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The politicians and media would have us believe that America is divided, on everything. Splintered. I don’t buy it. We may disagree on specific issues but that doesn’t divide us anymore than a disagreement with a family member breaks up a family.

When I read and listen to what the public has to say about healthcare reform, I’m not hearing that many differences. We may have different ideas about how to go about it, but we all want helpless victims caught in the nightmare zone of a health system that is wrapped tightly in the grip of people trying to pass themselves off as businessmen to get the help they need. I say trying to pass for businessmen, because any truly good business person knows that profit over all else is a formula for failure. These “people” are hit and run “me-firsters” that will do anything to get theirs and then. They are common criminals getting away with murder.

When I see anyone using healthcare reform as a platform for their special issues, it tells me everything I need to know about them. They have instantly moved me to the opposite side of their cause. Legalizing their behavior doesn’t change the realities of it.

People are dying. It has to stop. We have to reach a goal of care for everyone as soon as humanly possible. It is time to put aside every other cause and focus on the ball. Rich and poor must go back to back. Prolife and prochoice must go back to back. Atheists and all religious people must go back to back.

We must unite for what is right. To do anything less is not just anti-American, it’s inhuman.

I believe we are long overdue for a national health care service. Not insurance, healthcare. Volume buying and elimination of the middleman is not an unproven concept. It would create jobs. If we make certain that our politicians stipulate that what we need is made in America, we could help restore our manufacturing base.

Anyone that thinks the government cannot be efficient has never forgotten to pay their taxes or tried to duck the draft.

If you have a better idea, then fine, as long as anyone that needs care, gets it. And let’s make it quick. There are people, our countrymen, out there and they are in a lot of trouble.

All for one and one for all. That’s where it’s at.

Melissa Celaya

Monterey, CA

Dec 14 2009 - 12:11am

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The population is shifting to a pro-life position. Communism is a failure. Don't you guys ever get it?

Stan Lippmann

Seattle, WA

Nov 26 2009 - 10:56am

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One point that struck me about this issue is this: where are the grassroots? I came out of the 1960s, when we had many rallies, marches, and protests around women's issues. Now, we leave this issue to organizations like NOW and NARAL--good organizations, but we can't expect them to fight all our battles. Out of sight is out of mind, and women's grassroots groups have been out of sight for too long. Congresspeople have to start seeing us--literally--in the streets and in their offices. Call them, write them, visit them--but stay in their line of view. In the end, women vote, and that is our power.

As for the Catholic Church--well, I would hope that any self-respecting woman with a brain could see that this misogynist ole boys club will never work in our interests. The Church has a history of low-keyed violence against the most vulnerable groups: women, children, gays. Its "charitable" services come with a price: do as we say or we'll pull the plug. Respect for women and children is a huge black hole in the Catholic Church. Fortunately, it's a voluntary organization--one can always opt out.

Janet Contursi

Minneapolis, MN

Nov 26 2009 - 10:28am

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I am a male feminist, for which I deserve no awards because I view feminism as in my interest. I have another reason for hoping for a good fight over abortion: I want to see the Democrats go down to defeat on their so-called healthcare "reform."

On this one, the Republicans have my support, but not for their dumb reasons. They claim to be wary of costs, but costs don't bother the Republicans--not when the spending is for embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan, nor for the corruption and bloodshed that are a part of imperial warfare. Their real reason: to defeat Obama, just to hand him a big loss because he is a Democrat.

I want to defeat him, too, because he is a betraying, war-mongering, Wall Street lackey who never should have been elected in the first place.

Alvin D. Hofer

St. Petersburg, FL

Nov 23 2009 - 11:12pm