Friday, September 10, 2010
Another take on Forum piece
To the Editor:
In the July 20 Forum Kerry Kissinger wrote a piece on health care. He mentioned that his doctor spoke near perfect English, ending with the comment that in future one might need a hand-held language translator. He was, of course, discussing what may well await us when government controlled health care becomes a reality. Actually, Massachusetts has had government-controlled health care since 2006, courtesy of Mitt Romney. Therefore, we get to preview what awaits the rest of the country when the federal version kicks in.
When millions more people are given, or forced to buy, health care, there will be a shortage of doctors, as Mr. Kissinger noted. We, in Massachusetts, are already feeling this shortage. It now takes five or six months to get an appointment for a visit which used to take two or three weeks. One way to alleviate this shortage would be to import doctors from around the world, as they do in other welfare-state countries. Most of these doctors will not have been educated in the U.S. They may or may not be excellent doctors who speak near perfect English. Here is a quote taken from the March 12 issue of the British newspaper “Daily Mail Online.” “Britain is sticking rigidly to EU rules that outlaw checks on foreign doctors’ language skills while France flouts them, it emerged yesterday. Britain is complying with the regulations even after the death of David Gray, who was killed by a German doctor with poor English skills, the General Medical Council said.” (To read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1257272.)
Could this happen in the U.S.? We are just as politically correct as Britain (to see this just read the two letters opposing Kerry). It certainly could happen here. If a doctor cannot understand what you’re saying, is it xenophobia to be afraid or is it common sense?
The clear implication of the self-righteous letter telling Mr. Kissinger that he might encounter doctors and nurses with dark skins or whose eyelids have epicanthic folds was particularly sickening; the one calling him xenophobic was no less so. These are ugly, unfounded accusations. What is racist about wanting to be able to communicate with your doctor?
There is, among leftists, a vile habit of name-calling in an attempt to vilify those they don’t agree with; it has proven quite successful. Here’s hoping Kerry Kissinger is impervious to such tactics.
Judy Jones, Esq.
Support for Mike Lake
To the Editor,
I am supporting Mike Lake for State Auditor in the Democratic Primary for three main reasons and encourage everyone to vote for Mike in the Primary next Tuesday.
The first is independence. Mike is the only candidate who has not held elected office in Massachusetts. He is not beholden to anyone on Beacon Hill and will perform the auditing of state agencies independently. Recently, Joe DeNucci (our current auditor, who is retiring) gave the people in the Auditors Office a 5% raise. Mike Lake was the only candidate who immediately called for Auditor DeNucci to rescind those raises, saying it is irresponsible to be giving a select group raises when the rest of the state employees are being asked for concessions or being laid off.
The second is his new approach and new ideas on how the auditor’s office can save the state money, which is desperately needed. Mike wants to start major energy-efficiency retrofits on state owned buildings and then use the savings (in energy) to fund more efficiency efforts. He also wants to start doing pro-active audits to identify areas of waste and see if they can be eliminated before the money is wasted.
Finally, Mike Lake has an incredible work ethic and an amazing background. The work ethic was developed following the death of his father when Mike was five and the need to help care for a younger sister while his single mom worked. This hard-working ethic led him to graduate from Northeastern University with five majors, which were: Finance, Management Information Systems, Political Science, Communications, and Entrepreneurship. Immediately following graduation, he interned at the White House and was then hired as the Special Assistant for White House Operations under the Clinton Administration, where he managed the day-to-day operations of the White House and its 54-million-dollar budget. I believe this experience makes him better qualified to run the Auditor’s Office than either of his career politician opponents.
Thanks to Red Balloon Preschool
To the Editor:
As the end of yet another school year rushes to us all, June means the end of an era for my family. After seven years, my fourth child is graduating the Red Balloon, so I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the staff that has lovingly introduced my children to schooling.
Beyond all the expected learning elements, my children benefited from a structured yet diverse curriculum that has given them a strong foundation to enter kindergarten and elementary school with the added support of long standing friendships.
As a parent I will look fondly back on the experiences that span the early years of my children’s lives. As I transitioned from a stay-at-home mom to full-time work, the Red Balloon provided a supportive consistency to my children and a welcomed window into their days when parent-helping. My family and I will miss the Red Balloon.
Support for Dahlberg
To the Editor:
I am writing in support of Eric Dahlberg, a Republican candidate for State Senate in the Third Middlesex district. Eric is smart, has integrity, and understands that streamlining state government and reducing taxes is essential to improving the business climate and jobs within Massachusetts. Eric grew up in Medford and attended Dartmouth College. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University.
On a personal note, Eric is a person who does what he says he will do. In running for state senate, he has plainly stated that his priority as a state senator will be to lower taxes and streamline government. As a health care policy consultant and a Selectman in Chelmsford, Eric has worked toward that goal and will bring that same resolve to the State Senate.
