciously consider all options.

Accordingly, Obama has launched a detailed analysis of all aspects of the problem with the hope of thereby arriving at, whatever it may be, the best possible decision. By and large, the Democrats favor some sort of reduced presence in the area while the Republicans are urging, with all-out haste, that the president enlarge the conflict by yielding to the general's request, roundly criticizing him for not proceeding with dispatch.

At first glance, the Republicans' position seems rather surprising until one considers that from the very beginning of the Obama administration their strategy has been to do whatever is required, regardless of its national consequences, to embarrass and defeat his agenda for moving the country in a more sane and humane direction.

In this particular case, they know that if the president commits more lives and treasure to Bush's ill-conceived misadventure, the war thereby, and all its ramifications, will "officially" become Obama's -- thus deflecting any stigma of this tragedy from them even though they were the majority party in charge at the war's inception.

From the illustrious party of Lincoln, the Republican Party has, negatively and hypocritically, become the "Party of No." It is wise to look behind political expressions, particularly if couched in patriotic terms, for their true and hidden intent.

Thomas M. Harrison
914 Fairground Road
Front Royal
Nov. 27, 2009

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Every year around this time, our family tries to decide which organization we'd like to donate our time and money to.

We feel that it's important for us to make sure that our children understand that while we are so fortunate for what we have, unless we give back to those in need, we have nothing and are nothing.

As a newcomer to Shenandoah County, I've been amazed at the way the Strasburg-Toms Brook community comes together in a time of need -- the way they support each other unconditionally.

However, there are so many families quietly going hungry in Shenandoah County. It could be your child's classmate or your co-worker who would be ashamed if you knew that they couldn't make ends meet.

It's because of the amazing generosity and the huge need to support those around us that I propose the following:

For every person in your family you are going to buy presents for, eliminate one present and instead buy a bag of groceries and donate it. If you have children, encourage them to be a part of this. Ask them to remove one item from their Christmas list and take that money and have your son/daughter purchase the items and then personally deliver them.

If every able family in this community donated one bag of groceries, just think how many families wouldn't have to go hungry this holiday season. No one asks to be hungry, especially the children.

So I ask that you do what you can. You will be offering a hand up to a local family. There are many wonderful, local food banks that I'm sure would gladly welcome your donations. I am personally donating to the Compassion Cupboard located right here in Strasburg. If you would like to contact them, their number is 465-9476 (I have no connection to them).

If you're outside the Strasburg area, I encourage you to seek out a local organization that you can contribute to. This doesn't have to be a "Strasburg" thing.

Above all, please remember that "giving" is the spirit of the season.

Kelly Johnson
132 Aden Drive
Strasburg
Nov. 30, 2009

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

On reading John Tatum's letter (Nov. 28 issue) regarding Canadians and health care, I feel compelled to write a few words.

I mean no disrespect to Mr. Tatum, who was my partner in crime in tormenting Sunday school teachers when we were kids. But his representation of how Canadians view their health care is disingenuous, at best.

Having lived in Canada for a few years, now, I think I can accurately report a story quite different than "they are not happy [with their health care]."

A poll this past summer found that 86 percent of Canadians want their plans strengthened by the government and not privatized in any way. This is in keeping with every objective poll here in the last 10 years, which consistently report 85-95 percent satisfaction rates.

Canadian politicians across the political spectrum understand that any efforts to water down existing provincial plans would be political suicide. Tommy Douglas, who started the Canadian Medicare ball rolling in Saskatchewan in the 1940s, was voted the "Greatest Canadian of All Time" in 2004.

Health care is not perfect in Canada, but I am bemused by the lines of argument brought as critique. Wait times? Yes, I've seen family and friends affected by them in the states, including my mother who suffered from Parkinson's. "Poorly trained Third World" doctors? Ignoring the xenophobic tone, I would say that (1) I have had doctors in the states who were difficult to understand and (2) foreign doctors here are required to re-certify, just the same as all over North America. Dangerous mistakes made? Surely never happens in the USA, so we can do away with malpractice insurance altogether.

These distortions need to be debunked, and specious argumentation challenged. I have a "friend of more than 10 years" in the states who self-identifies as an anarchist. If I claimed that his view -- that all forms of statehood should be abolished -- was the majority view in the states because he said so (he doesn't), you would probably call me Tatum's favorite adjective: nuts.

Erik C. Moore
40 Brunswick St.
Fredericton
New Brunswick
Canada
Nov. 30, 2009

8 Comments |

    During separate trips this year by both by me and my daughter, we each questioned numeruous Canadian citizens about their regard for their healthcare system. Based on their comments, they are, by and large, well satisfied.
    Do some have minor, suggested improvements - of course. Would they trade theirs for ours - a resounding NO. Mr. Moore's comments add to and confirm the Canadian positiion. Like Mr. Tatuim, those in America who disingeniously misrepresent the truth are doing a disservice to their fellow citizens.

    I'd like to know if Mr. Harrison and Mr. Moore were visiting the "well-to-do" areas of Canada, like tourist spots or were they in the less well off areas? While I cannot speak for Canadian medical care, I can speak for English care, as I have friends over there and have lived on the economy myself. People in a more affluent area have better care than those in poorer areas. In america, if the Health Care is put in government hands it will be just like the public school system. People who can afford to live in "good" districts will get good care and people who live in the inner cities, the people who need care most, will get the same crap care as they get crap education. Nothing will change except that there will be more poor people in America. The elites at the top such as Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Kennedys, Bushes, Gore, etc. will always have their money that they steal from the working class in taxes and those in the upper-middle and middle classes will be brought down into poverty. The rich will always be rich and will always have better than the poor, but right now in America the poor can become rich. If Health Care passes the American dream will die. That's a fact. If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg (private enterprise) who will pay the government?

