Although the bold print in your Readers' Forum indicates that "The Forum reserves the right to edit for accuracy ..." the Forum apparently failed to review letters by Carl R. Goodwin of Norwalk, Ohio, or David Beckwith of Perrysburg, both published on Sept. 28.
Mr. Goodwin indicates that we should call or write our U.S. senator because he believes our health-care costs would increase if the Obama or Baucus proposals are passed, because "... most of this was to cover health care for illegal immigrants."
The Blade should know that proposals before the Senate and House do not cover health care for illegal immigrants.
Mr. Goodwin states that if health-care reform is passed, Americans will be living a standard similar to that in the Third World. Incredible! We spend twice as much on health care as any other industrialized country, yet 30 million to 45 million citizens are uninsured. It is many of the uninsured who are living a standard of living similar to Third World countries. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brother, ..." You know the rest.
Concerning Mr. Beckwith's letter, a number of Republican administrations (five to be exact) and a number of Republican Congresses have had the opportunity to repeal the "Democrats' Medicare." They have not done so for obvious reasons. Medicare benefits many Americans age 65 and older, including Mr. Beckwith. Rather than complain about "Mr. Obama's plan" and complain about the effect that the plan will have on the "Democrats' Medicare," Mr. Beckwith should reject Medicare benefits and use private health-insurance coverage exclusively.
Mr. Beckwith should ask himself if his insurance invoices have decreased since April 11, 2003, when Ohio last passed medical malpractice reform. It is the undersigned's guess that his bill has increased every year.
Guy T. Barone
As a supporter of limited government, I was disappointed to see the "Nine is Fine" issue voted down.
Observing the amount of time Ben Konop spent running for mayor versus his commitment to his county commissioner's job, I propose a new campaign - "Two Will Do."
The 34,000 jobs attributed to the gambling casinos is a gross underestimate if you consider the satellite businesses that casinos attract.
The ladies of the evening, professional escorts, and their business managers will easily double that figure.
Las Vegas is a good example of this.
WILLIAM A. GORSUCH
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