In many ways, Eric is the new blood of the Republican Party; he is young, well grounded, has experience in public policy, and is committed to changing the “business as usual” climate on Beacon Hill. I’m supporting Eric and I hope you will as well. For more information on Eric, see www.dahlbergforsenate.com, or ask someone who knows him, since the response will likely be, “there is a person who is well grounded and would make good decisions in the state senate.”
Keep cats indoors
To the Editor:
I’m writing this in the hopes that the owner of a black and white cat that I’ve been seeing reads this. My office window overlooks Malcolm Meadows (conservation land on Stearns Street) and lately I’ve seen your cat in the grasses there. I’ve been watching this meadow for years. A large coyote often comes by, not only at night, but in broad daylight as well. There are also fisher cats living nearby. These predators find house cats to be easy pickings. Your cat has also been wandering in my yard. My dog takes her job of protecting our chickens and goats seriously. Luckily, so far, Lily has been indoors when your cat has been in her fenced backyard. I’m worried your cat’s luck won’t hold.
The danger to cats is not just on Stearns Street. A friend in town recently saw a large coyote trotting down Acton Street with a black cat in its jaws. It’s just not safe to let your cats outdoors.
Supports prevailing wage law
To the Editor:
A letter in the August 27 edition, supporting Republican candidates, stated “The Massachusetts state prevailing wage law and union-only contracting rules add 15% to the cost of school construction over and above that of other states. That means 15% higher taxes for you or 15% less school for Carlisle’s kids.”
I would like to go on record as supporting the prevailing wage law. Part of it gives preference to veterans (I am one) and local residents and to citizens of the United States. I am assuming even the writer might agree with that part. As for the higher cost, it is from paying decent wages as already set and paid by the policies of cities and towns, and by labor agreements (full disclosure, I am a member of a union). As for other states, I don’t want to be compared to many of them, thanks, though 32 other states have such laws. These laws ensure that, just because we can import, or otherwise get, labor from lesser developed countries at slave-labor rates, our citizens do not have to eventually be brought down to that level.
I believe that we are just too quick to look for the absolute lowest cost. It’s one reason everything smaller than an automobile is made in other countries nowadays – we won’t pay a few bucks more to keep our fellow citizens employed by “buying American.” I’m not a blind patriot, but that would sure make sense to me. We can buy a toaster for $10 instead of $15, but our neighbor is out of work because of it.
Also, any cost estimate needs to factor in a higher quality of work done, and a job more likely to be done on time. Further, the cost of school construction is amortized over many years, normal inflation reduces effective debt, and debt service is about 10% of our budget, so when all of that is factored in, the phrase “15% higher taxes” is way off.
The prevailing wage criteria simply doesn’t cost that much, and would be worth it in any case.
Support for Martinez
To the Editor:
Sandi Martinez has the experience and qualifications needed to be our State Senator from Concord and Carlisle, both part of Third Middlesex District.
A former IT consultant and business owner, Martinez has always worked in the private sector and understands the concerns and needs of running a business in Massachusetts. She knows that small businesses are the main source of new jobs that are so desperately needed in this struggling economy.
As an early leader and co-founder of area Tea Parties, Martinez joined with fellow Republicans, Unenrolleds, and Democrats across party lines to address policy issues and concerns at the tea party rally in Lowell and at last summer’s health-care forum in Chelmsford.
Although Martinez has run for office before, she is not alone in running more than once. President Lincoln ran many times and for many offices before he was successful in his bid for the Presidency. In recent elections, Senate Minority Whip George Peterson ran more than once before success.
I support Sandi Martinez and ask you, my friends and neighbors, to join with me to vote for her for State Senate on the Republican ticket at the primary on Tuesday, September 14.
Sally J. Naumann
More support for Martinez
To the Editor:
On Tuesday Republican and Unenrolled voters from Concord and Carlisle will have the unique opportunity to choose between two Republican candidates for state senate.
Sandi Martinez is the best candidate. She has the right combination of personal and professional experience. She has worked as an Information Technology professional in the private sector for large corporations and small businesses, and she started her own consulting firm. Sandi is the only candidate in this race who understands economic concerns from the perspective of producers and employers. She does not view the economy from the standpoint of a career government employee.
Sandi, both Gold Star daughter and Blue Star mother, was raised to appreciate the values of hard work, personal responsibility, and integrity. She is the only candidate to endorse the effort to roll back the state sales tax to 3%. She recognizes that Massachusetts businesses must compete with businesses in border states, and this is one way to help restore the Massachusetts economy. Expanded business brings jobs while providing needed tax revenue. Sandi understands that the legislature must produce a balanced budget based on projected revenues rather than borrowing to match the costs of wasteful spending.
Sandi Martinez is a fiscal conservative who has the integrity to stand for the sanctity of life, the sovereignty of our borders and the respect for citizen petitions.
Please join me in sending the Beacon Hill establishment a message that “politics as usual” has come to an end. Vote for Sandi Martinez on Tuesday, September 14.
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