    Regarding Ms. Bishop’s comments concerning Mr. Moore’s letter and, in turn, my response to that letter (both shown above), it appears she is confused. While my daughter and I were both visitors to Canada and, by purposeful inquiry, talked with Canadian citizens of both high and low estate, we found that, by and large, they were well pleased with their healthcare system and had no desire to trade theirs for ours.

    Moreover, given the address at the end of his letter, Mr. Moore is obviously a resident. I say confused because she refers to him as if he were a tourist. By living there, it would be reasonable to assume that he is well acquainted with the Canadian healthcare system and is not one who has only visited “well-to-do” areas.

    Without being definitive, she then denigrates the English healthcare system and implies that the American plan, the specifics of which are still being negotiated, will favor the rich over the poor. With millions of our citizens inadequately covered or with no coverage at all, it is difficult to see how they could be any worse off. All in all, her criticisms are unconvincing.

    I'm not criticizing anyone Mr. Harrison, I'm criticizing a system that I do not believe in nor believe will work. Please tell me one program that the government runs that does not make the poor, poorer. Welfare takes away incentive, Social Security keeps those who rely solely on it in poverty, if medicare worked (government run healthcare for the poor) why do we need something else, if medicaid worked properly why is it about bankrupt? Maybe Canada got it right, although it's not what I hear, but America has never gotten the whole government run thing right. So, I will continue to be opposed to government run health insurance. And my analogy to public schools is how things will run here as they do in England and I would dare say in Canada. If you live in a poorer neighborhood your facilities will be less nice than richer neighborhoods and your care while basic will not be as good. And if the care is so outstanding up there in Canada and over in Europe why are people coming to America for surgery and quality care?

      We don't need healthcare reform?? A free clinic will take care of it all? You are kidding right?? Even with the move to a larger facility, the free clinic will not be able to handle all the needs and wants of the citizens who go there. They have limited services and trying to get doctors and practioners on board to help with the case load is difficult to say the least!!

      You will still need prescriptions filled, hospital stays paid for, rehab for various phyical afflictions and on and on. Free clinics do not handle that! What if someone who frequents the free clinic goes out of town or state and a health issue arises...are they supposed to get back to their own free clinic to get treated?? You know, free clinics do require proof of income, so what are we supposed to do...carry this info with us at all times just in case we need to visit a free clinic not in our area? Wouldn't an insurance card be so much easier and reasonable?

      Insurance companies need to be reigned in from their unfair practices. Where I work, our insurance will go up almost 20% come Jan 2010. It does that every year. For family insurance, the cost will be roughly $1400 per family!!! Of course, the employees pay only a portion of this, but our portion will go up in Jan 2010 as well. How do I know this...I work in the A/P A/R dept and it is my job to know!

      I am not saying that I agree 100% with the bill now before the Senate. It needs some tweaking. Fed money for abortions? No way! I am pro choice, but if you make the choice you pay the price. Simple enough. I also do not like the idea of taxing our insurance benefits nor a tax penalty for those that choose not to have insurance, but the majority aside from that is definitely what we need.

      I would also like to see health insurance become more like car insurance where it follows you from state to state...in essence...it goes where you go. Also, if I have an accident and my insurance goes up, well, that is to be expected. As it is now, if one or more of my co-workers has a high claim for the year then ALL employees insurance rates go up next year!! Is that fair for those who have not used their insurance that year or at all?

      Anyone who thinks that all we need to do is pepper our localities with more free clinics and that will take care of all our healthcare needs is absolutely undeniably naive or grossly misinformed.

    I speak with experience of being bankrupted by catastrophic physician and hospital costs. I support efforts to reform health care.

    For those not previously exposed to the convoluted, irrational reasoning by our local Queen of the Tin Foil Hats: Welcome!

    Please understand her discredited ideology comes directly from bumper sticker slogans.


    Love ya Tess!
    TIN FOIL HAT...TIN FOIL HAT...TIN FOIL HAT...Mmm...Mmm...Mmm

    BTW how many names do you go by on this site? You're starting to give yourself away with your "tin foil hat" name calling. I support health care reform too, just not government mandated control! Merry Christmas.

    TIN FOIL HAT...TIN FOIL HAT...TIN FOIL HAT...Mmm...Mmm...Mmm

    In Canada, an admitting nurse doesn't check your credit card -- she checks your pulse. I purchase my glaucoma eye drops from a licensed Canadian pharmacy for $31, delivered. My local friendly pharmacy wants $132 for the same prescription, manufactured by the same company, Pfizer. Why is that? Perhaps Senator Warner can tell me?

    You may add my name to the growing great conspiracy against the Tin Foil Hat wearing crazies. Have they elected a Queen or is it a self-appointment? Either way, not a very effective spokesperson for far-right ideas. I can muster no kind words for half-baked ideas presented as incomplete thoughts.

    They didn't have the answers when the previous administration was getting us into this mess. Where do they get the arrogance to now imply they have the answers?

    Yes, the first step is to claim that any political philosophy but your own is mental derangement.
    The second step is to dehumanize us.
    The third step is to work up the courage to murder us.
    We’ve seen this playbook before.


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