The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 12, 2012

Your Letters: Politcal jargon, caring for the earth

Political jargon

Is it just me, or am I simply getting too old and jaded for politics? In this strident, contentious political season the demagoguery flows thick on the part of right-wing pols with the term “ObamaCare.”

It is being used almost universally among them as a bad word. Simply being against it here in Southwest Missouri is deemed enough. No need, apparently, to suggest what if anything it might be replaced with.

Republican Paul Ryan would famously replace it with a single yearly voucher for about $6,000 per person. Under his plan, if a really serious accident, injury or disease should happen to befall you, you are on your own. And forget about the millions of people who refuse to prepare for the future by buying health insurance.

I couldn’t help noticing the front page article (Globe, Aug. 6) hailing the groundbreaking of Pittsburg’s new $5.3 million Community Health Center, most of which is to be paid for by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

How many people even know that’s the same thing as “ObamaCare”?

One who does, I’m sure, is a “staunch supporter of community clinics.” That’s Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who was mentioned in the article. I don’t know Sen. Moran, but I sure don’t expect to hear him give “ObamaCare” any credit for extending health care to people in need. That would be aiding the enemy.

James R. Wheeler

Joplin

Caring for the earth

No matter what side of the debate one is on, and no matter where one’s beliefs lie in realms political or religious, we all have just this one chance to care for the earth that is our home.

We all should be appalled at the enormous waste of fuel and the unnecessary pollution of our environment that we witnessed on Aug. 1, when thousands of cars sat idling in Chick-fil-A drive-through lines.

Suzanne Dimmit

Joplin

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