Letters to the Editor, March 19
The following letter was posted as an open letter to Congressman Bart Gordon.
Why voting "no" on this healthcare bill is Important
I am writing you today not as a Republican candidate for the office you are vacating but as a citizen of Tennessee's 6th District. I am asking that you vote against the health care bill now before Congress. Not only is this bill too expensive but it removes control of health care from the people and their doctors and gives it to government bureaucrats.
Americans want common sense solutions to our health care concerns. We need reforms that will lower health care cost while expanding access to quality care for the uninsured. Above all, it must not over burden the backbone of the American economy -- small businesses, betray the seniors who rely on Medicare and we must never use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.
Here are some things we can do to improve the best health care system in the world:
1. Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines;
2. Allow health insurance pools to people and small businesses can get lower prices
3. Stand up for the 10th Amendment by getting out of the way and giving states the tools to create their own innovative health care reforms;
4. Pass tort reform to help end frivolous lawsuits so doctors and health care providers can care for patients without fear of being plagued by lawsuits that lack merit.
The whole "Obamacare" ordeal has caused Americans to completely lose respect for all current members of Congress. The back room deals to gain support from wavering legislators are embarrassing. The procedural trickery now being considered, the so called "Slaughter Solution", to move this bill forward is dishonorable and a disgrace to the principles upon which our government was founded.
The people of our district and the citizens of the United States have demonstrated repeatedly they do not want this bill. I cannot sit on the sidelines and let this debacle pass without at least attempting to persuade you to vote against the pending health care bill. I believe I must do everything in my power to stop one of the greatest threats to our American way of life in decades. It is my request, and prayer, that you will vote no on this legislation.
Major General (Ret) David L. Evans
Recycling plastic bottles makes good sense
To the Editor:
Tennesseans annually consume the contents of 4.5 billion plastic bottles. Too bad we can't consume the bottles too. There is, however, an excellent bill in the state legislature that would correct this problem, but the convenience store industry and their lobbyists don't like it.
Over half the legislators don't support it either, even though 80 percent of Tennesseans thought it was a good idea, according to an MTSU poll conducted in September 2009. Lobbyists twisted a similar survey's claim that only 5 percent of our litter comes from plastic bottles.
If 4.5 billion bottles is 5 percent of our state's litter, we wouldn't be able to see the sun for the trash in Tennessee!
They claim that it's too costly, but the only expense would be to the investors of the recycle centers and manufacturers who buy the bottles to use in their products. They also claim that people in border towns would drive across state lines to save the five-cent deposit.
Times are hard but with gas approaching $3 per gallon, I wouldn't drive across town to save a nickel a bottle. You can always tell when lobbyists are lying, their lips are moving.
The truth is that 500 redemption centers would create thousands of new jobs and reduce the level of solid waste in our landfills. A large chunk of trash would disappear from our beautiful Tennessee countryside, and our foreign dependence on oil from terrorists would drop.
Unfortunately, this is only part of the problem with plastic bottles. Of the hundreds of billions produced in the U.S. every year, 70 percent get washed out of our landfills and out to sea, where they form huge quasi-continents of plastic photo-degrading into the tiny absorbent particles from which they came. They instantly absorb the waterborne toxins in these gigantic floating trash dumps and enter the lowest end of our food chain where the poisons work their way into the sea foods that we eat.
Most issues aren't black or white; they contain shades of gray too. But when it comes to stewardship of the Earth you are either a good steward or you are not. Good stewards must find better ways to dispose of their waste.
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